Bayraktar Drones Destroy Two Russian Patrol Boats

Two Russian Raptor patrol boats were destroyed at dawn today near Snake Island according to the Ukrainian military. “The Bayraktars [Turkish made drones] are working,” Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander in chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Raptor patrol boats can carry up to three crew and 20 personnel. They are usually equipped with machine guns …

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End of the Tank Era?

Will cheap anti-tank missiles mark the end of the Tank era? Raytheon and Lockheed Martin make the Javelin missile. The Javelin costs $178,000, including the launch system and missile and each replacement missile costs around $78,000. Tanks cost $1 million to $8 million each. Russian tanks are in the lower cost range of $1 million …

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DARPA Drone Swarms and Airborne Drone Recovery

A DARPA drone swarm program for squads of infantry had successful tests. DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program at the Cassidy Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF) in Fort Campbell, Tennessee. Since 2017, OFFSET has held six field experiments with objectives of increasing complexity and difficulty. The program envisions future small-unit infantry forces employing large-scale …

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South Korea Developing Advanced Military Robots and Stealth Drones

South Korea is developing a tailless stealth drone similar to the Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinal. The US first deployed the Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinal in Afghanistan back in 2007. The US built about 20-30 Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinals. The US also has the Grumman X47B stealth drone. The US spent about $1 billion on the …

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Flying Drones Are a Difficult Hobby But the World Can Change With Useful Automated Drones

Skydio gave the keynote to the 2021 HotChips Conference. They have raised $340 million and are the first US Unicorn drone company. Consumer drones are still mostly a hobby because drones are difficult to fly. World changing capability gets unlocked with easy automated drones. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular …

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Multibillion Race for Commercial VTOL Air Taxis

eHang, Volocopter and Archer Aviation are each billion-dollar or multi-billion valuation companies that are racing to establish the commercial VTOL air taxi industry in the 2021-2024 timeframes. Flying super-sized drone taxis are using electric engines and should become lower cost than helicopters. Multiple engines should be safer as one or two engines could fail and …

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