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Trust in autonomous systems to do what they are designed to do, and meant to do, is paramount before these systems can be confidently employed as an operational capability. Javier Chagoya, United States Navy, explains : in an era of Great Power Competition, where those who can field autonomous capabilities the fastest will have a distinct advantage, researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are exploring many of the fundamentals of autonomous systems, especially in the trust and confidence arena.

The Matador and Marauder 4x4 armored vehicle produced by the South African company Paramount Group are now combat-proven after the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Azeri Defence Magazine reported that the vehicles demonstrated good performance during the five-day war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in April 2016, in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Gilazi, Azerbaijan in 2017, as well as during Azeri military operations launched on the 27th of September 2020 as part of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the Air Force Association’s Schriever Chapter #147, is sponsoring the 6th Annual Schriever Space Futures Forum, a live virtual event, which will include a celebration of 50 years of successful operations of the Defense Support Program (DSP).

The French Defense Innovation Agency (AID, Agence de l’innovation de défense) is supporting the HELMA-P anti-drone fight innovation acceleration project, led by CILAS. The HELMA-P anti-drone laser system benefits from testing campaigns and demonstrations on the Landes site of the General Directorate of Armament (DGA) Missile Tests. The results already showed promising from the first week of testing.

The Centauro II is a modernized version of the Centauro 1 8x8 anti-tank wheeled armored vehicle that was presented for the first time in June 2016 during the Eurosatory defense exhibition in Paris, France. The previous version of the Centauro was the first 8x8 wheeled anti-tank vehicle in the world with a high-pressure gun. The Centauro is jointly manufactured by the Italian Defense companies Leonardo and IVECO Defence Vehicles.

Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems. Their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

Advanced sensing technologies which have the potential to benefit aspects of everyday life will be developed as part of a new collaboration between BAE Systems and the University of Birmingham. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form an Advanced Sensing Technologies Consortium, drawing on leading experts from industry, academia and Government. This forms part of the Government-funded National Quantum Technologies programme to drive four UK-based hubs which includes a Sensors and Timing hub led by the University of Birmingham.

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