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The US Navy critical missions include anti-mining warfare on the high seas. Terrorist can easily incite panic and cause harm to global economy by putting up minefields on crucial commercial waterways. However, the tools that Navy has to counter mines depend too much on humans. In order to save lives as much as possible, the Navy is looking at the possibility of building robots that can detonate mines.
By April, the US Navy is seeking out defense contractors to build prototypes for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). The robot will be tasked to speed out to suspected minefields and cause the mines to detonate while far from any ships or sailors. Currently, mine detonation are done by manned ships and helicopters like the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the MH-53 Helo.
According to Duane Ashton, US Navy’s program manager for its seafaring robots, “This would be the first unmanned sweep system [for a] surface capability, which a lot of country are looking at.” If UISS becomes a reality, it can join the fleet of robotic ships and submarines designed to neutralize terrorism on the high seas.
The idea behind the UISS is for the robot to mimic the acoustic and magnetic signals that detonate the mines while it is far from any ship. It will be launched from a Littoral Combat Ship and the UISS can possibly work with Knifefish, an underwater robot used for hunting mines.
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News Source: www.wired.co.uk
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Transformers movie poster (2007)
Aside from helicopters, other aircraft have been featured and continue to be featured in Hollywood films. Usually, warplanes star in action films to bring more oomph to the films. But these bad boys don’t come cheap because they cost thousands of dollars to “act.” Some go for solely CGI instead. Still, these thousand-dollar aircraft bring in more audiences so no loss but more gain for the producers.
Director Michael Bay on set of Transformers at Holloman Air Force Base
One movie that incorporated both real aircraft and CGI is the blockbuster film Transformers. Other than land vehicles, this film used aircraft like an F-22 Raptor for the character Starscream. Starscream is one of the enemy Decepticons which originally transforms into an F-15 Eagle based on the cartoon movie The Transformers: The Movie which was released on August 8, 1986.
Real airmen as extras on the set of Transformers at Holloman Air Force Base
Other aircraft used were F-117 Nighthawks, CV-22 Osprey, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, MH-53 Pave Low, HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant, AC-130 Gunship, C-130 Hercules, MQ-1 Predator, and Air Force One. Looks like these bad boys aren’t just cutout for war but also for “acting”, too, so move aside Herbie.
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen movie poster (2009)
Most of us thought that prominent fighter aircraft used in first Transformers film were mind-blowing but our whole heads got blown off when we saw the sequel Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Starring again was the C-17 Globemaster III, and new planes like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 Blackbird was used for the character Jetfire. This character was depicted as a VF-1S Super Valkyrie, as an F-14 Tomcat, and as a Sukhoi SU-27 In earlier toy models.
On set of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen at Smithsonian Air and Space museum
Part of the SR-71 Blackbird on set of the sequel
Autobots logo on the tail fin of Michael Bay's private jet
Though not an aircraft, another bad boy… girl rather, was featured in the sequel. The USS John C. Stennis aircraft also starred in the film making it bigger and better.
The USS John C. Stennis carrier
On board the USS John C. Stennis carrier for Revenge of the Fallen
Actor Josh Duhamel as Capt. William Lenox
Aside from blowing our minds and/or heads off, Hollywood blockbusters keep us asking for more and with Transformers 3 being released on the 1st of July next year, will it finally blow every bit of us away?
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