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The U.S. Army is developing a new device to simplify secure radio communications with allied partners, Devon L. Suits, Army News Service, reports on U.S. Army’s website. Known as the Radio Interoperability Capability-Universal, or RIC-U, the new device serves as an analog-to-digital voice bridge between allies and U.S. troops.

The war waged by the Ukrainian army against the Russian-backed separatists is generating more and more indigenous vehicles, among other armaments. The Triton-01 unveiled at a Kyiv arms show in 2016 is one of them, as published by 21st Century Asian Arms Race. Ukraine’s military and law enforcement agencies have yet to adopt the Triton-01 but it’s now approved for export.

The U.S. Marine Corps is integrating new technologies into an existing handheld GPS targeting system that helps Marines locate adversaries on the battlefield. Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication, Marine Corps Systems Command, explains.

Forward air controllers (FAC) who guide attack aircraft at targets will receive new vehicles. The combat air controller vehicle (BOMAN) can detect adversary objects, provide guidance and control airplanes and helicopters over the battlefield. It makes the operation on the frontline safer and guiding precision much more accurate, the Izvestia daily writes.

French researchers at the IMT Atlantique, one of the engineering schools of the Institut Mines-Télécoms, are developing a unique connected contact lens on the market. It targets the applications of augmented reality in the medical, automotive and industry sectors. The project interests Microsoft and American Darpa, Ridha Loukil reports in the French magazine L'Usine Nouvelle.

The leading world powers - the United States, China and Russia - are working to create satellite defense. In 2006, Washington adopted a new large-scale arms program. A year later Beijing demonstrated its capabilities and downed a satellite by a missile. Practically nothing is known about the Russian program to counter space threats. There were media reports about Nudol, "item 07" and Contact missiles, as well as inspector satellites. The Izvestia daily writes which antisatellite weapons are being developed.

American Company Nikola Motor unveils a new unmanned version of its Reckless electric utility task military vehicle. A video was released on Internet showing the vehicle remotely controlled by a soldier equipped with a 3D vision system. In 2018, the near-silent Nikola Reckless UTV (Unmanned Tactical Vehicle) conducted off-road testing with the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The Spanish company Jomipsa has created the first MRE ration focused on high-performance training for armies After 18 months of constant research, hard work and development perseverance, it has created a specific and technical ration pack called the “Performance Training Ration Pack”, the first ration pack in the world designed for this type of training.

The Chinese company Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a large manufacturer of light armored vehicles, presented an amphibious vehicle for the needs of the PLA’s special forces as part of a public-private partnership. This Chinese amphibious vehicle is a “clone” of an American one (or is it license-built?), the Panther developed by WaterCar for the leisure market (roughly USD 155,000 apiece) and relevantly proposed for military use by the Chinese, an example to follow by other armies.

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