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Capability / Strategy / History Ad Hoc Update (27)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

The Chinese quantum radar is worrisome, if, indeed, its claims are accurate. 

The launch and interception of a ballistic missile by a US Naval warship is certainly good news.

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Many interesting reports. Especially interesting are Chinese claims of a working quantum radar, although details are thin, AFA study on BFI, German PCR tests, former DECSECDEF Work on media misrepresentation of AI applications, KuRFS Counter-RPV radar, KC-46A as a network node, many US program update reports, leaked Russian Kamov brief, Su-34 FULLBACK ISR and SOJ variants (both very basic). A very accurate F-35 appraisal by Axe. An excellent survey of recruiting videos – winner and runner up are must watch items.

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China claims it can now detect America’s ‘invisible’ fighter jets after developing a QUANTUM RADAR

The revolutionary radar system is said to be able to track targets and detect some US warplanes

Mitchell Institute Releases New Entry in Forum Series: “Exploiting Airpower’s Missile Defense Advantage: The Case for Aerial Boost Phase Interception”

ARLINGTON, VA (October 29, 2018) —The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the release of its latest Mitchell Forum paper, “Exploiting Airpower’s Missile Defense Advantage: The Case for Aerial Boost Phase Interception,” by Col Vincent Alcazar, USAF (Ret.), with Marc V. Schanz. In this paper, Alcazar, a Mitchell non-resident fellow and veteran fighter pilot who worked missile defense issues on the Air Staff, and the Mitchell Institute’s Schanz note that cheap and increasingly capable ballistic missiles have become a go-to weapon of choice for potential US adversaries looking for effective means to hold US forces and allies at risk. In the aftermath of the November 2017 North Korean Hwasong-15 missile test, which demonstrated an ICBM that could deliver heavy warheads to the American mainland, the improved missile capability made clear a “substantial challenge” now exists to US security that may not be mitigated by conventional or nuclear deterrent forces.

German Air Force to test covert radar in large-scale demo over Bavaria

The Luftwaffe says it is interested in passive radar for improving routine air surveillance over Germany, though its defense industry partner says the technology is capable of much more.

US warship shoots down missile in space in spectacular interceptor test | Fox News

A U.S. Navy warship has shot down a medium-range ballistic missile in space in the latest successful test of the military’s advanced interceptor technology.

Pentagon Doesn’t Want Real Artificial Intelligence In War, Former Official Says – Defense One

No one at the Defense Department wants weapons that make their own decisions, said former Deputy Secretary Bob Work.

Lockheed Martin continues to develop next-generation laser missile defense system – Defence Blog

In a statement made Tuesday, Lockheed Martin has confirmed continues of a next-generation laser missile defense system development. According to a news release put out by Lockheed Martin, the Missile Defense Agency awarded the company a nine month, $25.5 million contract extension to continue development of its Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept. Lockheed Martin’s LPLD concept consists of a fiber laser system on a high-performing, high-altitude airborne platform. LPLD is designed to engage missiles during their boost phase — the short window after launch — which is the ideal time to destroy the threat, before it can deploy multiple warheads and decoys. Over the course of this contract, Lockheed Martin will mature its LPLD concept to a tailored critical design review phase, which will bring the design to a level that can support full-scale fabrication. “We have made great progress on our LPLD design, and in this stage we are particularly focused on maturing our technology for beam control – the ability to keep the laser beam stable and focused at operationally relevant ranges,” said Sarah Reeves, vice president for Missile Defense Programs at Lockheed Martin Space. “LPLD is one of many breakthrough capabilities the Missile Defense Agency is pursuing to stay ahead of rapidly-evolving threats, and we’re committed to bringing together Lockheed Martin’s full expertise in directed energy for this important program.” Lockheed Martin expands on advanced technology through its laser device, beam control capabilities, and platform integration – ranging from internal research and development investments in systems like ATHENA to programs such as LANCE for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The U.S. Navy Reveals Two Future Submarine Classes | War Is Boring

The U.S. Navy plans to develop two new classes of submarine, according to congressional analysis of the sea service’s shipbuilding plan for 2019. The submarines could help to maintain the Navy’s advantage in submarine-on-submarine warfare while also filling a looming shortfall in the sailing branch’s capacity for sea-to-land missile strikes.

