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What’s that object circling the terrorist hideout? Is it a drone? Is it a missile? No, it’s a loitering munition, otherwise known as a “kamikaze drone.” And the U.S. Navy wants them. Loitering munitions (the U.S. military actually doesn’t like the name “kamikaze drone”) are among the more peculiar weapons of the Drone Age. They … Continue reading U.S. Navy SEALs Want Kamikaze Drones
By the time the First World War erupted in 1914, Imperial Germany had spent a fortune building a potent fleet of battleships to challenge the Royal Navy. And what did these battleships do for most of the war? Nothing, because Kaiser Wilhelm II feared the humiliation of losing his battlefleet. Will today’s China also hesitate … Continue reading Is China Too Scared to Risk Its Navy in Combat?
One potentially fearsome new weapon is the drone swarm, a flock of hundreds of small unmanned aerial vehicles working together like a hive mind to overwhelm a target. But U.S. thinktank RAND has another idea: a “targeting mesh” of small, unarmed drones that would saturate a target area with sensors that would identify high-value targets … Continue reading Think Drone Swarms Are Scary? The Newest Weapon May Be “Drone Meshes”
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