Strategic Russian firm dumps SWIFT in favor of domestic bank transfer alternative

Russian state tech giant Rostec will use Russia’s analogue of SWIFT interbank cash transfer services, the company said in a press release. Read more The tech firm will connect to the Russian system for transfer of financial messages (SPFS) to make its payments safer. “The digital infrastructure will help to exchange data in encrypted mode, […]

Toyota group truck maker Hino enters strategic tie-up with VW truck unit

TOKYO — Japanese truck maker Hino Motors Ltd and Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH said on Thursday they have agreed to form a strategic tie-up to better compete in the commercial vehicle industry, which is undergoing transformation due to the need for lower-emission vehicles and automated driving capabilities. The two truck makers said they will […]

Restoring strategic balance: The history of why Russia needs those scary missiles (VIDEO)

The history behind Russia’s hypersonic weapons stretches back decades. RT has prepared a handy video explaining why Moscow feels it needs the armaments after more than twenty years of US military expansion. On March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed a new class of weapons that can bypass US missile shields: The Kinzhal, a hypersonic […]

Bestmile Announces Funding to Fuel Strategic Growth in Autonomous Mobility

PRESS RELEASE: Investment Leads Expansion of Micro-Transit, Ridehailing and Multi-Modal Solutions SAN FRANCISCO & LAUSANNE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2018– Bestmile, the leading mobility platform that enables service providers to manage, operate and optimize autonomous vehicle fleets, today announced it has raised…Read More

Russia's Blackjack strategic bomber to get 1000km range-boost & 'special coatings'

All Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers are scheduled to undergo “deep modernization,” the Russian Defense Ministry says. The upgrade will involve installation of new engines that will significantly boost their flight range. The new engines are expected to be 10 percent more energy efficient. This would ultimately allow the bombers to fly 1,000 kilometers further, Russian […]

Putin boasts new strategic weapons will make US missile defense “useless”

Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow’s Manezh exhibition centre on March 01, 2018. He announced a plethora of new strategic weapons that challenge the US’ ballistic missile defenses. (credit: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images) In his State of the Nation speech today, Russian president Vladimir Putin showed computer animations and videos […]

How Machinima plotted its strategic rebranding across platforms

Warner Bros.’s digital video site Machinima rebranded this week as it makes a bigger push to expand beyond its YouTube roots to all the new platforms where gamers celebrate their culture. Since Warner Bros. bought Machinima in 2016, the division has shifted away from its traditional network and grown to more than 140 million subscribers for its various shows […]

Syria’s ‘downing’ of Israeli F-16 marks new ‘strategic phase’ – Hezbollah

The Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah said the alleged downing of Israeli F-16 jet by Syrian forces marks “a new strategic phase” that puts an end to the violation of Syria’s sovereignty. “Today’s developments mean the old equations have categorically ended,” the group said on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Syrian officials reported that the country’s […]

Google and Salesforce sign massive strategic partnership

Google and Salesforce announced a massive strategic partnership today that’s aimed at driving value across their mutual customers. As part of the deal, Salesforce plans to use Google Cloud Platform infrastructure as a preferred partner to power the tech titan’s international expansion. Google, for its part, will use Salesforce as its preferred CRM provider for […]

China is eyeballing a major strategic investment in Saudi Arabia’s oil

REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool Through its reported offer to invest in Saudi Aramco, the Chinese are laying the groundwork for a profound economic shift in the Middle East and the world. China has the potential to upend the way oil is traded.  Saudi Arabia and China stand to gain from this geoeconomic shift — but what about […]