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May 6, 2020

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The Navy intends to deploy its conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on Virginia-class attack submarines, after previous discussions of putting the weapon on the larger Ohio-class guided-missile submarine (SSGN), according to budget request documents.

In its Fiscal Year 2021 budget overview, the Navy outlines a research and development portfolio with 5 percent more funding than this current year – for a total of $21.5 billion – that is aimed at “providing innovative capabilities in shipbuilding (Columbia class), aviation (F-35), weapons (Maritime Strike Tomahawk), hypersonics (Conventional Prompt Strike), unmanned, family of lasers, digital warfare, applied [artificial intelligence], and [U.S. Marine Corps] expeditionary equipment. These technologies are crucial to maintaining DON’s competitive advantage.”

On the Conventional Prompt Strike, the Navy wants to invest $1 billion for research and development.

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May 6, 2020

US: N.Korea may be building missile facilities

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military

A US think tank says North Korea appears to be building facilities that can be used to assemble ballistic missiles near the capital, Pyongyang.

On Tuesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies published the results of an analysis on a construction site near Pyongyang International Airport. The site was captured in satellite images.

Pictures show three new buildings. The largest one is about 120 meters wide and 40 meters in depth. They all have bay doors, wide enough for large vehicles. The center says one of the buildings may be able to accommodate an intercontinental ballistic missile.

May 5, 2020

Tesla Cybertruck gets turned into electric military vehicle in crazy renders

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, military, sustainability

The military has been talking about incorporating electric vehicles in their fleet and with the Tesla Cybertruck being described as an “armored personnel carrier from the future”, a rendering artist decided to explore what a Cybertruck would look like as an electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

As we reported last week, the military is developing a plan to use EVs for remote missions and even cited Tesla as an example that larger EVs are viable.

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May 5, 2020

New device would give soldiers a ‘heads up’ on battlefield threats

Posted by in category: military

Circa 2014


The confusion of battle gets amplified in tight urban environments, where one street or building blends into another and the group firing just around the corner could be friend or foe. But a new helmet-worn device could help cut through the fog.

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May 5, 2020

The Making Of A Submarine Hunting S-3 Viking Crewman

Posted by in category: military

This is what it took to become a sub hunter tasked with protecting America’s carrier battle groups at the twilight of the Cold War.

May 5, 2020

Chinese Navy Submarines Are Protected By Underground Tunnels

Posted by in category: military

The PLAN has built a series of underground tunnels to protect key warships and submarines from surprise attack. A few are well known, others need careful analysis to identify.

May 4, 2020

Iran launches its first military satellite

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and historically low oil prices, the missile launch may signal a new willingness to take risks by Iran.


It said the satellite — dubbed the Nour — was deployed from the Qassed two-stage launcher from the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran’s central plateau.

The satellite “orbited the Earth at 425km [264 miles]”, said the website. “This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran.”

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May 4, 2020

Flyt Aerospace bids its Red Hummingbird hoverbike for US Air Force’s Agility Prime

Posted by in category: military

Flyt Aerospace is offering its Red Hummingbird pilot-optional, fully-electric hoverbike for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Agility Prime electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) procurement effort.

The eight-motor, multi-rotor Red Hummingbird is designed for speeds of 0–97 km/h in 5.1 seconds, payload capacity of up to 113 kg, a cost of USD2.40 worth of electricity per flight, and the ability to operate for 20–30 minutes per charge. The aircraft is also designed to create only 65 db of noise at 50 ft altitude. Flyt is offering the Red Hummingbird for the Agility Prime 1–2 person capacity area of interest (AOI) 2, according to company founder and CEO Ansel Misfeldt.

Misfeldt told Jane’s on 1 May that the Red Hummingbird has a fully-built prototype currently in flight testing, but that the aircraft has yet to fly with a human. Flyt has so far been flying the aircraft with weights in the pilot seat to ensure system checkout before flying with a pilot.

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May 4, 2020

The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering, military

Circa 2015


Fittingly, these rifle-sized weapons would gun for other electronics.

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May 4, 2020

Marines will help make it clear that China can’t expel America from South China Sea

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

Beijing’s desire to turn the South China Sea into a personal lake for President Xi Jinping is getting pushback from an unexpected source, the United State Marine Corps. When people think of the Marines, they generally think of assault troops and aggressive attacks on fortified positions, so sea control might seem a stretch for the Corps.

But Marines are adaptive. Actually, the Marines are going back to the future. The seizure and defense of advanced naval bases has been a major part of the Marine Corps’ mission for over a century; but since World War II, the seizure portion — better known as amphibious warfare — has overshadowed the defensive mission. The Marine Corps commandant, Gen. David Berger, is rebalancing the Marine Corps for a closer integration with the Navy after the two sea services had drifted apart for several decades.

To understand this, we need to understand the threat posed by Chinese build-up in the Indo-Pacific Region.

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