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Weapon Wednesday – A-10 Warthog Staying Relevant

My favorite aircraft of all time gets some needed upgrades.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

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Weapon Wednesday – New Combat Robot

The latest version of the THeMIS UGV has beyond visual line of sight control capabilities
The latest version of the THeMIS UGV has beyond visual line of sight control capabilities
Milrem Robotics

At a recent live-fire exercise in Tapa, Estonia, the latest version of Milrem Robotics and ST Engineering’s ground combat robot showed off its ability to operate under Beyond Line Of Sight (BLVOS) control. In the April tests, the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) equipped with the ADDER DM Remote Weapon Station was armed with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher and a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force ROBOpilot

A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft
A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft(Credit: US Air Force)

A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Robot Patrol Boat

BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat
BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat(Credit: BAE Systems)

Targeted at anti-piracy, border control, intelligence gathering and maritime security missions, the Pacific 950 is an autonomous boat that can operate alone for up to 10 days, or cover 300 nautical miles (556 km) at pursuit speed. Its built-in stabilized 12.7-mm weapons system, however, is human-operated. read more

Weapon Wednesday – U.S. Marine Drone Killer

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck

The U.S. Marine Corps used a new portable jammer system last week to jam an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle, forcing it to pitch into the sea. The new Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS) jams the signal between drones and their operators, leaving them at the mercy of physics, and inevitably, gravity. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chuck Norris has a New Show!

Chuck Norris is a man of many skills, both real and mythical. We’re definitely sure he’s a decorated Air Force veteran, a martial arts master, an accomplished actor, and a sage philosopher. And we’re pretty sure he once beat the sun in a staring contest, punched a cyclops between the eye, uppercutted a horse and created giraffes, and counted to infinity—twice. Now we can add HISTORY host to his ever-expanding résumé. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Breakthroughs in MRE Technology

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U.S. ARMY

The entrance to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center is busy and confusing. Based on how much the soldier at the gate my Uber driver and I pulled up to was shouting at us, we were not doing a great job of navigating that entrance. But after a few phone calls and with the help of our escort for the day, I was finally on my way down the long path to the correct building.

Natick is an Army base where the military scientists at the forefront of the development of food systems for all of the armed forces (as well as NASA!) are developing new technologies like sonic agglomeration, vacuum microwave drying, and sonic swab technology. The part of Natick I wanted to visit is a warehouse full of super-cool machines that will potentially help our soldiers be able to do their jobs better, by feeding them foods that are packed with calories, nutrients, and flavor, but without weighing a ton or taking up much space. read more