Russia’s New Generation Sniper Rifle SVCh based on Dragunov Model – Will It Be a Winner?

Next year is the 100 year anniversary of the Evgeniy Dragunov, born February 20, 1920 into the family of the famous weapons makers of Czarist Russia. He served in the Soviet army during World War II. After the war was over, he started designing weapons and by 1950 his first successful design was put into mass production. Dragunov designed five more weapons, which ended up being utilized by the Soviet Army.

The Dragunov sniper rifle gave him international recognition, which the Red Army started using in 1963. He died on the August 4, 1991 and in 1998 was posthumously given one of Russia’s highest honors. In 2011, he was awarded honorary citizen of his hometown of Izhevsk.

The Dragunov Sniper Rifle Specifications: 

Model: Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova (SVD)

Caliber: 7.62x54mm Rimmed.

Barrel Length: 24″ (610mm)

Twist: 1:10″ RH, 4 Grooves.

Magazine: 10 round detachable box magazine.

Weight: 9.5lb (4.31kg) empty with telescope.

Overall Length: 48.2 in (1225 mm)

Russia has just announced the completion of a new generation Sniper Rifle SVCh based on the Dragunov Sniper Rifle. The JSC Kalashnikov Concern designed the new weapon. The Kalashnikov Concern is named after legendary Mikhail Kolashnikov and its headquarters is located in the city of Izhevsk. Kalashnikov was a Soviet designer, who created the AK-47, officially known as the Avtomat Kalashnikova, a gas-operated, 7.62×39mm assault rifle.

Mikhail Kalashnikov

The new Sniper Rifle will be semiautomatic. However, that could be considered as a law, as being semiautomatic can affect precision during use.

Additionally, the design includes structural elements that are installed on a solid upper tire rigidly connected to the barrel. There are three calibers available: 7.62х54R, 7.62х51 (NATO classification .308 Win), and .338 Lapua Magnum. The length of the SVCH is 995 to 1,015 mm. The barrel is identical to SVD and holds 10 bullets. There are advanced versions of the barrel able to hold 15 or 20 bullets and the weight is 4,2 kg, hence it is lighter than the SVD.  The prototype was completed in 2018 and Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen showcasing the weapon himself.

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The rifle has Picatinny rail (also known as a MIL-STD-1913 rail or STANAG 2324 rail), a military standard rail interface system that provides a mounting platform for firearm accessories. It was originally used for mounting scopes atop the receivers of larger caliber rifles. Once established, its use expanded to also attach other accessories such as: iron sights, tactical lights, laser aiming modules, night vision devices, reflex sights, foregrips, bipods, slings and bayonets.

Thus far, the Rifle has not been tested in combat zones. Russia plans to have SVCH in production by 2021 and the Russian military will be supplied with the new weapon by the end of 2021 replacing the SVD. The results of its capabilities remain to be seen.

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Russia to Debut Menacing TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower Defense System

Russia announced the final phase of the TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System, which is expected to be delivered to the Russian army by May 2020. The TOS is a family of 220mm 30-barrel multiple rocket launchers and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis. It is based on the Armata platform.

The new system is expected to make its debut at the Moscow Victory Parade on May 9, 2020. The military parade will take place in Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The parade is an annual tradition from the Soviet Era. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited US President Donald Trump to next year’s festivities.  Trump has yet to visit Russia since becoming US President. The two US presidents who attended the parade in the past were Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The TOS system development started during the 1970s and many documents still remain classified. However, the first time the system was shown was in 1998. Putin ordered the use of the system during the Chechen War.

The TOS-2 is going to be an addition to the Buratino (TOS-1) and Solntsepek (TOS-1A) systems. Buratino is the main character of the book The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, which is based on the 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

The TOS-1A rocket launch system’s chassis are based on the T-72 main battle tank. It retains the same design with the turret being replaced with the rocket launch facility. and the total weight of the launch vehicle is 102,515 lbs.

The effect of TOS missiles corresponds to the effect of an aerosol bomb, but with the difference that a lot of warheads fall into the target, creating an explosive film in the air that must be precisely ignited. An aerosol bomb is a metal receptacle, containing an inert gas under pressure, that sprays an insecticide, disinfectant, or the like when the gas is released by opening a valve. As a result, a huge fireball causing a colossal blast wave is formed. The human target’s internal organs explode and they suffer a horrific death.

The new TOS-2 System will have  a range of just over six miles and the vehicle can travel over 300 miles on a single tank of gas. TOS systems have been used during the Syrian conflict and also have been spotted in Saudi Arabia. NATO is concerned with the capabilities of this system and see it as a possible threat.

