Tagged: US Army

US Army rejects $42m worth four-legged robot because it’s too noisy!

DARPA funded robotic mule developed by Boston Dynamics

DARPA funded LS3 quadruped robot a.k.a BigDog has been in the making for quite some time and now there is some bad news for the poor thing. The United States Marine Corp have abandoned the robotic mule for use in combat situations as it makes too much noise and gives away position of soldiers in battlefield. So, that means this soldier is not going to be in the plan of things for US Army who want to use thousands of robotic forces by 2030.
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US Army will get blast-proof wallpaper to secure temporary hideouts

Blast-proof wallpaper US Army

Generally, soldiers prefer to take shelter in abandoned brick or cinderblock structures instead of building temporary structures themselves. These are good hideouts only until a missile or some other projectile comes ramming into the structure blasting shards of brick and mortar to kill the occupants. To save lives of troops in such defensive hideouts, engineers at U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have developed all-new blast-proof wallpaper that is lined with Kevlar fiber threads and is embedded in flexible polymer film. When blast occurs, the wallpaper installed on the walls of the structure, acts as a net to catch the rubble, which would otherwise blast out in all directions to seriously injure soldiers inside. Read More…

US Army developing palm-sized surveillance and reconnaissance drone

Cargo Pocket Intelligence palm sized drone US Army

Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are always the choice of army where sending in troops can be fatal. Over the years drones have become one of the most advanced surveillance tools in congenial environments like in Iraq where many unmanned mission were carried out. Taking the drone development to next level, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) has undertaken the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program. To be precise, this is a program that aims at developing pocket-sized aerial surveillance drone that helps soldiers in challenging war situations.
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U.S. Army’s AT Black Knight Transformer vehicle = Drone + Helicopter + Truck + Transformer

Advanced Tactics Inc. AT Black Knight Transformer

It can move on the ground like a robust armored vehicle, fly in the air like a helicopter and have the swiftness of an unmanned drone. Yes, this prospect military vehicle will lead the convoy of U.S Army in the future and minds behind this AT Black Knight Transformer vehicle are Advanced Tactics Inc. (aerospace company). Deemed as the world’s first roadable Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft it has completed driving tests in December 2013 at Southern California and this futuristic vehicle combines the abilities of a helicopter perfectly with an off-road vehicle that can traverse any surface with ease.
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Advanced battlefield helmet powered by Android for US Army

HEaDS-UP Advanced Helmet for Army

Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center for the US Army has developed Android-powered Iron Man helmets to help protect soldiers and marines in the battlefield. The helmets have a heads-up display similar to what we saw in the griping Iron Man movies giving every single vital information in a readable format right in front of the soldier’s eyes. Four years in development, the Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection, or HEADS-UP is an integrated headgear system that focuses on developing a Technical Data Package of design options and trade-offs. The helmet provides better eye, face and hearing protection while ensuring that there is no lag in communication with the base. The intuitive helmets are aimed at improving the display of vital information in intense battle and will be revealed officially during demonstration at Fort Bennin’s (Ga.) Maneuver Battle Lab.
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