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USAF’s new THOR weapon can instantly take down drone swarms

USAF’s new THOR weapon can instantly take down drone swarms

The United States Air Force has rapidly developed a new microwave weapon called THOR that can take down swarms of drones, officials have announced. The weapon was unveiled on June 20 by the Air Force Research Laboratory to local reporters who were given a demonstration of THOR in action. The weapon system cost $15 million and was developed in only 18 months.

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USAF’s first AGM-183A hypersonic weapon flight test was a success

USAF’s first AGM-183A hypersonic weapon flight test was a success

The United States Air Force's first flight test of the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) was a success, officials have announced. The flight test was conducted with a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft at the Edwards Air Force Base on June 12; it involved a prototype version of the hypersonic weapon that featured only sensors.

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Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

The United States Navy has released two videos showing the 'unsafe maneuver' Russian Destroyer UDALOY I DD 572 made toward the USS Chancellorsville, a guided missile cruiser, while in the Philippine Sea. The incident took place at around 11:45AM on Friday, June 7, and involved the destroyer coming within approximately 50ft - 100ft of the USS Chancellorsville.

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US Navy plans to deploy high-energy HELIOS laser on USS Preble in 2021

US Navy plans to deploy high-energy HELIOS laser on USS Preble in 2021

The United States Navy anticipates having its own anti-missile laser in operation by 2021, officials have revealed. The High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance system (HELIOS) will be equipped on the USS Preble, a guided missile destroyed based in Hawaii. The timeline was revealed by Rear Adm. Ron Boxall in a recent interview.

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Pentagon taps Parrot to develop spy aircraft prototype for US Army

Pentagon taps Parrot to develop spy aircraft prototype for US Army

Parrot, a French drone maker that has spent years in DJI's immense shadow, is one of half a dozen companies selected by the Pentagon to develop prototype aircraft suitable for military surveillance use. The work will take place under a government contract seeking the adaption of small consumer UAVs into drones that can be deployed for scouting missions on the battlefield.

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USAF seeks autonomous aerial rescue vehicle for combat missions

USAF seeks autonomous aerial rescue vehicle for combat missions

The United States Air Force has published a call for a large autonomous aerial vehicle that will be able to rescue and transport up to four people in remote combat zones. Details about the plan were recently published on the government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) website, where the USAF Research Laboratory specifies that the vehicle shouldn't have an 'onboard traditional pilot.'

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US Air Force successfully shoots down airborne missiles with a laser

US Air Force successfully shoots down airborne missiles with a laser

We're probably still decades away from the kind of force field protection found in science fiction. Until then, we'll have to settle for taking down missiles even before they can get too near. That doesn't mean, however, that we can't inject a bit of the hi-tech stuff that somewhat inspire the imagination. That might be the image you'll get with the US Air Force Research Lab's report of successfully shooting down missiles in the air using high energy lasers.

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China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

Chinese state media has revealed 'Marine Lizard,' an autonomous amphibious landing vehicle designed for the nation's military. The 'drone boat' can launch anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, and also features a pair of machine guns. The company behind the vehicle, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), revealed its new military vessel on Chinese social media this week.

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US police test lasso gun that wraps suspects in Kevlar cord

US police test lasso gun that wraps suspects in Kevlar cord

Multiple police departments in the US are testing a 'lasso gun' that shoots a Kevlar tether at suspects. The non-lethal weapon works like something out of a Batman movie, giving officers an alternative to pepper spray, which can inadvertently incapacitate the officer, and tasers, which require the officer to be fairly close to the suspect.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Last fall, it was revealed that Microsoft won a contract from the US Army to adapt its HoloLens augmented reality headset into a tool for the military dubbed Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), all to the tune of $479 million. While still in the early prototype phase and years away from rollout, the public was given its first look at the project, revealing what it's capable of so far.

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Kratos stealth combat drone’s first test flight was a success

Kratos stealth combat drone’s first test flight was a success

The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, a stealth combat drone that'll be used by the US Air Force, successfully completed its first ever test flight this month. The flight took place at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, where it flew for 76 minutes and completed all of its test objectives. The stealth drone is substantial in size with a top speed of more than 650mph.

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US Army considers using AI to speed up weapons systems

US Army considers using AI to speed up weapons systems

The U.S. Army is considering the use of artificial intelligence for some weapons, its acquisitions assistant secretary revealed late last week. Officials are cautioning against policies that restrict its ability to use AI for these systems, arguing that such limitations will prevent it from developing weapons that can adequately compete against potential threats from advanced foreign powers.

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