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  • Photonic Effect to Microelectronics
    Photonic Effect to Microelectronics 24 March 2020
    Microelectronics technology continues to progress day by day and shrink electronic circuits. Within the scope of DARPA's, which operates in the United States, "Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability Program" (PIPES), it is aimed to establish a connection between microelectronics using photons. The project, which is said to lead to a significant revolution in the field of microelectronics, aims to develop special integrated circuits and Field Program...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine 18 March 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program 23 January 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • UK Sets its own “DARPA”
    UK Sets its own “DARPA” 30 December 2019
    British PM Boris Johnson will spend £18 billion within five years in research and development, to promote a “new wave of economic growth” after Brexit. According to The Times, British PM will spend £800m for defence agency, a scientific research body modelled on US’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The “advanced research projects agency” will be based outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge. It also wants to set ...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry 18 December 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft
    Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft 6 November 2019
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is concerned that laser weapons could target US aircraft in the future. DARPA is looking for high-energy laser countermeasures; the agency posted online in an industry request for information. Agency wants a countermeasure that could be mounted on aircraft, as well as ground vehicles or ships. Anti-laser defensive technology is based on a technology that can detect an attack, geo-locate the attacker and disrupt the laser we...
  • Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters
    Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters 1 November 2019
    Ukraine based web site censor.net stated that State Concern Ukroboronprom decided to eliminate special arms exporters; Two companies will export. On October 30, the first meeting of the updated supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom took place. Ukroboronprom CEO Aivaras Abromavicius chaired the meeting. The conference aimed to reform the state defence industry to the newly formed supervisory board. A former head of the American Agency for Advanced Defence Research Projects (DARPA), ...
  • DARPA, Choose BAE Systems
    DARPA, Choose BAE Systems 15 August 2019
    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 2 contract to develop machine learning capabilities aimed to help the military gain better awareness of space scenarios for the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The capabilities developed under the Hallmark-TCEM (Hallmark Tools, Capabilities, and Evaluation Methodology) effort will be integrated into DARPA's Hallmark Software Testbed (Hallmark-ST) program. As part of Hallmark-TCEM, BAE Systems' FAST Labs research an...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons 7 May 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • Autonomy Agreement to DARPA
    Autonomy Agreement to DARPA 27 March 2019
    The US has signed a new agreement with the DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency). With an agreement worth US $ 3.1 million, DARPA will start the third phase of its autonomous software development. With the software to be developed, air force task planning capabilities will be increased. DIRECT (Distributed, Interactive, Command-and-Control Tool) software developed under the RSPACE (Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment) programme is aimed to ...
  • Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia
    Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia 7 March 2019
    Russian Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia's equivalent to the US DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in conjunction with the Android Technology' has started a joint Project called the Marker UGV. The Marker UGV is designed to be a testbed for new technologies that will interact with special forces to test and mature emerging technologies and concepts of operation. The vehicle is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and is armed with...
  • DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS
    DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS 31 October 2018
    Lockheed Martin and the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have demonstrated autonomous helicopter operations with US Army pilots flying the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) for the first time, Lockheed Martin announced on 29 October. Together with the FAA and DARPA, Sikorsky is developing autonomous and optionally-piloted technology that will ultimately decrease instances of the number one cause of helicopter crashes: Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT...
  • Technology News Issue 65 15 September 2018
    Seal in the Sea DARPA Charging Laser-based Drones Microscope in Space 3D Print, in Every Field Natural Stealth Technology  
  • DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser
    DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser 4 August 2018
    DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment – Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD) program intends to demonstrate the feasibility of keeping an aircraft airborne for indefinite periods by charging the onboard batteries using a laser power source. To test the hypothesis, the research agency has selected the Silent Falcon UAS for the demonstration. Flight Global says the range between the laser and UAV is around 10 km but could be extended in future. Testing is scheduled to st...
  • Hyper Competition
    Hyper Competition 31 July 2018
    Hyper competition rising. During the Cold War period, the West studied on hypersonic technologies for many years but could not find their hopes. After success works of Russia and China in this area US-based companies moved forward in this area. Hypersonic ammunition, which is very difficult to prevent because of the it's high speed has attracted attention from the US Army. Pentagon has given the firm the necessary signal. Northrop Grumman, who assessed the intense...
