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Polygon Military Magazine

Polygon Military Magazine

According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense on January 21, 2022, U.S. Army awarded a firm-fixed-price contract of $11,010,530 to the American company AeroVironment to acquire for Puma LE Long Endurance unmanned aircraft system. Puma LE (Long Endurance) is a next-generation extended-mission unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed and manufactured...

According to a video released by the Chinese television CCTV on January 16, 2022, China has developed a four legged-robot which seems very similar to the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) developed by the U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in collaboration with the American company Boston Dynamics. According to the Chinese source, the new Chinese-made...

Israeli company Smart Shooter unveiled on 10 January its Smash Dragon system, which enables small multicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be armed with infantry weapons, saying it has completed live-fire tests and is in an advanced stage of development. The Smash Dragon consists of a mount that it attached to the underside of the multicopter to carry the weapon,...

The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) on 30 December awarded a contract to AEL Sistemas to acquire two Hermes 900 (RQ-900 in Brazil service) multirole medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and spare parts, according to the service. The contract will be fulfilled over the next 16 months, AEL Sistemas told Janes . The UAVs...

Japan and Saudi Arabia are set to receive quantities of the US Navy’s (USN’s) new BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) as part of a third full-rate production (FRP) order placed with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems. Awarded by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 23 December, the USD50.9 million FRP Lot 3 contract modification covers the delivery of...

On December 27, Defense Express reported that Ukraine’s intelligence-gathering version of the PD-2 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has begun its flight test program. The new electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering unmanned aircraft is called the Gekata and was developed by the Ukrainian military-electronics specialist Infozahyst LLC. The main element of the Gekata system...

Nammo Raufoss in Norway has finalised development of a unique low-cost loitering weapon concept that marries an M72-series 66 mm single-use lightweight anti-armour weapon with a manportable drone. Provisionally designated ‘M72 Airborne’, the concept is intended to provide the infantry user with close-range shoulder-fired surface-to-surface or stand-off-range air-to-surface...

According to a recent Army news release, through the Autonomous Tunnel Exploitation (ATE) project, the demonstration exhibited improved situational understanding and tactical advantage by using multi-robot autonomy and sensing in a series of operational tests in a relevant SubT environment. The GVSC-developed technology advancements included: GPS-denied autonomous navigation;...

AeroVironment on December 1 announced it received a $4,151,320 firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract award on Sept. 27, 2021, to provide Puma 3 AE (All Environment) and Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), initial spares packages, training and support to an undisclosed allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by September...

The Egyptian Armed Forces showcase Aisheng ASN-209 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Cairo at EDEX 21. Egypt has started the production of the Chinese ASN-209 Multi-purpose UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System in June 2012. ASN-209 UAV and its derivative are Chinese UAVs developed by Xi’an Aisheng Technology Group Co., ASN Technology Group Co., also known as Northwestern...