Northrop Grumman to develop new radar technologies to resist potential U.S. adversaries – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has contracted Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for enhancing current radar technologies to resist potential U.S. adversaries. The contract, announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Defense, is worth more than $16 million and covers develop technologies that continue to advance combat identification for warfighters. According to a statement, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., has been awarded a $16,51million contract for the Precision Real-Time Engagement Combat Identification Sensor Exploitation (PRECISE) program. This contract provides for the technical assessments, prototype hardware and software modifications and development, systems engineering, performance simulations, system integration and demonstrations. This program – the Precision Real-Time Engagement Combat Identification Sensor Exploitation (PRECISE) program – will primarily develop technologies that continue to advance combat ID for warfighters. PRECISE will leverage current efforts supporting the Air to Air Hydravision program, and is principally focused on radar-based identification of air and ground targets for airborne platforms, both tactical and reconnaissance. The effort may investigate other sensors to include electro-optical, infrared, and multi- and hyperspectral. Improvements in these areas may involve and include technical assessments, prototype hardware and software modifications and development, systems engineering development, performance simulations, system integration, laboratory demonstrations, flight demonstrations, and participation in large demonstrations/ exercises. Radar has been used for decades, yet potential U.S. adversaries are looking for ways to reduce radar’s effectiveness — especially at long ranges, Air Force researchers explain. PRECISE seeks to improve radar signal processing and fuse other sensors with radar to break ambiguities and improve confidence in declaring targets at long ranges. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland, and is expected to be completed Jan. 31, 2024.

Army’s missile defense radar ‘sense-off’ attempts to hit reset button

Will the Army’s new air and missile defense radar

U.S. Army orders advanced counter-unmanned aerial vehicle radar – Defence Blog

On 1 November, Raytheon has announced that the U.S. Army awarded the company a$191 millioncontract for Ku-band radio frequency radars. KuRFS, an advanced electronically scanned array system, fills an immediate U.S. Army operational need for a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle radar. According to a statement, already deployed, KuRFS delivers precision fire control as well as “sense and warn” capability for multiple missions including detection of rocket, artillery, mortar and swarming UAS threats. “Seeing threats – like swarming drones – as soon as possible on the battlefield is essential to protecting critical assets and saving soldiers’ lives,” saidAndrew Hajek, senior director of tactical radars at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “KuRFS makes this possible by delivering a unique combination 360-degree situational awareness, precision and mobility.” KuRFS enables defense against multiple threat types through integration with the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, 50-caliber guns and 30 mm cannons. The radar also supports high-energy laser and the Coyote weapon system in both a ground mounted or vehicle mounted configuration. Because of an urgent operational need, the Army is expected to use Coyote as a counter-UAS solution before the end of the year. Raytheon’ KuRFS is able to quickly address the urgent needs of the Army through a model of rapid-turn development and deployment. This reduces time to fielding, while providing enhanced flexibility to adapt to a quickly-changing threat environment in the drone space.

The US Navy’s new ship-killer missile slated to make its fleet debut much sooner than expected

With the first major deployments of littoral combat ships in years planned for 2019, the surface Navy is in a full-court press to accelerate its integrate the new missile on the platform.

Tankers could be a critical part of the US Air Force’s future network

In the future, the Air Force’s air refueling tankers could be used for more than air mobility.

