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US ally used Patriot missile to shoot down small drone

March 15th, 2017

A Patriot missile, which can cost up to $3 million, was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone worth a few hundred dollars, according to a U.S. general. Earlier this week Gen. David Perkins told the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force symposium in Huntsville, Ala. that the strike against an Unmanned …

Navy gets new flight simulator technology

November 29th, 2016

The U.S. Navy’s latest flight simulator technology will be found among the exhibits at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) taking place in Orlando this week, according to an announcement by NVIDIA. Together with virtual reality (VR) creator Mass Virtual, NVIDIA said the technology runs its Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) and …

US Navy denies software piracy in $596 million lawsuit

November 15th, 2016

In response to a $596 million lawsuit, the U.S. Navy has denied that it pirated copies of a tech company’s virtual reality software on more than 558,000 computers. The suit against the U.S. Government, filed by Bitmanagement Software in July, alleges that the Navy copied and installed the company’s virtual reality software on hundreds of …

DARPA develops digital copilot for military aircraft

October 27th, 2016

ALIAS can fly a military helicopter and then move into another aircraft and fly that too— and ALIAS is not human. Driverless cars may have been making headlines of late, but DARPA’s ALIAS program has also been making great strides in the development of “digital pilot” technology.

US Navy commissions the Zumwalt, a destroyer like no other

October 17th, 2016

The U.S. Navy commissioned the stealthy, futuristic-looking battleship the USS Zumwalt on Saturday, a powerful new vessel that the Navy calls its “most technologically advanced warship.” The ship is 610 feet long, weighs almost 15,000 tons, and cost a minimum of $4.4 billion, according to the Associated Press. Its distinctive, smooth appearance minimizes its radar …

Are Russian ‘weapons’ just filled with hot air?

October 13th, 2016

The same technology that produces bouncy castles is reportedly a part of Russian military strategy. MIG-31 fighter jets, T-80 tanks and even a S-300 missile system are all available for sale from a company called Rusbal— and all of them are as solid as a hot air balloon and as deadly as a bouncy castle …

Army building new ‘ambidextrous’ multi-purpose grenade

September 22nd, 2016

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 …

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

September 15th, 2016

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 …