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  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • Boeing, Lockheed Win Contract to Develop Navy's Extra-Large Unmanned Sub

    10/06/2017 4:04:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Kyle Mizokami
    Defense giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin have won contracts to develop a new, large submersible capable of tackling a wide number of underwater missions. The goal is to develop a technical data package that will result in one company producing the Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater vehicle (XLUUV). The XLUUV program is designed to create a long haul, long distance unmanned submarine with the capability to take on a variety of payloads, from sensors to weapons. In January 2017, DefenseNews reported that XLUUV would have a payload bay of at least 325 cubic feet. Unlike most current UUVs, which have to...
  • Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod Wins F-15C IRST Competition

    09/19/2017 11:21:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C fleet. Lockheed Martin will produce more than 130 systems, which will be delivered for aircraft integration. Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fleet. Equipped with the company's IRST21® infrared sensor and advanced data processing capabilities, Legion Pod provides long-range detection and tracking of airborne threats in radar-denied environments. The Boeing Company, serving as the U.S. Air...
  • Drone "Factory in a Can" Would Change Air War Forever

    09/07/2017 9:58:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sep 7, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Pentagon's research and development arm has laid down a challenge for the defense industry: Give us an armed drone that can carry air-to-air missiles and is inexpensive to produce—oh, and also we need to crank out 500 of them every month. If one of the big defense contractors succeeds at this mission, it will revolutionize military manufacturing and aerial warfare as we know it. In a video posted earlier this week on YouTube, Air Force Lt. Col. Jimmy Jones, a program manager with the Strategic Technology Office, challenged industry with the Flying Missile Rail (FMR) concept. DARPA's vision is...
  • Manta ray submarines and flying fish torpedoes: what the Navy of the future might be sailing in ...

    08/27/2017 8:00:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 AUGUST 2017 | Alan Tovey
    ngineers working with the Royal Navy have let their imaginations run wild designing what submarines of the future could look like and have come up with stunning concepts which mimic nature. Vessels shaped like manta rays, eel-like drones and swarms of fish-shaped torpedoes are just some of the ideas proposed for revolutionising underwater warfare. Eel-like drones could be deployed from the submarines “With more than 70pc of the planet's surface covered by water, the oceans remain one of the world's great mysteries and untapped resources,” said Commander Peter Pipkin, the Royal Navy's fleet robotics officer. "It's predicted that in 50...
  • India Readies First Fighter Jet With New Age AESA Radar for Flight

    08/10/2017 11:00:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 07.08.2017
    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to get their first fighter jet equipped with a new age active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as upgrades to their deep penetration Jaguar fighter are completed. Defense sources told Sputnik the AESA-equipped Jaguar DARIN III will take its first flight this month. Technical trials and other necessary tests have been completed. "The new age AESA radar has been integrated into Jaguar and it is ready to take its first flight in a few days. Suitable date is being finalized by the Ministry of Defense and IAF," a defense...
  • Can an F-35 Detect and Defeat a Chinese J-20 or Russian PAK-50?

    07/31/2017 7:00:06 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 8 replies
    Scout.com/military ^ | 7/30/17 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is accelerating development of a special, high-tech, on-board threat library for the F-35 designed to precisely identify enemy aircraft operating in different high-risk areas around the globe - such as a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter or Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th Gen fighter, service leaders said. Described as the brains of the airplane, the "mission data files" are extensive on-board data systems compiling information on geography, air space and potential threats in areas where the F-35 might be expected to perform combat operations, Air Force officials explained. "Mission data files are the key that unlocks the F-35,"...
  • Top US general warns against rogue killer robots

    07/19/2017 12:14:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/18/17 | JOHN BOWDEN
    The second-highest-ranking general in the U.S. military on Tuesday warned lawmakers against equipping the armed forces with autonomous weapons systems that humans could lose control of and advocated for keeping the "ethical rules of war" in place. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gen. Paul Selva responded to a question from Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) about a Defense Department directive that requires a human operator to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to taking lives with autonomous weapons systems. Selva warned lawmakers that the military should keep "the ethical rules of war in place...
  • Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras

    07/17/2017 9:02:31 AM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    Defense One ^ | 17-July-2017 | Patrick Tucker
    An approach to machine learning inspired by the human brain is about to revolutionize street search. Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest just might in the future. Device-maker Motorola announced Monday that would partner with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on Motorola products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the AI firm announced in a press release today.
  • The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

    07/05/2017 8:40:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers Christopher Woody Jun. 23, 2017 US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it. To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women. "As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.
  • Russia unveils its hi-tech motorised 'Star Wars' armour for soldiers complete with exoskeleton ...

