Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Military leaders are increasingly using autonomous drones, robots and platforms to assess, defend and engage targets around the world   The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently showed off the progress it’s making in the area of robotic warfare with a demonstration of...

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US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many navies around the world are going all in on autonomous boats, ships and platforms, the Sea Hunter will be the first of many such systems that enter service after 2017   Main contractor Leidos has announced that it is starting operational trials of the...

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US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Railguns have taken decades to develop but the technology, that fires high impact projectiles at hypersonic speeds to vaporize its targets, is now here   The US Navy (USN) recently revealed a video of the first commissioning tests of a railgun, a futuristic weapon that...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse   Back in 2014,...

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The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies, combined with a renewed global focus on defence and security, have kicked off a new arms race and every corner, every theatre and every environment on Earth, and in space, seems to be fair game   As unmanned aerial drones have become a...

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US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you look across the spectrum of military developments it is clear that nation states are now committed to creating fully autonomous military platforms, the only question left to answer is when will they make their own “Kill” decisions   The time when the US...

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US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Americas submarines of the future will command huge swarms of autonomous drones and travel at supersonic speeds, changing the nature of warfare, and balance of power   In the next two decades the US is going to be putting its next generation of subs into...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft carriers are the perfect forward operating platforms to create, deploy and support countless autonomous drone platforms, this move signals a new way to wage war and conduct operations.   Earlier this month, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Protector made history. An ice patrol ship,...

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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration, deceleration, and fuel...

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US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

The US Navy’s new augmented reality helmet pushes diving into the twenty first century A new high-tech diving helmet being developed by the U.S. Navy will incorporate augmented-reality technology to help keep naval divers safe on underwater missions and help them complete missions faster. Dubbed the Divers Augmented Vision Display...

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America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering the age of fully autonomous warfare and inevitably, one day, humans will not be in the loop   The US military have launched their first experimental, fully autonomous self-driving warship, dubbed Sea Hunter, and representing a major advance in robotic warfare, which...

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