  • DARPA to Automate Battle Modelling
    DARPA to Automate Battle Modelling 10 July 2018
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) develops new algorithms for advanced battle modelings. At this point, the operation area will be modeled in more detail and the decision-making process of the military planners will be accelerated in the light of the information about the field and the battle. Even though the problems encountered in the field of combat and battle in a systematic way with the automation support of the battlefield developments have been resolved in rec...
  • Cost Saving in Precision Guidance
    Cost Saving in Precision Guidance 8 May 2018
    The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $13,1 million contract to demonstrate a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions.   The seeker is designed to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions that are used in GPS-denied and other contested environments.  DARPA’s Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program initiated to dec...
  • DARPA Done Its Turn
    DARPA Done Its Turn 5 February 2018
    DARPA has successfully completed its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme, with the official transfer of Sea Hunter to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for continued development of the prototype as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV).  Collaboration between the agencies started in September 2014. In October 2016, DARPA and ONR began at-sea testing of Sea Hunter’s sensing and autonomy suites. “ACTUV re...
  • DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine
    DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine 24 January 2018
    DARPA has signed an agreement to develop an aircraft propulsion system under the ARFE (Advanced Full Range Engine) program with Orbital ATK. Under the agreement of $ 21.4 million, Orbital ATK will develop an engine that can be used with subsonic and hypersonic (+5 Mach) speeds. In October 2017, DARPA signed an agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne under the same program. The Defense Agency aims to have a propulsion system that has been developed with the Turbine Based Combined...
  • 'CODE' Program Moves Into 3rd Phase
    'CODE' Program Moves Into 3rd Phase 15 January 2018
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the completion of the second phase in Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program on 8 January which aims to extend the capability of the US military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battlespaces. DARPA has selected the Raytheon Company (Tucson, Ariz.) to complet...
  • Tiny Little Men Fitting into Devices: Artificial Intelligence
    Tiny Little Men Fitting into Devices: Artificial Intelligence 11 December 2017
    Many things considered ordinary in the eyes of today’s tablet children, astonish some of us. This group of people once believed in their childhood that there were tiny little men in radios and that it was their conversation heard from outside.  Let us focus on modern times… Year, 2003; place, Iraq. The US Army invaded the country; however, the US Commanders found it increasingly hard to make decisions owing to heavy bombardment of data coming from all fronts. Faili...
  • Hybrid Electric Aircraft Trial by DARPA
    Hybrid Electric Aircraft Trial by DARPA 6 April 2017
    DARPA announced on 4 April that it has completed flight-testing of a sub-scale version of an aircraft design as part of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. The X-Plane aircraft has been developed and manufactured by Aurora Flight Sciences and will be designated as XV-24A.  According to DARPA's press release, during this phase aerodynamic design of the demonstrator aircraft has been tested along with validation of flight dynamics, and...
  • Undersea Network Architecture by DARPA
    Undersea Network Architecture by DARPA 9 January 2017
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the completion of the initial phase of temporary underwater fiber-optics communications networks development. DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program aims to ensure connectivity when tactical networks are unavailable. Designed to withstand the pressure, saltwater, and currents of the ocean, the hair-thin fiber-optic cables being developed will last 30 days in rough ocean environment to provide essential co...
  • Second Prototype for TERN
    Second Prototype for TERN 22 November 2016
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) commenced the development of a second test vehicle of tactically exploited reconnaissance node (TERN) programme. Northrop Grumman was awarded Phase III of the Tern programme last year, to develop a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium-altitude long-endurance UAS. Explaining the aim of this new demonstrator, DARPA programme manager told that it would enhance the robustness of the programme.  After completion of Phase II...
  • Control Over Sea Enhances
    Control Over Sea Enhances 21 November 2016
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) prototype has completed shipborne sea trials on Sea Hunter, the US Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel. Over two days tests, TALONS performed 90 minutes of flight each day, ascending to an altitude of 305 metres while testing its onboard sensor and communication systems. Further at-sea trials will follow. TALONS is a fully automated parafoil...
  • 'Adaptive' Electronic Warfare System
    'Adaptive' Electronic Warfare System 16 November 2016
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $13.3 million Phase 3 contract modification to BAE Systems to continue development of cognitive airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems under Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project. Indicating that the current systems could not quickly adapt to new and advanced threats, BAE Systems stated that their main focus was to develop an adaptive system, able to counter unexpected and unknown radars.