    07/02/2017 8:32:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | July 1, 2017 | RORY TINGLE
    It might resemble something out of Star Wars, but this is the prototype for a combat suit that Russia hopes will give its soldiers the edge on the battlefields of the future. The high-tech item includes an exo-skeleton, or outer layer, designed to boost strength and stamina and a layer of body armour to shield the wearer from bullets. The all-black kit also has a Stormtrooper-style helmet with a tinted glass visor and a mini task light poking out of the side. It was put on display on Thursday at the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow. A...
  • South Korea Tests Ballistic Missile That Can Hit Anywhere Inside North Korea

    06/25/2017 3:35:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 23, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    South Korea has successfully fired a fourth prototype Hyunmoo-2C short-range ballistic missile, which can reach any target in North Korea. The country’s new President Moon Jae-in lauded the test, which follows months of North Korean missile launches and escalating rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula, as in line with his administration’s foreign policy plans. On June 23, 2017, the South Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) conducted the test at its own facility approximately 120 miles southwest of Seoul. Video of launch showed the system’s standard semi-containerized truck-mounted launcher onboard either a ship or a sea platform. ADD, the country’s state-run...
  • Air Force cadet creates bulletproof breakthrough

    06/03/2017 12:20:05 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2017 | Kelly David Burke and Alicia Acuna
    Air Force cadet Hayley Weir had an idea that turned out to be a game changer. "It was just the concept of going out there and stopping a bullet with something that we had made in a chemistry lab." The 21-year-old Weir approached Air Force Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Burke with the idea. He was skeptical. "I said, 'I'm not really sure this is going to work, the body armor industry is a billion-plus-dollar industry," he noted. Weir's idea was to combine anti-ballistic fabric with what's known as a shear thickening fluid to create a less heavy material to use...
  • Air Force Academy cadet creates goo that stops bullets

    05/15/2017 7:21:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Air Force Times ^ | May 14, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino
    A gooey substance normally wouldn’t seem like it could stop a bullet, but an Air Force Academy cadet has created just that. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir created a goo-like substance that can stop bullets. Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir’s interest in bullet-stopping materials was piqued when she took a chemistry class at the academy in 2014. The class was given three materials to combine in a way that could stop a bullet. “Up to that point, it was the coolest thing I’d done as a cadet,” Weir, a senior at the academy, told Air Force Times....
  • South Korean Warships To Get A New Pre-emptive Strike Weapon

    04/20/2017 9:16:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 18, 2017 | Ryan Pickrell
    South Korea has developed a new pre-emptive strike weapon in the face of North Korean threats. The weapon, a tactical ship-to-ground guided missile, will enhance South Korea’s ability to strike North Korea’s critical military facilities in the event of a crisis on the peninsula. South Korea will begin mass-producing the missiles next year, reports the Yonhap News Agency, citing the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the South Korean arms procurement agency. The missiles, which can be fired using either inclined or vertical launch systems, will boost the firepower of the South’s next-generation frigates. The inclined launch units will be used...
  • The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb; or Mother of All Bombs

    04/15/2017 8:23:11 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 15, 2017 | Jim Emerson
    On April 13, 2017, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb known as the Mother of All Bombs or MOAB for short was used for the first time in combat. The largest non-nuclear weapon in current inventory was used against an ISIS target in a remote part of far northeast Afghanistan. The target in question was reportedly an ISIS complex of tunnels, caves and a camp where personnel were assembling. The MOAB is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) precision guided bomb, developed for the United States Air Force by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the...
  • The 'Machete' that could replace the A-10 Warthog (tr)

    02/16/2017 9:22:19 AM PST · by DFG · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/15/2017 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Known as the 'flying gun', the A-10 Warthog plane was a hero during Operating Desert Storm – but has since been deemed vulnerable and costly to operate. Now, a Minnesota-based startup has unveiled designs for a new attack plane called the 'Machete' that consists of a new metal foam developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy. The metal foam is lightweight and strong - and is capable of stopping bullets and other projectiles in much less space than traditional armor, while the plane boasts the same 30mm cannon as the Warthog it could replace.
  • Watch: Over 100 Micro-Drones Swarm in Formation

    01/17/2017 9:38:54 AM PST · by Oatka · 48 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 13, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    The Pentagon has carried out what it is calling one of its most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense with the demonstration of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California.
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 10:22:27 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 1-11-2017 | Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieJanuary 11, 2017 USAF In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and...
  • The USS Zumwalt May Have Found Ammo It Can Actually Afford to Fire

    12/19/2016 6:04:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 14, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    When last we heard from the USS Zumwalt, the Navy had admitted that the brand-new stealth destroyer couldn't fire because its custom ammo was too expensive. Now, the service may have settled on a replacement to get the vessel and its brethren back in business. The U.S. Navy says its Zumwalt-class destroyers, state-of-the-art ships designed to bombard targets on land, could be equipped with the Excalibur precision-guided artillery round originally developed for land forces. The three Zumwalt-class land attack destroyers were designed around the Advanced Gun System (AGS). The 155-millimeter AGS gun, paired with the brand-new Long Range Land Attack...