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Future Drones: Teams, Squadrons and Swarms of Bots

As robotic machines become intelligent and autonomous, human-machine and machine-machine teaming (MUMT and Swarms) will become the norm in military operations - a trend that military planners already address in their forecast, research and development roadmaps.

Aurora Tailors an Unmanned Flight Suite for the Huey

Aurora Flight Sciences will integrate the Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System (TALOS) on a UH-1H helicopter for capability demonstration to the US Navy and Marine Corps, flight demonstrations of the unmanned, autonomous Huey are planned in 2017-2018.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could Power the navy’s Future Robotic Submarine

General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory announced Thursday, June 23, 2016; they are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into a next-generation of Navy unmanned undersea vehicles, or UUVs.

Unmanned and autonomous – deep in the ocean and swarming in...

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled some of the most advanced unmanned and autonomous systems developed today, that could introduce new concepts of warfare in the years to come.

Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for...

DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.

Naval laser zaps surface, aerial target during operational demonstration in the...

The US Navy announced the successfully deployment of the laser weapon system (LaWS) aboard USS Ponce (AFSB[I] 15) that operated with other naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. During the operational demonstrations that took place from September to November 2014 LaWS intercepted surface targets and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Unmanned boats demonstrate autonomous swarm, gunnery support techniques

The US Navy is evaluating a technology controlling swarms of unmanned boats with high level of autonomy. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has tested an applique kit that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile vessels.

US Navy to test powerful, mobile laser weapon against drones

A compact yet powerful laser weapon developed by Raytheon will soon be integrated on a HMMWV, to demonstrate its ability to defeat enemy drones, as part of the enhancement of current US Marine Corps ground-based air-defense capabilities.

Marine Corps tests the UHAC – a new logistics amphibian

The US Navy and Marine Corps have tested an Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) prototype of a heavy amphibious lift vehicle that will be able to carry three times as the current Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), moving into areas the LCAC cannot go

US Navy evaluates laser weapons to augment ground-based air defense counter-UAS...

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is evaluating the integration of laser weapons as an enhancement for the US Marine Corps’ existing low-altitude air-defense capability, which currently lacks reliable CounterUAS (C-UAS) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (CRAM) capabilities. An innovative radar system from RADA is providing surveillance, detection and target acquisition for the laser weapon system

ONR Team Demonstrates Source for Future 100KW FEL Laser

The Free Electron Laser (FEL) program is undergoing Office of Naval Research's (ONR) preliminary design review (PDR) this week, following the successful critical demonstration of an injector capable generating the electron flow for the megawatt-class FEL laser.

A Step Closer to Railgun Capability – U.S. Navy Fires Record...

On a recent test firing of a U.S. Navy experimental electromagnetic rail gun the Office of Naval Research (ONR) claimed the world record for...