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armyUS 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 — …

dronesShotgun Armed Drones

Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has patented a drone armed with a shotgun. Over 6 years ago, there is a video of a drone armed with a recoiless AA-12 automatic shotgun. SOURCES- Foxtrot Alpha, Youtube

darpaSwarms of 250 Drones Will Support US Troops in Urban Combat

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program wants swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical capabilities to ground units in urban areas where challenges such as tall buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain essential communications, sensing, maneuverability, and …

dronesUS Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to …

air forceBoeing Reveals Drone Wingman

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 …

artificial intelligenceUS Navy Buys Four Large Robotic Submarine Drones

The US Navy will pay Boeing $43-million to buy four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (Robotic submarine drones or XLUUVs). Boeing based its winning Orca XLUUV design on its Echo Voyager unmanned diesel-electric submersible. The 51-foot-long sub will launch …