Tankers could be critical part of the Air Force’s future network

Under General David Goldfein, the service’s chief of staff, the Air Force has been working hard on finding a way to network aircraft and sensors together to enhance awareness in combat operations. Goldfein, who has flown on the Air Force’s next tanker, the long-delayed Boeing KC-46 Pegasus, said flying the aircraft was about much more than just controlling the stick. “I strapped on this node in a network that has that computing capacity to connect,” he described in a roundtable with reporters at the symposium. In his answer to the audience, Holmes also lauded the KC-46′s capabilities, which include the Link 16 datalink and other systems. “I’m excited about the KC-46′s communications abilities, I think its a great idea to bring those capabilities into the rest of the tanker fleet,” he said. “It’ll help us not just push airplanes, but it will be able to bring information back and forth.” And when it comes to the larger, Air Force-wide, network, Holmes said “we’ve done enough talking” about the future network architecture, and added that “its time to take a step and decide what that way forward will be and what that architecture will be.” “When you look at our future ISR and command systems, Will Roper, our senior acquisition official is going to take a new look at what we’re gonna do to replace the capability that’s been done by JSTARS, and he’s going to start with an architect instead of a program office,” Holmes described. “The architect’s job is to design the network that we will operate under, and so we can make sure that the pieces work in that effort, and instead of doing what we’ve done in the past, which is design a bunch of pieces each with its own communications capability, and try to figure out how to put them together after its too late.”

The Navy is moving forward on its next-gen jamming pod

The Navy has awarded Increment II, or the low-band portion, of its premier aerial jamming contract.

Russia Pursues ISR And Electronic Warfare Versions Of Su-34 | Combat Aircraft content from Aviation Week

Special-mission variants of Su-34 come amid the ongoing production and modernization of the Sukhoi aircraft.

Russian high-speed helicopter shows Western design influences – expert – Defence Blog

А few days ago, In Russian social media were posted the images of a future high-speed helicopter is developing by the Kamov Design Bureau. According to theScramble Magazine, A concept of new Russian high-speed helicopter has new engines, internal weapons bays, side-by-side cockpit, their famous but improved coaxial rotors design, canards and a fighter-shaped wing. Kamov Design Bureau believes new technologies will provide more speed and range and better fuel efficiency. It is expected that the new helicopter will reach speeds of more than 435 mph (700 kph), nearly three times the speed of a conventional helicopter. An industry expert stated that Russian high-speed helicopter shows Western design influences. “Two fan engines with accessory gearboxes driving the main rotors, and producing thrust for high-speed flight. This emulates the Sikorsky S-97 thruster concept, earlier tried in the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, but using a fan instead of a prop,” – said expert. Also, an expert noted that the canard/ compound delta wing is unusual and suboptimal for low subsonic speeds, it would be the planform you would expect for a transonic wing, and this is clearly not a transonic design. As for large internal weapon bays – expects various challenges. “Overall it appears the agenda is high speed, attempting to extend from earlier research concepts worked on by Western nations,” summarized expert.

US Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test – Defense One

Unmanned Black Hawks are coming. The goal is a major flight demonstration next year.

Reactivated unit gives 82nd Airborne an armored component that packs a Marine Corps-style punch

The new unit revives a legacy of airborne armor that lasted through most of the Cold War.

Army Light Armored Vehicles | U.S. Marines LAV-25A2

The LAV-25A2, long a Marine Corps favorite, will temporarily fill a hole in Army ranks.

Can special camo netting hide Marines from eyes in the sky?

This new product is like an emergency poncho, but for avoiding drones.

This DARPA program will give Army and Marine aviators a robot co-pilot

The autonomous capability will take the load off pilots so they can focus on mission tasks other than flying.

Marines want a ruggedized robot mule to patrol with and resupply a squad

The vehicle must carry up to 1,000 pounds for at least eight hours.

UTAS puts ACES 5 high with Hurricane Mesa ejection seat test

Ejecting out of a fighter jet at Mach 1 has obvious risks, but being killed by your helmet – a safety device meant to save you – is not one of them.

Why Microsoft’s new militarism is really aimed at Google – Cloud – Software – iTnews

Analysis: Redmond grows old disgracefully.

Why IBM Paid $34 Billion for a Company That Gives Away Software for Free

The logic behind the megadeal, explained.

