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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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FAA warns citizens to stop putting weapons and fireworks on drones

FAA warns citizens to stop putting weapons and fireworks on drones

The Federal Aviation Administration really wants the public to stop attaching weapons and fireworks to drones. Officials with the agency published a statement about the matter last week, warning that operating weaponized drones is not only dumb and dangerous but also against the law. Anyone caught flying a drone modified with these items faces a huge fine, something that could snowball into more serious punishment if someone gets hurt.

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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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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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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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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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US Army awards two contracts for light infantry combat vehicle prototypes

US Army awards two contracts for light infantry combat vehicle prototypes

The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems with a contract to develop 12 prototype combat vehicles designed for light infantry brigades. The contract, which is worth up to $376 million, requires BAE Systems to engineer, manufacture, and develop the prototypes. A separate similar contract was also awarded by the U.S. Army to GD Land Systems, which is also required to deliver 12 prototype vehicles.

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Major solar storm detonated US Navy sea mines during Vietnam War

Major solar storm detonated US Navy sea mines during Vietnam War

Old military documents have revealed that a massive solar storm detonated US Navy bombs during the Vietnam War. The event happened in early August 1972, during a brief period of solar activity that had caused major terrestrial disruptions. According to a newly published study, this solar storm caused dozens of US Navy bombs to erupt at the same time.

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Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook is cracking down on content that instructs the public on creating firearms using 3D printers. Blueprints for these weapons have been available online for years, raising concerns about safety and the technology's ability to circumvent existing gun laws. Facebook confirmed the removal to several media outlets today, saying the content is against its Community Standards.

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