Working Manned-Unmanned Teaming

08/06/2018
By Todd Miller In what seems like a sci-fi movie of only a few years ago, “artificial intelligence empowered, war fighting drones” teamed with manned command and control are shaping up as the path forward. The last few years have seen several manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) initiatives by the USAF and…

Australian Defence Minister Visits UK Frigate Shipyard

07/21/2018
Recently, the Aussies downselected a UK design for its new frigate class. This is a key element for the rebuild of the Australian Navy. Soon we will be visiting Adelaide, Australia and seeing some of the new shipyard construction associated with the new build submarine. On July 19, 2018, the…

New UK MBDA Facility: Infrastructure for the Complex Weapons Project

07/07/2018
A new MBDA facility was officially opened during a July 2, 2018 ceremony during the visit of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. According to a Ministry of Defence article: An opening ceremony saw the Defence Secretary unveil a plaque to mark the completion of five years of work and £50 million…

The Building of the New Australian Frigate

06/30/2018
Australia's just selected a new build BAE Systems frigate to provide a new capability for the Royal Australian Navy. The projected cost is $35 billion to build nine high-tech, anti-submarine frigates. According to ABC Australia: The contract is a key building block in the Federal Government's defence industry plan, which…

US Navy Works its Future Surface Combatant: The Unmanned Element

06/26/2018
According to an article published by USNI News written by Megan Eckstein and published on June 25, 2018, the USN plans to field unmanned vessels to supplement its future surface combatant. The Navy’s Future Surface Combatant will likely include both an unmanned and an optionally unmanned surface vessel as part…

The British Army Autonomous Warrior Experiment

06/26/2018
The British Army has launched its Autonomous Warrior (Land) experiment at the RUSI Land Warfare conference. According to an article published by the UK Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2018: Autonomous Warrior, the 2018 Army Warfighting Experiment, will push the boundaries of technology and military capability in the land…

An Update on F-35 Manufacturing: Donald Kinard Talks with Aerospace Manufacturing

06/21/2018
Ed Hill, Aerospace Manufacturing In this Q&A session Don Kinard, Lockheed Martin senior fellow F-35 production, discusses with Ed Hill how the defence giant is applying automation, robotics and additive manufacturing to production of the F-35 Lightning II. Q) At what stages have you introduced more automation in your aircraft construction. Is…