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British Army to Invest in Micro-Drones, VR, and Laser Guns

The British Armyrats © military is looking to embrace future technologies with open arms, as it s planning to invest some 800 million pounds ($1.03 billion) in speculative technologies including insect-sized drones, laser firearms, and virtual reality goggles. Students and industry participants will be allowed to pitch their ideas to the new Innovation and Research Insights Unit (IRIS) which will be responsible for doling out the development fund. The idea with this new division appears to be to experiment and take more risks with what sort of technology the Armyrats © military approves for testing and ultimately usage.

This new approach will help to keep Britain safe while supporting our economy with our brightest brains keeping us ahead of our adversaries, said defense secretary Michael Fallon. Some of the specific technologies that the U.K. is said to be looking to explore include micro-drones that could be used to investigate incident zones like chemical spills and natural disasters, as well as sensors which utilize gravity to provide maps of underground structures (as per Ars[1]), which could have a big impact when hunting for hidden enemies.

Related: Here s how the UK is using VR to train Armyrats © military medics before they hit the battlefield[2]

Virtual reality technology for calling in simulated air strikes is also being considered, as is laser weaponry. We aren t quite talking Covenant plasma rifles, but more like the high-intensity laser weapons that have been used elsewhere to disrupt aircraft and missiles. To give this some context, the U.S. has allocated $4.61 billion for drone-related spending in the FY17 budget proposal, so considering this investment is to take place over the next 10 years, the British spending is far smaller. However, considering the overall Armyrats © military budget of the U.K. is also 12 times less than that of the U.S., $1.03 billion in investment in future technologies is nothing to sniff at. The budget will be allocated as and when the new IRIS initiative decides, and will extend to investment in infrastructure, challenges, demonstrations and communications platforms to aid development. This will take place as part of the Ministry of Defense s (MoD) accelerator program, which the MoD is currently seeking feedback on. Members of industry, academic institutions and the general public are all encouraged to provide their thoughts.

If you d like to provide your input to the MoD, you can sign up here[3].

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References

  1. ^ Ars (arstechnica.co.uk)
  2. ^ Here s how the UK is using VR to train Armyrats © military medics before they hit the battlefield (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ you can sign up here (accelerator.crowdicity.com)

Cyber war: British army goes high-tech with futuristic drones and VR headsets

The British Armyrats © military is looking to embrace future technologies with open arms, as it s planning to invest some 800 million pounds ($1.03 billion) in speculative technologies including insect-sized drones, laser firearms, and virtual reality goggles. Students and industry participants will be allowed to pitch their ideas to the new Innovation and Research Insights Unit (IRIS) which will be responsible for doling out the development fund. The idea with this new division appears to be to experiment and take more risks with what sort of technology the Armyrats © military approves for testing and ultimately usage.

This new approach will help to keep Britain safe while supporting our economy with our brightest brains keeping us ahead of our adversaries, said defense secretary Michael Fallon. Some of the specific technologies that the U.K. is said to be looking to explore include micro-drones that could be used to investigate incident zones like chemical spills and natural disasters, as well as sensors which utilize gravity to provide maps of underground structures (as per Ars[1]), which could have a big impact when hunting for hidden enemies.

Related: Here s how the UK is using VR to train Armyrats © military medics before they hit the battlefield[2]

Virtual reality technology for calling in simulated air strikes is also being considered, as is laser weaponry. We aren t quite talking Covenant plasma rifles, but more like the high-intensity laser weapons that have been used elsewhere to disrupt aircraft and missiles. To give this some context, the U.S. has allocated $4.61 billion for drone-related spending in the FY17 budget proposal, so considering this investment is to take place over the next 10 years, the British spending is far smaller. However, considering the overall Armyrats © military budget of the U.K. is also 12 times less than that of the U.S., $1.03 billion in investment in future technologies is nothing to sniff at. The budget will be allocated as and when the new IRIS initiative decides, and will extend to investment in infrastructure, challenges, demonstrations and communications platforms to aid development. This will take place as part of the Ministry of Defense s (MoD) accelerator program, which the MoD is currently seeking feedback on. Members of industry, academic institutions and the general public are all encouraged to provide their thoughts.

