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The US Army is testing augmented reality goggles for dogs

October 19th, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

The AR goggles will allow military canine handlers to issue commands remotely.   The US Army is trialing a new technology that could “fundamentally change how military canines are deployed in the future” — a pair of augmented reality goggles for dogs. Dogs are put to many uses in modern militaries, from detecting explosives and […]

Work begins on Starlink-like constellation of small hypersonic missile-tracking satellites

October 14th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The Pentagon’s grand space strategy envisions a shift from larger, expensive satellites to massive constellations of smaller, easier to replace ones.  The U.S. military has hired L3Harris and SpaceX to build small satellites with powerful infrared sensors capable of spotting and tracking ballistic missiles and hypersonic weapons. These satellites could become part of a large […]

The US military’s heat weapon is real and painful. Here’s what it does.

September 29th, 2020 at 1:38 am » Comments Off

It is in the same category as a sonic tool that’s known as “the voice of God.” Earlier this week, an NPR report uncovered an exchange from June 1, in which a military police officer wanted to know if the D.C. National Guard owned a pain-inducing heat weapon for potentially using on protesters. He also […]

Anduril’s new drone offers to inject more AI into warfare

September 19th, 2020 at 12:36 am » Comments Off

  A swarm of Ghost 4s, controlled by a single person on the ground, can perform reconnaissance missions like searching for enemy weapons or soldiers. Anduril’s Ghost 4 drone can carry systems capable of jamming enemy communications or an infrared laser to direct weapons at a target. THIS SPRING, A team of small drones, each […]

U.S. military getting closer to autonomous off road combat vehicles

September 7th, 2020 at 3:07 am » Comments Off

  Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an algorithm that could have big implications for autonomous vehicles. With the algorithm, autonomous ground vehicles are able to improve their own navigation systems by watching a human drive. The approach developed by […]

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 […]

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