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Science & Defence Technology

US Army test fires 3D printed grenade, grenade launcher

A 3D printed RAMBO grenade launcher.Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Centre (ARDEC) have successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way.

US Air Force uses drone for C-17 post flight inspection

A drone being used to inspect a C-17. USAF photo.The US Air Force 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force (CTF) used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III on 6 March.

NRL Develops Lighter, Field-Repairable Transparent Armor

Transparent armour.Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties.

CSIR develops active aerostat

Active aerostat developed by the CSIR. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a novel active aerostat, which although tethered, has control surfaces to allow it to better withstand the elements and provide better stability than traditional aerostats.

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