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Dec 13, 2021

DARPA OpFires Can Provide the USMC with Mobile Hypersonic Missiles

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in collaboration with Lockheed Martin are developing the OpFires mobile medium-range hypersonic missile assembly to fit on the back of an U.S. Army’s Palletized Load System (PLS) 5-axle 10×10 truck. OpFires will provide the U.S. Army with a highly mobile vehicle for firing hypersonic missiles that is independent of the tractor and trailer combination for the longer-range (strategic) hypersonic missiles. The U.S. Marines may also be interested in OpFires as they use the similar Logistic Vehicle Replacement System (LVSR) 10×10 truck.

The OpFires Project will use throttleable rocket motors on hypersonic missiles to achieve varying ranges in flight; therefore, OpFires can hit targets within the range envelope up to 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers). At Mach 5+, the OpFires’ warhead can fly 1,000 miles in approximately 20 minutes.

Dec 13, 2021

China begins mass production of J-20 fighters because of the WS-10 engine

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Global Times, controlled by the government, announced on December 12, that China has “significantly” increased the serial production of the J-20 stealth fighter.

BEIJING, ($1=6.36 Chinese Yuans) – The information website Global Times, controlled by the Chinese government, announced yesterday, December 12, that China has “significantly” increased the serial production of the J-20 stealth fighter, learned

“The transition to imported WS-10 engines has made mass production possible,” said Fu Qiangshao, a Chinese military aviation expert, noting that other J-20 systems, including the avionics system, radar system, and weapons systems, have already been developed. in the country.

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Dec 13, 2021

Could F-35s Get New Engines by 2027? The US Congress Thinks So

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A flurry of upgrades is on the horizon.

The conference version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 shows that the U.S. Congress wants new engines to be installed in the current and future F-35 aircraft starting from 2027, Air Force Magazine reported.

We had earlier reported that the U.S. military would be required to look into re-engining its F-35s towards the end of this decade. The F-16s and A-10C Thunderbolts are close to the end of their lifetimes which means that the bulk of the workload for the U.S. military will fall on F-35s’ shoulders. Under the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP), the U.S. Air Force has already begun work to develop engines that can deliver more power or range as required.

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Dec 12, 2021

Spotify CEO invests in AI-powered Defense Technology startup Helsing

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Daniel Ek, CEO of popular commercial music streaming platform Spotify, invests over $133 million in artificial intelligence-powered defense technology startup Helsing. Daniel made the investment through his funding company named Prima Materia during the Series A funding round of Helsing.

Additionally, Daniel Ek will join Helsing’s board of directors as a part of the investment. Helsing plans to use the newly raised funds to integrate artificial intelligence technology in military equipment and weapons to expand their capabilities.

According to the company, the developed AI-powered equipment will first be made available to French, German, and British militaries. Helsing aims to provide an information advantage to armies of democratic countries with the use of artificial intelligence.

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Dec 11, 2021

The F-35 pairs passive stealth capabilities with active, electronic measures to give pilots suvivability and flexibility in the most contested airspaces

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Dec 10, 2021

Carrier Bush prepares for additional Stingray testing

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Technicians plan to conduct deck-handling testing of the MQ-25 Stingray on the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) while the ship is underway in December. (Michael Fabey)

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Dec 10, 2021

The Pentagon Just Struck a Deal to Test New Hypersonic Aircraft Systems

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With ultrafast decoy targets launching from the biggest plane ever made.

The U.S.-based aerospace company Stratolaunch announced that the company has signed a research contract with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), on hypersonic flight test services.

The DoD has been focused on hypersonic missiles for a long time now, mainly because of the significant threats they present such as difficulties in detecting, tracking, and intercepting due to being able to reach high speeds with the ability to maneuver along a flight trajectory.

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Dec 10, 2021

SpaceX converts Falcon Heavy core into Falcon 9 booster

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More than two years after the rocket’s last launch, SpaceX appears to have finally decided to give at least one of two surviving Falcon Heavy Block 5 cores a new lease on life as a Falcon 9 booster.

Known as B1052, the Falcon Heavy side core or booster debuted in April 2019 as part of the first flight of the rocket’s Block 5 variant, successfully launching Saudi Arabia’s large Arabsat 6A communications satellite to an almost 90,000 km (56,000 mi) transfer orbit. Following in the footsteps of the first Falcon Heavy, the first Block 5 vehicle repeated its predecessor’s iconic double-landing back at Cape Canaveral. Just 74 days later, both Falcon Heavy Block 5 side boosters B1052 and B1053 launched again, this time supporting the US military’s long-delayed STP-2 rideshare and qualification mission.

Dec 9, 2021

3D printing the highest skyscraper? 600km tall structures may be feasible

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Circa 2013 😳!

What would you do with a 600km high structure? That would be hundreds of times higher than the highest ever built so far. I think it is feasible. Here I will suggest super-light, super-strong building materials that can substitute for steel and concrete that can be grown up from the base using feasibly high pressures.

I recently proposed a biomimetic technique for printing graphene filaments to make carbon fur (- in this case, for my fictional carbon-obsessed super-heroine Carbon Girl. I am using the Carbon Trio as a nice fun way to illustrate a lot of genuine carbon-related concepts for both civil and military uses, since they could make a good story at some point. Don’t be put off by the fictional setting, the actual concepts are intended to be entirely feasible. Real science makes a better foundation for good science fiction. Anyway, this is the article on how to make carbon filaments, self-organised into fur, and hence her fur coat:)

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Dec 9, 2021

U.S. begins the production of its updated B61-12 nuclear bomb

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America’s newest air-dropped nuclear weapon variant has entered production. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that on November 23, it had successfully completed the first production units of the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP), an updated version of the warhead used on weapons dropped from fighters and bombers. This paves the way to create an estimated 480 of the weapons, which will homogenize four existing variants of the bomb.

The B61-12 LEP helps modernize America’s nuclear weapons stockpile and sustain the Nation’s air-delivered nuclear deterrent capability. The nuclear security enterprise and the U.S. Air Force worked together to deliver the B61-12 FPU after more than nine years of design, development, qualification, and component production.

Deployed from U.S. Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) bases, the B61 nuclear gravity bomb has been in service for over 50 years. Since the first B61 entered services in 1968, many modifications have been made to improve the B61’s safety, security, and reliability. Currently, there are four B61 variants remain in the stockpile: the 3, 4, 7, and 11. The B61-12 will replace the B61-3, 4, and 7.

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