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USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

The US Air Force has awarded Exosonic a contract to develop a supersonic combat drone concept. The demonstrator vehicle will be used to demonstrate the technologies behind the quiet supersonic concept and to train pilots. The project will, among other things, help the USAF train its fighter pilots for potential future encounters with "near-peer adversaries."

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Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs now have their own sniper rifle, hinting at the future of autonomous and remote-controlled warfare. The weapon comes from SWORD Defense Systems, which says its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) can be used with various remote-controlled "unmanned platforms." The company recently showcased the rifle mounted on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

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BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

With drones increasingly utilized as common warfare and surveillance technologies, a number of government contractors and agencies have funded projects that look into new ways to knock the aerial vehicles out of the sky. The latest among them is BAE Systems, which has tested a modified rocket featuring a laser guidance system to shoot down drones without the cost of existing missile options.

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Fortnite v17.30 hotfix adds Prop-ifier, a powerful new disguise item

Fortnite v17.30 hotfix adds Prop-ifier, a powerful new disguise item

Fortnite players have access to a new defensive item that, rather than attacking opponents, helps protect you from them. The Prop-ifier is, as its name suggests, a device that allows players to disguise themselves as items in their immediate vicinity. The disguise enables players to hide in tricky situations or catch an opponent by surprise.

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US Navy tests its most advanced aircraft carrier by blowing stuff up

US Navy tests its most advanced aircraft carrier by blowing stuff up

The United States Navy is testing whether its latest and greatest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is ready to take on the trials of war. To do this, the Navy is detonating explosives near the ship in order to make sure it can handle the kind of events that may be encountered during an actual war. The explosions were strong enough to register as small earthquakes.

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Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

For the first time, the UK's Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence in a test against live missiles at sea, providing a look at the future of autonomous systems in the military. The exercise will take place over three weeks and involve testing two systems: Sycoiea and Startle. The Royal Navy says this is the largest test of its kind conducted thus far.

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Bizarre crystal found at world’s first nuclear blast site was made from wires

Bizarre crystal found at world’s first nuclear blast site was made from wires

On July 16, 1945, the US conducted the world's first nuclear bomb test, an event codenamed Trinity. The test took place a couple of hundred miles south of Los Alamos, New Mexico, home of the iconic Los Alamos National Laboratory. That same lab has published a new study on a type of extreme rare crystal called a quasicrystal -- one that was, in this case, formed by the extreme environment caused by the nuclear explosion.

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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 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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US Army taps BAE Systems for its next-gen missile warning system

US Army taps BAE Systems for its next-gen missile warning system

The United States Army has awarded BAE Systems with a $179 million contract to develop its next-generation Missile Warning System (MWS), the company has announced. Under this contract, BAE Systems will operate under the US Army's Limited Interim Missile Warning System Quick Reaction Capability (LIMWS QRC) program. The company will provide the military with its first two production lots of the LIMWS.

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Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

They may be mostly considered today as annoying toys but the origin of drones can hardly be considered innocent. Originally used to describe unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs the size or small planes, drones have become even smaller to the point that consumers could take them around for entertainment or professional photography use. Armed forces around the world, however, are using the same advancement in drone technology to improve their original purpose. Turkey, however, maybe literally taking that to new heights with a drone that comes bearing arms.

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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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