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Tuesday, January 17, 2017



  • Ideal Conceal folds out to become a double barreled, .380 caliber pistol
  • It has a clip on the side that can be fastened to a pocket, just like a smartphone
  • It is now on sale in the US for $395 (£325) with 12,000 already reserved
  • Police are worried that people may try to smuggle them outside of the US


While it might look like a smartphone, this device is really a folding, double barreled, .380 caliber pistol.
The weapon, called Ideal Conceal, has gone on sale in the US, and has already been reserved by 12,000 people. 
Police are now on red alert in expectation of the guns being illegally smuggled outside of the US.  
While it might look like a smartphone, this device is really a folding, double barreled, .380 caliber pistol. The weapon, called Ideal Conceal, has gone on sale in the US, and has already been reserved by 12,000 people 
While it might look like a smartphone, this device is really a folding, double barreled, .380 caliber pistol. The weapon, called Ideal Conceal, has gone on sale in the US, and has already been reserved by 12,000 people 

WHAT DOES IDEAL CONCEAL SAY ABOUT ITS GUN?

'The best gun is always the one you have with you.' 
'Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment.'
'In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.'
'The ground breaking Ideal Conceal is a carefully engineered double barreled .380 caliber people can safely carry in their purse or clipped to their side.' 
'Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire.' 
'What's disturbing is that this looks like a real smartphone,' Andrew Patrick, Deputy Communications Director at Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told DailyMail.
'There are countless stories of children playing with toy guns who were shot, because it was mistaken for the real thing.'
'This gun is not only dangerous, but it is also irresponsible.'
The firearm is being advertised as a lightweight one-piece frame with a hammerless firing system that is made with locally produced parts.
The firm says that since smartphones are everywhere, the pistol will 'easily blend in with today's environment', allowing you to carry and no one will know it.
'The ground breaking Ideal Conceal is a carefully engineered double barrelled .380 caliber people can safely carry in their purse or clipped to their side,' Ideal Conceal shares on its website.
'Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire.'
Just as a smartphone can clip to your pocket or belt loop, Ideal Conceal has added a clip to the side of the piece – allowing you to hide it in plain sight, just as they promise.
The weapon is normally carried with the safety on, according to Ideal Conceal, and the grip hides the trigger and trigger guard.
The firearm is being advertised as a lightweight one-piece frame with a hammerless firing system and made with locally produced parts. As soon as you turn the safety off, the grip swings open and the 'smartphone' transforms into a fully loaded weapon
The firearm is being advertised as a lightweight one-piece frame with a hammerless firing system and made with locally produced parts. As soon as you turn the safety off, the grip swings open and the 'smartphone' transforms into a fully loaded weapon
The firm says that since smartphones (pictured) are everywhere, the pistol will 'easily blend in with today's environment', allowing you to carry and no one will know it.  Just as a smartphone can clip to your pocket or belt loop, Ideal Conceal has added a clip to the side of the piece
The firm says that since smartphones (pictured) are everywhere, the pistol will 'easily blend in with today's environment', allowing you to carry and no one will know it.  Just as a smartphone can clip to your pocket or belt loop, Ideal Conceal has added a clip to the side of the piece
As soon as you turn the safety off, the grip swings open and the 'smartphone' transforms into a fully loaded weapon.
'In general, the concept of any kind of weapon that's disguised, so that it's not apparent that it's a weapon, would be cause for concern,' Bill Johnson, executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Police Organizations, told CNN Money.
The pistol is now available for sale at a list price of $395 (£325), and has already been reserved by over 12,000 people. 
Just as a smartphone can clip to your pocket or belt loop, Ideal Conceal has added a clip to the side of the piece ¿ allowing you to hide it in plain sight
Just as a smartphone can clip to your pocket or belt loop, Ideal Conceal has added a clip to the side of the piece – allowing you to hide it in plain sight
Mr Patrick added: 'The more you have open carrying in communities the more people start to worry and become nervous, because you don't know a good guy with a gun from a bad guy with a gun until the shooting starts.'
'Someone could see this and just think it is a smartphone or might mistake a smartphone for a gun because of this.'
There have been other claims that his gun was devised by criminals as a way to trick police officers.
There have been other claims that his gun was devised by criminals as a way to trick for police officers. Karl de la Guerra, CEO at KDI Protective Services of South Carolina, did reach out on social media warning officers of 'a pistol that presents itself like a cell phone, but rapidly turns into a double barrel .380 with laser'
There have been other claims that his gun was devised by criminals as a way to trick for police officers. Karl de la Guerra, CEO at KDI Protective Services of South Carolina, did reach out on social media warning officers of 'a pistol that presents itself like a cell phone, but rapidly turns into a double barrel .380 with laser'
Karl de la Guerra, CEO at KDI Protective Services of South Carolina, did reach out on social media warning officers of 'a pistol that presents itself like a cell phone, but rapidly turns into a double barrel .380 with laser'.
Ideal Concept has responded to the idea of this weapon being a ruse for law enforcement by stating they support 'law enforcement 100 per cent' and their new design is geared towards those with a CCW 'and wants something he can conceal from the view of an attacker for self-defense'.
Ideal Concept has responded to the idea of this weapon being a ruse for law enforcement by stating they support 'law enforcement 100%' and their new design is geared towards those with a CCW 'and wants something he can conceal from the view of an attacker for self-defense'
Ideal Concept has responded to the idea of this weapon being a ruse for law enforcement by stating they support 'law enforcement 100%' and their new design is geared towards those with a CCW 'and wants something he can conceal from the view of an attacker for self-defense'

