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Defense and Security

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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Airborne Laser Fire Control Test

Airborne Laser  Fire Control Test

US Missile Defense personnel at Edwards Air Force Base in California have successfully tested the Lockheed Martin Beam Control/Fire Control system in conjunction with the High Energy Laser mounted on a modified Boeing 747-400F airplane. Together, these components form the ...

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Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is in the process of deploying its first Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The new UAV, developed by Boeing in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) looks like ...

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Coast Guard New UAVs

Coast Guard New UAVs

After scrapping plans for its own vertical liftoff unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, the United States Coast Guard is now making plans to use or adapt Navy, Customs, and Border Patrol UAVs for its own needs. The goal is ...

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Siemens Anti-Bleeding Cuff for the Military

Siemens Anti-Bleeding Cuff for the Military

The German conglomerate Siemens announced its plans to develop a prototype of a unique ultrasound device capable of limiting blood loss and shock resulting from limb injuries. The company has signed an exclusive contract with the U.S. government after undergoing ...

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The Stingray Project

The Stingray Project

The US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), iRobot Corporation, and Chatten Associates are working on an innovative new Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) project debuted as “Stingray.” The project, currently in advanced stages of development, will allow ground ...

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Excalibur – Armed UAV

Excalibur – Armed UAV

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation is developing Excalibur, a purpose-built armed, tactical, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Excalibur technology demonstrator aircraft is scheduled for flight in late 2008 under contract to the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. It is designed to ...

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