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Raphael Skylite B Mini-UAV for Tactical Reconnaissance and Surveillance Ops

The following is a Raphael press release: RAFAEL PRESENTS SKYLITE B – A NEW MINI-UAV for Tactical Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operations by Military Special Operations (SPECOPS) November 21, 2005 – RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd conducted a demonstration of its new tactical mini-UAV, SkyLite B, for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) today. The new UAV is part of the SkyLite ... Read More »

Micro Air Vehicle (MAV): Backpackable UAV for Tactical Reconnaissance & Surveillance

by David Crane [email protected] November 17, 2005 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have already proven their unique capabilities and importance in the U.S. military's prosecution of the war on terror. Large tactical reconnaissance/targeting UAVs like the now-famous weaponized Predator UAVs (a.k.a. Predator drones), including the RQ/MQ-1 Predator, YMQ-9A Predator (also referred to as MQ-9A Predator), and MQ-9B (a.k.a. Predator B) Hunter/Killer ... Read More »

Internal View of Metal Storm AICW (Advanced Individual Combat Weapon)

by David Crane [email protected] DefenseReview just received a virtual drawing of the Metal Storm Advanced Individual Combat Weapon’s (AICW) internals.  We received this internal view drawing was sent to us by one of our military defense industry contacts OCONUS (outside the continental United States).  We’re providing this to our readers as a follow-up to the Metal Storm press release we just ... Read More »

Metal Storm Demos Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) Prototype (Photo)

The following is a press release from Metal Storm Limited on the developmental Metal Storm Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) prototype (Photo shown below.). BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 31 August 2005 Metal Storm Limited (ASX trading code: MST and NASDAQ Small Cap ticker symbol MTSX) today announced the successful test firing of the Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) Capability Technology Demonstrator ... Read More »

Raven SUAV for Fast Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Ops

by David Crane [email protected] All photos contained in this article were taken by U.S. Army Cpl. Benjamin Cossel and are the property of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense (DoD). Click on photos below to view them full-size. There’s a military UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that’s been getting some pretty rave reviews from U.S. military pesonnel lately, called ... Read More »

Small Arms Weapons Program Reviewed for Joint Service Potential

The following comes from the United States Department of Defense (DoD): No. 733-05 IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jul 19, 2005 Media Contact: (703)697-5131 Public/Industry Contact: (703)428-0711 The Army announced today it temporarily suspended the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a new family of small weapons – Objective Individual Combat Weapon Increment 1 (OICW-1) – in order to incorporate joint ... Read More »

Northrop Grumman TouchTable + Zebra Imaging 3D Digital Holographic (Digital Hologram) Technology + Interactive Wall Tech = Better Warfare Ops

by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Click on photos below to view them full-size.   There's no doubt that geospatial information systems (GIS) have become an important component of network centric warfare (a.k.a. net-centric warfare). Military analysts/strategists, as well as those tasked with Homeland Security missions, have to be able to visualize geographic areas and correlate those pictures ... Read More »

Army Field Tests Lightweight, Flexible Solar Panels: Solar Powered Soldiers?

by David Crane [email protected] Back in June 2004, DefenseReview reported on the U.S. Army’s development of photovoltaic tech to power U.S. Army tents and even soldiers themselves by integrating lightweight, flexible solar panels with tent and combat uniforms/BDU fabric.  The article was titled, "U.S. Army Develops Lightweight, Flexible Solar Panels to Power Troops", and it contains a host of relevant links to the ... Read More »

ATK XM25 25mm Grenade Launcher for Future Infantry. Will it fly?

by David Crane [email protected] On April 27th (2005), Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK) issued a press release on their semi-auto XM25 25mm "advanced airbursting" MGL (multiple grenade launcher) through PR Newswire. ATK calls it the XM25 "Air-Burst Assault Weapon". DefenseReview has known about the XM25 development program for awhile, now, but we never quite got around to writing about it. So ... Read More »