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The F-16′s replacement won’t have a pilot at all

July 17th, 2020 at 2:32 am » Comments Off

Somehow, Skyborg will be an operational weapon system in just three years. The U.S. Air Force is planning to field an operational combat drone by 2023. The service says Skyborg will replace older weapon-slinging drones and even early models of the F-16. Skyborg will be reusable but could be sacrificed in combat if necessary. The […]



The US successfully tested a laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight

June 7th, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Hong Kong (CNN)A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement Friday. Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to […]



The Air Force’s AI-powerd ‘Skyborg’ drones could fly as early as 2023

June 5th, 2020 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

The drones would fly alongside Air Force warplanes, doing jobs too dangerous or dull for pilots. The Air Force is soliciting the aerospace industry to provide flyable “Skyborg” drones by 2023. The drones will be powered by artificial intelligence, capable of taking off, landing, and performing missions on their own. Skyborg will not only free […]



Drone swarms use nets to catch other drones in flight

March 16th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are working to develop a system that addresses current and future national security threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems Robotics engineers from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are developing drones that can capture hostile drones in flight. Funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, […]



Elon Musk: ‘F-35 fighter jets would have no chance against drones’

March 10th, 2020 at 5:31 pm » Comments Off

  Elon Musk has suggested Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, which are a key part of the Morrison government’s $200 billion investment in defence, would “have no chance” against an autonomous drone in the battlefield. “The fighter jet era has passed,” Mr Musk said at the US Air Force’s Air Warfare Symposium in […]



US Navy deploys first anti-drone laser dazzler weapon

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:45 am » Comments Off

Artist’s concept of a laser weapon in action The US Navy has successfully installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) laser weapon aboard one of its warships. During dry-dock operations, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) received the stand-alone laser system, which is designed to blind the sensors on Unmanned Aerial […]



Drones are making America’s F-22 and F-35 more deadly than ever

February 3rd, 2020 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

  US Air Force F-22s and F-35s will soon launch and control recoverable attack drones from the cockpit of the plane.  Key point: This technology, which hinges upon higher levels of autonomous navigation, brings a wide swath of improved mission possibilities. US Air Force F-22s and F-35s will soon launch and control recoverable attack drones […]



Amazing : Meet the robot tank Estonia and Singapore built to deter Russia

January 27th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

    Flexible and deadly.  Key point: Armed robots are becoming the norm of future warfare. The question is how long humans will stay in the loop. An Estonian company has teamed up with a Singaporean firm and joined the expanding global race to develop robotic fighting vehicles. More and more firms are developing armed […]



TOP GUN RAF Top Guns to fly new 4,000mph Tempest jets with new ‘virtual cockpit’ from 2035

January 24th, 2020 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

RAF Top Guns will fly new Tempest jets with a “virtual cockpit” instead of traditional controls. The 4,000mph fighter is due to replace the Typhoon from 2035 and will be piloted or guided remotely. Pilots will wear virtual-reality gloves and will be able to charge course with a wink or gesture. Rather than the familiar […]



‘Wolf pack attack’: China launches new killer robot ship

January 23rd, 2020 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

China’s new killer robot ship that can carry out anti-submarine and anti-ship missions has undergone its first sea trial, according to a Chinese defence industry magazine. Called the JARI, the unmanned surface vessel is said to be the world’s first USV with multiple roles – anti-submarine, air defence and surface combat – and powerful weaponry. […]



China’s airborne laser weapon would change dogfighting forever

January 14th, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

Airborne lasers can be used offensively or defensively. The Chinese military put out notice it wants airborne laser pods. The pods could be used offensively or defensively, against aircraft or even missiles. Airborne lasers, moving at light speed, could end dogfighting as we know it. China’s military is soliciting would-be suppliers for a new airborne […]



Turkey is getting military drones armed with machine guns

December 20th, 2019 at 2:39 am » Comments Off

The Songar drone can accurately hit targets from hundreds of metres away, according to its manufacturer A drone with a machine gun attached can hit targets with high precision, according to its makers. Turkey is set to become the first country to have the drone, when it gets a delivery this month. The 25-kilogram drone […]



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