DARPA succeeds in-flight recovery of X-61A Gremlins drone

Air-dropped drones offer many advantages from an operational point of view, in particular that of being able to be deployed at long distances thanks to a carrier aircraft, and of having to use their own fuel only once dropped, so as not to having to consume it only once above or near the objective. The autonomy in flight of the drones is thus considerably increased, reinforcing their operational efficiency. But this approach suffers from a significant weak point, since once released, the chances of being able to recover the drone once its mission is over are all the more slim as it intervenes far from the allied bases.…

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US Army prefers Dynetics to Israel's Iron Dome for close air defense

After the demonstrations of strength and efficiency made by the Iron Dome systems to protect Israeli cities from Hamas rockets in recent months, one could reasonably think that the joint offer of Rafael and Raytheon would be preferred by the US Army against to that of the American Dynetics to provide close anti-aircraft protection of US Army sites as part of the Indirect Fire Protection Capacity program, or IFPC. However, it is the latter's Enduring Shield, using the expensive AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at $0,5 million per unit, which was chosen to the detriment of the Iron Dome and its Tamir missile at $190.000. $,…

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The US Army will test the Iron Dome to protect its vulnerable infrastructure

One of the major lessons of the war that pitted Azeri forces against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 was the great vulnerability of force support sites, such as logistics areas, command posts, and fortifications, in the face of modern artillery systems coupled with reconnaissance drones. And if the Armenian anti-aircraft defenses managed to keep the Azeri fighters at a distance, they were largely idle in the face of the small reconnaissance drones directing the enemy artillery fire. Beyond this example, the increase in range and accuracy of modern and future artillery systems, whether artillery…

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Dynetics-Lockheed will design the 100 Kwh anti-aircraft laser system for the US Army

The American group Dynetics, associated with the world leader in defense equipment Lockheed-Martin, has been chosen by the US Army to design the demonstrator of a 100 Kwh mobile anti-aircraft laser, the HEL TVD[efn_note]High Energy program Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator[/efn_note], beating Raytheon, which was also competing for this $130m program. Dynetics will be in charge of the integration of the laser system provided by Lockheed, as well as several control systems, and the Rolls-Royce M250 turbine to provide electrical power, on a vehicle of the FMTV family[efn_note]Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle[/efn_note], a lighter and more mobile vehicle than the…

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