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The French Defense Innovation Agency (AID, Agence de l’innovation de défense) is supporting the HELMA-P anti-drone fight innovation acceleration project, led by CILAS. The HELMA-P anti-drone laser system benefits from testing campaigns and demonstrations on the Landes site of the General Directorate of Armament (DGA) Missile Tests. The results already showed promising from the first week of testing.

The Centauro II is a modernized version of the Centauro 1 8x8 anti-tank wheeled armored vehicle that was presented for the first time in June 2016 during the Eurosatory defense exhibition in Paris, France. The previous version of the Centauro was the first 8x8 wheeled anti-tank vehicle in the world with a high-pressure gun. The Centauro is jointly manufactured by the Italian Defense companies Leonardo and IVECO Defence Vehicles.

Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems. Their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

Advanced sensing technologies which have the potential to benefit aspects of everyday life will be developed as part of a new collaboration between BAE Systems and the University of Birmingham. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form an Advanced Sensing Technologies Consortium, drawing on leading experts from industry, academia and Government. This forms part of the Government-funded National Quantum Technologies programme to drive four UK-based hubs which includes a Sensors and Timing hub led by the University of Birmingham.

The sky is getting congested. Rapid increases in the number and type of drones in the air is leading to new challenges when it comes to determining friend or foe, both at home and abroad. With uses ranging from benign recreation, to far more alarming applications like gathering intelligence or wreaking havoc on a battlefield, these readily available and inexpensive small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are easily operated and growing in popularity. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, reports.

The M109A7 is the latest generation of 155mm self-propelled howitzer in the M109 family designed and manufactured by BAE Systems that is now in service with the U.S. army. The M109A7 program enhances the reliability, maintainability, performance, responsiveness, and lethality of the combat-proven M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer and M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle’s (FAASV) while providing increased commonality within the U.S. Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).

A video was published on Internet showing the operational deployment of loitering UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) swarm by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation. China has grasped the technology to practically use a drone swarm, a concept featuring the simultaneous and coordinated operation of a large number of drones that could prove to be very difficult to defend against, a Chinese arms firm recently demonstrated in tests.

The U.S. Army is on track to equip its soldiers with state-of-the-art gear aiming at giving them a decisive edge in close-quarters combat, items that include a high-tech goggle, a more lethal rifle, and binoculars that see in the dark, a senior Army leader says in an official video. Franklin Fisher reports.

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