Weapon Wednesday – Army’s New Reconnaissance Helicopter

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Sikorsky

The U.S. Army seeks a new armed reconnaissance helicopter that will range across the battlefield, acting as the eyes and ears of commanders on the ground. Planned for an introduction in the 2020s, the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) would give the Army back a capability it lost when the service put its scout helicopters out to pasture. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Augmented Reality Tank

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LIMPIDARMOR YOUTUBE

New technology promises to give tankers an unprecedented view of the battlefield around themwithout exposing them to lethal enemy fire. Camera systems, often linked to VR headsets, can provide soldiers with a real-time view of the world outside their tank, eliminating the often severely restricted view tankers are forced to fight with. read more

IBM’s Coffee Delivery Drone

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IBM/US PATENT OFFICE

A new patent from IBM could bring new meaning to instant coffee. The patent describes a drone that could detect when a person is tiring and fly over with a cup of coffee on demand—so no need to worry if yours is the one street corner without a Starbucks.

In its patent, IBM imagines a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, flying over a group of people and: read more

Weapon Wednesday – DSRaider – Military ATV

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DSRAIDER

U.S. military forces are testing a new, lightweight one-person electric vehicle. The DSRaider all-terrain vehicle has the advantages of traditional ATVs in a smaller, more compact package. Ridden upright like a Segway and capable of carrying more than three hundred pounds across rough terrain, the DSRaider is aimed at soldiers, first responders, and outdoorsmen. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Israel Prefers F-15 to F-35

ISRAEL-DEFENCE-GRADUATION

GETTY IMAGESJACK GUEZ

The Israeli Air Force would rather buy more F-15 Eagle fighters than the latest and greatest F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It may be an older plane, but the F-15 apparently offers Israel more flexibility, particularly when striking its mortal enemy: Iran. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Fighter Aircraft Coming

Boeing

The announcement of the United Kingdom’s new Tempest fighter project marks yet another new fighter program set to delivery in the 2030s. In addition to Tempest, a new Japanese fighter, a Franco-German project, and whatever China and Russia are surely working on, the United States has not one but two fighter jets. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Special Operations Rapidly Deployable Field Workshops

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

U.S. Special Operations Forces operate a fleet of portable, rapidly deployable field workshops that can repair, manufacture, or even improve equipment in the field. The workshops, known as Mobile Technology Repair Complexes, are powered by renewable energy and stuffed with tools including lathes, welders, and 3D printers. MTRCs have proven their worth in the war against the Islamic State in Syria, quickly building ad hoc medical facilities from available materials. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Israel First to Use the F-35

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The Israeli Air Force says its F-35A fighters recently participated in two separate air strikes, which would be the first use of the F-35 in combat.

The IAF did not offer much detail, leaving it unclear whether the fighters fired any kind of weaponry or simply acted in some kind of support capacity.

Israeli Air Force head Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin told participants at a IAF leadership conference, “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It had become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts.” According to the Jerusalem PostNorkin made the remarks while standing in front of a photograph of a F-35 flying over Beirut, Lebanon. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Stryker Drone Killer

General Dynamics

The U.S. Army has taken note of the explosion of cheap, unmanned drones on the modern battlefield and is working to field a variant of the Stryker armored vehicle to shoot them down. The new variant will go to brigade combat teams fielding the Stryker vehicle, including an armored cavalry regiment in Europe. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Alaskan First Defense Radar

AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND

On a cold, windswept island in the remote Aleutian islands chain lies one of the largest radars ever built. At the farthest edge of the American frontier 1,455 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska, sits Eareckson Air Station, home of the radar code-named Cobra Dane. The radar, permanently facing westward, is a silent sentry against surprise missile attack. read more