US Navy destroyer conducts longest ever surface-air engagement with new SM-6 missiles
Over the course of three days, the crew of John Paul Jones successfully engaged six targets off the coast of Southern California, firing a total of five missiles that included four Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missiles and one Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile
Eurosatory 2014 – First Impressions
Some of the highlights from the dynamic demonstration held today at Eurosatory 2014 included the Infotron IT 180 unmanned rotorcraft deploying a Cobra Mk2 UGV, both unmanned vehicles are provided by the French robotics company ECA Robotics. The Thales Group displayed the Hawkei Light Protected Mobility Vehicle. Renault Defense Trucks demonstrated a number of vehicles, including the 20 ton VAB Mk III 6x6 armoured personnel carrier offering NATO Level 4 protection, anti-blast and IED protection. anti-blast and IED protection. Another vehicle from Renault is ALTV, a lightweight 4x4 platform developed by ACMAT; Terramax autonomous vehicle from Oshkosh based on an M-ATV and the VERA robotic kit installed on an EAGLE IV armored vehicle from GDELS.
Eurosatory: MMP, the future guided weapon the French Army expects to field by 2017
MBDA is displaying at Eurosatory the future man-portable guided missile it is developing for the French Army. The new fire and forget missile will also enable man-in-the-loop control using fiber-optical link.
An Israeli hybrid robot hauls 1.2 tons on high risk missions
The new Hybrid Multipurpose Vehicle (HMV) from G-NIUS is optimized for surveillance and intelligence collection, homeland security missions and special operations. The HMV will be available in two variants - an all electric or hybrid electric, both will be able to carry payloads up to 1.2 tons
Hacking a Blackhawk chopper into a gunship
An Israeli robotic assembly turns a standard Blackhawk helicopter into an 'assault gunship', suppressing enemy fire by using remotely controlled the 25mm Bushmaster gun, covering 360 degrees
Electric bikes gear for military service
Defense-Update talks with John Lloyd, Zero Motorcycles President and CEO about the advantages and challenges the new electric motorcycles represent to the military user
Israeli DIRCM laser to protect German A400M transport planes
Diehl Defence signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Elbit Systems, to equip the Bundeswehr´s Airbus A400M transport aircraft with the Israeli developed J-MUSIC self-protection system. Set to receive the first systems by 2015, the German Atlas would be the first A400M to fly with a DIRCM system
Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles
The Norwegian Army is evaluating the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) augmented reality goggles, enabling troops to look through the armour protecting their vehicles. In a recent test troops were able to drive an M-113 armoured personnel carrier using the Oculus Rift gaming-goggles.
GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots
Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, as well as a number of operational types that are still secretive ‘black’ programs. Due to the increase in demand, and introduction of more capable...
Norway to Spend US$1.74 Billion on Armored Vehicle Modernization
Part of a comprehensive four-year defense modernization bill, Norway plans to invest US$1.74 in CV90 armored vehicles modernization, to include added mine protection, improved C4ISR integration, rubber band tracks and Remote Weapon Stations for self defense.