US Army and Navy Demo 300 Kilowatt Laser by 2022 and Navy Targets 500 Kilowatts by 2024

In 2022, the US Army will field test two high-energy lasers. A 50-kilowatt weapon to destroy enemy drones and incoming artillery rockets and a 300-kW weapon that could potentially shoot down cruise missiles. The US Navy has installed and tested 150 kilowatt lasers and will be testing 300-kilowatt lasers. US Army’s Six Modernization Priorities 1. …

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Super Long Range Cannons Could Create Global Trench Warfare 2.0

The US army is planning to test-fire a cannon in 2023 with a range of 1000 miles. Current US artillery has 15-45 mile ranges. The benefit of having 1000 mile ranges is that the combat radius of fighter planes is about 700-800 miles unless there is midair refueling. US Aircraft carriers have a strike range …

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How China and India Matchup Militarily if the Border War Escalates

China and India had a border skirmish which resulted in 20 deaths on the India side and maybe 43 on the China side. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has various maps and analysis of the situation. Indian experts have disputed the ASPI analysis. It is a highly mountainous terrain bordering China-Tibet, India and near …

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US Army Fielding 50 Kilowatt Lasers in 2022 and 300 KW In 2024

The US Army will field 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in 2022. They will support the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing aircraft, and rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM). In …

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US Army Loading Up on New Mini-drones and Ground Robots

The US Army is buying 18000 drones from mini-palm sized drones to new ground robots for Afghanistan. The palm-sized Black Hornet mini-drone only weighs just over one ounce. The Army is buying 9,000 systems — each with two drones — over three years for nine-man infantry squads. A squad leader will use mini-drones to scout …

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US Army Approves Plans for Microwave, Laser and Hypersonic Weapons

The US Army has approved plans for high-powered microwave weapons, laser weapons and the development of hypersonic missiles. The Army will test a 50-kilowatt laser on an 8×8 Stryker armored vehicle by 2021 and then a 100-kW one on a heavy HEMTT truck. 100-KW lasers on an army truck Starting in 2021, the Army will …

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India and Pakistan On the Verge of Another War

India and Pakistan are using airstrikes against each other and both also shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday. Pakistan captured an Indian pilot. These are the first air strikes they have exchanged since 1971. Pakistan and Indian ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations. A suicide car bombing on …

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TALOS Exoskeleton Program Fails But Silent Electric Dirt Bikes Could Work Out

Patrick Tucker at Defense One has reported that James Smith, SOCOM’s acquisition executive has stated that the Special Ops Exoskeleton is nowhere near ready for use in combat. There have been improvements in lightweight body armor and improved helmet displays. There are tests of partial suits to help support walking and running with heavy loads. …

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A Missile Container Navy Would be Six Times More Cost Effective

The US Navy is considering converting available merchant ships into missile-armed Navy ships. They would be able to make 15-20 merchant ships for the cost of one destroyer. The merchant missile ships would have 450-600 missiles versus 90 on one destroyer. Offensive and defensive missiles are one of the main metrics for how much combat …

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