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-+*One day soon, combat units may evacuate their wounded from the battlefield with the help of unmanned aircraft. In late March, three defense firms worked together to conduct the first casualty evacuation using a KMAX unmanned cargo helicopter, according to Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Marine Corps relied on the unmanned KMAX from 2011 to 2014 […]

-+*The Air Force is in the early phases of developing swarms of mini-drones designed to overwhelm and confuse enemy radar systems or blanket an area with multiple sensors at the same time, service officials said. While still primarily in the laboratory stage, the concept is gaining traction with Air Force scientists who are making progress […]

-+*The Air Force plans to be able to incinerate targets such as incoming missiles with laser weapons mounted on C-17s by 2023 as part of a directed energy developmental effort, service official said. The High Energy Laser, or HEL, is being tested by the Air Force Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Ground […]

-+*The U.S. Army is experimenting with acoustic threat detection systems to help soldiers in combat zones pinpoint the location of incoming fire, from automatic weapons to rocket-propelled grenades, officials said. The service is testing products including FireFLY, which was used in Afghanistan for a two-year period through 2013, and a newer and bigger system called […]

-+*An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot will one day control a small fleet of nearby drones from the cockpit while in flight — according to a new Air Force report on autonomous systems, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said. The Air Force is poised to unveil a new strategy for unmanned aircraft systems next […]