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Latest steel-punching, hypersonic railgun projectiles test-fired. Artillery is getting a speed boost at the US Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) test fired a hypersonic projectile multiple times using the company's three megajoule (3 MJ) Blitzer railgun system.

Latest steel-punching, hypersonic railgun projectiles test-fired

Subjected to over 30,000 Gs and reaching a velocity in excess of Mach 5 (3,800 mph, 6,125 km/h), the supershell was equipped with a new Guidance Electronics Unit (GEU) consisting of integrated navigation sensors as well as guidance, navigation, and control processors. In defense circles, hypersonics is seen as one of the key areas of future weaponry.

Projectiles capable of flying over five times the speed of sound would be much more difficult to detect, track, or destroy, and their high velocity would give them massive destructive power even without explosive warheads. Source: General Atomics In defense circles, hypersonics is seen as one of the key areas of future weaponry. Source: General Atomics. Air Force Buys Mysterious Israeli Weapon to Kill ISIS Drones. What is this secret weapon?

Air Force Buys Mysterious Israeli Weapon to Kill ISIS Drones

Pentagon officials aren’t saying, but here are some clues. The U.S. Air Force awarded a mysterious contract to an Israeli firm for equipment to counter small drones like the ones used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But service officials will not disclose the type of system and whether it uses electronic jamming, conventional missiles, a combination of both, or some other method to down enemy drones. Here’s what we know: The Air Force awarded ELTA North America Inc. — a U.S. subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries — a $15.6 million contract for “counter-unmanned aerial systems.” Autonomous, unmanned swarmboats secure harbor approaches for US Navy. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently showed off the progress it's making in the area of robotic warfare with a demonstration of how autonomous swarmboats can patrol and secure harbor approaches.

Autonomous, unmanned swarmboats secure harbor approaches for US Navy

The swarm of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) equipped with the latest version of the agency's Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS) technology patrolled the reaches of lower Chesapeake Bay, Virginia with only remote human supervision as they coordinated actions to intercept and evaluate targets on the water. This isn't the first demonstration of autonomous maritime technology for ONR. The Japanese Army’s Assault Rifle Has Some Weird Features.

A Glimpse At How the F-35 Will Help the Marines Storm the Beach. In a California demonstration, the short-takeoff fighters escorted troop-carrying V-22s into simulated hostile territory.

A Glimpse At How the F-35 Will Help the Marines Storm the Beach

Earlier this month, six F-35B Joint Strike Fighters took off from the deck of USS America, a Navy amphibious assault ship off San Diego, California. Four of the Marine Corps aircraft attacked a simulated integrated air defense system on San Clemente Island, while the other two escorted a pair of Boeing V-22 Ospreys that simulated landing Marines on an enemy beach. BAE Systems takes a cue from ironclad beetle to build self-repairing military suspensions. Seeking ways to make military vehicles less vulnerable to blast damage, BAE Systems is looking to one of the toughest insects in nature – the frighteningly hard to kill ironclad beetle.

BAE Systems takes a cue from ironclad beetle to build self-repairing military suspensions

The defense contractor is developing a new bendable titanium alloy suspension system that not only does away with springs, but snaps back into shape after taking on landmines. Based on a quarter century of conflivt experience, engineers have become very adept at armoring up military vehicles against mines, IEDs, and similar nasties. The good news is that modern armor can make these incidents ones to walk away from.

Did the Navy Steal Its New Warship Designs? It’s the cornerstone of the U.S.

Did the Navy Steal Its New Warship Designs?

Navy’s future fleet. The F-35B Just Got A Lot Deadlier. In a proof-of-concept experiment, data passed instantly from a Marine Corps fighter allowed a shipboard Aegis system to shoot down a drone.

The F-35B Just Got A Lot Deadlier

The F-35 now packs more punch: specifically, the 20-foot Standard Missile, or SM-6, complete with a 140-pound warhead. But not fired from under the wing — rather from a nearby Aegis destroyer. The USS Zumwalt Can't Fire Its Guns Because the Ammo Is Too Expensive. Just three weeks after commissioning the USS Zumwalt, the U.S.

The USS Zumwalt Can't Fire Its Guns Because the Ammo Is Too Expensive

Navy has admitted it is canceling ammunition specially developed for the ship's high-tech gun systems because the rounds are too expensive. The guns, tailor made for the destroyer, will be unable to fire until the Navy chooses a cheaper replacement round. Can the Navy’s Electric Cannon Be Saved? The Pentagon’s futuristic railgun may be obsolete before it arrives.

Can the Navy’s Electric Cannon Be Saved?

But not its high-tech bullets. The Navy’s futuristic electric cannon, or railgun, received yet more hype this week for its ability to fire a shell at up to 5,600 miles per hour, and do it far more cheaply than a missile. US Navy takes possession of its largest ever destroyer. The US Navy took formal possession of its largest ever destroyer as the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) changed hands from the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine.

US Navy takes possession of its largest ever destroyer

Billed as "the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen," the handover follows months of sea trials during which the first in its class, multi-mission land attack and littoral dominance warship was tested to certify its hull, mechanical, and electrical systems, propulsion, and anchor and mooring systems.

