Indonesia orders NASAMS air defense system

Oct. 31 (UPI) — Indonesia has ordered an air defense system from Kongsberg of Norway, the company announced on Tuesday.

The system is to be delivered under a $ 77 million contract between Kongsberg and the Indonesian Ministry of Defense includes command posts, radars, launchers and radios.

NASAMS, or the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System, is a medium- to long-range air-defense system developed in partnership with Raytheon. The system is used by Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the United States, Spain and Oman.

System integration, training and logistics support is also part of the contract. AMRAAM missiles for the system will be obtained by Indonesia through a separate government-to-government agreement with the United States, Kongsberg said.

“We are very pleased that Indonesia, as the first nation in its region, chooses NASAMS for its homeland defense,” Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace President Eirik Lie said in a press release. “The continuous technical evolution and addition of users confirms that NASAMS is the most modern and advanced air defense system in the world.”

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First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system

Oct. 31 (UPI) — Israel Aerospace Industries and its Elta subsidiary have received their first order for their satellite communication terminal with conformal electronic-steered antenna for fighter jets.

The Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system will be delivered to the unidentified country beginning in 2021.

“This is a strategic and important cooperation for ELTA’s SATCOM products line with a leading aircraft manufacturer and prestigious customer,” Nissim Hadas, IAI executive vice president and ELTA president, said in a press release. “We are proud to have been selected and look forward to deliver our advanced SATCOM solutions. We are sure that this significant achievement is only the first milestone in positioning ELTA as a leader in electronic steering technology for aircraft communication solutions.”

The ELK-1882T Ku-band phased array SATCOM network is billed as easy to install and integrate, with minimal impact on aircraft performance due to the conformal installation. Conformal flush installation generates negligible drag.

The new system has no moving parts and uses phased antenna installed on the jet’s fuselage, comprising the transceiver, modem and High Power Amplifier with an IP LAN connection to the aircraft avionics.

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Wendy Williams faints on live TV after overheating

TV host Wendy Williams fainted on the air this morning, but after taking a few minutes to catch her breath, she’s OK and back to it.

Williams was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume for Halloween and was introducing a guest when she started to sway and dropped to the floor.

“Let’s get started. Our first guest …” she trailed off before stumbling and falling down. The show then cut to commercial.

Other former and current show hosts took to Twitter immediately to say they hoped it wasn’t serious.

She came back and said, “That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But, you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back!”

After the fainting episode, a rep for the host released a statement, saying, “Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and nite of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is ok and will continue as shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow. She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”

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Kevin Spacey will not receive international Emmy amid allegation of sexual misconduct

Kevin Spacey will no longer be honored by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at its upcoming awards gala following actor Anthony Rapp’s allegation that, when he was just 14, the “House of Cards” star made a sexual advance on him.

The International Academy made the announcement Monday night on its website.

“The International Academy has announced today that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award,” a statement read.

Calling the two-time Oscar winner “one of the great multi-dimensional talents in our industry,” the International Academy first announced in June that Spacey was set to accept its Founders Award, which recognizes individuals who cross cultural boundaries.

On Sunday, Rapp, now 46, accused Spacey of trying to seduce him while attending a party back in 1986.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp said in a BuzzFeed article published Sunday.

Spacey, who said he doesn’t remember the incident, nonetheless apologized for his “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” in a post on Twitter later that night. In his tweet, he also revealed that he has “loved and had romantic encounters with men” and that he chooses “now to live as a gay man.”

Despite his apology, which was widely criticized for his coming out under these circumstances, the producers of his Netflix show “House of Cards” announced today that they were suspending production on the show.

“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on HOUSE OF CARDS season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio that created “House of Cards” with the streaming service, said in a joint statement.

On Monday, the producers said they were meeting with the cast and crew to “ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported,” adding that “Spacey is not working on the set at this time.”

Netflix also confirmed to ABC News that the upcoming season 6 would be the series’ last. A Netflix representative confirmed to ABC News that the decision to end the show after season six was made before the scandal broke.

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Fellow soldiers, intelligence analyst testify in Bergdahl's defense

After days of emotional testimony about fellow soldiers who were injured or killed in the aftermath of his disappearance, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s defense team brought in its own troops to describe the man who walked off his base and the man who came home.

In its second day of witness testimony, Bergdahl’s lawyers brought in a fellow soldier who talked about the quiet young man who “executed quickly” but had trouble adjusting to deployment, as well as a defense official and an intelligence analyst who argued that Bergdahl had become “completely invaluable” and “a gold mine” to U.S. Armed Forces.

Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for abandoning his Army post in Afghanistan in June 2009. Captured by the Taliban and held for five years, he was freed in a prisoner exchange between the militant group and the Obama administration in May 2014.

The trial is now in the sentencing phase for the 31-year old from Sun Valley, Idaho, who took the stand for the two hours on Monday and described in unsworn testimony his brutal time in captivity. The military judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, ruled that morning that President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about the man candidate Trump called a “traitor” and suggested be executed will be a mitigating factor in his sentencing.

