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Book Review: Navigating a way through the ethical maze of new technologies

Technology Is Not Neutral: A Short Guide To Technology Ethics, Stephanie Hare, London Publishing Partnership, Feb 2022 The Political Philosophy of AI: Mark Coeckelbergh, Polity Press, Feb 2022 New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) raise formidable political and ethical challenges, and these two books each provide a different kind

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UK Royal Air Force Cancels Project Mosquito Loyal Wingman Programme

Project Mosquito, the future uncrewed Combat Aircraft Technology Demonstration being explored by the Royal Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), will not proceed beyond the design phase. The decision, taken by mutual agreement with industry partners, follows a detailed review of the technical demonstrator and the broader Lightweight Affordable Novel

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New briefing: For Heaven’s Sake – Examining the UK’s Militarisation of Space

Drone Wars UK’s new briefing, published in collaboration with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), looks at the UK’s emerging military space programme and considers the governance, environmental, and ethical issues involved. Space based operations affect many aspects of modern life and commerce. The global economy relies heavily on

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Lithuania and Turkey Sign Agreement for Bayraktar Drones

Lithuania is considering buying Turkish-made Bayraktar combat drones, Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas has said. “The acquisition of combat drones is in the plans, possibly a Bayraktar, too,” Anušauskas told reporters on Tuesday. “I don’t want to elaborate on all those plans right now.” According to the minister, Lithuania regularly updates

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Bell P-39 Airacobra, Why the Mid Engine?

The Bell P-39 Airacobra is a fighter produced by Bell Aircraft for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It was one of the principal American fighters in service when the United States entered combat. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force, and enabled individual

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Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Kord team-up to defeat multiple mortars and large drones with Stryker-mounted high-energy laser

In four weeks of continuous live-fire exercises, an industry team led by Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) business, and Kord, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBR, defeated multiple 60mm mortar rounds with a 50kW-class high energy laser integrated on a Stryker combat vehicle. The directed energy weapon

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Fortem Technologies Deploys Man Portable Counter-UAS Solution in Ukraine

Fortem Technologies, leaders in airspace security and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, has announced a new, smaller portable counter-UAS system in direct response to the crisis in Ukraine. Working closely with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Fortem provided Ukraine with a number of the Fortem SkyDome man-portable counter-UAS

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Armed drones proliferation update – May 2022

Today we are publishing a fully revised and updated list of countries operating medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) armed drones as typified by the MQ-9 Reaper and Bayraktar TB2. Please note our list does not include states operating loitering munitions (sometimes dubbed ‘suicide drones’ by the media) or other, one-off

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BlueHalo Awarded US Army Contract for Titan C-UAS

BlueHalo announce a $4M order of its Titan Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) kits by the US Department of Defense. The award is in support of an elite unit within the conventional U.S. Army, and will be used to defeat enemy drones on the battlefield abroad and at secure locations in

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BlueHalo awarded U.S. Army contract for Titan C-UAS

BlueHalo and its Titan Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) Team are pleased to announce a $4M order of Titan Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) kits by the Department of Defense. The award is in support of an elite unit within the conventional U.S. Army, and will be used to defeat enemy drones

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Thales Obtains Type Certification for Spy’Ranger 330 System

The Thales Spy’Ranger 330 in service with the French Army as part of the SMDR programme has obtained its first type certification by the French defence procurement agency’s airworthiness authority, testifying to the system’s proven performance in combat situations. Type certification guarantees the airworthiness of the SMDR and enables the

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RQ-7 Shadow Crash Lands at Fort Drum Airfield

At approximately 9:38am on April 6th., a RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) crashed on Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield shortly after takeoff. Fort Drum Emergency Services is stationed on the airfield and rapidly responded to the crash site, extinguishing

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Turkey’s Supersonic UCAV Mock Up Gets Wings

The assembly of the wings of the KIZILELMA Combat Unmanned Aircraft System (MIUS), developed by Baykar Defense, has been completed. KIZILELMA’s production activities continue. Baykar Defense continues the production activities of KIZILELMA, which was developed within the scope of the Combat Unmanned Aircraft System (MIUS) Project. The final assembly of

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Military AI Audit: Congress scrutinises how the US is developing its warfighting AI capabilities

In February, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), which audits and evaluates government activities on behalf of the US Congress, published a study examining the Department of Defense’s approach to developing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in weapon systems and assessing the current status of ‘war-fighting’ AI in the

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Boeing’s Loyal Wingman Becomes MQ-28A Ghost Bat

Boeing Australia congratulates the Australian Government and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on their selection of ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’ as the military designator and name for the first Australian-produced military combat aircraft in over 50 years. Australia’s Defence Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced the designator and name at

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Helps Ukrainians Control Drones

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system is helping Ukrainian forces in the drone war as the nation fights back with technology to track down invading Russians. Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to attack Russian drones and target Vladmir Putin’s army of tanks and track down their positions in the conflict,

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