Who Cares About the F-22, F-35 or B-2 Bomber: A New Generation of Stealth Could Be Coming Soon | The National Interest

Researchers at BAE Systems and The University of Manchester successfully test-flew an experimental unmanned aerial vehicle with no moving control surfaces.

Australia, US F35 fighter jet deal: Budget issues, faulty jets, delays

AUSTRALIA has been locked into a “dud deal” by the US, which experts predict will put taxpayers billions of dollars out of pocket and leave the nation’s security dangerously exposed.

David Axe | The F-35 Is the Wrong Choice for Belgium | War Is Boring

The stealth fighter is complex, expensive and unreliable

Head of US Army Rapid Capabilities Office to take top civilian job on the F-35 program

Tayna Skeen, currently the executive director of the Army’s innovation organization, will take on a major leadership role in the F-35 Joint Program Office.

Oops! Civilian Satellite Data Inadvertently Pinpoints Military Radars

X literally marks the spot for U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries.

X Marks The Spot: Identifying MIM-104 Patriot Batteries From Sentinel-1 SAR Multi-temporal Imagery

Sentinel 1 Multi-Temporal analysis shows converging interferences over ground based transmission sources such as NPQ-53 phased array radars.

The Navy Never Got Its Dream Weapon: Stealth Bombers Flying from Aircraft Carriers | The National Interest

So what happenned?

The Soviet MiG-25 Spooked the U.S. Military | War Is Boring

The Americans hurried to develop the F-15. The MiG-25 Foxbat was one of the most awesome, yet most misunderstood, fighters of the Cold War. Envisioned as an interceptor designed to destroy U.S. supersonic bombers and high-flying spy planes, the Foxbat also put its high speed to good use as a reconnaissance aircraft and, to less good effect, as a fighter-bomber.

Lion Air Crash Puts Boeing’s Popular 737 Max in Spotlight – WSJ

The investigation into the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 carries high stakes, not just for the rapidly expanding budget carrier but also for Boeing, which counts the airline as one of the biggest buyers of the aircraft type involved in the accident.

CDC Wants to Use Blockchain to Get People to Crisis Zones Faster – Nextgov

The tech would pull data from across the agency and automatically identify the right people for certain emergencies.

Check out 7 awesome military recruitment videos from around the world – Business Insider

Check out some of the best military recruitment videos from around the world, from South Korea to the Netherlands to Sweden.

Promo video for Ukraine’s Ground Forces earns media praise | UNIAN

The video advertizing Ukraine’s Ground Forces is a masterpiece in terms of filmmaking and storytelling. “On Guard of Our Land” reads the Ukrainian Ground Forces motto.

Social campaign about service of the Ukrainian soldier. The Ballad of the infantry – YouTube

TABASCOad Published on Oct 12, 2016 The Ukrainian Ground Forces make 145,000 people. These are the most numerous troops of our country. They account the greatest number of Heroes of Ukraine. This is our infantry, army bone, its basis. At the same time the ground forces undeservedly have been being below the cameras, while the other kind of troops — from special forces to the National Guard — have been working with mass communications for 2 years, creating a heroic image in the society. The Tabasco creative Agency had a difficult task — to build the image of the Ground Forces in such a way as to reflect their essence and at the same time not to get lost in the heroic clichés, which filled the air. “Insight and image, which formed the basis of the campaign, is an ordinary soldier spade. Yes, an ordinary foot soldier associates with a spade, and this common spade in his hand is a tool that provides all of us with life in peace and security” — said Alexander Smirnov creative director Tabasco agency. “The Ballad of the infantry” is a 2-minute saga that tells about service of the Ukrainian soldier without pathos and poses, calling up to join the service contract. The project is fully implemented on a voluntary basis, without public funding. According to Vladimir Yatsenko, the Director of Limelite production house, the commercial value of such a project makes about 200 000 thousand dollars. The film is on the air from October 14 on the main channels of the country and from October 10 on YouTube.

Swedish Military Recruitment Video (Försvarsmakten) – YouTube