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Training version of Hellfire missile returned by Cuba after shipping …

WASHINGTON (AP) Cuba has returned a dummy U.S. Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped to the country in 2014, American officials said Saturday. The Hellfire is a laser-guided, air-to-surface missile that weighs about 100 pounds. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, it can be deployed from an attack helicopter like the Apache or an unmanned drone like the Predator. The weapon returned by Cuba was an inert training missile that was inadvertently sent to the island from Europe, where it was used in a NATO training exercise.

It didn t contain explosives, but the device s diversion raised concerns that Cuba could share technology with potential U.S. adversaries like North Korea or Russia. It had an incomplete guidance section and no operational seeker head, warhead, fusing system or rocket motor.

The inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. He declined to elaborate, but credited July s re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the former Cold War foes for allowing Washington to engage Havana on issues of mutual interest. U.S. officials had been trying to recoup the missile for several months. The shipping error was attributed to Lockheed s freight forwarders, but the U.S. said last month it was working with the weapons manufacturer to get the missile back.

Dutch greenhouse builders are successful in Russia

Boycotts may be impeding the import of Dutch vegetables into Russia, but Dutch greenhouse builders such as Dalsem, Certhon, KUBO and VB Group are being engaged to build high-tech greenhouses spanning tens of hectares of ground there. Although the president may be closing the country s borders, its citizens still want high-quality produce. They will simply have to grow it themselves.

Russians want to grow their own products, and this demand will only be increasing in the years to come, says Dave Fennema, Director of Technology at Dalsem. We do a lot of business with investors abroad, and they want the best greenhouses money can buy. As the Netherlands is world-renowned for its cutting-edge greenhouse horticulture projects, potential investors are simply flocking to us for orientation.

Greenhouse builder Dalsem in Den Hoorn just completed the initial 20-hectare phase of an enormous project it is carrying out for Agro-Invest in the Russian Kaluga region. The company has not only been contracted to build the greenhouses, but also for the technical areas, offices and logistics facilities.

The project will be covering some 120 hectares in its entirety. Located around 300km from Moscow, Kaluga is an area that grows primarily tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Russia aims to become entirely self-supporting in the production of vegetables in the future. Read the whole article.[1]

Source: GreenHow

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