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Think Drone Swarms Are Scary? The Newest Weapon May Be “Drone Meshes”

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”

Flying Bomb Trucks: Will “Arsenal Planes” Make Bombers Obsolete?

Suggesting fighter and bomber pilots are truck drivers isn’t very nice. But military aircraft are essentially delivery trucks. They fire cannon, drop bombs, take photographs or haul cargo. But ultimately, their utility is a function of the payload they carry. So if a lumbering transport aircraft can haul missiles as well as a sophisticated bomber, … Continue reading Flying Bomb Trucks: Will “Arsenal Planes” Make Bombers Obsolete?

German Tanks Conquered France In 1940. So Why Are France and Germany Building a Tank Together?

Call it a sign of enemies reconciling. Or, an ironic twist of history. Just days before the 80th anniversary of the German mechanized blitzkrieg that conquered France in six weeks, Germany and France signed an agreement to jointly build a new tank. The Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) idea has been floating around since 2012 … Continue reading German Tanks Conquered France In 1940. So Why Are France and Germany Building a Tank Together?

Did Iran Convert a Dumb Rocket Into a Guided Aeroballistic Missile?

Did Iran convert an old ground-launched artillery rocket into a new air-launched ballistic missile? A YouTube video, allegedly taken by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), shows an Iranian Su-22 – a Russian-made fighter-bomber — launching what appears to be a long, slender missile (the launch begins at about the 30-second mark in the video). … Continue reading Did Iran Convert a Dumb Rocket Into a Guided Aeroballistic Missile?

Think China Could Defeat India In a War? Think Again

India fears that it is militarily inferior to China. But are those fears overblown? A new study argues that if another Sino-Indian conflict erupts, India is much stronger than it appears. “We assess that India has key under-appreciated conventional advantages that reduce its vulnerability to Chinese threats and attacks,” write scholars Frank O’Donnell and Alex … Continue reading Think China Could Defeat India In a War? Think Again

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