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Science & Defence Technology

CSIR technology “sees” vessels even if Automatic Identification Systems are off

SeaFAR tracks foreign trawlers.Technology developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was integral to identifying and locating foreign trawlers fishing illegally in South Africa’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last month.

US Army tests high energy laser in exercise

A melted UAV that was hit by a laser.Last month, the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command proved again how effective the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck is at destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, quad-copters and even laptops with just a blast of concentrated light.

US Army experiments on providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 soldiers

A railgun test.A swarm of experts from across the United States assembled for a two-week experiment at Fort Sill trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, spanned, April 11-22, and demonstrated two types of weaponry - one using lasers and the other using electricity-propelled projectiles to acquire and destroy targets.

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

A SpaceX launch.The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have held on military space launches for more than a decade.

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