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UK Ruthlessly Starting DNA Collection – Goodbye Privacy Forever

Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matthew Hancock announced the government’s desire to start collecting DNA of every newborn child. Hence, the privacy of UK citizens will no longer exist. Your DNA is a treasure trove of personal information, including your physical characteristics like eye color, paternity and health. The UK has been a pioneer in privacy intrusion. It is one thing to use DNA to solve heinous crimes and protect society, yet another to use it for the government’s gain and control.

Bang! Russia Announces New Tokamak Prototype Near Completion – Part of Largest World Fusion Experiment

Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.

The Future of Nuclear Space Reactors and Missions

There is a global interest in space travel and the question experts are discussing is “what type of fuel should the space reactors run on?” Commercial projects, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, desire the conquering of other planets and even creating space colonies on the moon. Last year, SpaceX announced fashion innovator and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the Moon in 2023.

Rush is on to Get Pseudo Satellites into Space

Japanese company HAPSMobile successfully completed the second HAWK30 Solar HAPS test flight on October 23 from a NASA facility. The first flight was in the September. HAPSMobile plans to move the HAWK30 to the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is accelerating preparations to perform stratospheric test flights there by March 31, 2020 per their press release.

HAPSMobile is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), who is also an aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems that flies approximately 20kms into the stratosphere. The wing span of the HAWK30 is 78 meters.

IPv6 Market Witnessing Robust Growth

Research Nester has released a report titled “IPv6 Market – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027” which also includes some of the prominent market analyzing parameters such as industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth comparisons, market share comparisons, BPS analysis, SWOT analysis and Porter’s five force model.

Warning, Russia’s FSB Service to Start Collecting Biometric Data of Foreign Visitors Using New Tech

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR’s KGB. The FSB’s main responsibilities are within the country and include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance as well as investigating some other types of grave crimes and federal law violations.

Russian Hacking and Spoofing Threat to NATO Members

The Belgian army will stop using a GPS system due to a heightened risk of Russia’s disruption of the GPS signal. The Global Positioning System, originally NAVSTAR GPS, is a satellite-based radionavigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the US Air Force. The Belgian military will revert to the use of topographic maps and old fashioned compasses.

Russian First Reusable Rocket Launch Set for 2020

Russia is developing a reusable rocket that is expected to be a competitor to the American made Falcon 9 rocket, a two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle. The Falcon 9 is designed and manufactured by SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. It is powered by Merlin engines, also developed by SpaceX, burning liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellants. Falcon-9 is also the first ever reusable rocket.

Russian Scientists Created Glow in the Dark Tobacco Without Using Any Chemicals – New Addictive Product Perhaps?

Russian scientists and Planta LLC created the first glow in the dark tobacco without using any chemicals or radiation. Planta LLC, currently operating in Moscow, states it specializes in the glow in the dark plants and has been in business since 2017. The plants were grown without the use of ultraviolet rays. The cultivated tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, was infused with four ferments from the biosynthesis of the bioluminescent fungi genes.

Making the Invisible Visible: Astonishing Tech that Can See Through Walls!

The new work by MIT researchers “Making the Invisible Visible: Action Recognition Through Walls and Occlusions” will be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), an annual research conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is considered, together with CVPR, the top level conference on computer vision. The conference is usually spread over four to five days. It will take place in Seoul, South Korea, October 27 – November 2, 2019.

Human action recognition is a core task in computer vision. It has broad applications in video games, surveillance, gesture recognition, behavior analysis. The work uses a neural network model that can detect human actions through walls and occlusions, and in poor lighting conditions. Our model takes radio frequency (RF) signals as input, generates 3D human skeleton as an intermediate representation, and recognizes actions and interactions of multiple people over time.  

The paper introduces, RF-Action, an end-to-end deep neural network that recognizes human actions from wireless signals. End to end deep learning is an idea of outputting complex data types from raw features, for example, audio transcripts, image captures.

A deep neural network is a neural network with a certain level of complexity, a neural network with more than two layers. Deep neural networks use sophisticated mathematical modeling to process data in complex ways.

Usually, computer technologies use human poses on video. Algorithms are then used to identify the behavior parameters of the multiple people. The engineers from MIT developed an algorithm that combines multiple parameters: raw camera data transmitted to the neural network, while also creating a skeletal model with the body. Next algorithmic analysis models and chooses appropriate actions. It is also able to identify body movements, such as a hand shake between two people.

