By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com June 2, 2010 In their ongoing efforts to upgrade/improve and/or replace the Colt SOPMOD M4/M4A1 Carbine with the “Next Carbine”, the U.S. Army Contracting Command just issued a sources sought notice/solicitation (Solicitation Number: W15QKN-10-X-0455) on May 27, 2010 requesting information on potential weapon capabilities for an “Individual Carbine” as part of a “market ... Read More »
Smartphone Airstrike: Need to call in an airstrike? There’s an app for that. Need to kill bad guys? Just smartphone it in.
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com March 23, 2010 One of the reasons why it’s so dangerous to mess with the United States militarily is that, while we Americans value hard work–which makes us formidable, in itself,–we’ve always exhibited and enjoyed a very healthy combination of inherent creativity/inventiveness and laziness, in the sense that if there’s a way ... Read More »
Can IPS THINERGY Thin-Film Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) Automatic-Recharging Battery Technology Power the Future Soldier/Warfighter?
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com March 15, 2010 A company called Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) has apparently developed a a range of “revolutionary” small, ultra-thin solid-state thin-film rechargeable batteries called THINERGY Micro-Energy Cells (MEC) that could potentially represent a viable solution to powering future soldier/warfighter hardware and technology, including weapons accessories and advanced electronic devices like wearable ... Read More »
KBM IGLA-S MANPADS: Russian Manpackable Shoulder-Launched Fire-and-Forget Surface-to-Air Missile System
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 14, 2009 Updated on 9/15/09 Russian arms manufacturer KBM (KB Mashynostroyeniya) (Moscow region, Russia) is currently offering an improved/uprated next-generation version of the IGLA 9K38 MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense System) manpackable fire-and-forget surface-to-air missile launcher system called the IGLA-S (“Needle-S”), or IGLA-Super, portable antiaircraft missile complex (PAAMC) for export to foreign ... Read More »
Lucid Dimensions Spherical Detection Systems (SDS) 3D Passive Infrared (IR) Spherical Sensor Array Searches, Detects and Tracks High-Speed Ballistic Threats, Aircraft, Vehicles, You Name It.
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 1, 2009 A company called Lucid Dimensions, Inc. Read More »
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 27, 2009 On July 7, 2009, Army Times published an article by Matt Cox (Matthew Cox) titled Army acquires rights to M4. It’s an interesting piece on the Colt M4 Carbine (Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine). However, according to one of DefenseReview’s contacts at Colt Defense, Cox’s article is…how can I put this ... Read More »
Super-Thin, Super-Light, Durable and Cheap Bendable/Flexible OLED (FOLED) Display Technology on the Way for U.S. Military’s Future Soldiers?
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo Credit: Universal Display Corporation (UDC) June 30, 2009 Article last updated on 7/03/09. Last October (2008), DefenseReview reported Read More »
By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com March 31, 2009 There’s a scene towards the end of the movie Congo (1995) where Laura Linney’s character, Dr. Karen Ross, slices through an attack force of homicidal and generally-disagreeable grey gorillas with a diamond-based portable laser weapon like a Ginsu knife through a ripe tomato. It’s scenes like this that excite ... Read More »
By C. Todd Lopez U.S. Army News Service October 31, 2008 WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 29, 2008) — The Army announced today the awarding of three contracts for technology development on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Together, the three contracts are worth a combined total of approximately $166 million. They have been awarded to: BAE Systems Land & Armament ... Read More »
By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com October 5, 2008 Researchers from Sony and the Max Planck Institute (Max Planck Institut für informatik) have developed a Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) display screen technology a.k.a. Flexible OLED display screen that may represent the most significant step yet toward commercially-available flexible, bendable and portable display screen technology in the ... Read More »