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US Army combat dogs get special hats to protect their hearing

US Army combat dogs get special hats to protect their hearing

The U.S. Army has unveiled a special new type of hearing protection designed specifically for military dogs working in combat environments. Unlike existing hearing protection gear for canines, this padded hood has a low profile and is designed to fit snugly on the dog's head without the need for straps or otherwise cumbersome attachments. The hearing protection can be used on helicopters, during training, and more.

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DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

Raytheon has announced that it is working with DARPA on a project for detecting buried explosives using a unique method: bacteria. The work is taking place under a contract from the agency; Worcester Polytechnic Institute joins Raytheon in 'programming' two different bacteria strains to detect bombs located underground.

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US Air Force receives its first anti-drone laser weapon system

US Air Force receives its first anti-drone laser weapon system

The United States Air Force has received its first anti-drone laser weapon, Raytheon has announced. The company delivered the counter-UAS system earlier this month, marking its completion of the work first revealed earlier this year. The US Air Force plans to test the system over the duration of a year as part of a larger experiment. According to Raytheon, its technology can take down a drone within seconds.

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Boeing MQ-25 unmanned refueler drone completes its first test flight

Boeing MQ-25 unmanned refueler drone completes its first test flight

In August 2018, Boeing was awarded an $805 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the development of an 'unmanned aerial refueler.' The resulting MQ-25 autonomous refueler drone has successfully completed its first test flight, according to Boeing, which plans to produce four of these aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The test included an autonomous takeoff and flight.

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Air Force X-37B has been in orbit for more than 718 days

Air Force X-37B has been in orbit for more than 718 days

The U.S. Air Force has been putting a secretive spaceplane into orbit for years now called the X-37B. The X-37B spaceplane is an uncrewed spacecraft that has been heading into space for over a decade and regularly beating its own record for space flight duration. The current mission for the spaceplane is its longest duration yet.

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DARPA video shows autonomous drones swarming a building

DARPA video shows autonomous drones swarming a building

DARPA, the agency behind a number of defense-related projects, has published a new video showing a swarm of autonomous drones surrounding a target. The demonstration took place under the agency's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, which seeks technology that will eventually allow small infantry units to wield drone swarms comprised of up to 250 UAVs.

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US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

The United States Army has announced plans to test robotic combat vehicles starting in March 2020 at Fort Carson in Colorado. During that time, soldiers will participate in an operational test of modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles (tanks) called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds). The test will influence future autonomous vehicle projects conducted by the US Army.

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Bird strike caused US Air Force jet to drop fake bombs on Florida

Bird strike caused US Air Force jet to drop fake bombs on Florida

A US Air Force fighter jet dropped dummy bombs on Florida during a routine training mission, the USAF's Moody Air Force Base announced this week. According to military officials, the dummy bomb drop was initiated by the A-10C Thunderbolt II, a twin turbofan single-seat aircraft that was, during this training mission, packing dummy BDU-33s.

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US Army’s first two audiobooks are free to the public

US Army’s first two audiobooks are free to the public

The United States Army has released two training manuals as audiobooks that are freely accessible to the public. The two audiobooks represent the first time the US Army has released training manuals in audio form, giving those who prefer to listen rather than read a new way to digest the material. The new content was released by the Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD).

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US Army starts testing pocket-sized IR drones for combat

US Army starts testing pocket-sized IR drones for combat

The United States Army has started testing pocket-sized infrared drones in Afghanistan with the expectation that they will eventually become part of a soldier's standard gear. The tiny drones, which are described as resembling miniature helicopters, were made by FLIR Systems. The drones can be deployed in less than a single minute and operated over a full mile.

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US Special Forces laser can ID your heartbeat from over 600 feet away

US Special Forces laser can ID your heartbeat from over 600 feet away

In the mobile world, there are arguments over the accuracy and security of biometrics such as fingerprints, irises, and faces. In the security and military sectors, however, people are turning to heartbeats. Just like fingerprints, the cardiac signature of a person is believed to be unique and infallible. But unlike fingerprints, heartbeats can be measured secretly from a distance with a laser. And wouldn’t you know it, the US military has one exactly like that.

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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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