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Army building new ‘ambidextrous’ multi-purpose grenade

By on September 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Army building new ‘ambidextrous’ multi-purpose grenade

Engineers at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are developing an ambidextrous multi-purpose hand grenade, which is the military’s first new lethal hand grenade in more than 40 years.

The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade will let soldiers set the grenade to fragmentation or concussive effect with the flip of a switch. The weapon is also designed for ambidextrous use so it can be both armed and thrown easily with either hand. Current grenades require a different arming procedure for left-handed users, according to the Army.

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‘Star Trek’-style surveillance drone for the US military

By on September 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

‘Star Trek’-style surveillance drone for the US military

It looks like a Star Trek Bird of Prey, and acts like a drone that terrorists cannot escape: A new military aircraft that’s powered by the sun and can conduct missions without landing for 45 days.

Airbus Defence and Space calls the new drone the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS), but it’s been dubbed the Zephyr. What’s a “pseudo satellite”? It has satellite-type capabilities like extreme surveillance— but is on demand with the flexibility and versatility of an unmanned aircraft.

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‘Star Wars’-style speeders could carry US troops

By on September 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

‘Star Wars’-style speeders could carry US troops

Remember those speeder bikes in Star Wars that raced through the air? Soldiers and Marines may get to zoom around the battlespace on a type of real-life version in the not-so-distant future.

The new vehicle (which flies using rotors) has been dubbed the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV. Malloy Aeronautics and SURVICE Engineering Company teamed up to further develop Malloy’s Hoverbike for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

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Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

By on July 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

If an ATV and a tank had a baby, it may very well look, and drive, like the Hellhound. This new vehicle can drive fast and furious into enemy battlespace on missions, all while protected with smart armor— and equipped with a laser.

Hellhound aims to bring science fiction weapons directly into future battlefields. More →

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New tech makes tank armor ‘see-through’

By on June 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

New tech makes tank armor ‘see-through’

What if tank crews could see through the heavily armored walls of their vehicle?

BAE System’s cutting-edge tech, called BattleView 360, lets warfighters do just that. A crew member wearing the helmet-mounted tech can “see through” the tank out to the battlefield around them.

Technology innovation has long been underway to give fighter pilots this sort of capability. For example, the F-35 helmet utilizes cameras and sensors fixed around the outside of the jet to provide pilots with a 360-degree view. In a sense, the helmet lets fighter pilots see through the floor of the aircraft, down to the ground. More →

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U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal: Stealth motorcycles

By on May 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal: Stealth motorcycles

Over the past few decades, the military has made great strides towards improving its stealth technology. Today, the U.S. Air Force can make use of stealth fighter jets and stealth bombers while the U.S. Navy can just as easily deploy stealth submarines and even stealth ships.

But what if a particular mission calls for something a bit smaller and just a tad more mobile? Meet the stealth motorcycle.

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These robots replicate enemy forces

By on May 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

These robots replicate enemy forces

Millions of rounds can be unleashed at these robots and they’ll keep going on going. In part because they have state of the art armor, but also because these robots can think and behave like the enemy … and avoid getting shot.

While it sounds like a “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” scenario, Special Operations Forces around the world are leveraging the abilities of the cutting-edge Marathon Target robots to challenge and enhance their skills.

Robots that think, communicate with each other and fight as a team …this is the future of land combat and the future is nearly upon us. These robots are currently used for advanced training – not for deployment in combat. More →

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The ‘Sea Wasp’ will be a potent threat to terrorists and their underwater bombs

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

The ‘Sea Wasp’ will be a potent threat to terrorists and their underwater bombs

The sea wasp, a kind of jellyfish, can kill people in as little as three minutes by wrapping them in ten-foot-long tentacles and inflicting stings all over the body, injecting them with a potent and extremely painful venom.

Saab has developed technology named after this terrifying creature— in the form of a robot that will be able to discover and tackle bombs hidden underwater off U.S. shores and near American vessels.

To test its Sea Wasp technology, Saab has partnered with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. The U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Divers Group 2, the FBI Counter-IED Section, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Counter-Terrorist Operations Maritime Response Unit will all be testing the Sea Wasp over the next 10 to 12 months. More →

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Hidden high-tech ocean pods will unleash Naval drones

By on May 12, 2016 at 10:12 PM.

Hidden high-tech ocean pods will unleash Naval drones

What if the U.S. could seed secret pods deep in the oceans that suddenly burst out of the water unleashing devastating surprise attacks on the enemy? While this sounds like the stuff of science fiction the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working to make this amazing project science fact.

Known as Upward Falling Payloads (UFPs), the pods are made by DARPA, which aims to develop innovative technologies to keep the U.S. safe. More →

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DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

By on April 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop more intelligent, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor.

The problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that it wants to address is that as weapons get better at piercing armor, adding armor to ground vehicles just makes them slower and more expensive to develop and deploy.

The initiative comes as part of the agency’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology program, which has awarded contracts to Carnegie Mellon University as well as to companies like Honeywell, Pratt & Miller, and Raytheon. More →

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Top special operations snipers go head to head

By on March 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Top special operations snipers go head to head

Top sniper teams from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines went head to head last week – but who proved they were the best?

Snipers from the world’s most elite special operations forces converged on Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the seventh annual Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The annual competition is five grueling days designed to test the world’s best snipers to the limit. Some 25 teams took part in 21 incredibly difficult events during the competition, which ran from March 20 through March 25. More →

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Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

By on March 21, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

It’s a common theme in science fiction – machines rising up against their human masters. But it could be a real threat, warn researchers at the recent World Economic Forum. Unlike today’s drones, which are still controlled by human operators, autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own.

“It was one of the concerns that we itemized last year,” Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at the school of computer science and engineering at the University of New South Wales, told FoxNews.com.

“Most of us believe that we don’t have the ability to build ethical robots,” he added. “What is especially worrying is that the various militaries around the world will be fielding robots in just a few years, and we don’t think anyone will be building ethical robots.”

Noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov famously penned the “Three Laws of Robotics,” which offered that “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” More →

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Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

By on March 17, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

New “bullets” for military railguns, which could strike enemy targets traveling at a whopping six times the speed of sound, are being tested.

Electromagnetic railguns and lasers are two technologies the military is harnessing as an alternative to gunpowder. The U.S. Navy is pioneering the futuristic weapons that could play a vital role in future combat.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Wednesday that its Blitzer railgun hypersonic projectiles successfully passed tests at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah between 7 and 9 March 2016.

Both General Atomics and BAE Systems have created cutting-edge Electromagnetic Railguns. In 2012, the Office of Naval Research began testing them. More →

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