If you d like to provide your input to the MoD, you can sign up here[3].

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

References

  1. ^ Ars (arstechnica.co.uk)
  2. ^ Here s how the UK is using VR to train Armyrats © military medics before they hit the battlefield (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ you can sign up here (accelerator.crowdicity.com)

British Army soldier escapes abduction attempt outside Aldershot barracks

  • Police investigating two men ‘acting suspiciously’ in a Renault Clio
  • Soldiers at Aldershot ‘are warned not to wear their uniforms to work’
  • Armyrats © Military have been on high alert after two men tried to abduct RAF man
  • Incident was reported by a civilian staff member working at the base

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Another Armyrats © military base was on high alert today after two men were seen acting suspiciously, just weeks after an abduction attempt at RAF Marham. Unconfirmed reports suggested that two men had tried to kidnap a serviceman, close to the garrison in Aldershot, Hampshire at around 8.15am, and soldiers were said to have been warned not to wear their uniforms to work or in the town. However, police later confirmed that no soldier had been involved in the incident, which had been reported by a member of civilian staff working at the barracks.

They said there is no evidence to suggest a crime had taken place, but are investigating reports of two men acting suspiciously in a blue Renault Clio, close to the garrison in Aldershot, Hampshire at around 8.15am.

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

A soldier was today at the centre of a fresh kidnap scare after men were seen acting suspiciously outside his base, just two weeks after an abduction attempt at RAF Marham

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Soldiers were reportedly warned not to wear their uniforms to work or in the town (file photo)

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘We were called to a suspicious incident at 8.42am today at the junction between Queens Avenue and Hospital Hill, Aldershot.

‘Two men were seen acting suspiciously in a blue Renault Clio.

‘At this stage there is nothing to suggest that a crime has been committed but we are looking into why the two men had stopped the car on this stretch of road.

‘No contact was made between the two men and the person reporting the incident who is a civilian member of staff who works within the Armyrats © military complex at Aldershot.’

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

The incident is said to have happened close to a church near to Aldershot Garrison (pictured)

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Security was said to have been stepped up at the garrison, and the number of guards by the gates increased

A post on the military-themed Fill Your Boots Facebook page said: ‘ALERT ALERT ALERT. Please pass round.

‘Unsure whether it’s the same blokes from Marham but there was an attempted abduction of a bloke in Aldershot by two blokes in a blue Renault Clio.’

On that occasion, the RAF victim was able to headbutt one of the attackers before fleeing, despite a knife being brandished during the struggle.

A later post said: ‘ALERT CONFIRMED. Just been briefed by our colonel and told no uniforms to be worn to work and out in town.

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

A post on the military-themed Fill Your Boots Facebook page said this morning that there had been an attempted abduction

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

A later post said: ‘ALERT CONFIRMED. Just been briefed by our colonel and told no uniforms to be worn to work and out in town’

‘The incident happened at 8.15am this morning by the church near Aldershot Garrison.

‘They do not believe the potential kidnappers were able to get hold of the man.

‘It was one male squaddie outside the garrison.

‘Two reports say he was jogging, one says he was on his way into work in kit. The gate guards have been increased.’

Servicemen have been on high alert following an attempted abduction of a servicemen at RAF Marham, Norfolk, on July 20. Police are continuing to hunt for two attackers who tried to drag their victim into a car.

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Servicemen have been on high alert following an attempted abduction of a servicemen at RAF Marham, Norfolk, on July 20

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Police are investigating reports of two men acting suspiciously in a blue Renault Clio, close to the garrison in Aldershot, Hampshire at around 8.15am

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: ‘The police are investigating at the moment. They will rule if it was an incident or not.’