  • Artificial Intelligence Becomes DARPA’s New Choice  on Electronic Warfare
    Artificial Intelligence Becomes DARPA’s New Choice  on Electronic Warfare 6 November 2016
    US “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (DARPA) is seeking to develop an autonomous EW system. Pentagon believes that reliance on a human operator can cause unnecessary delays on electronic warfare Systems. According to a BAE Systems paper Current systems are limited in their ability to quickly adapt to new and advanced threats because they rely on a database of known threats with predefined countermeasures. DARPA has awarded an additional $13.3 million to create an autonom...
  • The US Gives Weight to Research Projects
    The US Gives Weight to Research Projects 3 November 2016
    Raytheon has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for research on Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept.The contract value is approximately $174 million and the company will be provided with $3,410,005 initial fund at the time of award.
  • Safety Tests for Mine Hunter
    Safety Tests for Mine Hunter 1 November 2016
    Defence Advanced Reasearch Projects Agency’s (DARPA) “Sea Hunter” Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is to undergo a certification process to determine the conformity of the ship with international navigational rules. DARPA announced the commence of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) certification process on 24 October, at the annual AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense maritime day. The objective is to make ...
  • High-Tech Telescope for USAF
    High-Tech Telescope for USAF 21 October 2016
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delivered a high technology Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) to the US Air Force on 18 October. The system expected to enter service in 2020, following the system’s delivery to Australia, and operated by Air Force Space Command in cooperation with the Royal Australian Air Force. SST was designed to monitor space junk that pose a threat to satellites in orbit and will give the Air Force the capability to monitor an underserved area of s...
  • Robotic Co-pilot by DARPA
    Robotic Co-pilot by DARPA 19 October 2016
    Aurora Flight Sciences’ concept development program ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System) completed its second phase and now ready for Phase 3. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ALIAS program objective is to enable the pilots use their time more productively an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission and reduce on board crew. The system previously demonstated technical capabilities on a Diamond DA42, installed in Cessna Caravan proving ...
  • Imaging System with 'Learning' Algorithms
    Imaging System with 'Learning' Algorithms 24 September 2016
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is getting ready to develop a new multi-purpose imaging sensor that would autonomously take notice of what is happening in its camera’s field of view and reconfigure the imaging sensor based on the context of the situation. DARPA posted a special notice on 16 September, inviting those who might want to participate in the four year-program to a Proposers Day scheduled to be held on 30 September. ‘ReImagine’ program aims to pro...
  • Special Forces to ride Stealth Dirt bikes; Silent Hawk and Nightmare 30 May 2016
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) project for special forces becomes real. Two new dirt bikes developed under a government research initiative are unveiled. DARPA’s vehicles had to have the ability to run quietly, use a multi-fuel engine to travel extended ranges on a variety of locally sourced fuels, and generate electrical power. The Silent Hawk, built by Logos Technology, and the Nightmare, built by LSA Autonomy , have many similarities. Both have el...
  • DARPA's SHARK completes sea tests 14 May 2016
    The “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (DARPA) is developing a loitering autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to detect and track submarines. The 23 ft long UUV is designed to reside at depths of up to 6,000 m until called into active duty. The effort, called Submarine Hold At Risk (SHARK), is designed to exploit long-range acoustic broadcast in the deep ocean.  The UUV is approximately 3,300 lb dry weight and it is powered by a lithium polymer battery that c...
  • Countdown for TERN UAV's first flight 12 May 2016
    US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Navy’s Office of Naval Research’s joint Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) programme has entered to a third and final stage. Northrop Grumman was chosen to build a full-scale demonstrator system of the medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) with USD93 million contract. The programme aims to launch medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from US Navy surface combatan...
  • China’s DZ-ZF reaches over 12 000 km/h 2 May 2016
    According to People's Daily Online, China has successfully completed a seventh flight test of its new hypersonic glide vehicle “DF-ZF” in its northern central Shanxi province. What Pentagon used to call WU-14 was , Chinese experimental hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), DF-ZF can travel at speeds between Mach 5 (6,174 km/h) to Mach 10 (12,348 km/h).  U.S. media express concern referring the test “nuclear-capable hypersonic missile”. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman first conf...
  • Northrop Grumman wins DARPA TERN programme 30 December 2015
    Northrop Grumman is selected to demonstrate what an MQ-9 Reaper-sized unmanned air vehicle (UAV) can operate at sea from ships smaller than an aircraft carrier. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) eliminated AeroVironment  on Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) programme. Northrop will design, develop and demonstrate the medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV that will transform every ship into mini aircraft carriers. The programme a...