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US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

If anyone I know gets a virus on their computer and wants me to fix it, I don’t bother with anything past antivirus protection. If that doesn't remove the virus, I reformat and reinstall the OS. The US military doesn't always have that option when it comes to drone flights. The Predator and Reaper drone sin the US military arsenal are used for missions ranging from attack to covert surveillance.

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US Army drops $4.8M on 315 Recon Scout XT robots

US Army drops $4.8M on 315 Recon Scout XT robots

The military in all branches is starting to adopt robots and other devices like unmanned drones that can be used to survey a hostile battlefield and keep soldiers out of harms way. There are large robots that can be mounted with weapons of their own to fight the enemy and there are some that are small and meant to help the solider get eyes on a target.

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Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

One of the things that places a limit on how far a military patrol can roam is the amount of gear like food, water, and ammo they can carry with them. The military is working on getting some devices like robots into the field that will be able to carry packs and supplies for soldiers over any terrain. A company called Boston Dynamics has previously unveiled the Big Dog four-legged robot that was sufficiently creepy.

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Oshkosh Defense shows off Light Combat Vehicle for next gen military transport

Oshkosh Defense shows off Light Combat Vehicle for next gen military transport

The US military relies heavily on the Hummer today to get smaller groups of soldiers around on the battlefield and while on missions. The work on the replacement for the Hummer is underway with one company called Oshkosh Defense now showing off its next-generation Light Combat Vehicle dubbed the L-ATV. Oshkosh Defense already provides the military with heavy and medium MRAP vehicles for all sorts of operational needs.

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Crowd Buster shoots massive cloud of pepper spray and blue dye to disperse crowds

Crowd Buster shoots massive cloud of pepper spray and blue dye to disperse crowds

There has been a number of new non-lethal items for police and military use that I have run across lately. When the rioting was at its strongest in London the Crowd Buster may have been just the thing the police needed to get the looters to leave. This device looks like some sort of flamethrower mated with a mosquito fogger. It's actually a rig that is used to spray giant clouds of pepper spray tinted with blue dye.

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Chinese APV for riot control is surprisingly comfy looking inside

Chinese APV for riot control is surprisingly comfy looking inside

I have seen some photos before of the inside of military armored personnel vehicles that are used to keep the people inside safe while in transit. They are generally dark and have nothing more than a web of straps for seats. The Chinese on the other hand have an APC that is used for things like riot control by the police that looks downright inviting compared to the military versions.

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Navy Develops new explosive material better suited to destroying missile in flight

Navy Develops new explosive material better suited to destroying missile in flight

The US Office of Naval Research has announced the successful testing of a new explosive material that can increase the effectiveness of a weapon impact. The new material is made of a high-sensitivity substance that has five times the explosive energy of existing armaments. The material mixes metals and polymers and is as dense as steel with the strength of aluminum.

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Google Maps Celebrates Gadaffi Fall with Central Libyan City Square Name Change

Google Maps Celebrates Gadaffi Fall with Central Libyan City Square Name Change

It's time for a very brief history lesson since this story affords us a brief look at a politically charged situation we generally otherwise wouldn't be taking a look at here on a tech and gadget oriented publication. The situation is the Libyan rebels are advancing on Libya's 40 year leader Muammar Gaddafi. This fellow took power back in 1969 with a group that staged a bloodless coup during which Tripoli, Libya's largest city and capitol, had it's most famous square, constructed by Italian colonial rulers and called "Independence Square" during the post-WWII Libyan monarchy. Soon after Gadaffi took power, he and his regime renamed the area "Green Square" and it's been that way for just about 42 years - until today.

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Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

While some call it a copy of the Russian T62, others note that it appears more likely that the maker of this monster saw a Panzer II tank and copied it complete with an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun on a completely new looking turret. Regardless, this is a gigantic war tank created by a civilian by the name of Hao JinXi whose private manufacturing enterprise specializes in the production of a certain single type of tourist train. Why on earth he decided to drop 800,000 Japanese yuans (something like $9,400 USD) on a completely newly manufactured version of an out-of-use tank is quite simple.

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Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

If you have ever set and watched the seeds drop from maple trees in the fall you know the inspiration for the new drone that Lockheed Martin has developed. The maple seeds have a strange single wing design and when they fall from the tree, they twirl their way to the ground in a slow fall not that unlike a helicopter.

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