Defense and Security

Boeing’s New Stealth F-15

Boeing’s New Stealth F-15

Boeing unveiled a new version of its F-15 Eagle airplane, called the F-15SE, which is aimed primarily for export. The new design includes several improvements over earlier versions of the F-15, including improved stealth capabilities and a bay designed for ...

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Super Quiet UAVs on the Way

Super Quiet UAVs on the Way

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta are working on ways to reduce the noise made by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAVs are playing an ever increasing role in military surveillance and reconnaissance missions and these vehicles ...

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Igloo White: the Automated Battlefield

Igloo White: the Automated Battlefield

At the height of the Vietnam War, the US developed a high-tech system to interdict forces and supplies streaming into the battlefield from North Vietnam. The system was technologically ahead of its time and demonstrated several groundbreaking military technologies – ...

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Army Buys Wearable Sniper Detectors

Army Buys Wearable Sniper Detectors

The Rapid Equipping Force (REF) of the United States Army has purchased wearable sniper detector systems from QinetiQ Systems for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deployment of the SWATS Soldier-Wearable Acoustic Targeting Systems will begin immediately and should be ...

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X-47B – First Navy Stealth UAV Ready

X-47B – First Navy Stealth UAV Ready

Northrop Grumman recently announced its stealth UAV has been successfully completed and will be ready for initial test flights in the fall of 2009. Designed under a joint program with the United States Navy, the X-47B drone will closely resemble ...

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Locating Tunnel Excavations

Locating Tunnel Excavations

Engineers at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, are applying electro-optic technology to locate tunnels used by terrorists to smuggle weaponry. The research, led by Dr. Assaf Klar and Dr. Raphael Linker of the faculty of civil and environmental engineering, ...

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Guided Bullets under Development

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging to develop new guided bullets and rifles that can fire them. Once completed, the new weapons would allow shooters to actively control ...

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Flying Beer Keg UAV Deploying to Iraq

Flying Beer Keg UAV Deploying to Iraq

Troops from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania National Guard will take a small gasoline-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Iraq when they deploy in January. Nicknamed the “Flying Beer Keg,” the XM156 Class I UAV can ...

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New Enzyme Can Neutralize Chemical Weapons

New Enzyme Can Neutralize Chemical Weapons

Texas A&M University chemist, Dr. Frank Raushel, is contributing to America’s war against terror by developing an enzyme that might neutralize a deadly chemical agent, the organophosphates. The organophosphates started their journey as insecticides in the 1930s but soon made ...

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Air Force Micro Aerial Vehicle

Air Force Micro Aerial Vehicle

Civilian researchers and military personnel in the Air Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio are working on miniature biomimetic aerial robots capable of operating for days or weeks at a time ...

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