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The return to space and defence

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Ten years ago Barney Stone launched our first Satelight, and in the years of disrepair, faulty manufacturing and outdated technology, it fell back to the earth and crashed into the ocean.
Earlier today "Terilen" was launched into low earth orbit from the West Island Space Command center, or WISC for short. With this launch marks the return to space for the Malvinian People and a fresh start to what the Government believes to be the first steps towards further space missions, and maybe even manned flight into space.

The Defense Ministry issued a statement saying the satellite was launched late Tuesday from the former air force base on the West islands coast south of Port Howard. An hour later, after the satellite completed its first circuit, the ministry said it had achieved its proper orbit, describing it as "a surveillance satellite with advanced technological capabilities."
Defense officials said Ofek 9 is a spy satellite with a high resolution camera.
Addition of a new satellite gives the Las Malvinas the capability of sending space-borne cameras over sensitive areas more frequently.

In other news, a second technalogical breakthrough today for the newly formed infant military, is a missile defence system. Using an adapted system from the AEGIS family of missile defence units, advanced radar screens working in tandem with several launch facilities around the Falklands Islands, experts estimate any non nuclear attack on the Falklands could be reduced to a minimal ammount of damage. Nuclear attack he states "would not be stopped by this system, we simply lack the funds and technology at this time to create some sort of Ballistic Missile Shield, however, the strategic defence command would like to confirm reports that the Ministry of Defence is working on an advanced warning system, and when more satelights are launched, we can make it a reality"

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A second Satellite today was launched under the Ministry of Strategic Defence's new initiative dubbed "SKYNET".

The Satellite is the first of three new military satellites which will be networked into the missile defence installations. Using advanced equipment, the SKYNET system will detect missile launches world wide, reley data back to the missile defence systems which will then begin actions to prevent a missile(s) strike on the Falklands.

No more details can be given at this time, but MoD sources tell this reporter that the system is up and running smoothley.

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The secons satellite of three for the new SKYNET program by the Ministry of Strategic defence was launched in the early hours of the morning. An hour later, after the satellite completed its first circuit, its computer systems were linked into SKYNET 1 and SKYNET HQ.

With 2/3rds of the world covered, the abilility to detect a missile launch anywere in the world is becoming reality for the Las MAalvinas regime.

It has also been announced from the MoD, that the Government has begun deployed a long range and short range missile defence system, sources are sketchy at this time as to what systems they are, but we can confirm the long range missile defence platform is the Patriot missile system.

Experts are saying that the new short-medium range defence shield will be utilising kinetic force to stop an incoming missile in its terminal phase.

More to come

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Prototype SKYNET ground area robot defence UNIT completed.

Its design is loosely anthropomorphic, a "head" with sensors for eyes, gatling guns for arms, a "torso" that swivels like a human one, and caterpillar tracks for legs. While it is quite large, it is small enough to get around typical office building corridors.

GARD-U or GARD is designed in an anthropomorphic figure, its "head" houses sensors, cameras and sensitive visual aids such as infra read and thermal imaging. Its "Torso" swivels on a 360' pivot, with all wiring inside a central, heavily armoured endoskeleton, including EMP proofing. It moves around on caterpillar tracks, allowing a highly mobile weapons platform. Its size allows it to easily navigate typical office buildings. A hydrolic system built into the chassics allowed the upper body to lean forwards or backwards, allowing the traversal of stairs without toppling over. Its steel body armour can stop a 7.76mm round and is rounded on all sides to deflect incoming fire as much as possible, along with a thin layour of ballistics gel beneath the steel plating, encased in Kevlar.
In the event its main camera is disabled, there is a second camera built into a reinforced, glass screen in the chassis. Acting like a two way mirror, it looks like an ordenary componant on the GARD, butfrom the inside, the camera can continue sending data back to its operator for continued usage.

Both "arms" have weapons hardpoints built in, which can house gattling guns, the ammo stored in an armoured chamber inside the chassis. To compensate for ammo storage, the calibre of the gattling guns was reduced from 7.762mm to 5.56mm.
Up to 3000 rounds can be carried per GARD unit.

Weapon hardpoints can be changed between anti infantry weaponry, and anti tank weaponry.

GARD units are controlled via satellite uplink from a well fortified command bunker in the Falklands, however, remote command posts can be setup in the field for a direct link, although is at risk of being detected and destroyed.
GARD units are restricted by fuel consumption and ammunition levels, depending on the model.

Specific anti infantry models are dedicated to complete anti infantry rolls, sporting as much as 4000 rounds of ammunition, held in its main ammo chamber, an an armoured back onto its back, an auto reloading system is built in to switch from the main ammo pack, to the reserve. GARD units have an effective range based on fuel allowances of five miles, however long lasting batteries allow the GARD unit to move back to base, but all sensors with the exception of basic controls are offline, making it extremly vunerable if its main fuel source runs out.

It is advised to GARD controllers to only deploy their assigned units for 2.5 miles before returning back to base.
Research is ongoing into planning routes the GARD units can follow, and its AI will automaticly aquire hostile targets and engage.
Prototype software is in production.

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[u]GARD unit prototype trials[/u]

GARD excelled at open surface combat and close quarters combat inside the control test chambers.
Test chambers simulated the layout of a typical office building including an elevator from the ground floor to the second floor. GARD unit used elevator with minimal trouble. Controller used a minature robotic arm to input the elevators buttons, however time was wasted doing so.

Once inside the second floor, GARD unit proceeded with ease around the office, automatic targetting software malfunction caused GARD unit to destroy all human targets, regardless of enemy or civilian. Manual control of weaponry was re achieved after closing down the connection and re establishing the link which seemed to fix the problem.

Several other smaller technichal issues included a malfunction with the auto reloading system for the miniguns and a fuel line malfunction which required a switch to battery power.

Research has started into long lasting battery power for the GARD, making it silent, however, operation range is expected to drop.

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