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chinaSatellite photos show China is building 5 more nuclear submarines

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Planet Lab satellite photos reveal that two of China’s four JIN (or 094)-class subs are undergoing maintenance or repairs at the Bohai shipyard. Three submarines are being built at Longpo and two subs are being built at the Bohai shipyard. …

dronesFive Robotic Underwater Drones Found Sub Wreck on Ocean Floor

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After a year-long search, the wreckage of the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan (S-42) was found by Texas-based underwater mapping firm Ocean Infinity. The sub was found resting in a ravine about 3,000 feet below the surface, about 323 …

future weaponsAegis and SAM missiles will protect cities to free up US Navy

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The US Navy does not want to use ships to patrol and protect cities. They want all cities to have their own onshore Aegis systems. Above – An Aegis Ashore command centers are an Aegis warship’s bridge transplanted to land. …

future weaponsUS needs megawatt class combat lasers to counter hypersonic missiles

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Michael Griffin, the undersecretary for research and engineering, expects future budgets to provide funds for lasers that the missile defense agency can more rapidly develop and field. Space-control needs to have megawatt-class lasers. Hypersonic weapons’ low signature in flight and …

darpaOpFires Hypersonic Boost Glide program will have test launches from 2020-2022

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DARPA and the US Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched hypersonic boost-glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time-sensitive targets. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation …

darpaPhotonic signaling for multi-chip modules

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DARPA Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability (PIPES) program, seeks faster computers by developing high-bandwidth optical signaling technologies for digital microelectronics. PIPES aims 1. to develop and embed integrated optical transceiver capabilities into cutting-edge MCMs 2. create advanced optical …

militarySuper-precise Quantum navigation using lasers and super cold atoms

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The UK’s first quantum accelerometer for navigation has been demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London and M Squared. Losing GPS (global positioning satellites) service for one day would cost the UK £1 billion. Losing GPS is also a …

air forceChina Airshow shows J-20 with missile bay open and new missiles

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China showed off four J-20 stealth fighters during the last day of the 12th Zhuhai Air Show. Two of the stealth fighters opened their weapons bay to show four medium-range air-to-air missiles and two close-range combat missiles. They also had …

militaryOrbital Kinetic Bombardment gets close to nuclear on damage and cost

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As of 2017, the US has an estimated 4,018 nuclear weapons in either deployment or storage. The US plans to spend $1.2 trillion to modernize the nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years. Two-thirds of the nuclear weapons budget will …

futureWind tunnel and lasers for US hypersonic development

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Sandia National Laboratories has a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology to help develop hypersonic technology. Sandia has an annual budget of over $3 billion. U.S. development of autonomous hypersonic missiles and drones are a top defense priority. …