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hypersonicPictures of US Glide Breaker program for space-based anti-hypersonic weapons and sensors

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Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary, gave a rough estimate for deploying space-based interceptors can be calculated on the $20,000 per kilogram is costs to send material into low earth orbit. Thus a force of 1,000 space-based interceptors each weighing 1,000 kilograms …

gdpUSA, China will be joined by India over the next decade or two as superpowers

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India is forecast to have a purchasing power parity GDP of $16.8 trillion in 2023. China is forecast to be $37 trillion in 2023 and the USA $24.5 trillion in 2023. Japan would be number four at $6.3 trillion and …

dronesUS Army will test laser power for long endurance drones

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By early 2019, the US Army will start providing power to a drone via a laser beam. They hope to be powering airborne drones by 2020 as long as the necessary regulatory process is approved. DARPA will use the Silent …

air forceThe UK Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier has come to the US to test takeoff and landing of F-35B stealth fighters

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new aircraft carriers for the British Navy, arrived at a US port on the way to F-35B stealth fighter tests. This was the first transatlantic trip for the 65,000 ton aircraft carrier. The …

future weaponChina Tibetan magnetic rocket launcher will look like Huangdicun Airbase test launcher

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China has been claiming it will adapt its aircraft carrier electromagnetic launch systems as rocket range extenders for systems placed on high plateaus in Tibet. China has claimed to have made progress on the electronics and power systems for aircraft …

darpaDARPA Blackjack low-earth orbit spy satellites

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Mr. Paul “Rusty” Thomas, Program Manager, DARPA Tactical Technology Office presented at the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group Telecon. He described the “DARPA Blackjack Demo Program – Pivot to LEO & Tactical Space Architecture”. This would be 90+ low-earth …

armyBell V-280 Future Army lift prototype might be reaching 280 knot speed targets

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The Bell V-280 Valor is a tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The prototype reached 190 knots (352 km/h) in cruise mode with horizontal propellers on …

chinaUS reports China has performed several dozen successful hypersonic tests

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US Missile Defense Agency commander Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves reports China has performed several dozen hypersonic tests. In August, 2018, China successfully tested its first waverider boost and glide hypersonic vehicle.

asiaChina will complete a $411 million diesel submarine for Thailand by 2023

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China has started building a Type 039B (Yuan-class) diesel submarine for Thailand. They expect to deliver it by 2023. It will displace 2,600 tonnes, and have a top speed of 18 knots and can stay submerged for up to 20 …

futureUS fast-tracking hypersonic weapons and will deploy space-based defenses

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Hypersonic weapons are weapons and vehicles that can move faster than 5 times the speed of sound. Russia and China have both deployed new rockets that are tipped with hypersonic warheads. The US has had hypersonic weapons development for decades …