RUAG completes acquisition of Clearswift

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 23, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Swiss technology and defense contractor RUAG has finalized its purchase of cybersecurity developer Clearswift.

RUAG announced its acquisition of Clearswift in December 2016, effectively expanding its cybersecurity assets around the globe. The buy adds 203 additional experts to RUAG's team, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Britain, and the United States.

"Clearswift's products for the protection of critical data are the perfect complement to RUAG's network expertise," RUAG CEO Urs Breitmeier said in a press release. "Clearswift also has a strong research and development department, a global service organisation and established international sales channels."

Breitmeier says the deal also expands its customer base to new local and national authorities, including various armed forces.

"With the new cybersecurity business unit we want to position ourselves as a provider of high-quality specialist solutions and services for the customers worldwide in various sectors," he added.

RUAG's new Cyber Security division will be headquartered in Switzerland

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U.S. AETC fires first live bombs from an F-35A

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 23, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force's Air Education and Training Command fired their first live bombs from a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

The bombs, armed GBU-12s, were fired from six aircraft during a recent exercise conducted by pilots with the 33rd Fighter Wing. Officials say the event affirmed the weapon's capabilities onboard the aircraft.

"I'm incredibly proud of our maintainers and pilots for successfully loading and releasing bombs on the range this week," Col. Lance Pilch said in a press release. "This further proves our Airmen and Sailors are the lethality behind this weapons system."

The F-35A is Lockheed Martin's new 5th-generation fighter tailored for the U.S. Air Force. The plane uses conventional takeoff and landing, and is the only one of the three variants to come equipped with an internal cannon.

The majority of U.S. allied air forces also plan to fly the F-35A, making it the most common variant.

The first weapon load crews for the aircraft were certified less than two years ago. Air Force officials went on to say the live ammunition exercise paves a way forward for their training program.

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