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LOCKHEED MARTIN INTEGRATES NEW ENGINE FOR FURY UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours

Source: Lockheed Martin


Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours

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DUBAI - Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance.

With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, engineering tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours, making it one of the highest endurance unmanned systems in its class.

"We've engineered Fury to bring the flight endurance and other advantages of much larger unmanned aircraft into a compact, effective, category three system," said Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin. "Lockheed Martin has invested heavily to mature the incredible capabilities Fury can deliver, and we’re excited to bring this system to customers around the world." Fury is a long-endurance, expeditionary aircraft that leverages its advanced fuel propulsion system, power generation and low signature design to deliver capabilities to Class 3 UAV that were previously only available in larger and more complex systems. It has no landing gear, making it the most advanced truly runway-independent UAV in its class on the market today. The complete Fury launch and recovery element can be set up on unimproved ground, in an areas a small as 200 feet square.

Leveraging open architecture design, Fury is both adaptable and reconfigurable to serve a multitude of military missions - including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and cyber-electronic warfare.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-11-15-Lockheed-Martin-Integrates-New-Engine-
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
XBOX CONTROLLERS, HOVERBIKES AND ROBOTIC TRUCKS TRIALED BY BRITISH AND AMERICAN ARMIES
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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British and American trucks in a driverless convoy

Source: UK MoD


British and American trucks in a driverless convoy

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LONDON - Continuing the MoD’s investment in cutting-edge technology, the UK has been working with the US military on autonomous resupply, providing a glimpse into the future of getting much-needed supplies to the front line.

In a week-long exercise in Michigan, the UK MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and organizations from the US Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) have been testing an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle controlled by an Xbox-style controller, driverless trucks in convoy and Hoverbike drones for delivering supplies in the most dangerous "last mile" up to the battlefield.

"One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our US allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together," said Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin. "This exercise has proven the success of our ongoing investment in science and technology as we see concepts becoming reality. This particular project is spearheading solutions to the notoriously dangerous operation of supplying our frontline on the battlefield. Delivering crucial food, fuel and ammo remotely will help save soldiers’ lives."

This is a new way of coordinating and delivering vital supplies to front-line operations, aiming to reduce risk to those troops and provide on-demand delivery of food, fuel or ammunition to the front line. The Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) demonstration, the first in a three-year project to bring concepts to life, marked initial demonstration of unmanned tactical resupply technologies in the three areas.

The line-haul convoy is the first time ever that a UK-US collaboration has joined together in this format, with a British Army MAN SV 6-tonne truck as a ‘leader’ vehicle in the convoy, followed by two US Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTV) trucks. Travelling at speeds of up to 25mph, the vehicles used integrated robotics to make decisions about speed, steering and other driving functions.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) demonstrated included the British-developed Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike. An advanced prototype quadcopter drone, it can deliver more than 100kg of supplies, using a simple tablet controller. Unveiled for the first time, this version of the Hoverbike could also potentially be used for humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions.

The 4x4 vehicle tested was a tele-operated Polaris MRZR, fitted with advanced sensors, cameras and GPS, and operated by a joint UK-US trials team. Using an adapted Xbox game console controller, Corporal Mortimer and Lance Corporal Thorne remotely ‘drove’ the 4x4 around the area to simulate an off-road task.

Under the Autonomous Last Mile resupply challenge, Dstl and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are bringing together a wide range of military and industry partners to join commercial-off the-shelf (COTS) suppliers with novel ideas and tech start-ups in producing a futuristic demonstration of how UK and US forces’ tactical resupply might one day operate.

The MoD spends 1.2% of its rising £36 billion defende budget on science and technology. In September Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced the 25 winners of the Last Mile Challenge, up-and-coming tech startups and entrepreneurs hoping to bring innovative solutions to resupply the frontline.

Any entrepreneurs can apply to Pitch@Palace Series 9.0, the theme of which is "Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security". A Defence themed On Tour Event is scheduled to take place in London on 31 January 2018.

Source:  UK MoD
Associated URL: gov.uk
Source Date: November 14, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
U.S. CONDUCTS AIRSTRIKE IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Source: U.S. Air Force


Source: U.S. Air Force


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WASHINGTON - In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Nov. 14 at approximately 6 p.m. local Somalia time, killing several militants.

The operation occurred 60 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region.

U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.

Source:  U.S. Africa Command
Associated URL: https://www.africom.mil
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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