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Drone Swarms as You Know Them Are Just an Illusion—for Now

Liam CobbPhoto by: Liam Cobb Look at all the pretty drones. Hovering above sports stadiums from Houston to Pyeongchang, many hundreds of them have lately sparkled in artful murmuration. On a recentTime magazine cover, 958 drones pixelated the sky. The world record, 1,374 LED-bedazzled microbots, was set by Chinese company EHang UAV in May. So-called drone swarms—the phrase people have taken up with gusto—are having their biggest, buzziest year ever. It’s an evocative word,swarms, and innocuous enough when applied to one ofIntel’s drone light shows. But it’s tinged with alarm—if drones can dance at twilight, they can also attack. Sure enough, a gang outside Denver sent a small fleet to harass FBI agents on a raid earlier this year. In Syria, rebels reportedly sicced a squadron of quadrotors on a Russian base. To the media, both events were swarms. Take comfort, then, in this buzzkill: “The swarm is really an illusion,” says Mac Schwager, an assistant professor at Stanford who studies mul…

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Tu-114MP maritime patrol aircraft unveiled

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Russia's United Aircraft Corporation has unveiled the Ilyushin Il-114MP maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) based on the Il-114-300 airlifter.
The Il-114MP has a take-off weight of 26,000 kg and a crew of six, including two pilots and four operators. The aircraft has a patrol radius of 300 km operating at an altitude of up to 8,000 m for 12 hours. The MPA is powered by two Klimov TV7-117ST turboprop engines with a power output of 3,000hp each. The Il-114MP has a range of 4,500 km and requires 950 m to take off and 530 m to land.
The Il-114MP can be fitted with the Kasatka-S search and targeting system with a range of 120 km, comprising an information management subsystem, multipurpose radar with active electronically scanned array, radio sonar subsystem, magnetometer, and electro-optical turret with a thermal imager, TV channel, and laser rangefinder.