24 марта, 01:25

Raytheon's Laser-Dune-Buggy Blasts Drone-Swarm Out Of The Sky

Earlier this year, Raytheon boasted in a press release about combining a solid-state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) of sensors — mounted on a militarized all-terrain Polaris light-vehicle. The press release describes the vehicle as an “agile, mobile, and effective” war machine to protect troops from weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) threats. Raytheon said its “engineers and physicists are doing something that has never been done before,” and frankly, the militarized laser dune buggy looks like it is straight out of the Mad Max movies. “Basically, we’re putting a laser on a dune buggy to knock drones out of the sky,” said Dr. Ben Allison, director of Raytheon’s high-energy laser program. “It’s actually a little more complicated than that,” Allison added. Allison’s team has managed to mount a high-energy laser with an advanced variant of Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS), an advanced package of electro-optical/ infrared (EO/IR), laser designation, and laser illumination capabilities integrated into a single sensor onto the bed of a Polaris MRZR. As stated by Allison, the concept of laser blasting drones from the sky with dune buggies was conceived from a meeting with Raytheon’s CEO Chairman Tom Kennedy last year. Kennedy expressed his disbelief to Allison when an allied nation [most likely Israel] used the Patriot missile system to intercept cheap weaponized drones outfitted with grenade-like munitions. Typical quadcopters used by terrorist groups are worth several hundred dollars, while Patriot missiles cost about $2 million per rocket. “That cost-to-kill ratio is high,” explained Allison, “but the threat is clear. So, the question became, ‘What can we do for a counter-UAS system using a high-energy laser, and do it quickly. We didn’t want to go out and do a bunch of research and development. We wanted to take the assets and capabilities Raytheon has today and use them to really affect this asymmetrical threat. We settled on a small system that’s hugely capable.” Here is Raytheon’s Laser Dune Buggy versus a Drone in action:  According to Raytheon’s latest press release, around forty-five unmanned aerial vehicles and drones were blasted out of the sky, downed by the company’s “advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy.” The field training exercise known as Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment was recently conducted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Raytheon states that high-ranking military and defense industry officials spectated the field training exercise to grasp an understanding of new “ways to bridge the Army’s capability gaps in long-range fires and maneuver short-range air defense.” Highlights from the event include: Raytheon’s high-power microwave system engaged multiple UAV swarms, downing 33 drones, two and three at a time. Raytheon’s high energy laser, or HEL, system identified, tracked, engaged and downed 12 airborne, maneuvering Class I and II UAVs, and destroyed six stationary mortar projectiles. Within the press release, it seems as Raytheon was testing yet another high-energy gun at Fort Still — separate from the laser dune buggy. Raytheon describes the weapon as a “directed energy system emits an adjustable energy beam that, when aimed at airborne targets such as drones, renders them unable to fly.” “The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against this proliferating threat.” “Our customer needed a solution, and they needed it fast,” said Dr. Ben Allison, director of Raytheon’s HEL product line. “So, we took what we’ve learned and combined it with combat-proven components to rapidly deliver a small, self-contained and easily deployed counter-UAV system.” Interesting enough, we reported on Tuesday, the Army is scrambling to plug the gap in short-range defenses. In doing so, the Army is testing its Mobile High Energy Lasers (MEHEL) mounted on the M1126 Stryker armoured personnel carriers in Europe. The Stryker-mounted MEHEL is designed for short-range aerial threats, such as weaponized drones. U.S. Soldiers from the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment are now equipped with newly developed laser weapon MEHEL mounted on 8×8 Stryker armoured vehicle. The Stryker with MEHEL 2.0 was presented for the first time on General Dynamics Land Systems booth during the AUSA exhibition in Washington D.C. in October 2016 equipped with a 5kW beam director. The 5 kW laser project is part of the Mobile Experimental High Energy Laser. It represents an advance over a previous laser tested in 2016, and will lead into more powerful, longer ranging anti-drone, anti-missile laser systems. The Stryker-mounted MEHEL has proven to be extremely efficient in eliminating enemy drone targets, and its use in Europe will help the U.S. Army to assess emerging concepts, technologies and interoperability. With millions of commercial and hobby drones buzzing in the skies around the world, it seems like the Pentagon has taken notice of the growing threat that these drones could be soon weaponized. After all, the Pentagon has more than 800 military bases around the world... It is increasingly evident that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and its allies cannot afford to use a $2 million Patriot missile to blast a $500 drone from the sky. As a result, to lower the cost-to-kill ratio, the Pentagon has decided to start strapping drone-killing lasers to its war machines. As we have said before, you are starting to get the picture of how the next war will be fought... Have you prepared? 

