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‘Star Wars’-style speeders could carry US troops

September 8th, 2016

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 …

Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

July 7th, 2016

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.

New tech makes tank armor ‘see-through’

June 3rd, 2016

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 …

These robots replicate enemy forces

May 24th, 2016

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 …

Hidden high-tech ocean pods will unleash Naval drones

May 12th, 2016

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 …

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

April 27th, 2016

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 …

Top special operations snipers go head to head

March 30th, 2016

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 …

Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

March 21st, 2016

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 …