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-+*Did you know the Germans used ground robots to protect the beaches of Normandy during the World War II? Clearly, they were not too effective, but unmanned ground vehicles have taken quite a few steps forward in recent years. The Air Force drones in the sky typically get most of the attention but here’s a quick […]

-+*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 […]

-+*Army weapons officials recently showed off its latest effort at arming an unmanned vehicle to keep soldiers safer on the battlefield. The Ripsaw unmanned ground vehicle, though still in development, has been tested and is capable of driving up to 1 kilometer ahead of various types of formations, said Bob Testa, lead engineer for the […]

-+*The U.S. subsidiary of British defense giant BAE Systems Plc is developing a new headset that merges night vision and thermal imaging. Soldiers typically wear night-vision goggles to see their surroundings in the dark, but use thermal sights mounted on their rifles to engage targets. Soon, they’ll be able to use one device for both tasks, […]

-+*U.S. Army science and technology leaders want to use rapid-prototyping equipment more often to help bring innovation to the battlefield faster. Increasing the pace of innovation has been a popular topic this week at the Association of the United States Army’s winter meeting. Army technology experts and defense industry officials have discussed ways to simplify […]