US Navy announces sea trials for electromagnetic railgun. Watching old war movies, we expect firing a navy gun to be accompanied by a deafening bang and a dramatic cloud of burnt powder. This being the 21st century, the US Navy has other ideas as it prepares to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun on a Spearhead-class joint high speed vessel (JHSV) in 2016 as part of a program to develop the naval artillery of the future. Modern missiles are miracles of range, accuracy and lethality, but they are also incredibly complex and expensive with a single shot costing millions of dollars. Old-fashioned projectile weapons are cheaper, but also much less effective.

They have shorter ranges, less accuracy, and still need dangerous-to-handle propellants to fire them. According to the US navy, what is needed is something with an effectiveness comparable to that of a missile, but with costs per round less than that of conventional naval artillery. The Army Has a Deadly Machine-Gun-Firing Shipping Container. The U.S. Army has acquired a number of shipping containers that have been converted to remote weapons stations. Each container hides a machine gun, grenade launcher, or even an anti-tank weapon, and can detect and respond to enemy fire. According to Defense News, the Army is showing the system off at the Association of the U.S.

Army Symposium and Exhibition in Huntsville, Alabama. Boeing unveils game-changing autonomous submarine. When you hear the name "Boeing," chances are you think of aircraft. The fact is, however, the company has also been developing underwater vehicles since the 1960s. Its latest such creation, the Echo Voyager, is designed to operate autonomously for months at a time. The 51-foot (15.5-m)-long Voyager joins two other Boeing unmanned undersea vehicles, or UUVs: the 32-ft (9.8-m) Echo Seeker and the 18-ft (5.5-m) Echo Ranger.

Like them, it's designed to autonomously gather data underwater for scientific, military or other purposes. Unlike them, though, it's not limited to missions lasting no longer than two to three days. Milrem combat robot brings modular versatility to the battlefield. The modern battlefield requires soldiers who are able to adapt quickly to any mission and as robots join them, they'll have to do the same. At the Singapore Airshow 2016 this week, Estonian defense company Milrem took the wraps off its robotic Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) – a compact battlewagon billed as the "first-of-its-kind modular hybrid Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)" that acts as a multi-mission vehicle platform to assist or replace soldiers on the battlefield. According to Milrem, the key to THeMIS is its modular design.

Russia's Radical Sukhoi S-37 Fighter Plane Goes Up Against Our F-22. A bold, new combat aircraft designed by the legendary Sukhoi Design Bureau and now undergoing tests in Russia has taken aim at America's next-generation fighter, the F-22. The Russian challenge comes in the form of the single-seat Sukhoi S-37, the world's first combat aircraft to successfully exploit forward-swept wing (FSW) technology. First word of the S-37 leaked to the West in 1997, and took Western defense analysts by surprise.

Now, after more than 120 test flights at the secret Zhukovsky Flight Test Center near Moscow, it is clear that there is nothing like this bird flying anywhere in the world today. The U.K. Will Attack ISIS With a Missile the U.S. Could Only Dream Of. ​While the British Parliament was debating this week whether to join in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, one weapon was mentioned repeatedly: Brimstone. In a 36-page report, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "The Brimstone missile which enables us to strike accurately with low collateral damage, therefore increasing the scope for strikes against specific ISIL targets—even the U.S. do not possess this capability.

" Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. US Army tests drone-killing 50 mm cannon. While civilian countermeasures to combat malicious drones is moving toward UAV-freezing radio beams, the US Army is taking a more permanent approach. How Syria is becoming a test bed for high-tech weapons of electronic warfare. The relationship between Russia and the West is becoming increasingly dangerous with potential flashpoints developing in both eastern Europe and Syria. After repeated incursions into Turkish airspace by Russian warplanes on bombing raids over Syria, NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow that it stands ready to “defend all allies”.

US Army tests remote controlled weapon towers. South Korea's autonomous robot gun turrets: deadly from kilometers away. If there's one place you don't want to be caught wandering around right now, it's the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. Especially since South Korean military hardware manufacturer DoDAMM used the recent Korea Robot World 2010 expo to display its new Super aEgis 2, an automated gun turret that can detect and lock onto human targets from kilometers away, day or night and in any weather conditions, and deliver some heavy firepower.

The border between North and South Korea is a pretty amazing strip of land. XM25 Prototypes in testing – 500% lethality increase over existing weapon systems. US Military's Hypersonic Jet Could Fly 5 Times the Speed of Sound. The U.S. military is reportedly developing a hypersonic jet plane that could soar at up to five times the speed of sound — faster than a bullet, which generally travels at Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound.

The new hypersonic vehicle, which could take flight by 2023, builds upon research from a 2013 test flight of an experimental hypersonic vehicle, the X-51A Waverider, according to Military.com. The $300 million X-51A program began in 2004. West 2014: Joint Strike Fighter: What Do the Pilots Who Are Flying It Today Have to Say? Different Planes, Common Problems. The F-35 Fighter Program: America Going Down in Flames. W.J. New military goggles combine nightvision and thermal imaging. Railgun. What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan? Next generation armor inspired by animal scales. Construction of Royal Navy's new River class OPVs gets underway.

The Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean. US Navy to test Fortis exoskeletons. Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes by Chinese supersonic submarine. Taranis drone demonstrates stealth in latest test. Future aircraft could come with advanced 3D printers for specialized drone production. XM25 Prototypes in testing – 500% lethality increase over existing weapon systems. Meet the SLAM-ER. US Navy developing laser weapons for ground vehicles. XM8 Lightweight Carbine. US Navy announces sea trials for electromagnetic railgun. Q -Warrior brings head-up displays to the battlefield. NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. US Army experiments with crowdsourcing equipment design.

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