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  • Elbit Systems Introduces a New Tactical UAS: the Hermes 650 Spark Feb 21, 2024Elbit Systems Introduces a New Tactical UAS: the Hermes 650 Spark
    Elbit Systems has rolled out the Hermes 650 Spark, the latest addition to its Hermes family of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS). Spark is designed to be the contemporary successor to the long-serving Hermes 450, aiming to modernize UAS fleets that currently consist of mixed 450/900 models or are exclusively equipped with the 450 variants.
  • EDGE and Milrem Robotics to Field a UAE Robotic Force Jan 25, 2024EDGE and Milrem Robotics to Field a UAE Robotic Force
    Milrem Robotics, an Estonian company partly owned by the UAE based EDGE Group will equip the UAE Armed Forces with 60 Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), according to an official announcement released yesterday at the colsong day of the UMEX exhibition in Dubai. Milrem also unveiled a new 8×8 platform expected to expand its RCV fleet next year.
  • USMC Receives the First Production ACV Command Vehicle (ACV-C) Jan 12, 2024USMC Receives the First Production ACV Command Vehicle (ACV-C)
    BAE Systems delivered the first Amphibious Combat Vehicle Command and Control (ACV-C) variant under the full-rate production contract to the U.S. Marine Corps. The ACV-C will provide Marines with a mobile command center that enables maintaining situational awareness and operations planning in the battlespace and on the move. The ACV-C serves as a tactical echelon command post for the U.S. Marine Corps regiment.
  • Ukraine, Estonia Share Operational Experience with THeMIS UGVs Jan 11, 2024Ukraine, Estonia Share Operational Experience with THeMIS UGVs
    THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) delivered by Estonian based Milrem Robotics company to the Ukrainian armed forces have undergone extensive operations in the combat zone, this deployment has already yielding initial user experience shared with the company. Milrem Robotics delivered 14 THeMIS UGVs to Ukraine. Seven of the systems are intended to carry cargo and for casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and seven, equipped with payloads from the French CNIM, for route clearance and demining operations.
  • Rheinmetall Tests Skyranger 30A1 VSHORAD Firepower Jan 11, 2024Rheinmetall Tests Skyranger 30A1 VSHORAD Firepower
    Rheinmetall began testing its newest VSHORAD mobile gun system, Skyranger 30. In December 2023, the A1 configuration of the Skyranger 30 underwent a successful testing and live-fire campaign, paving the way for total system qualification by mid-2024.
  • Rafael Tests the Spyder AiO Short Range Air Defense System Jan 10, 2024Rafael Tests the Spyder AiO Short Range Air Defense System
    Against the ongoing regional Mid-East conflict, RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems of Israel completed a pivotal SPYDER air-defense system test in its innovative All in One (AiO) configuration. The test featured an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) interception under challenging operational conditions, with the SPYDER system achieving a precise and effective defense against the evolving aerial threats representing those encountered by Israel in recent combat engagements.
  • DARPA’s X-65 Test Plane Moves to Manufacturing Phase Jan 10, 2024DARPA's X-65 Test Plane Moves to Manufacturing Phase
    Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, has begun manufacturing work on a new X-65 program for DARPA. The new design employs Active Flow Control (AFC) technology that has the potential to replace traditional flaps and rudders, which are used to maneuver most aircraft today. The aircraft is configured to be modular, featuring replaceable outboard wings and swappable AFC effectors, which allows for future testing of additional AFC designs.
  • Transforming Aerospace and Defense: The AI Revolution Jan 2, 2024Transforming Aerospace and Defense: The AI Revolution
    This article delves into the transformative role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the military, aerospace and defense sectors, highlighting how AI is reshaping these fields with advanced capabilities and strategic insights. We explore the unique challenges these sectors face and how AI offers innovative solutions. Featuring a carefully curated ‘top five’ list of companies, the article examines their ground-breaking AI applications and contributions to defense technology. From predictive maintenance to enhanced situational awareness and decision-making, discover how these companies are leading the AI revolution, setting new standards, and defining the future of military and aerospace operations.
  • AI Factory – by Lockheed Martin Dec 22, 2023AI Factory - by Lockheed Martin
    Lockheed Martin’s AI Factory symbolizes a leap forward in the integration of artificial intelligence into aerospace and defense. This state-of-the-art facility serves as a hub for AI research, development and integration, focusing on creating advanced AI solutions tailored for modern defense applications. Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the AI Factory streamlines the development process of AI, fostering innovation and collaboration. It represents Lockheed Martin’s commitment to enhancing the capabilities of military technology through the power of AI, positioning them as a leader in the technological evolution of defense strategies. Defense Update selected Lockheed Martin as one of five AI leaders in defense in 2023.