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The military wants their robots to be better listeners
Getting soliders and bots to work together more seamlessly involves giving the machines more autonomy, and eventually having them understand natural language.
Bell wants to soup up tilt-rotor aircraft by adding jet engines
The newest concepts from Bell are machines that can take off and land like helicopters—and then zoom at jet-like speeds.
Heavy-lifting Russian drones could resupply soldiers on future battlefields
The new Checkmate fighter jet may have been the star of a recent arms show, but drones that can carry 2,200 pounds could be crucial parts of war logistics.
The US military wants force fields that could stop nuclear missiles
Force fields are the stuff of science fiction, but directed energy systems to fry drones, or stop people, already exist. Here's what's real about the tech—and what's more fantastical.
Meet Robbox, the robot that schleps a half-ton of supplies for special forces
The machine is one possible way for commandos, burdened down by gear, to get a helping hand.
Drones could help save soldiers’ lives by delivering blood on demand
British commandos tested out a drone swarm as a blood-delivery system in a recent exercise.
What it’s like to rescue someone at sea from a Coast Guard helicopter
Incidents tend to rise in the summer. We flew in a big MH-60T chopper and watched dramatic practice scenarios unfold first-hand.
This robotic stretcher could transport wounded Marines off future battlefields
The Marines have been testing the EMAV, or Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle. Each one is small enough to fit inside a V-22 Osprey.
The US Marines are testing flying, remote-controlled grenades
What to know about a small device called the Drone 40, and how it can become an airborne explosive.
This helpful tank-like robot fights fires, not people
The Estonian vehicle can shoot out thousands of gallons of water per minute to combat a blaze.