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DARPA’s Selects Two Teams for Air-Launched UAS Development

March 17, 2017 by · Comment
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DARPA has recently moved to phase 2 of the Gremlins program which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. DARPA selected two teams - one led by Dynetics, the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), to complete preliminary designs full-scale technology demonstration systems, as well as develop and perform risk-reduction tests of individual system components.
              

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U.S. Army to Evaluate Counter-Drone Gun System

March 14, 2017 by · Comment
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Aware of the growing threat of bomb-laden mini drones that recently emerged in Iraq and Syria, the US Army is rushing to field countermeasures and kinetic effects designed specifically to defeat drones. DRS and Moog are cooperating with RADA to demonstrate such 'hard kill' system for testing in October.
              

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The CIA’s Leaking Cyber Vault

March 7, 2017 by · Comment
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US Army Deploys Experimental Counter-Drone Vehicles in Europe

March 6, 2017 by · Comment
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Roboteam Demonstrates the Rooster Drone-Robot

February 20, 2017 by · Comment
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Military robotics expert Roboteam is developing a hybrid air/ground drone robot system called ROOSTER, that mimics the flying of a male chicken. Its capability to fly over a short distance enables the Rooster to get around obstacles and reach vantage positions, like moving from a street to a rooftop in a short time.
              

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US-Japanese Missile – SM-3 Block IIA Scores a Bullseye on 1st Intercept Test

February 4, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The first live intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor missile was completed successfully on Friday dawn, off the west coast of Hawaii, proving the design maturity of the most advanced interceptor in the sea-based AEGIS Missile Defense system. The intercept was conducted by the US Navy AEGIS test ship - from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as part of a US-Japanese cooperative development.
              

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US Navy Uses Spike Miniature Missiles to Shoot Down UAVs

February 2, 2017 by · Comment
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Weapons specialists at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. have recently tested the capability of guided missile to defeat an unmanned aerial vehicle in flight. Two Spike 'forward-firing miniature missiles' were used to defeat two Outlaw UAVs, employing both proximity and contact activation (in separate tests)
              

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David’s Sling Completes 5th Test Series

January 25, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) within the Israel Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a series of intercept tests of Rafael/Raytheon David's Sling Weapon System (DSWS). The new system is being deployed with Israel's multi-tiered antimissile array.
              

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Sig Sauer’s P320 Selected for the Army’s Next Service Pistol

January 20, 2017 by · Comment
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The US Army selected the Sig Sauer P320 pistol for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), replacing the the service's Beretta M9 pistol that has been in service in the past 30 years. The $580 million contract announced yesterday covers procurement of some 280,000 handguns over 10 years.
              

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Marine Corps Deploy F-35B to Japan

January 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, Syndicated Industry News 
The first F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni today (January 18, 2017) beginning the squadron’s permanent basing at the air station.
              

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Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Become Dual-Mission, Assume Anti-Ship Role

January 17, 2017 by · Comment
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New capabilities introduced to the new batch of Block IV Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAM) are transforming the weapon of the 1980s into a smarter, more versatile 21st century weapon. The U.S. Navy is planning to rapidly deploy the modernized, retargetable Block IV land attack missile on board ships as a dual-mission 'Maritime Strike Tomahawk'.
              

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Protected: A Gunslinger with Bad Eyesight?

January 16, 2017 by · Comment
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Diesel-Powered Drone Set Endurance Record (56 Hour Mission) for Small UAS

January 12, 2017 by · Comment
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Vanilla Aircraft VA001 has set an endurance record for 50 kg-500 kg subclass drones, flying a 56-hour mission without refueling the diesel-powered drone, demonstrated the feasibility of designing a low-cost UAV able to take off from one side of a continent, fly to the other, perform its duties for a week, and come back - all on the same tank of fuel.
              

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USAF Selects Boeing to deliver podded High Energy Laser

December 16, 2016 by · Comment
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The Boeing Company has been awarded an estimated $90 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the development and delivery of an experimental laser pod. The contractor will provide research and development of high energy laser technologies through the next five years. The laser pod referred to in this award is likely to be the Self-Protect High […]
              

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Super Hornets Getting New, Thermal Eyes

December 16, 2016 by · Comment
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The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded an $82 million to deliver 12 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The IRST system developed and built by Lockheed Martin is a long-wave infrared (LWIR) detection system housed in a centerline pod. The IRST acts like a passive radar and targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment.
              

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“Fireball, We’re Taking It Down!”

December 15, 2016 by · Comment
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Beefing up Defense Against Chinese ‘Carrier Killers’

December 15, 2016 by · Comment
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ADIR Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

December 9, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.
              

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DARPA to Expand TERN UAS Testing, Funding a Second Prototype

November 17, 2016 by · Comment
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New Satellite Doubles DigitalGlobe’s Earth Imaging Capacity

November 11, 2016 by · Comment
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The Lockheed Martin-built WorldView-4 satellite will orbit the earth every 90 minutes capturing 600,000 square miles of imagery everyday. Photo: Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin has successfully launched today the WorldView-4 commercial remote sensing spacecraft for DigitalGlobe, Inc. The satellite orbits Earth every 90 minutes, traveling 17,000 miles per hour, providing the world's highest-resolution 30 cm commercial satellite imagery, capturing as much as 680,000 square kilometers of the Earth's surface daily.
              

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Bigger Wings, Additional Fuel Carry the Avenger Longer and Farther

November 11, 2016 by · Comment
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Aurora Tailors an Unmanned Flight Suite for the Huey

November 10, 2016 by · Comment
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SBIRS Satellite Provide ‘Unblinking Eyes’, Constantly Monitoring Hotspots Worldwide

October 31, 2016 by · Comment
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An artist concept view of SBIRS GEO in orbitThe Pentagon is harnessing its strategic missile warning system to conduct surveillance on a global scale, improving strategic situational awareness over the entire planet. A new Battlespace Awareness Center (OBA) that came online last month processes massive streams of satellite infrared immagery, generating Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) that turns the pentagon's 'Space-Based Infra-Red Systems' (SBIRS) into an all-seeing, unblinking eye.
              

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High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense

reaper_bmds_1021Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
              

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Nano Sensors Enhancing Warfighters’ Situational Awareness

September 17, 2016 by · Comment
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