22 марта, 11:28

Военные США в Европе испытали лазер против дронов

Армия США успешно продемонстрировала лазерное оружие, предназначенное для уничтожения беспилотников. Правда, как признают американские военные, испытания боевой установки Stryker MEHEL прошли в ограниченных условиях. Американские военные на учениях в Германии успешно продемонстрировала лазерное оружие, интегрированное в колесный БТР Stryker. Об испытаниях, прошедших в минувшие выходные на полигоне Графенвёр, стало известно накануне. Была проведена демонстрация 5-киловаттной установки MEHEL (мобильный экспедиционный высокоэнергетический лазер), – сообщил полковник Деннис Вилл, руководитель «стратегической программы G-3» войск США в Европе. «2-й кавалерийский полк армии США успешно задействовал десяток коммерческих беспилотников», – цитирует высокопоставленного военного портал Defense News. Упомянутый полк называется кавалерийским лишь исторически ­– на деле это высокомобильное мотопехотное соединение. Полк, расквартированный в Баварии, участвовал в миссиях в Афганистане и Ираке, и в учениях НАТО 2015-16 год по «отражению предполагаемой агрессии России» в Прибалтике и Восточной Европе. Применение «кавалерией» боевой машины Stryker MEHEL 2.0 прошло успешно, хотя дальность стрельбы и была ограничена (из-за боязни задеть воздушные коридоры гражданской авиации), отметил полковник Деннис Вилл.   Первые испытания лазерной установки MEHEL, прошедшие в апреле прошлого года на полигоне в Форт-Стилл, штат Оклахома, показали: Stryker, оборудованный лазером, поразил 12 беспилотных аппаратов. «Это чрезвычайно эффективный показатель», – констатировал тогда в комментарии изданию Army Times представитель 4-й пехотной дивизии, проводившей испытания. Боевая машина оборудована всем необходимым для обнаружения и уничтожения беспилотных летательных аппаратов. На Stryker MEHEL установлены: радиоэлектронная станция, комплекс радиоэлектронной борьбы (РЭБ), устройство распознавания «свой-чужой», и собственно средство уничтожения – лазерная установка мощностью 5 киловатт. Система MEHEL, как предполагается, должна стать дополнением к традиционным ракетным системам ПВО. Лазерный комплекс способен поражать не только дроны, но и другие низколетящие цели. По итогам испытания в Германии полковник Деннис Вилл сообщил: американские военные ожидают, что партнеры по НАТО и другие страны-союзницы будут активно осваивать новый тип вооружения.

21 марта, 16:15

США сдают союзников?

Президент Перу объявил об уходе в отставку Президент Перу Пабло Кучински объявил об уходе в отставку на фоне грозившего импичмента. В середине марта перуанские СМИ запестрили заголовками угрожающего характера: главе государства П.Кучински снова предрекали прохождение унизительной процедуры импичмента в парламенте страны. Это связано с появлением новых подтверждений получения президентом незаконного вознаграждения от бразильской компании «Одебрехт». […]

