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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Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing Technology

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Cold spray technology has been implemented as a coating process for decades and now it’s being used as a form of 3D printing. While it’s ideally suited for pure metals and alloys, it can also be used on metallic glasses, metal matrix composites and often polymers as well.

Australia’s dedicated submarine sustainment organisation, ASC, partnered with the CSIRO and DMTC Limited, has turned to cold spray 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to maintain and repair its fleet of Collins Class submarines.

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Royal Navy Adds Robotic Submarines To Its Fleet

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The Royal Navy is set to develop 100-foot long unmanned robotic submarines which could soon complement the conventional manned submarine fleet. An investment of up to £2.5 million has been set aside by the British government for the research and development of this extra-large autonomous submarine.

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UK Defence Industry: A Rare Look Behind The Scenes

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With all the fuss over Brexit and other issues, the UK defence industry remains a shining light in the manufacturing sector. While there are several “secret projects” nobody can talk about (just like in the movies), BAE Systems and MBDA opened their doors to The Manufacturer with an invitation to tour their facilities.

In this rare behind-the-scenes look, you will see some of the incredible developments within the UK defence industry. You will find out all you need to about inflatable sea boats, radar systems, microelectronics, missiles and Environmental Stress Screening. Before we get started, let’s take a closer look at BAE Systems and MBDA.

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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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