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2021 Torsus Praetorian has improved features and military-grade body panels

2021 Torsus Praetorian has improved features and military-grade body panels

The 2021 Torsus Praetorian remains the world’s most formidable and most capable 4x4 bus. Yes, the Praetorian is a bus, but it can do more than pick up or drop off passengers at the next stop. It’s a hardcore, battle-ready, and supremely off-road-ready apocalypse machine with room for up to 35 passengers and heavy-duty equipment.

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Watch Royal Marines fly like Iron Man in new jet suit demonstration

Watch Royal Marines fly like Iron Man in new jet suit demonstration

The UK's Royal Marines recently demonstrated the use of a jet suit that enabled them to fly one-by-one from an inflatable boat over the ocean to a massive navy ship. The exercise was a demonstration of Gravity Industries' jet suit, which bestows the wearer with a flying ability remarkably similar to that of Iron Man.

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US Army gets an upgrade to its night vision capabilities

US Army gets an upgrade to its night vision capabilities

The United States Army has released some new footage showing how their new night vision technology functions. The video shows a demonstration of the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B). The upgraded night vision system is part of the Army's efforts to modernize its fighting force.

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DARPA’s latest program seeks a new type of PPE made for soldiers

DARPA’s latest program seeks a new type of PPE made for soldiers

The term 'PPE' is something we're all familiar with due to the important role this protective equipment has played during the pandemic. There is a downside to this personal equipment, however -- it is typically bulky, uncomfortable, and slows down your ability to work. That's why DARPA has announced a new project that seeks to revolution PPE for the battlefield with the development of 'PPB.'

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USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced plans to update its Reaper drones in a way that makes them more capable against 'near-peer' threats. The plan comes from the USAF's Life Cycle Management Center, specifically its MQ-9 Program Office, which explains that the mission behind the drone platform is 'shifting' from one aimed at addressing extremist groups to one that may need to address near-peer threats.

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DARPA awards contracts for major spacecraft nuclear propulsion system

DARPA awards contracts for major spacecraft nuclear propulsion system

DARPA has announced the recipients of its phase-one Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) contracts, an initiative that paves the way for future nuclear thermal propulsion spacecraft systems. In explaining the purpose of its DRACO program, DARPA says that current space propulsion systems aren't able to offer the 'rapid maneuver' capabilities it needs.

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Microsoft HoloLens-based headset enters production for the Army

Microsoft HoloLens-based headset enters production for the Army

Microsoft HoloLens is an augmented reality headset that the software giant is positioning to be used in multiple industries. The AR headset can be used for training and also serve other purposes. This week, the United States Army announced that it would be working with Microsoft to move into the production phase of a HoloLens-based headset called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).

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DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA has a collaborative air combat autonomy program that has made significant strides in recent months. The program is called Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and DARPA has announced that it's halfway through phase 1. During its progress so far, ACE has eclipsed several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aerial dogfights in phase 2 later this year.

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Air Force considers SpaceX Starlink for military applications

Air Force considers SpaceX Starlink for military applications

Communications capability is a big deal on aircraft of all sorts, but particularly for military aircraft. A new report suggests that the United States Air Force is considering SpaceX's Starlink Internet connectivity for its potential military applications. One of the major contractors to the United States Air Force, Ball Aerospace, builds "conformal antennas" for tactical aircraft used by the USAF.

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Storm armored MPV runs on hybrid power and is amphibious

Storm armored MPV runs on hybrid power and is amphibious

A company from Ukraine called Highland Systems is showing off an interesting armored vehicle at the IREX Defense Expo in Abu Dhabi. The Storm uses a hybrid powertrain and has fully amphibious capabilities. That means it's able to operate on land and can operate in water as well. Interestingly, the company is working on a version of the vehicle that will launch soon that's also submersible.

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DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA has announced the three companies it selected to develop concepts for its LongShot program. The agency didn't reveal the financial details for its selection, but did state that the contracts are for concepts on a UAV that would be launched in the air, after which point the drone would be able to launch its own air-to-air weapons.

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DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

Night vision technology is nothing new, but despite modern innovations, the goggles remain fairly large and bulky. In addition to adding weight to a soldier's helmet and potentially putting a strain on their neck muscles, the goggles also have a small field of view, making it more tricky to evaluate one's surroundings. DARPA aims to change that.

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