21 марта, 11:15

Soldiers In Europe Are Laser-Blasting Drones Out Of The Sky

One of the United States Army’s main priorities is the development of a transportable war machine to counter short-range aerial defense threats, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). For about fifteen years, the Army’s inventory of military machines to defend against low-altitude and medium-altitude threats have diminished, warned Barry Pike, the Army’s program executive officer for missiles and space. Last month, he addressed more than 100 at the Association of the Army’s ‘Hot Topics’ forum on air and missile defense in Arlington, Virginia. According to the Army News Service, the Pentagon has enjoyed decades of air superiority over all potential adversaries; however, that is rapidly changing with the worldwide proliferation of drones. Over the years, Army officials have failed to develop and deploy new high-tech weaponry for short-range aerial threats, thus creating a massive gap in short-range defenses. It is a race against time for the Army to plug the gap in short-range defenses... Richard P. DeFatta, director, Future Warfare Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command spilled the beans at last month’s forum on air and missile defense and told the audience that Army soldiers are conducting field training exercises with the first-ever practical laser weapon system in Europe. As reported by Army Recognition, a select group of U.S. soldiers from the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment are actively testing the high-tech laser weapon, called the Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) mounted on the M1126 Stryker armoured personnel carrier. The Stryker-mounted MEHEL is designed for short-range aerial threats, such as weaponized drones. U.S. Soldiers from the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment are now equipped with newly developed laser weapon MEHEL mounted on 8×8 Stryker armoured vehicle. The Stryker with MEHEL 2.0 was presented for the first time on General Dynamics Land Systems booth during the AUSA exhibition in Washington D.C. in October 2016 equipped with a 5kW beam director.   The 5 kW laser project is part of the Mobile Experimental High Energy Laser. It represents an advance over a previous laser tested in 2016, and will lead into more powerful, longer ranging anti-drone, anti-missile laser systems. The Stryker-mounted MEHEL has proven to be extremely efficient in eliminating enemy drone targets, and its use in Europe will help the U.S. Army to assess emerging concepts, technologies and interoperability. The MEHEL laser weapon is mounted on a Stryker (Picture source U.S. Army) The Army has not released any additional information on the MEHEL trials in Europe, although, Army Recognition specifies the location of the test is in Grafenwoehr, Germany. During a visit at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, March 6, 2018 by Maj. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general, as well as Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Fagan, the senior enlisted advisor for Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, U.S soldiers of the the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment have showcase their knowledge and their ability to operate the new weapon. U.S. army artillery soldiers were eager to demonstrate all they have learned, and couldn’t contain their enthusiasm regarding the unique opportunity and extreme potential of the new weapon system.   Army Styker MEHEL laser test in Europe (source Task & Purpose)  MEHEL is a 5kW laser system mounted on a Stryker-armored fighting vehicle chassis and serves as the primary vehicle for research and development. The Army acknowledges that high-energy lasers are a “low-cost, effective complement to kinetic energy to address rocket, artillery, and mortar, or RAM, threats; unmanned aircraft systems and cruise missiles,” said Army Recognition. U.S. Army demonstrates MEHEL laser weapon on Stryker 8×8 armoured combat vehicle “The MEHEL is now participating in the Joint Warfighting Assessment 2018 in Europe, which will help the Army to assess emerging concepts and technologies, and interoperability,” said Cecil A. Longino Jr., deputy director of the public affairs office for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. So it seems, the Army’s Stryker-mounted MEHEL system, designed to laser-blast Russian drones out of the sky, just took a major leap towards combat. Once the high-energy weapon passes its trials in Germany, there are indications that dozens of Strykers across Europe could be outfitted with this new high tech weaponry and then rapidly deployed to the Russian border. As the world concentrates on the nerve agent attack on former Russian double-agent in the United Kingdom, it is becoming increasingly obvious war is coming…

21 марта, 09:53

Компьютеры: военные, но не очень здоровенные

Поле боя становится цифровым, наземные войска все больше полагаются на носимые солдатами или встраиваемые в транспортные средства компьютеры. Эти системы должны выдерживать экстремальные условия и при этом интегрировать лучшие конструктивные решения из гражданского мира. Компьютеры, встраиваемые в транспортные средства, применяются для самых разных задач, от ситуационной осведомленности до сбора данных и наблюдения, от связи до отслеживания своих сил. Многие из этих систем, монтируемые в стандартные стойки, работают независимо от пользователя, решая поставленные задачи различными способами; зачастую они никак не напоминают привычные нам компьютеры с дисплеем и клавиатурой.

