Undersea Cable Connecting Norway With Arctic Satellite Station Has Been Mysteriously Severed

n undersea fiberoptic cable located between mainland Norway and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean has been put out of action in a still-mysterious incident. The outage on the subsea communications cable — the furthest north of its kind anywhere in the world — follows an incident last year in which different cables linking Read more about Undersea Cable Connecting Norway With Arctic Satellite Station Has Been Mysteriously Severed[…]

FAA’s Statement On Mysterious US wide Air Traffic Halt after Korean missile launch Leaves More Questions Than Answers

The Federal Aviation Administration has finally put out an official statement regarding a still very mysterious ground stop order that it issued to all aircraft in the western U.S. and Hawaii yesterday around 2:30 PM PST. While the incident is now confirmed, there are still a significant number of unanswered questions, including the most important Read more about FAA’s Statement On Mysterious US wide Air Traffic Halt after Korean missile launch Leaves More Questions Than Answers[…]

DARPA Open Sources Resources to Aid Evaluation of Adversarial AI Defenses

[…]DARPA’s Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception (GARD) program […] focuses on a few core objectives. One of which is the development of a testbed for characterizing ML defenses and assessing the scope of their applicability […] Ensuring that emerging defenses are keeping pace with – or surpassing – the capabilities of known attacks is critical Read more about DARPA Open Sources Resources to Aid Evaluation of Adversarial AI Defenses[…]

This Air Force Targeting AI Thought It Had a 90% Success Rate. It Was More Like 25%

If the Pentagon is going to rely on algorithms and artificial intelligence, it’s got to solve the problem of “brittle AI.” A top Air Force official recently illustrated just how far there is to go. In a recent test, an experimental target recognition program performed well when all of the conditions were perfect, but a Read more about This Air Force Targeting AI Thought It Had a 90% Success Rate. It Was More Like 25%[…]

The UAE Just Became The Biggest Export Customer For Dassault’s Rafale Fighter

[…] A contract for the sale of the 80 Rafales was agreed today between Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault, and Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun Economic Council, which is responsible for security and defense acquisitions on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dassault describes the deal as “the largest Read more about The UAE Just Became The Biggest Export Customer For Dassault’s Rafale Fighter[…]

Draken Doubles Its Fleet Of Private Aggressor F-16s With A Dozen Surplus Jets From Norway

Draken International has signed a contract to bring yet more F-16 fighter jets to its fast-expanding “red air” fleet, as the adversary air support contractor adds ex-Norwegian Vipers to the dozen former Dutch examples it acquired earlier this year. Up to 12 F-16s acquired from Norway will form part of an impressive private tactical jet Read more about Draken Doubles Its Fleet Of Private Aggressor F-16s With A Dozen Surplus Jets From Norway[…]

Likely Drone Attack On U.S. Power Grid Revealed In New Intelligence Report

U.S. officials believe that a DJI Mavic 2, a small quadcopter-type drone, with a thick copper wire attached underneath it via nylon cords was likely at the center of an attempted attack on a power substation in Pennsylvania last year. An internal U.S. government report that was issued last month says that this is the Read more about Likely Drone Attack On U.S. Power Grid Revealed In New Intelligence Report[…]

A New Navy Weapon Actually Stops You From Talking

The U.S. Navy has successfully invented a special electronic device that is designed to stop people from talking. A form of non-lethal weapon, the new electronic device effectively repeats a speaker’s own voice back at them, and only them, while they attempt to talk. It was developed, and patented back in 2019 but has only Read more about A New Navy Weapon Actually Stops You From Talking[…]

Russia’s Checkmate Light Tactical Fighter Is Officially Unveiled (Updated)

The wraps have finally, officially, come off the mock-up of Russia’s new light fighter, the Sukhoi Checkmate, also known as the Light Tactical Aircraft, or LTS in Russian, with a formal unveiling at the opening of the MAKS international air show at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, today. Observers who had been given a succession of tantalizing, Read more about Russia’s Checkmate Light Tactical Fighter Is Officially Unveiled (Updated)[…]

Fifteen Percent Of U.S. Air Force F-35s Don’t Have Working Engines

A total of 46 F-35 stealth fighters are currently without functioning engines due to an ongoing problem with the heat-protective coating on their turbine rotor blades becoming worn out faster than was expected. With the engine maintenance center now facing a backlog on repair work, frontline F-35 fleets have been hit, with the U.S. Air Read more about Fifteen Percent Of U.S. Air Force F-35s Don’t Have Working Engines[…]

Russian Jets Armed With Anti-Ship Missiles “Harassed” Dutch Frigate In The Black Sea

The Royal Netherlands Navy has now confirmed that its De Zeven Provincien class frigate HNLMS Evertsen, which has been sailing in the Black Sea together with the U.K. Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender, was harassed by Russian fighter jets last week. The announcement comes after Russia and the United Kingdom entered something of a war Read more about Russian Jets Armed With Anti-Ship Missiles “Harassed” Dutch Frigate In The Black Sea[…]

