DARPA Testing Military Drones With Swarming Capability

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The US Defense Department has taken a big leap toward swarming military drones that can be launched from aeroplanes and recovered in mid-air. They successfully conducted a first test flight of the Gremlins military drones in November 2019. Now, DARPA has announced that its unmanned Gremlins X-61A military drones have completed the second round of tests with impressive results.

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Unmanned Combat Vehicle Ready For Action

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Unmanned ground vehicles are not a new concept but the latest project from Estonia-based Milrem Robotics and Belgium’s John Cockerill Defense could represent the future of unmanned warfare. Milrem’s Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle is modular in design and equipped with the Cockerill turret. The platform was built specifically for unmanned armoured vehicles under 12 tonnes destined for rapid deployment.

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UK Defence Update: Black Night Battle Tanks

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Over the years advances in technology and engineering have accounted for many innovations within the defence sector. Last week we looked at naval vessels and today, we focus on the Challenger 2 MK2 Black Night Battle Tanks.

The original Challenger 2 served with distinction in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and now, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its service to 2035. BAE Systems have introduced the first working prototype of the Black Night upgrade to the UK’s main battle tank, Challenger 2. It features a state-of-the-art thermal imaging system and many improved defensive systems capable of challenging anything standing in its way.

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Boeing Builds Orca Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

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Back in 2017 we reported on the Boeing Echo Voyager autonomous unmanned submarines and now, big brother is here. It comes in the form of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) built for a host of applications.

The US Navy awarded Boeing with a US$43 million contract to build four Orca’s and the support gear. Boeing partnered with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the 51-ft (15.5 m) long unmanned undersea vehicles which will operate in the open ocean. This is largely thanks to next-level autonomous navigation systems and a fuel module that gives the Orca an incredible range of 6,500 nm (7,480 mi / 12,038 km).

But to get a real idea of the engineering ingenuity of the Orca, let’s recap on the Boeing Echo Voyager.

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Defence Update: Israeli Smart Tank Fitted With AI

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The defence sector is a demanding industry as companies from all over the world compete for new innovations and technologies. From tanks and armoured personnel carriers to autonomous vehicles and helicopters, countries are always looking to expand their defence forces.

We’ve recently covered some really interesting defence technologies ranging from micro drones to UAVs and military robots. Looking at some of the developments from 2018, the Israeli Defence Force springs to mind.

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