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airplanesUS Arms Sales Shifting from Middle East to Europe

U.S. arms sales offers to the Middle East totaled $78.8 billion in 2018 which is down from $102 billion in offers during the Obama administration peak in 2010. There was a sharp shift in the regional breakdown in U.S. arms …

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

darpaDARPA Wants to Include Scalable Defense Mechanisms into Chip Designs

Cybersecurity threats have moved from high in the software stack to towards the underlying hardware. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has driven the creation of a rapidly growing number of accessible devices and a multitude of complex …

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 …

future weaponsMore Delays for Next Generation US Aircraft Carrier

The new Gerald Ford Aircraft carrier has been delayed to repair Ford’s nuclear propulsion system, Advanced Weapons Elevators and software. The carrier will be capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 stealth fighter, F18 super hornet fighters …

indiaUS, Russia, China and India Can Shoot Down Satellites

On March 27, 2019 India conducted Mission Shakti which was a successful anti-satellite missile test. In 2008, China had a successful anti-satellite missile test. It is like the European Space Agency, Japan and the UK have anti-satellite missile capability. SOURCES- …

militaryUS Navy $1.2+ Trillion Dollar Plan to Increase Fleet to 355 Ships

If the US spends $20-55 billion per year more on ships and maintenance then the Navy will reach its target of 355 ships. They will slow down retirements and increase the purchase of ships. Initial estimates put the cost at …

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 …

directed energy weaponsUS Navy Deploying 60-Kilowatt Combat Laser

In the next two years, the US Navy wants to deploy a 60-kilowatt Helios combat laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer. In 2021, they will install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance weapon system aboard a West Coast …

aircraftBoeing Flies Next Generation Rotocraft With Double the Speed and Range

The Sikorsky-Boeing #SB1 DEFIANT™ helicopter completed its first flight on March 21, 2019. This next generation vehicle will have twice the speed and twice the range of helicopters. Its two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, DEFIANT …