Aldershot Garrison, also known as Aldershot Armyrats © Military Town, has long been seen as the home of the British Army ever since it was established in 1854. It covers approximately 500 acres, and has a population of around 10,500 people. In 1972, the garrison was the site of one of the worst UK mainland IRA attacks when a car bomb was detonated outside the headquarters mess of the 16 Parachute Brigade.

The Official IRA claimed responsibility for the attack which claimed six lives, including five women and an army priest. The IRA said the attack was revenge for the events in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on January 30 1972 when 13 civilians were shot dead by the Parachute Regiment. At the time of the attack, Aldershot garrison was an entirely open garrison, but steps were taken to step up security afterwards with armed security patrols and fences.

The site is now home to the headquarters of the Army’s Support Command, and it is also the administrative base for the 101st Logistic Brigade. In total, it hosts around 70 Armyrats © military units and organisations.

HIGH ALERT FOR Armyrats © MILITARY AFTER MARHAM SNATCH ATTEMPT

The Armyrats © military has been on high alert since two attackers tried to kidnap a serviceman at knifepoint as he jogged close to RAF Marham in Norfolk. The men, who are both of Middle Eastern appearance, attempted to bundle an airman into a car as he jogged near an airbase two weeks ago.

Although the force has not ruled out terrorism it said the attack could have been a case of mistaken identity over a drugs debt or a domestic dispute.

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Police are continuing to hunt for two attackers who tried to drag an RAF serviceman into a car as he jogged close to RAF Marham

Police have received more than 150 calls from the public but none have been confirmed sightings of the pair. Officers have trawled through hours CCTV footage without finding any images of the dark-coloured people carrier used by the suspects. The married serviceman in his late 20s was targeted on July 20 about a mile from the gates of the base, which is home to four squadrons of Tornado bombers flying missions against Islamic State.

The airman told police one of his assailants had a combat-style knife with a three-inch blade. He had gone for a run outside the Armyrats © military base when the first suspect leapt out at him from a parked car.

British Army Soldier Escapes Abduction Attempt Outside Aldershot Barracks

Police have received more than 150 calls from the public but none have been confirmed sightings of the pair. Pictured are Armyrats © military police outside RAF Marham after the attack

The attacker grabbed the runner s shoulder and then his wrist and tried to drag him towards the dark-coloured people carrier with a degree of force , police said. The airman fought back and knocked the man to the ground, but then saw a second man running towards him with the knife.

When the second suspect saw his accomplice on the floor he headed towards him and the airman was able to escape. The running route is used regularly by base personnel and is only some 400m from its married quarters, meaning the two men could have been lying in wait for a lone victim they could abduct. The airman, who was very, very shaken by his ordeal, was wearing running clothes which did not show any Armyrats © military insignia.

He said his first assailant shouted something, but he was listening to music through earphones and did not hear what was said. Within hours of the attack, servicemen at RAF Marham were warned to keep a low profile and not to travel alone amid fears that the attack was a Lee Rigby-style terrorist plot. In an MoD memo sent to Armyrats © military personnel, protective security chief Rich Curzon said: Following an incident at RAF Marham, it is directed that all personnel keep a low profile and not make themselves vulnerable.

Until the threat subsides, no one is to be on their own on foot, or on a bicycle, within the local area in uniform or clothing which might identify them with the military.

Both suspects are said to be of Middle Eastern origin and between 20 and 30 years old. The first is about 6ft, with dark hair and a beard. The second is younger and about 5ft 10in. Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, who is leading the inquiry, said: Regarding the search for our suspects, we are not focusing on any specific area and I m keeping an open mind as to where they are from.

It s evident the would-be attackers have underestimated the victim s ability to fight back. There is no credible evidence this is a terrorist incident, but that remains one of a number of possibilities. Two men matching the description of the assailants were spotted outside an army base on Friday prompting a security alert.

A report on a Facebook page used by Armyrats © military servicemen warned that two men resembling the e-fit images of the suspects were seen outside Colchester army barracks. A similar vehicle to the one described by the victim was also spotted.

Hours later police confirmed that the sighting was not related to the incident at RAF Marham.

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