Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)—basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck—was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.
This is not the first time that the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) has talked about their desire to get a real life version of Iron Man’s suit for soldiers, but now it’s giving a very specific timeframe: “The goal is to have a contract in place by next fall and have suits ready for full field testing in about four years.”
Sure, it took an extra year or so, but Northrop Grumman has finally penciled in the first flight of the giant surveillance airship it’s building for the U.S. Army. The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle — a football-field-size, helium-filled robot blimp fitted with sensors and data-links — should take to the air over Lakehurst, New Jersey, the first or second week of June. K.C. Brown, Jr., Northrop’s director of Army programs, crows: ”We’re about to fly the thing!” (more…)
The “DInGO”, Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic now beginning testing, it is the next generation of battle field optics that will empower US servicemen to hit enemy targets from over two times the current distance. If the prototypes stand up to what the DOD science types are hoping for. (more…)
Given the eye-catching nature of space shuttle launches, deep-space imagery, and Mars exploration, it can be easy to forget NASA’s aeronautics efforts, which have a daily impact on life within the bounds of Earth’s atmosphere. (more…)
U.S. Army Tests Secret Hypersonic Weapon | Fox News.
OtherSources: Wired, DefenceUpdate, AFP
I’ve long enjoyed reading and watching Black Projects, and often wonder what they are testing and what it will become. Here is what the military seems to have planned for one of the recent HyperX projects.
Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face | Danger Room | Wired.com
Other Sources: Dodsbir.net (Lists Contracts)