Focus and analysis weapons military technology of defence industry

Last week, EDA hosted a virtual workshop on ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) for defence’ which brought together over 230 industrial and experts from 20 Member States who shared insight on the impact and potential of AI for defence. With the AI work strand, EDA is entering a promising territory as it prepares to foster further integration of AI in R&T projects for defence business cases.

Sherpa 6 Inc., Littleton, Colorado, was awarded a $24,565,468 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop a variety of technologies to support research and development concept prototype components for dismounted Soldier mission command systems, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) and Nett Warrior.

The military use of drones has grown dramatically in recent years. Unmanned aircraft of different sizes are employed in various roles. Some are employed on reconnaissance, carrying various sensors for intelligence gathering and targeting. Others carry and weapons and are used as strike platforms. Sometimes UAS are also used as ‘suicide drones’ or ‘loitering missiles,’ hitting targets of opportunity on the battlefield.

APCs and IFVs are only beginning to get additional protection and slat armor. Chief Designer of the Special Machine-Building Design Bureau (SKBM) Sergey Abdulov said at Army-2019 forum that BMP-3 IFV would soon get additional anti-cumulative bars and steel screens against RPG launchers.

For urban combat, the T-72B3 tank is equipped with a bulldozer blade, additional active protection on all its sides, and slat armor on the rear sides of the vehicle. The commander’s seat is protected by armor plates. This tank participated in the dynamic display. It did not look inferior in running capabilities to ordinary T-72 and T-90 tanks.

Published footage has unveiled the testing of a new multi-purpose 12x12 heavy chassis HTF5700HEV with a hybrid powerplant manufactured by Sanjiang Wanshan Special Vehicles Co., part of the 4th Academy of the Chinese rocket and space concern CASIC. The 4th CASIC Academy has its main specialization in the production of solid-propellant medium and short-range ballistic missile systems.

China has successfully tested a new combat system that integrates armored vehicles and drone swarms, Chinese media reported on Wednesday. This technology will allow armored troops to acquire more battlefield information and launch deadly attacks. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

As the U.S. Army drives toward its goal of modernizing the nation’s ground combat force, it must strike a balance between defining achievable near-term objectives and defining aggressive stretch goals for future increments. It is imperative that the Army, at all levels, leverage the vast expertise within DOD to define reasonable near-term goals, while at the same time defining the objectives that lie beyond that which current technology can achieve. Corey Richards and Maj. Cory Wallace explain in Army AL&T.

The U.S. Air Force deployed an unusual new system during a recent exercise: "Robot dogs" designed to enhance the situational awareness of security forces during a mission. During the exercise, airmen assigned to the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing secured the airfield. Jared Keller reports on Task & Purpose.

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