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

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 they would collaborate on research exploring rotor technology that would make aircraft quieter and more …

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Composite metal foams provide armor protection for one third the weight and make super car bumpers

Stainless steel composite metal foam can replace rolled homogeneous steel armor with the same protection for one-third of the weight. According to the material’s inventor the material would make a great bumper, as the sponginess of the metal foam soaks up impact energy. Raibei claims that for a passenger sitting in a car outfitted with …

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US Army has focused effort to replace Abrams and Bradley with tests by 2019 and deployments by 2025

By late 2019, the U.S. Army could field up to three manned and unmanned combat vehicles to help determine the future of heavy army fighting vehicles. The US army effort appears focused and appears inspired by the Russian Armata combat vehicle platform. The Armata is a common platform for tanks, armored vehicles and manned and …

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Asia and the world loading up on more tanks and armored vehicles

Asian spending on armored vehicles (tanks and armored personnel carriers) during the next decade is likely to reach USD166 billion. China, India, and South Korea are among the world’s top 10 spenders on military vehicles and are likely to contribute more than USD126 billion to the global market during the next decade. China will go …

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US Army is doubling the range and firepower of Howitzers, Rockets and Missiles

Raytheon is developing a long-range missile for the Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires requirement that will allow the Army to field twice as many missiles on its existing launch vehicles. Thin and sleek, it will fire two missiles from a single weapons pod, slashing the cost. The new missile also flies farther, packs more punch and …

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High Energy lasers and microwave anti-drone weapons will be a multi-billion market by 2023

Raytheon ramping up High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Powered Microwave (HPM) weapons that can find, fix and kill or disable the increasingly cheap and capable drones. Antidrone lasers and microwave weapons will be a several billion dollar market over the next five years. Above – This is the Raytheon laser dune buggy, a solid-state …

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US Army will have VR training and provide drones for every squad

US Army, marines and special forces will be getting improved training through virtual reality and improved real-world drills and new drones for scouting and air support. In the 1970s there was a revolution in shoulder-launched missiles to kill tanks and planes. Today, the breakthrough lies in small unmanned systems — miniature drones in the near …

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US Navy fully invested in developing railgun technology

Military.com reports that Admiral John Richardson told the House Appropriations subcommittee that the US Navy is fully invested in railgun and is continuing tests. The railgun tests demonstrated it at lower firing rates and … shorter ranges. Now the US Navy is working on the engineering to increase the firing rates and the 80- to …

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US military targets reducing time to overhaul ships, planes, tanks by 25%

One-third of the US Navy’s destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships are under significant repair. Maintenance issues have grounded two-thirds of the US Navy’s strike fighters. The military will use a new, computer-based database to manage logistics, maintenance and the supply chain of its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But there have been numerous problems bringing …

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The USA is no longer guaranteed future military technology dominance

The US has enjoyed complete military dominance since about 1985. The Soviet Union and now Russia is competitive with the number of nuclear weapons. Th Soviet Union also had a total volume of tanks and armored vehicles which the USA and its allies would uncertain of stopping or defeating. There is now the IISS 2018 …

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