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A-29 Ground Attack Planes Tally More Than 260 Sorties in Afghanistan

The A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft supplied by the U.S. to the Afghan air force have been used extensively since arriving in January, flying hundreds of sorties including close-air support missions, NATO”s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul said Tuesday.”Since January, Afghan Air Force A-29 pilots have flown more than 260 sorties, supporting operational and training

DOD”s Third Offset Strategy: What Man and Machine Can Do Together

The Defense Department’s Third Offset Strategy, which seeks to outmaneuver advantages made by top adversaries primarily through technology, is at heart based on the time-honored military concepts of being able to win a war if necessary but also having enough capability to deter one, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said this week.“The Third Offset

Russia”s Armata T-14 Tank vs. America”s M-1 Abrams: Who Wins?

With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the spectre of a massive armored Red Army juggernaut smashing its way through the Fulda Gap is long past, but Russia has continued to develop new tanks and armored vehicles. Meanwhile, the United States has continued to rely on upgraded versions

Multiphysics Piezoelectric FEA for Vibration Control of Rotating Blades

This modeling approach can be used in designing lighter, more compact, and more efficient actuators and control systems.The requirements for advanced aircraft engine components lead to designs that are more lightweight and efficient, yet more susceptible to excessive vibration, complex dynamic behavior, and uncertain durability and reliability. This complex nature of the dynamic behavior also

Joint Multi-Role Demonstrators in Race to Starting Line

WASHINGTON — In West Palm Beach, Florida, and Amarillo, Texas, two different aircraft are coming together in a sprint to the starting line of the Army’s much anticipated flight demonstrations of future helicopter concepts in 2017.The Army plans to design and field a future vertical lift aircraft and is expected to kick off that program

NASA Developing Cloud-Based Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) System

Long before stories of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or “drones,” appeared frequently in the news, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognized the need to safely manage UAS flying at low altitudes in airspace not currently managed by the FAA. For more than 25 years, NASA has conducted air traffic management system research in

DARPA Demos Sense-and-Avoid System

“This successful flight test is a step toward adding external perception to ALIAS’ toolkit for advancing in-flight automation,” said Dr. Daniel Patt, a Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office.One of the keys for unmanned aircraft operation – especially within the context of greater integration in U.S. national airspace – is reliable sense-and-avoid technology, but

3D Printed Ceramic: the Next Big Thing?

While everyone was celebrating New Year’s Eve, on the 1st of January 2016 a team of researchers at HRL Laboratories had other reasons to be joyful. They were just finalizing their process to 3D Print Ceramic. For more than 60 years, HRL’s scientists and engineers have been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering

Power Sources and Antennas for Future High-Power Microwave Weapons

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 27 April 2016. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to develop power sources and antennas for future high-power microwave weapons and for other aerospace and defense uses.Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., released a solicitation Tuesday (BAA-RVKD-2014-0003) for the source and

Littoral Combat Ship to Have Unmanned Combat Vehicles to Find and Kill Ocean Mines

WASHINGTON, 5 April 2016. U.S Navy mine warfare experts are strengthening the counter-mine warfare capabilities of the littoral combat ship (LCS) with an order last week for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and munitions that detect, pinpoint, and destroy underwater anti-ship mines. Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington placed an $11.2 million order

Deputy Defense Secretary to Help DARPA Christen Anti-Submarine Warfare Vessel

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2016 — Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work this week begins a short trip to Oregon and Washington State in the Pacific Northwest to meet with industry leaders and to discuss work underway for the department. Tomorrow, his first stop will be in Portland, Oregon, to deliver remarks during a Defense Advanced Research

U.S. Special Operations Units Using Faulty Rifle Sights

U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military officials. The U.S. government is aware of the problem and sued the