(Source: www.militaryaerospace.com – By John Keller ) – Navy weapons, network warfare, smart munitions, and laser weapons are top reader trends in 2017

The evolving role of U.S. Navy weapons technology is one of 2017’s major trends among readers of Military & Aerospace Electronics, as the year begins to wind down. Our readers chose stories about network warfare, the potential futility of the Navy’s project to develop a Zumwalt-class destroyer, the next-generation anti-ship missile, and speculation on a spate of Navy warship collisions in the Western Pacific as some of the year’s most popular content.

Other technology trends in which our readers were most interested this year, based on page views to the Military & Aerospace Electronics Website, include the nearing deployment of laser weapons, smart bullets and other smart munitions, ballistic missile defense, the ability to swarm unmanned aircraft, and new capabilities among U.S. adversaries.

The single most-read story of 2017 is about new technologies in anti-missile warheads — each one able to destroy or disable several incoming enemy missiles on its own.

The story, headlined Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin set to develop ballistic missile defense multi-warhead killer, involves a project to develop ballistic missile defense multi-warhead killers each able to that detect, track, and kill several incoming enemy missile warheads and decoys.

The project, sponsored by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), is called the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) technology risk reduction effort. (…)


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