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The U.S. company Mobile Recon Systems announces a new unmanned multi-rotor air vehicle (UAV) capable of lifting more than its own weight. This model, called “Dauntless”, is designed to set new records for what multi-rotor UAVs can carry. At 78 pounds, the Dauntless has easily lifted an additional payload of 100 pounds as a tethered quadcopter. It is designed to lift over 200 pounds as an octocopter, with a generator-powered flight time of several hours.

The first test of DARPA’s Squad X Experimentation program successfully demonstrated the ability to extend and enhance the situational awareness of small, dismounted units. In a weeklong test series at Twentynine Palms, California, U.S. Marine squads improved their ability to synchronize maneuvers, employing autonomous air and ground vehicles to detect threats from multiple domains – physical, electromagnetic, and cyber – providing critical intelligence as the squad moved through scenarios.

Army Recognition is presenting the 15 most modern main battle tanks currently in production or ready for series production to date (27 November 2018), a list that excludes the light and medium tanks of the 25-35-ton class except one, the Argentinian TAM 2IP, to have a South-American tank in the list. Other light and medium tanks would deserve to appear in this list, as they became or become operational during these last years, the most recent one being the Turkish-Indonesian Kaplan-Harimau Medium Tank. Concerning the issuing date, we have tried to consider the most plausible ones among those mentioned for prototypes and mass production. These dates may thus well give way to discussion.

MIPS, the leading brain safety system company, is working to drive a new understanding of the severity and seriousness of traumatic brain injuries like concussions, DAI (Diffuse Axonal Injury) and subdural hematoma, particularly with armed forces and law enforcement personnel. MIPS is developing new helmets in partnership with established ballistic helmet brands in order to better serve those who serve us on the front lines of conflicts around the world and at home.

The Russian combat UAV Okhotnik developed a speed of up to 200 km/h on the runway during its first trial, which took place at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant in November, a source in the aircraft-building industry told Tass. "The pre-production model of the Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle made its first run on the runway of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant. It developed a speed of 200 km/h in accordance with the program of trials. The drone did not go aloft," the source said. According to him, the Okhotnik carried out all the operations independently in the autonomous regime.

The Klimovsk-based TsNIITochMash design bureau, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has detailed its new exoskeleton, a source from the company said.

Russia`s Kronstadt Group, a subsidiary of Joint-Stock Financial Corporation Sistema, has developed a combat variant of the Orion-E medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a source from the company said.

The joint DARPA/U.S. Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will soon kick off with three performers awarded contracts to begin work: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. OpFires aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets.

Belarus` Belspetsvneshtekhnika (BSVT) arms exporter has developed the Berserk unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV). A demonstrator of the UCGV was unveiled at a test range of the 174th Air Force and Air Defense Training Base (Baranovichi, Brest Region) in early October 2018.

The Russian Defense Ministry approved an armor development concept. All light armored vehicles (infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), armored personnel carriers (APC) and others) will have new maximum caliber of 57mm. The guns will be universal and will destroy tanks and down drones. The light armor with 57mm guns will have an edge against other combat vehicles of the class, the Izvestia daily writes.

As reported and further analyzed by Joseph Trevithick on The War Zone, concerns are growing throughout the U.S. military about the potential difficulties in rapidly deploying large amounts of personnel and equipment into a theater of operations under fire during a major conflict and whether there will be any bases of operation to support them once they get there. Now, the U.S. Army says it is looking for ways to ensure that individual brigade combat teams will have supplies, especially fuel and water, to be able to keep fighting for up to a week without a guaranteed supply chain.

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