Israel’s Iron Dome

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  • Israel’s Iron Dome weapon has reportedly shot down most of the rockets that Hamas militants have fired at Israeli neighborhoods during the Israel-Gaza conflict this week.
  • The Iron Dome is designed to selectively deal with rocket attacks, intercepting only those headed toward populated areas.
  • Israel claims the Iron Dome is around 90 percent effective, but even a high probability intercept rate can fall victim to sheer numbers. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Say Goodbye to Whiskey Cobra

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  • The U.S. Marines have fully retired the AH-1W Super Cobra, or the “Whiskey Cobra.”
  • The replacement, the AH-1Z Viper, is also known as the “Zulu.”
  • The two helicopters are similar, but the Zulu incorporates many improvements, including the ability to fly in poor weather.

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Weapon Wednesday – Man vs. AI Dogfight coming in 2021

Next year may see man vs machine in aerial dogfights for the first time
Next year may see man vs machine in aerial dogfights for the first time

The first aerial showdown between a human fighter pilot and an autonomous aircraft is slated for July 2021, according to a fascinating interview with the outgoing Director of the US Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). read more

Weapon Wednesday: Military Mind-Controlled Weapons

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The Department of Defense’s research and development wing, DARPA, is working on technology to read and write to the human brain. The focus isn’t on mind control but rather machine control, allowing the human brain to directly send instructions to machines. The goal of the process is to streamline thought control of machines to the point where humans could control them with a simple helmet or head-mounted device, making operating such systems easier. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Russians Train for Drone Attacks

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Drones are a growing presence on the battlefield and recognizing that trend, the Russian Defense Ministry has ordered that all branches of its military begin training in anti-drone combat.

Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that the first test of these new tactics came in October during training exercises on the Black Sea. Ground forces will also begin training to repel drones. read more