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future weaponsMagnetized Plasma Hypersonic Projectile Gun

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China is working on magnetized plasma artillery which could enable hypersonic projectiles from a tank. This technology is different than railguns. China has started testing railguns on large navy ships. This technology could be ten to one hundred times smaller …

aircraft carrierExperts say China is Leading in Hypersonic Technology

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A panel of national security experts say China is leading the world in hypersonic technology due to Beijing setting a clear investment strategy to its industrial base. Hypersonic glide weapons are a threat to aircraft carriers and land air bases. …

future weaponsX-60A Mach 8 Hypersonic Test Platform

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The Air Force Research Laboratory and Generation Orbit Launch Services is developing the Mach 8 hypersonic X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed as a hypersonic flight test platform. X-60A program completed its Critical Design Review. This …

energyRussian Army Has New Body Armor and Promise Combat Exoskeletons

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Russia has modernized 35 brigades (over 80,000 soldiers) active military combat personnel with new body armor and weapons. Russia calls this equipment Ratnik-2. Russia is promising to develop Ratnik-3 which would be advanced combat exoskeletons, UAVs and combat robots. The …

futurePrecision Missiles are the Critical Ammunition in a Big War and the US Does Not Have Enough

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The USA does not have enough missiles and antimissiles to beat China over Taiwan and Russia over the Baltics according to RAND thinktank wargames. Precision long-range missiles will be the critical ammunition in any future war with China and Russia. …

hypersonicRaytheon Gets Follow-up $63 Million Hypersonic Weapons Contract

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DARPA awarded Raytheon a $63 million contract to further develop the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons program. A rocket will accelerate the missile to over 5 times the speed of sound and then the hypersonic warhead will separate and glide …

energyInfrastructure Assumptions of No Major Precision Warfare

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China has been spending trillions of dollars on ultra-high voltage electrical grids, large hydroelectric dams and dams for pumped hydro energy storage. China is spending about $2.2 trillion on new energy and grid construction from 2016-2020. There are many benefits …

economic impactPentagon Could Retire Aircraft Carrier to Save $30 Billion

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The Pentagon has decided to cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10. In 2014, there was a proposal to cancel the mid-life upgrade of the USS George Washington. This proposal was defeated. The mid-life upgrade cancellations have …

air forceBoeing Reveals Drone Wingman

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Boeing will create a jet fighter companion drone for Australia’s airforce. The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned/unmanned missions. Jet fighter drones will eventually provide force multiplier benefits for Air Force pilots. In …

future weaponsGerman Rheinmetall Makes Progress to 100-kilowatt Combat Lasers

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Germany is making progress to 100-kilowatt military lasers. There were successful tests shooting down drones and mortar rounds. The next step will be to integrate a 20-kilowatt laser on an armored vehicle. Germany is about two years behind the US …