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Airbus is building three brand-new ‘multi-capable’ helicopters for the European Union with unmanned technology, laser guidance systems and smart missiles

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The joint use of manned and unmanned helicopters in a single circuit will open up a “new frontier of possibilities” for the new generation of French rotary-wing machines being created. This, according to the Defense News weekly, at the international exhibition of land weapons Eurosatory 2022, was stated by the representative of the General Directorate of Armaments of France DGA, engineer-general second class Stefan Kammerer.

Airbus is building three brand-new 'multi-capable' helicopters for the European Union with unmanned technology, laser guidance systems and smart missiles

Airbus H160M

The French Ground Forces (SV) by 2025 should receive three qualitatively new rotary-wing platforms into service. This was stated by the representative of the General Directorate of Armaments of France DGA, engineer-general second class Stefan Kammerer. He believes that the possibility of using the latest helicopters with autonomous and semi-autonomous aviation systems will fundamentally change the methods and techniques of warfare.

We are talking about the H160M Gepard light combined-arms helicopter, the NH90 Cayman multi-purpose helicopter, which was deeply modernized in the middle of its service life, and the improved Tiger Mk.3 attack helicopter. Work on each of them is carried out as part of the relevant defense programs, thanks to which, as Kammerer noted, for the first time the French SV will receive helicopters with “multi-capacity”.

Airbus is building three brand-new 'multi-capable' helicopters for the European Union with unmanned technology, laser guidance systems and smart missiles

Airbus H160M

According to my feelings, today we don’t even imagine the full range of these possibilities and what can be done with their help.”, — said the DGA representative at one of the panel discussions of the exhibition. The participants in the discussion also noted that the possibility of interaction between manned and unmanned aerial vehicles is fully consistent with the Scorpio program, which is a large-scale plan for the modernization of the French Ground Forces by adopting the latest military equipment by 2040.

It is assumed that the three new rotorcraft platforms will be better integrated into the constantly improving digital architecture of the ground forces. In addition, they must receive the latest weapons, including laser-guided munitions and missiles capable of attacking a target outside the line of sight.

The new standard for the NH90 Cayman helicopter, according to which it is planned to build 10 special forces vehicles for the French Army, is being developed by the NHIndustries consortium, created with the participation of the French concern Airbus, the Italian company Leonardo and Fokker Aerostructures, a division of the British GKN.

Airbus is building three brand-new 'multi-capable' helicopters for the European Union with unmanned technology, laser guidance systems and smart missiles

Airbus NH90

At the same time, Airbus is developing the H160M Cheetah helicopter for the French Armed Forces, as well as the Tiger Mk.3 helicopter for the French and Spanish Armed Forces. Madrid plans to receive 18 of these helicopters, while Paris has ordered 42 new rotorcraft of this model. The possibility of Germany joining the Tiger Mk.3 helicopter program is not ruled out.

The Gepard helicopter program was described by Kammerer as “a very large project,” as one machine is designed to replace the five current platforms: Alouette, Fennec, Gazelle, Panther and Dauphin. According to him, the DGA has placed an order for 169 of these helicopters, 80 of which are for the Army, 49 for the French Navy and 40 for the French Air Force.

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1.47-inch AMOLED screen, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, up to 14 days of battery life for $30. Fitness bracelets Huawei Band 7 fell in price in China

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The Huawei brand store on the popular Chinese site TMall has reduced the cost of the Huawei Band 7 fitness bracelet, both its regular version and the NFC version.

1.47-inch AMOLED screen, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, up to 14 days of battery life for $30.  Fitness bracelets Huawei Band 7 fell in price in China

The cost of Band 7 has decreased from 269 yuan ($38) to 219 yuan ($30.5), Band 7 NFC previously cost 309 yuan ($43.5), now its cost is 259 yuan ($36.5).

Huawei Band 7, recall, debuted on April 28 this year. The bracelet is 9.99 mm thick and weighs 16 grams. The device is equipped with a 1.47-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 368 x 194 pixels, heart rate and SpO2 sensors. The firmware provides 96 training modes, sleep and menstrual cycle monitoring systems. The maximum autonomy is 14 days.

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Firefly Aerospace, a private space company, successfully launched a rocket and put several mini-satellites into orbit.

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Firefly Aerospace a private space company successfully launched a rocket

Firefly Aerospace has successfully launched an Alpha rocket and placed seven research mini-satellites into orbit. Some of them were launched in the interests of NASA, there are also satellites created in Spain and Greece. The launch was made from the base of the US Space Force Wadenberg.

Firefly Aerospace, a private space company, successfully launched a rocket and put several mini-satellites into orbit.

The Alpha rocket is a lightweight rocket, meaning it can launch approximately 1.2 tons of payload. This is the second rocket launch, the first took place in September last year, but the rocket exploded after launch due to the failure of one of the engines. This time everything went smoothly. The mission itself is called Alpha Flight 2: To The Black.

At the same time, the launch was originally planned for the morning of September 30, but the rocket engines turned off almost immediately after they were launched – the automatic abort system worked. The reasons for this were not explained, the company only reported that such behavior was provided for by the security system.

Firefly Aerospace intends to take part of the small satellite launch market. Each launch is valued at $15 million. Thus, the company intends to compete with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit and Astra. Firefly Aerospace is a privately held aerospace company headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

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Meta allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets

Meta Corporation has made non-fungible token (NFT) related features available to all US Instagram and Facebook users.

Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

The ability to work with NFT on Instagram has been tested since May, but on Thursday this functionality of the service became available to every user in the United States.

Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

Users can connect wallets from Coinbase, Dapper Labs, MetaMask, Rainbow and Trust to Instagram. According to the blog post, Instagram users can also post their NFTs to their Facebook accounts.

The corporation also allowed NFT to be shared by all Instagram users from 100 countries who participate in the pilot project.

“Today we are announcing that all Facebook and Instagram users in the US can now connect their wallets and share their digital collectibles,” the Meta said in a post. “In addition, all 100 countries where digital collectibles are available on Instagram can now access this feature.”

The announcement comes after CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold the NFT of his childhood baseball card for $105,000.

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