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LaserMotive and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Developing “Power Beaming” In-Flight Laser-Recharging for UAS/UAV/Drone Aircraft: Are Wireless-Powered/Laser Beam-Powered “Eternal” Armed/Weaponized Unmanned Combat Aircraft Soon to Become the Norm?

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you. July 19, 2012 Last updated on ... Read More »

Raytheon Small Tactical Munition (STM) Laser-Guided Mini-Gluide Bomb/Precision-Guided Munition with Semi-Active Laser-Seeker and GPS/INS Guidance for Close Air Support (CAS) and Ground-Attack Missions

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you. July 17, 2012 Wired Danger Room ... Read More »

Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC): Lightning Bolt on a Laser Beam (Laser/Lightning Weapon)

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 12, 2012 Last updated on 7/12/12. Doctor Doom would really like this weapon. Scientists and Army personnel at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. have apparently been busy developing a super-Taser-type directed energy weapon (DEW) called the Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) that shoots a lightning bolt down a laser beam to send 50 billion ... Read More »

STIDD MRCC (Multi-Role Combatant Craft) Ducted-Propeller Submersible Combat Diver Assault Boat/Vehicle for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Maritime/Waterborne Operations: SOFIC 2012 Report (Photos!)

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos and video clips contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos and video clips. The photos and video clips embedded below were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). The following article is ... Read More »

Re-engineering with Confidence: The Critical Role of Physics-Based Simulation, and It’s Effect on Future U.S. Military Materiel Production and Procurement

  The following is a paper submitted to DefenseReview.com (DR) by ANSYS, Inc.'s marketing department. DefenseReview.com (DR) is therefore publishing it under corporate press release status. The reason we're publishing it is because we believe it covers important topics like military materiel manufacturing and procurement, and is interesting to us, even though it falls a bit outside DR's normal content, ... Read More »

BCB/AAI SQ-4 RECON Nano Quad-Rotor MAV/UAS/UAV (NUAS/NUAV) Bat-Like Unmanned Spy-Copter Stealth Micro Air Vehicle for “Over the Hill” Observation and Reconnaissance: Special Operations Forces (SOF) Get a New (Small) Backpackable/Manpackable Quadcopter VTOL Eye in the Sky…Maybe (SOFIC 2012 Video!)

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By David Crane ; defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos and video clips contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos and video clips. The photos and video clips embedded below were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). The following article ... Read More »

DARPA/Boston Dynamics “Cheetah” Combat Robot/Robotic Cheetah Running Towards a Future Battlefield Near You: Fast-Running Battle Bot to Prey on Humans?

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com March 6, 2012 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Department of Defense (DoD), and Boston Dynamics (BDI) are developing a robotic cheetah called, appropriately, “Cheetah“. The DARPA/Boston Dynamics development team obviously figured that if you’re going to design a high-speed four-legged running robot, you might as ... Read More »

MBDA TiGER (Tactical Grenade Extended Range) Small UAS/UAV (SUAS/SUAV)/Mini-Flying Bomb/”Kamikaze Drone” for Tactical Reconnaissance and Precision-Kill Missions is Low-Observable, Seriously Lethal: Kitty’s got a temper!

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All indoor photos contained in this article except for the dual 40mm warhead photo were shot by DefenseReview.com at SOFIC 2010 or SOFIC 2011, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). The ... Read More »

AeroVironment (AV) Switchblade Backpackable/Manpackable “Kamikaze Drone” SUAV/Mini-UAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Mini-Unmanned Aircraft System) “Over-the-Ridge” Precision-Kill Weapon: Tactical Reconnaissance Meets Low-Order-Detonation Lethality

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 21, 2011 Last edited/updated on 10/24/11. DefenseReview (DR) is a big fan of armed/weaponized UAS/UAVs (Unmanned Aircraft System/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)/"drones", due to their precision, efficiency, and effectiveness against the enemy, both physically and psychologically. Understand that weaponized unmanned aerial/aircraft systems don't just kill the enemy. They also instill a high degree ... Read More »

BAE Systems ADAPTIV Hexagonal Pixelated Thermal/IR (Infared)/Multispectral Adaptive Camouflage/Invisibility Cloaking System/Vehicle Armor System for Infantry Ground Vehicles (Armored Vehicles, APCs and Main Battle Tanks), Aircraft (Helicopters and Fixe-Wing), Ships and Structures/Buildings: Active Camouflage for Vehicles Gets Real

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By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: BAE Systems September 19, 2011 Speaking of BAE Systems, they're currently developing a thermal/IR (infrared) adaptive camouflage/"invisibility cloak" technology/sytem called ADAPTIV. Catchy. Adaptiv is comprised of sheets of hexagonal "pixels"/panels that "can change temperature very rapidly". ADAPTIV (as in "adaptive camouflage") would appear to work in a similar fashion as ... Read More »