To achieve the visual data using a system from multiple cameras, an Alpha Pose algorithm was used, which takes 2D skeletal models and converts them to 3D. Alpha Pose is an accurate multi-person pose estimator, which is the first real-time open-source system that matches poses that correspond to the same person across frames, they also provide an efficient online pose tracker called Pose Flow.

Consequently, to achieve RF scanning through the walls and other obstacles, the engineers designed a transceiver.  A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver that are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing. The transceiver has two sets of antennas oriented vertically and horizontally. Hence, the signals are formed in 2D and the neural network receives multiple images.

Recently, University of California researchers created a method to identify a person through a wall using video and Wi-FI signals. The video-WiFi cross-modal gait-based person identification system XModal-ID has a variety of applications, including surveillance and security. The approach makes it possible to determine if the person behind the wall is the same as the one in a video footage, using only a pair of off-the-shelf WiFi transceivers outside.

The full paper can be read here.

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China’s Draconian Verification Process – Social Credit True Danger

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that from December 2019, it will use facial recognition to control over 800 million mobile internet users. According to China’s laws, a person using any online service needs to be identified. There is no such thing as anonymity in China.

The chronology of the evolution of the Chinese totalitarian laws:

Russia Announces Revolutionary Quantum Computer Working Prototype – There are Defense Applications

Russia has announced the first functioning prototype of the Quantum Computer. The Quantum computing idea began in the 1980s when physicist Paul Benioff proposed a quantum mechanical model of the Turing machine. The field of quantum computing is closely related to quantum information science, which includes quantum cryptography and quantum communication.

Significant Growth in Automotive Parking Sensors Market

The global Automotive Parking Sensors Market is expected to witness 7.5% CAGR during the period, 2018 to 2023. Automotive Parking Sensors Market Research Report: Information by Type (Reverse sensors, front sensors), Technology (Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Infrared, Laser), Sales Channel (OEM, Aftermarket), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, LCV, HCV) and Region with Global Forecast till 2023.

Russia’s New JetOS System – Another Step in Cutting Off From the West

The Russian planes МС-21 and SSJ-100 will be equipped with JetOS, a real time Russian made system. The certified version of the JetOS system should be released by the end of this year. The Irkut MC-21 is a Russian single-aisle twinjet airliner, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau and produced by its parent Irkut, a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation.

A Russian Scientist’s Incredible Idea: A Moon Colony with Artificial Gravity

Roskosmos posted recent ideas they’ve received pertaining to moon travel. The Roscosmos is a state corporation for space activities. It is a Russian corporation responsible for a wide range and types of space flights and programs.

A Russian scientist, Alexander Mayboroda, Director of Avanta Consulting in Rostov-On-Don, offered his engineering solutions. He has a myriad of patents pertaining to space. The most recent one being a “Method for Delivering Cargoes into Space and a System for Implementation of Same.” Rostov-on-Don is a port city and the administrative center of Rostov Oblast, the Southern Federal District of Russia.

Russia Announces Electrode Less Plasma Rocket Engine Project

Russia announced their intention to create an electrode-less plasma rocket engine prototype. The engine will be made by the Russian Kurchatov Institute with a target completion date of 2021. The Kurchatov Institute is one of the leading entities in the field of nuclear energy research and development. It is named after Igor Kurchatov, who was widely known as the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project and one of the top nuclear physicists. Kurchatov is known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb” and later, “the father of the Soviet Nuclear Missile.

Digital Utility Market Surging

The global digital utility market is expected to grow from an estimated $135.16 billion in 2017 to $244.31 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 12.57%, from 2017 to 2022. North American market held the largest share in 2016 followed by the markets in Europe and Asia-Pacific. However, by 2022, the market in Asia-Pacific is projected to gain the largest share. Digital utility market growth is driven by strict regulatory requirements for electric utilities, energy efficiency mandates demanding carbon emission reduction, and increase in the number of distributed and renewable power generation projects.

New Technology Driving Digital Oilfield Market

The global Digital Oilfield Market is projected to grow from an estimated $24.1 billion in 2019 to $30.4 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 4.77% from 2019 to 2024. The Digital Oilfield market is set to witness growth due to the increasing focus on optimization through digitization mostly in mature fields. New technological advancements, increased need from oil and gas operator to scale up production, and increased focus on the remote management of oil field for process optimization & automation are expected to be the key factors driving the digital oilfield market.

