Russia and China progress to hypersonic weapon deployments

The Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch Vasily Fomin sayd Russian scientists have surpassed their colleagues from the United States on hypersonic speed advances. The Russian Defense Ministry said Russia is targeting initial hypersonic missile and other advanced weapons deployments by 2025 within the framework of the 2018-2025 State Armaments Program. China …

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China developing wing in ground effect drone

China is developing a new drone that uses ground effect technology to skim the surface of the ocean, allowing it to fly just eighteen inches off the water. The unmanned vehicle could be a challenging opponent for potential adversaries, some of whom would find it difficult to detect. The new ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned system …

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US Navy To Field New Drones, Combat Lasers and ships with Railguns

The US Navy is making progress developing unmanned systems and directed energy weapons. Congress would like to see more effort operationalizing and fielding these technologies. The Navy has done a good job getting test versions of the laser weapon system and electromagnetic railgun out to sea ahead of full development: in the case of railgun, …

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China improves J-31 stealth fighter with better engines, stealth and sensors

An improved J-31 stealth fighter prototype has increased test flights in April 2017. This stealth fighter could be used for Chinese aircraft carriers. China now has a refurbished Ukrainian aircraft carrier and a domestically produced aircraft carrier. Both carriers use older jump ramp technology instead powered launching systems. The twin-engine J-31 is roughly the same …

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Russian hypersonic missiles will have double the speed of UK anti-missiles

Britains new aircraft carriers will have mach 3 anti-missile missiles which Russia will be deploying new mach 6 missiles. Russia’s 3M22 Zircon wil attach at Mach 6, or 4,600 miles per hour. The Sea Ceptor defensive missiles on the Queen Elizabeth–class carriers can only intercept targets traveling up to Mach 3, or about 2,300 miles …

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F35 stealth fighter costs still out of control

Cascading F-35 testing delays could cost the Department of Defense (DOD) over a billion dollars more than currently budgeted to complete development of the F-35 baseline program. Because of problems with the mission systems software, known as Block 3F, program officials optimistically estimate that the program will need an additional 5 months to complete developmental …

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Russia tests mach 8 hypersonic missile and India works on mach 5 missile

Russian news agencies have reported a successful firing test of the mach 8 hypersonic Zircon missile. India has recently been test-firing new versions of the medium-range supersonic Brahmos missile, which is a joint venture between India and Russia and is based on the P-800 Onix, one of several supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles in service with …

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China Launches First Domestically built Aircraft Carrier

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier slipped into the sea for the first time on Wednesday. The carrier will have more testing and fitting of equipment before trials in the water. This is China’s second aircraft carrier. The ship is due to go into service in 2020 when it will join existing carrier, the Soviet-era …

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DARPA has onsite system for neutralizing 99.9999% of chemical weapon agents

A DARPA program that is developing a field-deployable system for onsite neutralization of bulk stores of chemical warfare agents (CWA) has successfully demonstrated a novel waterless soil-scrubbing technology that safely neutralized toxic chemicals simulating sarin, soman, and mustard agents. Created under the Agency’s Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical Agents (ACDC) program, the technology demonstrated greater …

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World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Radio-Signal Traffic Operational

DARPA’s Colosseum, a next-generation electronic emulator of the invisible electromagnetic world, was opened for business. Though it resides in a mere 30-foot by 20-foot server room on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, the Colosseum is capable of creating a much larger, and critically important wireless world. …

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Military academy teams compete with drone swarms

U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force academy teams compete in education-focused experiment to pave the way for future offensive and defensive swarm tactics for warfighters. Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets …

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