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May 12, 2020

The Corps wants vertical take-off capability for its RQ-21 Blackjack drone

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A new VTOL capability for the Blackjack drone will scrap the launcher and make the system more expeditionary.

May 10, 2020

See Raytheon’s Jet-Powered Interceptor Drone In Action

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“You want to engage as many targets as you can at longer range so what you get at short range is a few leakers, not the whole swarm,” says McGovern.

Coyote 2 has entered service with the U.S. military and Raytheon are now offering it to international customers. The attack on Abqaiq, and mass drone assaults on the Russian airbase at Khmeimim in Syria, show how easily swarms of drones can be deployed even by non-state actors. Such attacks can rapidly deplete stocks of expensive missiles, or overwhelm them. Any drones that get through can attack with lethal effects.

In future conflicts, drone swarm versus interceptors is likely to become an increasingly key battle. Whoever has the fastest, most agile, and most numerous drones is likely to come out the winner. Coyote 2 may help defenders stay ahead of the threat.

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May 9, 2020

The Pentagon’s Flying Aircraft Carriers Are Launching Recoverable Gremlin Drones

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The future of air combat?

By Sebastien Roblin

May 7, 2020

Gatling Laser can Down Drones at 500m

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Circa 2013 o.o

Rheinmetall Defense Electronics unveiled their new “Gatling Laser” which can be mounted on ships as part of a new sea-based anti-drone laser system. The four 20 kilowatt lasers fire simultaneously as a single powerful 80 kilowatt beam. The firm boasts units can even be combined for ‘unlimited’ power. The Gatling laser can reportedly shoot down a drone at 500 meters.

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May 7, 2020

The Weirdest, Wildest Ways We’re Using Drones—and What’s Ahead

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The US aviation industry is redefining the regulations that govern drones, which will eventually unleash even more (and likely even weirder) applications.

May 6, 2020

Australian military gets first drone that can fly with artificial intelligence

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Boeing has presented the Australian Air Force with a prototype of a jet-powered drone that they hope will one day fly alongside manned warplanes.

May 5, 2020

Soldier-controlled autonomous robots call for fire in test, attack targets

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Armed Army robot vehicles conducted reconnaissance, called for indirect fire and then, when directed by human decision-makers, attacked and destroyed enemy targets in a recent experiment designed to assess the technical maturity and readiness of autonomous ground drones.

“We had four robot vehicles conduct a tactical mission while humans were safe in defilade. We built four robots that are refurbished M113 tracked vehicles and we’ve taken two Bradleys — gutted them — and turned them into two control vehicles with all kinds of sensors on them,” Jeff Langhout, Director, Ground Vehicle Systems Center, told reporters in October at the Association of the United States Army Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C.

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May 4, 2020

Boeing rolls out Australia’s first ‘Loyal Wingman’ combat drone

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But one of the biggest technical questions still remains: How much data should be transferred from the ATS to the cockpit of the manned aircraft controlling it, and when does that turn into information overload? That question is one Boeing wants to answer more definitively once ATS makes its first flight later this year and moves into its experimentation phase, Arnott said.

“There’s a lot for us to figure out [on] what’s that right level of information feed and direction. One of the great benefits of working with the Royal Australian Air Force is having the real operators [give feedback],” he said. “We don’t have all the answers yet. We have a lot of understanding through our surrogate simulator and surrogate testing that we’re doing, but we will prove that out.”

Boeing first introduced the Airpower Teaming System at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon in February 2019, when the company unveiled a full-scale model. Since then, the company has moved quickly to fabricate the first of three aircraft, completing the fuselage structure this February. In April, the aircraft stood on its own wheels for the first time and powered on.

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May 4, 2020

Israeli drones win prize as solution to coronavirus worker shortages

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The drone-maker won the international award for its autonomous drones which have permitted companies to operate efficiently and flexibly despite the absence of workers around the world. The award was given to Percepto by the US-based company Frost and Sullivan, a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, for its ‘technological leadership’ in developing unique docking stations that operate independently without the need for a human operator in close proximity.

Apr 30, 2020

This drone is a generator and goes on surveillance missions

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This robot is a drone and a generator that can go on surveillance missions. Is there anything it can’t do?

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