Category WARFARE WEAPONS

The USA Marines Want an Super-Portable Kamikaze Drone

This Organic Precision Fires drone could strike targets over 37 miles away.

The U.S. Marines want a flying drone that could both reconnoiter the nearby landscape, complete its mission by exploding dead on target, and is small enough to be carried by an individual Marine. The new Organic Precision Fires drone system would be extremely useful if small units of Marines find themselves cut off from friendly forces and unable to call in for air and artillery support.

After nearly two decades of chasing lightly armed guerrillas with ample air and artillery support on call, the U.S. Marines are gearing up for the possibility of big power warfare...

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The American Navy’s Next Jet May Have Its Own Drone

The next generation Growler electronic attack plane may carry a drone as part of its payload.

The U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler electronic attack plane may get its own pet drone in a future update, FlightGlobal is reporting. The Dash X drone could be deployed by Growler aircrews over hostile airspace, collecting electromagnetic signals and sending them to the waiting jet for analysis. The Growler/drone dynamic duo would be used to identify, locate, and take down enemy air defenses.

The project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, involves stuffing a Dash X drone in a bomb-like capsule designed to hang off the hardpoints of a EA-18G Growler...

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Like this Hobby Drone Becomes an Awesome Military Sniper

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war using AI drones such a good idea?

There’s a new kind of killer drone. Called TIKAD, it isn’t like any lethal drones you’re seen before. Because unlike the effective-yet-cumbersome MQ-9 Reapers, these multicopters can carry a sniper rifle, a grenade launcher, or a machine gun—the inevitable convergence of hobby drones and military weapons.

Big drones like the Reaper and its predecessor, the Predator, are controlled from thousands of miles away, orbit at five or ten thousand feet, and watch everything happening below. They strike with laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, which are precise but hardly surgical, causing collateral damage and loss of life...

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U.S. Army Puts a Stop to Its Use of Chinese-Made DJI Drones

No longer Army material: DJI’s Inspired 1 drone.
Security concerns lead to ban of a popular brand of UAV.

Citing a worry over “cyber vulnerabilities,” the U.S. Army this week ordered that all drones built by China-based DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer be forthwith removed from Army service. The order comes following a classified study of the issue completed in May by the Army Research Laboratory, and the simultaneous release of a Navy memorandum titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

According to aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht, the FAA has recently created more than 500 security-related flight restrictions prohibiting unpiloted aircraft flights over military locations...

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Low-cost Valkyrie and Mako “wingman” combat drones shown by Kratos

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but swarms of combat drones now seem likely in the not-too-distant future (Credit: Kratos Defense)

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako drones offer fighter-like performance at between US$2 and $3 million apiece, compared with $100 million for each manned fighter...

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Marines Test the Drone Robotic Weapons of the Future at ANTX 2017

A military exercise designed to help identify useful technologies for amphibious warfare featured rocket-firing hovercraft, machine gun-armed robots crawling up the sandy beaches of southern California, and hybrid speedboat/submarines. Dubbed “Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technological Exercise 2017” or ANTX 2017 for short, the exercise aimed to find out how new emerging technologies, especially unmanned systems, could allow the Marine Corps to storm beaches with fewer casualties.

As the U.S. Marine Corps shifts back to big power warfare, its bread and butter mission of amphibious warfare is coming back into focus...

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China will or will not Adhere to Its Own Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes?

Maybe this is on the cards: Chinese drones roaming Africa’s skies, looking out for Beijing’s interests.

A team of militia members fly drones during a test in Shanghai, China image www.spy-drones.com

A team of militia members fly drones during a test in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2015. China is escalating research into military drones as its arms industry looks to increase export volumes, hoping to gain traction with cheaper technology and a willingness to sell to countries Western states are reluctant to. Picture taken April 21, 2015

In a previous article, “Is China Establishing a Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes in Asia?” we discussed how China has been reluctant to engage in the practice of targeted killings via the use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) or better known as (armed) drones...

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Apache-Drone Combo to have More Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the U.S. Military

The Textron Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has recently hit an operational milestone, becoming the first of the U.S. Army’s mid-range (or Group III) drones to fly one million hours. The aircraft have been clocking in some serious hours in Iraq, working in tandem with Apache attack helicopters in the fight against ISIS.

So far, the teams have been doing “very well.”

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“We are starting our after-action reviews with them, from an Apache standpoint and a Shadow standpoint,” said. Lt. Col. Tory Burgess. “The information that we’re getting back is that the Shadows performed very well.”

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Compared to the $5 million Predator or the (larger) $13 million Reaper, the 467 pound, 500 watt Shadow, introduced in 1999, is smaller and less expensive...

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This Company Is Building Drones With Lasers On Top so watch video as to what it does

Say hello to the drones of the future. They’re gorgeous, sophisticated, and they’ve got high-energy lasers.

The body of the drone will look familiar to those who are familiar with current drones as those lasers will be riding shotgun–quite literally–on General Atomics Aeronautical Systems‘s Avenger.  The company, also responsible for the Reaper, is embarking on a privately-funded study to figure out how to incorporate 150-kilowatt solid-state laser onto the drone, according to an interview with Defenseone. Depending on the success of the study, the company is hoping to have the laser drones up and running by 2017.

Basically, the funding for this program is enough to figure out if it’s possible, and if so, how to create a laser that’s compatible with the Avenger.

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Stephen Hawking in Reddit AMA to promote call to ban killer robots

Hawking joins Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak in warning against development of autonomous weapons.

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Physicist Stephen Hawking will answer AI questions on Reddit after supporting a call for researchers to tread carefully.

Would a machine with AI have the same drive to reproduce as biological organisms do? Can — and should — empathy be introduced? If there are questions swimming around in your brain about the future of artificial intelligence, you can now send them to Stephen Hawking himself for an answer. Hawking has signed up for his first-ever AMA (Ask me Anything) on Reddit, and will be answering questions there for the next few weeks.

Yes, you read that correctly — weeks...

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Why we must stop killer robots before they are built

AI will do some great things for humanity, but its militarisation would spark an arms race image www.spy-drones.com

AI will do some great things for humanity, but its militarisation would spark an arms race. Photo: Bloomberg

More than 1000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have on Tuesday signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”.

The letter has been signed by many technologists and experts, including SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, physicist Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Skype co-founder Jaan Talinn and linguist and activist Noam Chomsky.

We can get it right at this early stage, or we can stand idly by and witness the birth of a new era of warfare

Musk, Hawking and Wozniak have all recently warned about the dangers that AI poses to mankind...

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Shooting down a drone with a machine gun looks like this in video clip

On today’s edition of destroying things with machine guns, we find ourselves in Arizona during the semi-annual Big Sandy Shoot, which is the largest machine-gun shoot in the US. We also find ourselves learning a valuable lesson: It’s really hard to shoot down drones.

First, let’s talk about the Big Sandy Shoot, because it sounds both amazing and terrifying at the same time. It’s a facility just outside the town of Wikieup in northwest Arizona with a .25 mile long firing line and 1200 yard maximum distance. They’ve got 1000 reactive targets, night shoots with pyrotechnics, and a ton of NFA weapons. These people are serious about their shoots with an average of over 3.5 million rounds fired per shoot...

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