19 марта, 17:30

Orthopedic Device Market Gains Momentum: 3 Stocks in Focus

The orthopedics market holds immense potential for investors who are keen on the healthcare space for long-term gains.

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19 марта, 10:50

13 образов от мастера косплея, глядя на которые можно зависнуть от удивления

Джонатан Стрикер, известный в интернете под ником J Stryker, — косплейщик со стажем, ведь он занимается этим с 2006 года. В школе парень чувствовал себя одиноким и почти ни с кем не общался, одноклассники дразнили его. Косплей помог Джонатану раскрепоститься и поверить в собственные силы. В подростковом возрасте он увлекался комиксами Marvel и видеоиграми, а затем стал фанатом японской анимации. Именно любовь к аниме вдохновила парня на первые перевоплощения. Ну а дальше, как говорится, понеслось.

16 марта, 17:01

Is the Tax Repeal Only Glitter and No Gold for MedTech?

While the MedTech fraternity is hopeful about the latest MedTech tax repeal, we would like to draw your attention to the slump in share price and net margin figures following the tax's abolition in 2015.

16 марта, 06:26

True Believers

Mr. Trump holds forth on how he interacts with other heads-of-state (from TIME): And by the way, Canada? They negotiate tougher than Mexico. Trudeau came to see me, he’s a good man, he said we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please. Nice guy, good looking guy. Comes in. Donald we […]

15 марта, 13:00

Перспективы лазерного оружия в США

В ходе своего недавнего послания к Федеральному собранию президент России Владимир Путин сообщил, что новейшие лазерные комплексы с 2017 года уже поступают на вооружение российской армии и что Россия опережает другие государства в создании оружия на новых физических принципах. «Лазерное оружие - фантастика какая-то, - отметил позже президент. - Мы все помним «Гиперболоид инженера Гарина», […] Сообщение Перспективы лазерного оружия в США появились сначала на ВОПРОСИК.

12 марта, 17:43

The Army Wants a New Tank to Take On Russia and China

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Kris Osborn Security, North America The Army is massively speeding up its early prototyping of weapons and technology for its Next-Gen Combat Vehicle. The Army is accelerating plans to build early prototype components for its futuristic Next-Generation Combat Vehicle for the 2030s and beyond – a lighter weight, deployable high-tech armored vehicle platform to control nearby robots, fire new weapons and outmatch future Russian and Chinese tanks. While the particular configuration and technology woven into the new combat vehicle is in the early phases of conceptual exploration, there is widespread consensus that the future armored platforms will be able to sense and destroy enemy vehicles and drones at much further ranges, make use of active protection systems, leverage emerging artificial intelligence and command and control systems, use more automation and – perhaps of greatest significance – fire lasers and the most advanced precision weaponry available. Senior Army leaders tell Warrior Maven that the NGCV program – is being massively sped up. The acceleration of NGCV prototyping is strongly supported in the new 2019 budget request which seeks $119 million for the program. The revved-up effort is likely to evolve into a family of vehicles to fight alongside or succeed the Abrams tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Stryker among other armored platforms. Development of the new armored vehicles is being pursued in alignment with the Army’s shifting modernization strategy, an effort which places a higher premium on more rapidly prototyping and testing platforms, weapons and technologies; the idea is to access the best of the “realm of the possible” when it comes to weapons and technology and circumvent some of the bureaucratic challenges known to encumber traditional Army acquisition approaches. Recommended: America Has Military Options for North Korea (but They're All Bad) Recommended: 1,700 Planes Ready for War: Everything You Need To Know About China's Air Force Read full article

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06 марта, 20:01

У России будет колесный танк

Он найдет себе применение в уличном бою

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06 марта, 14:49

Корпуса Cooler Master Trooper SE и Stryker SE: новый взгляд на классику

Немало воды утекло с тех пор, как компания Cooler Master представила под брендом CM Storm просторные корпуса Trooper и Stryker для высокопроизводительных игровых систем. Шесть лет спустя эти продукты кажутся архаичными, но то же можно сказать и про другие старые модели Full-Tower. Новые версии Trooper и Stryker производитель решил продвигать под основным брендом — Cooler Master. Фактически Trooper SE и Stryker SE представляют собой одну и ту же модель в разных вариантах расцветки — чёрном и бело-чёрном соответственно.

