Colton Jones

Colton Jones

Colton Jones is technology editor for Defenсe Blog. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere.

US Army expected to receive Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle in 2022

The U.S. Army is expected to receive the first new squad automatic weapons to front-line or “close-combat” units in 2022, informed Military.com news agency referring to U.S. Army Lieutenant General Paul Ostrowski, the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Military.com was first to report that Army weapons officials recently awarded contracts to five firms to develop prototypes...

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Canada confirms spy planes acquisition plan

The Department of National Defence (DND), Canadian government department responsible for defending Canada's interests and values at home and abroad, has confirmed plans to procure the three new Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to support Special Operations Forces. According to the statement by the DND, Special Operations Forces will receive the new spy planes based on the Beechcraft King Air 350ER platform. "The aircraft will be configured...

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US next-generation tactical drone will soon make first flight

On 10 July, during an event hosted by the Air Force Association, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) chief Major General William Cooley has officially announced that next-generation tactical drone, called the XQ-58A Valkyrie, will make its maiden flight this autumn. It had previously been scheduled to make Valkyrie's first flight in Spring 2018 but it is unclear why it was delayed. The...

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French company develops unique sniper robot

French SD4E is progressing its programme to develop a unique robot which in the near future can replace snipers on the battlefield, said RTL on 6 July. The new unmanned ground sniper system called the Snibot. A major feature of the new unmanned drone is its capable shoots with a precision that allows immobilizing the targets without killing them. "The hyper-precision provides certainty of...

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Turkish Aerospace selects Dassault Systèmes to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced on 5 July that it has selected the Dassault Systèmes software company to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft. According to the company statement, the decision follows Turkish Aerospace’s comprehensive evaluation of solutions available on the market and the successful completion of a proof of concept. It also reflects Dassault Systèmes’ 30-year legacy that continues to...

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Generation Orbit completes first hot-fire test of its hypersonic flight test booster

Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) has released photographs showing the first hot-fire test of its full-scale, functional prototype of the GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight test booster. According to a 29 June statement by the company, the test was the first of its kind to be conducted at Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, FL. This is also GO’s first test campaign to...

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US Army has awarded GD-OTS a contract for the Army Ground Mobility Vehicle

The US Army has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a USD33.8 million contract for the production of Army Ground Mobility Vehicles (AGMV) and associated kits. According to General Dynamics announce, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a $33.8 million contract on May 22, 2018, by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., for the production of...

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