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For the last few years, the Navy has been working on UCASS, a project to build a drone that'll replace surveillance and attack craft with one vehicle. We've already seen the X-47B demonstrate its ability to fly with manned squadrons and land on a carrier, but it looks as if we won't be seeing it i...

February 5th 2015 at 10:26am 0 Comments
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SAFFiR, the humanoid firefighting robot that the US Navy and Virginia Tech engineers have been developing for years, is now more than just a blueprint. In fact, the military division has already demonstrated what the biped can do aboard one of its decommissioned ships. During a series of tests con...

February 5th 2015 at 8:04am 0 Comments
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It's hard to covertly gather intelligence on the open seas; conventional drones and submarines make it rather obvious that something's up. The US Navy might just have a stealthier option with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which recently finished tests. The five-foot-long robot looks and swi...

December 17th 2014 at 2:49pm 0 Comments
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The US may never have used its microwave pain gun in combat, but that isn't stopping China from exploring the concept of non-lethal force. Local manufacturer Poly has unveiled the WB-1, a millimeter-wave weapon that heats the water under your skin (much like the US' Active Denial System) to deliv...

December 9th 2014 at 7:59pm 0 Comments
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It's official: the US Navy has entered the future. Vice Admiral John Miller tells Bloomberg that the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport, has been using the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) in the Persian Gulf since late August. The high-tech arsenal is no threat to larger vessels, but it's potent...

November 15th 2014 at 12:43am 0 Comments
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We first heard the Navy was developing a minesweeping robot boat last year, but now it's closer to a reality. Dubbed the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS), it'll accompany the Navy's new, high-tech Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to explore and detonate explosives in suspected minefields. The Navy...

November 10th 2014 at 2:27pm 0 Comments
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You've probably heard of Google Glass owners who seemingly can't put the wearable down, but there's now at least one reported instance of genuinely addictive behavior. Doctors at Naval Medical Center San Diego claim that a 31-year-old Navy serviceman is the first person to be diagnosed with a Gla...

October 15th 2014 at 8:13pm 0 Comments
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Overwhelming numbers can help win a sea battle, but sailors are far too valuable to simply throw away -- and the US Navy knows it. To that end, it recently tested a swarm of robotic gunboats that work in tandem to either protect a main warship or surround the enemy. As you can see in the video bel...

October 6th 2014 at 7:12am 0 Comments
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Octopuses and other cephalopods are masters of disguise -- their prey often doesn't realize the danger until it's too late. It only makes sense to model active camouflage after that behavior, then, and a team at the University of Illinois has managed just that. Their octopus-like material uses la...

August 19th 2014 at 6:09pm 0 Comments
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While it may not be a full suit of high-tech gadgetry like Iron Man dons, the US Navy is set to test exoskeletons from Lockheed Martin. In the first contract to employs the company's strength-boosting garb for industrial use, two FORTIS exoskeletons will help carry heavy loads for the trial period...

August 19th 2014 at 2:12pm 0 Comments
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You may think that the US Navy's biggest digital threats come from the outside, but that's not always the case. Former Navy serviceman (and leader of the hacking group Team Digi7al) Nicholas Paul Knight has pleaded guilty to charges that he and co-defendant Daniel Kreuger conspired to steal identi...

May 21st 2014 at 4:37pm 0 Comments
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It's good that Lockheed Martin's ADAM laser can shoot down drones and rockets, but there are threats much closer to Earth -- say, small boat crews bent on destroying large warships. Never fear, though, as we now know that ADAM can take care of those targets as well. Lockheed has successfully wield...

May 7th 2014 at 4:54pm 0 Comments