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Lasers, Microwaves, Hypersonics & More: Army RCCTO

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Innovators who put forward the most promising white papers will be invited to pitch their idea to officials representing not only the Army but the other services, the joint Combatant Commands, and independent organizations like the Missile Defense Agency.

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Army Moves Out On Lasers, Hypersonics: Lt. Gen. Thurgood

Posted by Colin Clark on


“You want to kill a swarm of things — whatever that thing is — lasers are not really a swarm-killing tool. They can kill things fast, but they can’t kill a swarm of things fast enough.”

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Army Boosts Investment In Lasers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: The Army is investing more and more money in lasers to defeat incoming rockets and enemy drones. Across the Air & Missile Defense (AMD) portfolio, “we put over 50 percent of our S&T (Science and Technology) money going towards directed energy projects,” up from about a third previously, said the AMD modernization director, Brig. Gen.… Keep reading →

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AUDS Job: Electrons & Bullets Take Down Drones

Posted by Colin Clark on


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The Air Force is buying a static version of AUDS for base defense, mounted in a CONEX shipping container for ease of transport and set-up. For the Army, Northrop is proposing to integrate AUDS onto the workhorse Stryker vehicle.

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Army Anti-Aircraft Stryker Can Kill Tanks Too

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Leonardo DRS

With its eyes firmly on Russia, the US Army is racing to field 8×8 Strykers with an array of weapons that can down enemy aircraft — from drones to helicopters to jets — and incidentally make enemy tanks think twice. The first prototypes will be delivered next year, with up to 144 (four battalions) by… Keep reading →

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Raytheon Lasers, Microwaves Target Counter-Drone Market Worth Billions

Posted by Colin Clark on


Lasers burn a hole in the target; microwaves fry its electronics. Both types of weapons run off electricity, so the cost per shot is potentially pennies, and the ammunition doesn’t run out as long as there’s gas in the generator.

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First Combat Laser For Navy Warship: Lockheed HELIOS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Lockheed Martin graphic

WASHINGTON: By 2020, for the first time, the US Navy will put a lethal laser on a warship. “This is a very big deal,” said Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments, a longtime advocate of lasers. “It is clear evidence of the progress that has been made over the last several years… Keep reading →

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Mattis Upguns Infantry: Task Force To Invest Over $1B

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Marine photo

PENTAGON: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a former Marine Corps rifle platoon leader, wants better technology and training to keep frontline foot troops alive. He sent a Feb. 8 memo (below) to the Joint Chiefs, service chiefs, combatant commanders, and other top officials to create a Close Combat Lethality Task Force, applying the kind of top-level… Keep reading →

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Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States are “inadequate” because they don’t take full account of Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities, a leading expert warns. The Russians are hardly invincible, Roger McDermott emphasized at CSIS on Monday. The story of them “shutting down” the Aegis radar on the USS Cook… Keep reading →

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JLTV: Trucks Vs. Aircraft (Trucks Win)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. photo

AUSA: The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is the Army’s new truck, a versatile vehicle in the tradition of the Jeep and the Humvee. Today manufacturer Oshkosh Defense is showing just how versatile the JLTV can be, with two different ways to take down enemy drones, manned aircraft, and ground vehicles. First in our video clip… Keep reading →

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