By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image Credit: Lifeboat.com July 21, 2017 DefenseReview (DR) has previously reported on the U.S. Deparment of Defense (DoD), DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and the U.S. Air Force developing (mostly) autonomous, artificially-intelligent (AI) ground robot, boat and UAS/UAV/drone aircraft swarm (or, swarming) technology for future warfare applications. Specifically, we reported on ... Read More »
Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter-Mounted Raytheon High Energy Laser (HEL) Weapon Successfully Tested at White Sands Missile Range!
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo Credit: Raytheon Company June 26, 2017 Last updated on 6/27/17. DefenseReview (DR) recently published a piece on the new Lockheed Martin 60kW (Kilowatt) fiber optic laser weapon, which is pretty interesting. However, as it turns out, SOCOM (USSOCOM) just tested a Raytheon HEL (High Energy Laser) on board a Boeing Apache ... Read More »
Russian Robot Soldiers and Drone Swarms: Science Fact or Fiction? Meet FEDOR, Vikhr (‘Whirlwind’) and Smerch!
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com April 19, 2017 Last updated on 4/20/17. Russian robotic military tech has been getting a lot of media hype lately with discussion of gun-launched “drone swarms” and armed/weaponized humanoid “Terminator”-type (Terminatorsky?) robots, but how much of this is pure Russian government-controlled media hype and bluster, and how much is real and possible? ... Read More »
Prosthesis 14-Foot Quadrupedal ‘Anti-Robot’ Racing Robot: Manned Exo-Bionic Robotic Exoskeleton Runs 50 MPH! Is it a Future Infantry Warfighting Machine?
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Prosthesis January 7, 2017 It seems like only last week that DefenseReview was discussing manned exo-bionic exoskeleton systems like the Korean Method-2 Giant Manned Bipedal Robot (GMBR) for potential future warfare applications. Wait a minute, it was just las week that we were doing that. Well, another such system is apparently ... Read More »
Chinese Single-Photon Quantum Radar Makes the Invisible Visible, and U.S. Military Low-Observable/Stealth Aircraft Very Observable, Supposedly. Oh, My.
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: ExtremeTech.com September 23, 2016 Last updated on 9/23/16. As if Chinese martial/military-application technologies like their new “ultra-thin”, lightweight “tunable” UHF microwave radar-absorbing stealth material cloaking technology for manned and unmanned combat aircraft and warships and “hack-proof quantum satellite” aren’t enough to worry about, the Chinese, busy little Asian beavers that ... Read More »
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Lucas Film December 29, 2015 The Washington Post (WaPo) recently published the mother of all “artificially-intelligent-robots-may-very-well-destroy-us-(humankind)” articles with quotes by everyone from philosopher Nick Bostrom to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. The piece coincides nicely with, and perhaps even validates, DefenseReview’s (DR) recent piece discussing the subject, titled Rise of the Robot ... Read More »
DARPA/Northrop Grumman ‘Tail-Sitter’ UAS/UAV/Drone Aircraft for Airborne Recon (Reconnaissance) and other Missions: Can it be Gun/Laser-Weaponized for Combat? Why not?
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: DARPA and Northrop Grumman December 22, 2015 Last updated on 12/23/15. Speaking of interesting new military aircraft designed and developed by Northrop Grumman (NG), as well as futuristic Terminator-like cyber-soldiers and Skynet-like supercomputers, AND DARPA, Northrop Grumman and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) are apparently also developing a “radical ‘tail-sitter’ ... Read More »
Rise of the Robot Soldier and Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT): ‘Terminator’-Like Artificially-Intelligent (AI) Cybersoldiers and Drone and Boat Swarms to Augment Infantry Warfighters with Total, Multi-Perspective 3D Battlefield Awareness, or just Kill all of Us?
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: DARPA, Hemdale Film Corporation, Orion Pictures and Jim Channon December 18, 2015 Last updated on 12/19/15. It would appear that the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the DoD (Department of Defense) are well on their way to developing “Terminator”-like robotic warfighters and UAS/UAV/drone aircraft, along with a Skynet-type system ... Read More »
Northrop Grumman NG Air Dominance (NGAD) Low-Observable/Stealth Multirole and Potentially-Supersonic ‘Superjet’ Jet Fighter Aircraft Prototype Armed with Laser Weapons/Cannon!: Hittin’ the ‘Sweet Spot’ with the ‘Baby B-2’ F/A-XX
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin December 16, 2015 Last updated on 12/17/15. O.k., so, DefenseReview (DR) has ben covering the development of laser-weaponized combat aircraft, including supersonic laser-weaponized fighter aircraft, for the last few years, now. Cut to two days ago, when we came across a Breaking Defense piece ... Read More »
American Sniper Shootout AAR (After Action Report): Taya Kyle Cruises to Victory, and TrackingPoint Puts on a Great Event on behalf of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation! (Video!)
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com December 9, 2015 Last updated on 12/10/15. DefenseReview’s (DR) been a bit busy with travel and a few other things over the last week, but we’re finally back in the saddle over here. Speaking of saddles, we recently flew out to Austin, Texas to attend the first-ever American Sniper Shootout, hosted/sponsored by ... Read More »