Bergdahl’s lawyers hope that the accounts of their three witnesses today will also help reduce his punishment.

John Leatherman, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in Berghdal’s unit in Afghanistan and was stationed with him in Alaska, described an efficient and quiet Bergdahl who was a great squad assault weapon gunner, always had his handbook with him and clearly wanted to “better himself.”

“He didn’t seem to adjust as quickly and smoothly as most soldiers adjust. Something about him was a little bit slower coming to terms with what was happening,” Leatherman said in court today, adding that he mentioned this to their first sergeant and asked about getting help for Bergdahl. But the first sergeant told him to shut up and to not tell him how to handle his soldiers — a sign of the stigma associated with asking for mental health help, according to Leatherman.

Terrence Russell of the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, or JPRA, was the second witness to take the stand, describing how Bergdahl was very helpful and very anxious to get information out to help other prisoners of war.

Russell spoke about the extreme torture and abuse Bergdahl faced in captivity. “His muscles atrophied to the point he could barely stand up…. He was living in filth,” he said. “It was extreme neglect. They just let him nearly rot inside that cage for four years.”

Bergdahl’s accounts of his time in captivity have been extremely helpful to the military’s training of other soldiers, Russell said, because no other soldier has ever been captured and returned in 16 years of war in Afghanistan.

“Can you give him to me tomorrow? I need him. I need him now. Honestly, I needed him three years ago. I need that information,” Russell said.

A third defense witness — Amber Dock, an intelligence analyst who reported to U.S. Central Command during Berghdal’s disappearance — made the same case.

Dock, who was the lead analyst on Berghdal’s case, said the information he provided “was a gold mine. It reshaped the way we did intel in the area. It confirmed what we knew and what we did not know.”

In particular, it allowed the U.S. military to reconstruct the captors’ network and better identify what a hostage location might look like — “completely invaluable,” Dock said, describing Bergdahl as “very eager to help and seemed to understand the urgency of getting the needed information right away to get back to the battlefield.”

After so many years of following his case, she also described the shock of seeing him in Germany for the first time after his release.

“He was very pale, meek. He walked slowly and with caution. It was actually a bit disturbing,” she told the court, noting his voice was “very weak, disjointed, often could not find the words. He had a hard time with timelines. He couldn’t focus very well.”

The tone and substance of their testimony contrasted strongly with witnesses from the prosecution, who had testified in the days prior about how Bergdahl’s disappearance put soldiers at risk.

Jonathan Morita, whose hand was shattered by a rocket-propelled grenade in an ambush while out on a search mission, described the pain and difficulty in emotional detail last week. On Monday, Shannon Allen described the “minimally conscious state” her husband, Master Sgt. Mark Allen, has been in since he was shot in the head by insurgents during an attack. Doctors had to remove both his frontal lobes, leaving him unable to speak and with extremely limited mobility.

“He lost me as a wife because I have become his caregiver,” she added in tears, noting that he cannot be left alone because he’s prone to seizures. “We can’t even hold hands anymore without me prying open his.”

Bergdahl apologized in the afternoon session of court after Shannon Allen’s emotional testimony.

“Saying I’m sorry isn’t enough. My words can’t take away the pain that people have been through,” he said, at times in tears as well. “I was trying to help, and the fact that I did not breaks my heart.”

The defense continues its case Tuesday afternoon and expects to be done with witness testimony on Wednesday. After closing arguments, the case will then be in Judge Nance’s hands, with a decision possibly as soon as the end of this week.

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Celebrity kids' best Halloween costumes

Celebrities shared photos of their kids’ by turns creative, cute and creepy Halloween costumes on social media, getting into the spooky holiday spirit with some pretty fang-tastic results!

Busy Philipps was shocked at her daughter Birdie’s spot-on costume, featuring a long-sleeve floral dress with white sneakers and pom pom earrings mimicking her mom.

Philipps posted another photo of her daughter with two friends dressed as famous DJ Skrillex and Evan Hansen.

Neil Patrick Harris and his family dressed up as carnival performers.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo dressed her daughter, Stella, as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Rachel Zoe snapped a pic of her two kids, Sky and Kaius, dressed as Luke Skywalker and a Jedi Knight from “Star Wars

“Younger” star Hilary Duff dressed up as a bunny and snapped a picture alongside her son, Luca, who wore a full Lego ninja costume.

Molly Sims shared a photo of her “skeleton crew;” all three kids Brooks, Scarlett and Grey wore matching simple skeleton outfits.

Lauren Conrad held her newborn baby boy dressed as a lamb at a pumpkin patch.

Jordana Brewster posted a picture with her two young ones dressed as a vampire and an astronaut.

Reese Witherspoon dressed up her dog Hank as a Ty Beanie Baby. The chocolate lab wore a large red tag around his neck to pull off the stuffed animal costume.

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