05 марта, 18:32

American Soldiers Will Dominate the Battlefield with This New Tech

Kris Osborn Security, North America Troops will soon have real-time drone feeds from handheld devices. The Army and Textron Systems are developing a lightweight portable One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) that allows dismounted soldiers to view real-time nearby drone video feeds using a modified frequency.OSRVTs have been in combat with the Army since 2007. They are integrated into vehicle platforms such as Stryker vehicles, allowing infantry to view feeds and control sensor payloads from nearby drones while on the move. The laptop-like drone controllers are configured with an adapter kit so that they can operate from almost every Army vehicle. In fact, OSRVT software is hosted in the Army’s emerging Humvee replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Fielding of OSRVTs is currently 69 percent complete, Army officials said. This new technology allows soldiers such as dismounted infantry not in vehicles to view combat-relevant drone feeds while on foot. Current OSRVTs include a transceiver, antenna, and ruggedized tablet computer that enables with an unmanned aircraft, Army Program Managers for OSRVT, UAS Common Systems Integration Office, have told Warrior. Recommended: 5 Places World War III Could Start in 2018 Recommended: How North Korea Could Start a War Recommended: This Is What Happens if America Nuked North Korea Certain small, handheld Army drones, such as a Puma or Wasp, can be operated by dismounted soldiers. However, while quite useful in combat circumstances, they have a more limited range, endurance and sensing ability compared to larger, medium-altitude drones such as an Army Gray Eagle. Other planned upgrades to the OSRVT configuration include a modified Ku-band Directional Antenna (KuDA) for mobile vehicle operations that will be ready this year and bi-directional technology by 2020. The Army plans to have additional communications security for the OSRVT in place by 2020 as well, Ary developers said. Read full article

05 марта, 17:06

Stryker Closes Entellus Buyout, Bolsters Neurotechnology Line

Stryker (SYK) maintains its acquisition-driven strategy to provide superior and more economic patient experiences.

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04 марта, 18:33

В России создадут колесный танк

В России в ближайшее время будет разработан танк на колесной платформе "Бумеранг". Об этом в выпуске передачи "Военная приемка" на телеканале "Звезда" заявил генеральный директор "Военно-промышленной компании" Александр Красовицкий."Это, в принципе, будет такое ноу-хау на этой же платформе (...) Об этом мы сможем поговорить в самое ближайшее время", - заверил он.Колесная платформа "Бумеранг" должна стать единой основой для создания боевых машин (БМП, БТР, колесных танков, а также шасси для техники специального назначения). "Бумеранг" имеет колесную формулу 8x8, дистанционно управляемый модуль вооружения и керамическую бронезащиту. В легкой и средней весовой модификации машина может плавать. Впервые "Бумеранги" были продемонстрированы на параде Победы 9 мая 2015 года.Под колесным танком подразумеваются некоторые современные пушечные тяжелые бронеавтомобили. Их характеристики в плане огневой мощи в ряде случаев близки к таковым у основных боевых танков. Примерами такой техники служат американская самоходка M1128 семейства Stryker, французский бронеавтомобиль AMX-10RC и итальянская машина Centauro, все они вооружены 105-миллиметровыми орудиями.(https://lenta.ru/news/201...)

01 марта, 18:09

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Abbott, Becton and Dickinson, Stryker, Varian Medical and Boston Scientific

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Abbott, Becton and Dickinson, Stryker, Varian Medical and Boston Scientific

28 февраля, 16:31

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Covidien and Smith & Nephew, Abbott Labs and Boston Scientific

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Covidien and Smith & Nephew, Abbott Labs and Boston Scientific