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DARPA OFFSET developing offensive swarm tactics with hundreds of drones and ground robots for diverse missions in complex urban environments

Artificial intelligence is being employed in a plethora of defense applications including novel weaponry development, command and control of military operations, logistics and maintenance optimization, and force training and sustainment. AI also enhances of autonomy of unmanned Air, Ground, and Underwater vehicles.   It is also assisting in new concepts of …

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Robots rapidly advancing from assistants, to becoming our close companions to replacing us and merging with us as Robot-human hybrids

A robot, is any automatically operated machine that replaces human effort, though it may not resemble human beings in appearance or perform functions in a humanlike manner. A robot is a machine—especially one programmable by a computer—capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. A robot can be …

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DARPA Manta Ray developing new class of UUVs capable of carrying large payloads and long endurance missions to support persistent operations

USN has revised its Maritime strategy, for decisive warfighting advantage, in anti-access, area denial environment. US Navy’s vision is to achieve an integrated hybrid force of manned and unmanned systems with the ability to sense, comprehend, predict, communicate, plan, make decisions and take collaborative action to achieve operational goals. The …

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Biomimetic Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (BUUV) use Biomimetics for design of innovative propulsion systems

Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), also known as underwater drones, are submersible vehicles that can navigate their way through various water systems with or without human intervention. Typically, UUVs fall into two categories, remotely operated underwater vehicles, or autonomous underwater vehicles.   Traditional underwater propulsion systems, such as screw-type axial propellors, …

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Russia developing range of large, small, and mid-sized stealthy drones, closing the gap with US, Israel and China

The US and Israel are universally recognized leaders in the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Thousands of American and Israeli UAVs are operating across the world daily. China is already world’s largest producer of UAVs and is working on taking on a greater share in …

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DARPA DELTA exploring digital twins for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) missions

Digital twins are a virtual and identical representation or model, with full characterization, of a physical product or system. A digital twin seeks to emulate the actual system by utilizing data analysis and integration, machine learning, and modeling techniques. Commercially, digital twins have been used in various applications, ranging from …

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Military Cargo drones will resupply soldiers on future battlefields to ships and submarines

Military commanders have come to understand that victory is closely related to having sufficient units, soldiers, weapons, and supplies at the right time and place—logistics, in other words, has become a critical part of military operations. Historically, superior logistical capabilities have given a competitive advantage to militaries. Tactical logistics is …

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Electromagnetic and High Power Microwave Directed Energy Weapons will counter threat of Drone Swarms carrying IEDs, biological or chemical agents

UAV threat,  has wide spectrum. On one end is the security threat of terrorists weaponising small commercially available drones. ISIS is already using them in in Syria and Iraq to carry small improvised explosive devices. They can also be used to disperse biological or chemical agents. These are small in size …

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