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*+-The Navy is preparing to build its new LXR amphibious assault ship in order to meet the fast-rising need for amphibs across the globe, Congressional sources said. Efforts to begin the process of production and delivery of the new ship come as the service is finalizing its plans to start a competition to build the […]

*+-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 […]

*+-Marines fired a small airborne drone capable of carrying explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey in a test that could offer the tilt-rotor aircraft a new weapons potential. Called the Switchblade, the drone was initially developed as a small intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Marines at Twentynine Palms, Calif., attached one of the […]

*+-Joint Strike Fighter engineers will have to make adjustments to the weapons bay of the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 so the aircraft can carry a pin point glide bomb by 2022, JSF program officials said. The Small Diameter Bomb II, or SDB II, can acquire and track moving targets from distances up to […]

*+-The Navy is getting ready to take the next step in its ongoing competition to build a new amphibious assault ship for the service, officials said. Called the LX( R ), the new amphib will replace the Navy’s existing fleet of LSD 41/49 dock landing ships in the 2020s and 2030s, said Navy spokesman Matthew Leonard. […]