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armyUS Army will test 50 kw lasers on Strykers and 100 kw lasers in 2021

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The US Army will test 50 kilowatt lasers on an Anti-aircraft Stryker starting in 2021 and then will field them in 2023. Doubling a laser’s power level halves the time it takes to burn out a given target at a …

armyUS Army shifting billions to priorities like better guns for soldiers

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The US Army is shifting over $25 billion over the next five years to 6 major high priority projects like better guns for frontline soldiers. The first phase of the better guns effort is the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW), …

armyUS working on 1150 mile range supergun

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The US Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) will have a range of up to 1,150 miles. The Strategic Long Range Cannon could be a follow-up to supergun work that Gerard Bull started for Iraq from 1988-1990. It could be a …

armyBell V-280 Future Army lift prototype might be reaching 280 knot speed targets

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The Bell V-280 Valor is a tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The prototype reached 190 knots (352 km/h) in cruise mode with horizontal propellers on …

armyUS army will convert 70 supply trucks to full self driving by 2020

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The US Army is accelerating its Automated Ground Resupply (AGR) program by spinning off something called the Expedient Leader-Follower demonstration. Contractors are currently installing Robotic Research LLC’s computer brains and sensors on 10 Oshkosh M1075 PLS (Palletized Loader System) trucks …

armyArmy will use lasers to cubesats for 50 times faster communication

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NASA and the US Army have tested 100 megabit per second laser communication with a cubesat. This is 50 times better than 2 megabit per second radio communication to cubesats that are currently used. Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) …

armyChina creating second largest marine corps to secure Belt and Road Interests

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China plans to increase the size of its marine corps from about 20,000 to 100,000 personnel to protect the nation’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas. China is shifting brigades from the army to the Marines and Navy to …

armyUS Army making 100 kilowatt lasers to defend against drones, rockets and mortars

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Raytheon Company is developing a 100 kW class laser weapon system preliminary design for integration onboard the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. This is a $10 million U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstration program contract. It is expected …

armyUS Army will work with Uber on co-rotating propellers for flying cars

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The Army is joining forces with Uber to build out technology that could help get the next generation of military helicopters and a proposed fleet of flying taxis off the ground. The rideshare company and Army Research Lab announced Tuesday …