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militaryNuclear-powered Cruise Missile Likely Source of Russian Explosion

A new russian nuclear-powered cruise missile was likely the source of an explosion in northern Russia last week that killed 7 people. There was increased levels of radiation had been detected in areas near the site of last week’s explosion. …

futureOld Star Trek Was Right As US Navy Returns to Manual Switches

The US Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months, after the fleet overwhelmingly said they prefer mechanical controls to touchscreen systems in the aftermath of …

militaryNew US Navy Cruiser Slips Three Years So Navy Will Buy More Destroyers

The Large Surface Combatant program will replace the Ticonderoga-class cruiser and the DDG-51s but the start date for new ships has slipped from 2023 to 2026 or later. The US Navy wants new cruisers to host an air defense commander …

armyUS Army Fielding 50 Kilowatt Lasers in 2022 and 300 KW In 2024

The US Army will field 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in 2022. They will support the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat …

chinaChina Navy Versus the US Navy Now and Through 2030

China’s Navy now outnumbers the US Navy by 300 ships to 287 ship. The US ships are still much larger and more powerful and about 100 of China’s ships are coastal frigates and corvettes. The frigates and corvettes are really …

futureChina Tests of Railgun on Tank Landing Ship

Medium voltage (about 12000 volt) DC power distribution that is reliable and affordable is the key to having the power for futuristic technology like railguns and electromagnetic launchers.

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 …

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 …