Draken Becomes The Next Red Air Private Contractor To Acquire F-16 Fighter Jets from the Netherlands

one of the world’s largest private tactical jet air forces, is now set to add F-16A/B fighters to its roster after the Dutch government announced it had agreed to transfer 12 of the jets to the North American company. Draken will join fellow private contractor Top Aces in operating F-16s for “red air” adversary support, Read more about Draken Becomes The Next Red Air Private Contractor To Acquire F-16 Fighter Jets from the Netherlands[…]

Skyborg AI Computer “Brain” Successfully Flew A General Atomics Avenger Drone

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has announced that its Skyborg autonomy core system, or ACS, successfully completed a flight aboard a General Atomics Avenger unmanned vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base. The Skyborg ACS is a hardware and software suite that acts as the “brain” of autonomous aircraft equipped with the system. The tests Read more about Skyborg AI Computer “Brain” Successfully Flew A General Atomics Avenger Drone[…]

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship’s course days before firing at them from a huge distance in Crimea

Russia was back up to its age-old spoofing of GPS tracks earlier this week before a showdown between British destroyer HMS Defender and coastguard ships near occupied Crimea in the Black Sea. Yesterday Defender briefly sailed through Ukrainian waters, triggering the Russian Navy and coastguard into sending patrol boats and anti-shipping aircraft to buzz the Read more about Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship’s course days before firing at them from a huge distance in Crimea[…]

Russian Video Proves Patrol Boat Was Far From British Destroyer When It Fired Warning Shots by Crimea

The fallout from yesterday’s incident in the Black Sea involving the U.K. Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender and elements of Russia’s military and internal security forces has taken its next turn, with the release of a video showing some of the events from the perspective of a Russian Border Guard patrol ship. The Read more about Russian Video Proves Patrol Boat Was Far From British Destroyer When It Fired Warning Shots by Crimea[…]

Tracking China’s Sudden Airpower Expansion Along Its Western Border

[…] China’s heavy investment in airpower-related facilities in the region is already being leveraged by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), as evidenced by an unprecedented level of activity along the Sino-Indian border as of late. This is in addition to massive growth in ground-based air defenses, as well as the construction of Read more about Tracking China’s Sudden Airpower Expansion Along Its Western Border[…]

The Navy’s Tanker Drone Makes History By Refueling A Manned Aircraft For The First Time (Updated)

Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray test asset, known as T1, has conducted the first successful aerial refueling of a manned receiver aircraft by an unmanned tanker. The landmark is a vital one as the U.S. Navy looks forward to adding the MQ-25 to its carrier air wings, or CVWs, in the future. The Navy’s Naval Air Systems Read more about The Navy’s Tanker Drone Makes History By Refueling A Manned Aircraft For The First Time (Updated)[…]

A.I. used at sea for first time off coast of Scotland to engage threats to ships

For the first time, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is being used by the Royal Navy at sea as part of Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland. This Operational Experiment (OpEx) on the Type 45 Destroyer (HMS Dragon) and Type 23 Frigate (HMS Lancaster), is using the A.I. applications, Startle Read more about A.I. used at sea for first time off coast of Scotland to engage threats to ships[…]

This Is What Pilots Actually See Inside Red 6’s Augmented Reality Dogfighting Goggles

Augmented reality systems are on the verge of making a huge impact on how America’s military fights and trains. When it comes to the latter, one company, aptly named Red 6, has identified an inflection point where cost and existing capabilities become problematic for America’s tactical aircraft communities—training for air-to-air combat. While contractor aggressor services Read more about This Is What Pilots Actually See Inside Red 6’s Augmented Reality Dogfighting Goggles[…]

Israel’s operation against Hamas was the world’s first AI war

Having relied heavily on machine learning, the Israeli military is calling Operation Guardian of the Walls the first artificial-intelligence war. “For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy,” an IDF Intelligence Corps senior officer said. “This is a first-of-its-kind campaign for the IDF. We implemented new Read more about Israel’s operation against Hamas was the world’s first AI war[…]

Boeing KC-46A’s Vision System Can’t Reliably Show The End Of The Refueling Boom. Boom doesn’t work much anyway.

KC-46A’s Remote Vision System (RVS), which the boom operators use to connect the boom with receiving aircraft. It’s a critical system on the Pegasus and fundamental to its ability to operate as a tanker for receptacle-equipped aircraft from the U.S. military and its allies. It’s also a new kind of technology for Air Force refueling Read more about Boeing KC-46A’s Vision System Can’t Reliably Show The End Of The Refueling Boom. Boom doesn’t work much anyway.[…]

The First Privately Owned F-16 Aggressor Jet Has Taken To The Sky

In a follow-up to our big piece on Top Aces’ recently acquired fleet of second-hand F-16A/B ‘Netz’ fighters from Israel, the company has now taken one of these jets aloft for the first time. This also marks the first time a 4th generation fighter of any kind has been flown by a private adversary support Read more about The First Privately Owned F-16 Aggressor Jet Has Taken To The Sky[…]

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas. © Hosam Salem for The New York Times The Al Shrouq building in central Gaza, which Read more about How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict[…]