5 Reasons to Convert Articles to PDF on Your Website

Portable document format (PDF) is one of the most used file formats in the world. A PDF file resembles a printed document but with so many more features. With this format, you can restrict access to the file or print or share it.

These are a few qualities that have made PDF files crucial for personal and business use. It is why people convert documents, including webpages into PDF. What advantage does it offer, though? Why not just save a webpage on your computer or screenshot it? Before looking at some of these reasons, you should know how to convert an article to PDF.

USA vs Russia – The Next Generation Nuclear Race

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced open hearings on the environment impact assessment regarding the construction of a Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The project announcement was originally made by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on February 28, 2019, with a tentative completion date of 2026. Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu is a nuclear engineer and the executive director of the Versatile Test Reactor Project at the Idaho National Laboratory.  GE-HITACHI is the subcontractor for the design support.

Creation of the “RED TEAM”- France’s Defense Forces Are Forging Ahead

Europe will not gamble on any uncertainty in NATO. Large EU economies are putting forth a tangible effort towards sovereign and continental defense outside of their historic NATO contributions and technology is one of their focuses. Although these new efforts pale in comparison to the combined NATO size and budget, they are a sign that sovereign defense still matters in the Eurozone. One such “startup” defense initiative is France’s DIA.

Money and Technology is Today’s Language

We are in the twenty first century, where everybody is talking about money and things related to technology. Let us take a moment and imagine that there was none of these things? Of course there would be a big mess. Early scholars were worried that a time would come when technology would surpass human interaction, making people act like fools with great ignorance– yes its this current time. People tend to spend more time on computers and tablets, also looking for money.

Magnachip Semiconductor Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a second look at an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over three decades and is currently the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company is riding the wave of transition from LED to OLED in the smartphone world. This has paid handsomely as its full year 2018 results can attest (above). In addition, the company’s first quarter also posted continued wins for its Standard Products division.

Frontier Communications Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 27% YTM

This week, Durig Capital ventures into the telecom space to look at one of the country’s major telecommunications services providers. Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) has been working hard to transform itself as cable, voice and internet usage continues to change and evolve. The company’s most recent quarter highlights some of its progress as well as actions Frontier is taking to remain competitive.

Get Connected with Frontier Communications, Nearly 23% YTM, Bonds Mature April 2022

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a company that provides communications services for consumers and businesses across the U.S. Frontier Communications has spent most of 2018 making progress on its transformation initiatives that are designed to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve the balance sheet. The company recently released its fourth quarter and full year results for 2018. The company is showing progress on its initiatives.

Frontier Communications’ April 2022 bonds are currently trading at a significant discount, giving them an outstanding yield-to-maturity of about 23%. These bonds provide investors with an excellent opportunity for diversification into the essential service of internet connection. Considering Frontier’s solid free cash flow and excellent interest coverage, these 2022 bonds make an ideal addition to Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, which historically, has done well in a rising interest rate environment, shown below.

Find Nearly 9% YTM with Magnachip Semiconductor, Bonds Mature July 2021

This week, Durig Capital ventures to the technology sector to review an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over 30 years and is the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company’s latest reported quarterly results (three months ending September 30, 2018) were excellent.

 

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 13% year-over-year.

  • Gross profits were up 10.8% over the prior year period.

  • Operating income increased by 17.9% over Q3 2017.

  • Revenues were up 16.6% year-over-year and were at the highest levels since Q4 2012.

  • Interest coverage over 3x for the third quarter.

Global Geographic Information System Market to Cross $9 Billion by 2024

Global Geographic Information System (GIS) Market was estimated at over USD 4 billion in 2017, and is set to cross USD 9 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The penetration of remote sensing platforms and navigation and positioning technologies to capture the spatial data objects and associated attributes will lead to an increase in demand for GIS hardware components, including imaging sensors, cameras, and GNSS antennas.

QuantH Medical Blockchain Transforming Healthcare Security

QuantH Medical Blockchain Transforming Healthcare Security

 

 

 

Evolution of Blockchain in Healthcare

Healthcare is in a period of evolutionary transformation with blockchain offering so many use cases. There is a little known technology company, Quantum Medical Transport, Inc. DBA Quantum Medical Data Services listed on the OTC Pink ticker: (DRWN), that is developing an enterprise level Medical Records and Medical Billing Blockchain EMS cloud based software called “QuantH V. 1.0”.

The company CEO, Ricky Bernard, says the goal is to put patient in control of their medical records providing optimum privacy, transparency in medical billing, security from hacking and unauthorized access, and maintaining integrity of the records stored.