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UpTown Spot — October 16, 2018
Is world ready for an undersea missile? — August 13, 2018

Is world ready for an undersea missile?

Supercavitating torpedo offers speed of 230 miles per hour

June 19, 2018

THE MIL & AERO COMMENTARY –Military forces throughout the world are obsessed, it seems, with speed. Jet aircraft, the missile, even the lowly bullet typically go faster than the speed of sound. Everywhere is an obsession with speed except in undersea warfare. In fact, today’s most advanced militaries are working on so-called hypersonic missiles that eventually could travel through the air at about seven times the speed of sound, or 5,320 miles per hour.

That kind of speed means a hypersonic missile could hit a target 100 miles away in little more than a minute — not much time for countermeasures and evasive maneuvers. It’s little wonder that speed is a top priority among military weapons developers.

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Imagine your only pilot having a heart attack. — July 20, 2018

Imagine your only pilot having a heart attack.

Two become one? Plane makers work on technology to reduce pilot numbers

July 19, 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England – Airplane manufacturers are working to adapt passenger jets to reduce the number of pilots needed for long-haul flights and to build new cockpits designed for a single aviator to ease a global pilot shortage and cut airline costs. Reuters reports. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

19 July 2018 — Airbus SE and Thales SA expect reduce cockpit crew size on long-haul passenger aircraft — typically three or four — to two by 2023 thanks to new technology to reduce pilot workload.

“That’s not an absurd date. Reducing crew on long-range looks to be the most accessible step because there is another pilot onboard,” Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus head of engineering, told Reuters this week at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Boeing Co is examining the possibility of having reduced manning in the cockpit of a proposed mid-sized jet that it aims to have in service by 2025 if it proceeds with a launch decision next year, according to UBS analysts. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boom Supersonic Mach 2.2 airliner combines Honeywell avionics, GE engines, carbon fiber, 3D-printed components – Intelligent Aerospace — June 22, 2017
Air Force researchers increase focus on microwave-based weaponry — June 9, 2017

Air Force researchers increase focus on microwave-based weaponry

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The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 June 2017 — This will be made possible using weaponized RF and microwave-based technology, which has been a focal point for the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

With the help of pertinent industry entities like Raytheon Missile Systems’ Ktech Division, Air Force researchers are spearheading efforts to make weaponized microwave-based technology readily available for combat.

This innovative research is backed by New Mexico’s congressional delegation, many of whom are seeking increases in government spending towards these programs. Albuquerque’s Air Force lab has spent decades researching microwave and high-power electromagnetic technology capable of destroying hostile system interfaces without harming pre-built structures and civilian populations.

India Seeks 100 Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from General Atomics — December 24, 2015

India Seeks 100 Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from General Atomics

December 22, 2015

India has asked to buy 100 advanced Reaper and Avenger armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif.,  worth headerimage.img$2 billion to bolster its arsenal amid recurring incursions by Chinese troops.

Here are the first three paragraphs of the original article from Business Standard. The link to the original article is included.


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