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Defense and Security

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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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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