Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.


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Switchblade 300 fired from USV as part of US/UK sensor-to-shooter demo

by Richard Scott

An AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile is fired from the UK's MADFOX USV during the NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise. (AeroVironment)

The US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) have successfully executed a maritime sensor-to-shooter (S2S) demonstration culminating in the firing of an AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile from an experimental unmanned surface vessel (USV).


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Russia to extend service life of UR-100N ‘Stiletto' ICBM to 2023

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The service life of Russia's UR-100N (SS-19 ‘Stiletto') intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is to be extended to 2023, NPO Mashinostroyenia general director Alexander Leonov told the RIA Novosti news agency on 18 October.

The last UR-100N missile was delivered to Soviet forces in 1985 with a guaranteed service life of 10 years, which Leonov said was repeatedly extended by checking the missile's fuel tanks, the condition of the liquid propellant, and the safety margins of the load-bearing structures.


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Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept

by Robin Hughes

The Arnold Defense ‘Trident' three-round launcher prototype concept demonstrator mounted on Moog Space and Defense Group's Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher. (Arnold Defense)

Arnold Defense has unveiled a three-round air launcher concept protoytpe for 2.75 inch/70 mm laser-guided rockets. Developed in partnership with Moog Space and Defense Group, the concept demonstrator – designated ‘Trident' – was unveiled at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington, mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher.


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