What is the Cannon-Delivered Area Effects Munition (C-DAEM)?

The US Army wants to build cannon-fired missiles that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to hunt their targets, out of reach of human oversight. C-DAEM, as the project is known, requires the weapon to hit moving and imprecisely located armoured targets whose exact position has high uncertainty. Unlike laser-guided weapons, which strike a target highlighted… Read More

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Weapon Cleaning: A Thing of the Past?

Reported in the October 2019 issue of Soldier magazine, sitting around scrubbing weapons is set to become a thing of the past for British soldiers. The Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU) is looking to introduce ultrasonic cleaning tanks – which are already used by industry and work by sending high-frequency soundwaves through water to… Read More

The Chinese & Gunpowder

Chinese alchemists discovered gunpowder in the 8th century while they were carrying out experiments to find the elixir of life. By the 10th century, gunpowder was being used to make fireworks and weapons. The Chinese invented the gun, the rocket, the bomb, and the mine. The Song army used guns against the invading Mongols in… Read More

A Chinese Railgun?

Photos published online suggest that China may be testing a ship-mounted electromagnetic railgun. If confirmed, this would make China the first nation to develop such a superweapon, with potential implications for the power-struggle between China and the US in Asia. A railgun uses electromagnetic force to fire projectiles along electrically charged rails at very high speeds. The US has been… Read More