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March 1, 2017 | Source: Warrior, Kris Osborn
US Air Force Fighters & Drones Will Fire Laser Weapons by the 2020s
The Air Force is increasing computer simulations and virtual testing for its laser-weapons program to accelerate development and prepare plans to arm fighter jets and other...
February 27, 2017 | Source: Optical Society of America, Vol. 56, 2017, Shuowen Hu, et al.
Detection of UAVs Using a Low-Cost Visible Camera System
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flown by adversaries are an emerging asymmetric threat to homeland security and the military. To help address this threat, we developed and tested...
February 13, 2017 | Source: Defense Update, defense-update.com, 2 February 2017, Tamir Eshel
US Navy Uses Spike Miniature Missiles to Shoot Down UAVs
Weapons specialists at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. have recently tested the capability of guided missile to defeat an unmanned...
January 30, 2017 | Source: IEEE Spectrum, http://spectrum.ieee.org, 8 November 2016, Evan Ackerman
Metamaterial Radar Is Exactly What Delivery Drones Need
Echodyne's metamaterial-based radar is about the size of a cellphone and has a performance comparable to that of fancy phased-array radars that the military uses while costing...
December 21, 2016 | Source: Defense News, Jen Judson
Bell Helicopter Unveils V-247 Vigilant Tiltrotor Unmanned Aircraft
Bell Helicopter is taking its legacy developing tiltrotor technology into the unmanned world with a new aircraft it is calling the V-247 "Vigilant." The company unveiled a model...
December 19, 2016 | Source: PC World, pcworld.com, 27 October 2016, Lucian Constantin
Icarus Software-Defined Radio Hijacks Wide-Band Frequency-Agile Drone Control Systems
A security researcher has devised a method of hijacking a wide variety of radio- controlled airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and other devices that use a popular wireless...
December 19, 2016 | Source: Defense News, Jen Judson
Army Putting Finishing Touches on Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
The Army is putting the finishing touches on its robotics and autonomous systems strategy, according to the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. The strategy,...
December 5, 2016 | Source: Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk, 29 November 2016, Harry Pettit
Drone Gun Jams Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from More than a Mile Away
As drone numbers rocket across the world, concerns mount over their safety in the wrong hands. With even ISIS reportedly using shop-bought drones to drop hand grenades on Western...
November 21, 2016 | Source: Popular Science, popsci.com, 4 November 2016, David Hambling
ONR Counter Directed Energy Program Fights Back Against Laser Weapons
Back in 2014, a laser gun (the Laser Weapon System, or LaWS), went into service on the warship USS Ponce. Created as a defense system against drones, more laser weapons are making...
November 21, 2016 | Source: Popular Mechanics, popularmechanics.com, 14 November 2016, Kyle Mizokami
Army's ‘Phaser’ Could Knock Out Drone Swarm with High-Power Microwave Energy
The U.S. Army is testing a new weapon that shares its name with the handheld laser of "Star Trek" fame. Developed by Raytheon, the Phaser can disable drones and virtually anything...