US Navy developing smart 'mini missiles' that can be fired from warships to take out swarms of enemy drones

  • Will be designed to destroy approaching 'swarms' of drones  and boats
  • Ammunition will be able to change its course mid flight 
The US Navy has revealed plans for a radical new smart 'mini missile' that can be fired from warships to take out swarms of enemy drones and boats.
Known as the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) program, it will develop a 'medium-caliber guided projectile'.
DARPA says this will 'combine the guidance, precision, and accuracy of missiles with the speed, rapid-fire capability, and large ammunition capacity of medium-caliber bullets like 20-to-40-caliber ammunition designed to destroy lightly armored vehicles, aircraft, and personnel.'

Navy bosses say they need the new mini missile to deal with the increasing risk of 'swarm' attacks, and hope with fit it to warships such at the USS Enterprise (pictured)
Navy bosses say they need the new mini missile to deal with the increasing risk of 'swarm' attacks, and hope with fit it to warships such at the USS Enterprise (pictured)

HOW THEY WORK

The MAD FIRES will be enhanced ammunition rounds able to alter their flight path in real time to stay on target.
They will be able to continuously target, track and engage multiple fast-approaching targets simultaneously and re-engage any targets that survive initial engagement.
Navy bosses say they need the new mini missile to deal with the increasing risk of 'swarm' attacks.
'Attacks by unmanned vehicles, missiles, small planes, fast in-shore attack craft and other platforms pose a perennial, evolving and potentially lethal threat to ships and other maritime vessels,' it said.
'The escalating risks posed by these ever-morphing threats demand that vessels have access to defensive capabilities at the leading edge of air and surface combat technologies. 
'In particular, current close-range gun systems would greatly benefit from an ability to engage multiple and diverse targets coming from a range of directions and do so rapidly and with high precision.'
In the latest announcement,  Ratheon was given an extra $8 million for phase 2 of the project,  to build and test prototype MAD-FIRES smart bullets, taking its toal value of contracts to $27m. 
During the first phase of MAD-FIRES Raytheon worked on concepts, simulations, and risk reduction. Also working on the program's first phase was Lockheed Martin, which is also expected to get a similar phase 2 contract. 
Last year the US military has successfully tested a .50-caliber sniper round that can change direction on its way to its target.
And now the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has released a video of this Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (Exacto) program in action.
The footage shows the bullet changing direction in mid-air in response to a target's movements. 
Once fired, actuators inside the guided bullet receive data from an optical sensor to guide it to the correct location. Small fins are used to change the bullet's trajectory, and the bullet can correct its movements 30 times a second. This grab shows the path, original aim point, and the moving target (green) 
Once fired, actuators inside the guided bullet receive data from an optical sensor to guide it to the correct location. Small fins are used to change the bullet's trajectory, and the bullet can correct its movements 30 times a second. This grab shows the path, original aim point, and the moving target (green) 
According to Darpa: 'For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology.
'It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.'

HOW EXACTO FINDS ITS TARGET

A video from the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (Exacto) program shows a bullet changing its direction.
DARPA has not released precise details of how its bullet moves in mid-air, but this is one way in which the technology could work. 
Each self-guided bullet is four inches (10 cm) long. 
A sniper working at extreme range shines a laser onto the target. 
An optical sensor on the bullet detects the light from the laser to identify where the target is. 
Once fired, actuators inside the bullet receive data from the optical sensor to guide it to the correct location. 
Small fins are used to change the bullet's trajectory, and the bullet can correct its movements 30 times a second.
These changes are in response to movements of the laser, which the sniper uses to continually track and light up the target.
The sniper additionally has to take into account wind, distance and even the curvature of the Earth, before pulling the trigger. 
Darpa claims the new system is the first ever guided small caliber bullet.
'The Exacto .50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and night time range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems,' continued the agency.
'The system combines a manoeuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course.
'Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors. 
'The program’s next phase includes a system-level live-fire test and technology refinement to enhance and improve performance.'
The current world record for the longest certified kill was by Corporal Craig Harrison of the UK Household Cavalry, who killed two Taliban in November 2009 from 1.54 miles (22.4km). 
The shot was approximately 3,000ft (914 metres) beyond the stated maximum range of the Accuracy L115A3 sniper rifle, used by Corporal Harrison. 
The Taliban were so far away it took each round almost three seconds to reach its target.
Snipers typically work in two-man teams with a spotter assisting the gunman identifying targets as well as providing security.
But environmental details such as wind, rain and even humidity can affect the flight path of a bullet. 
This graphic reveals how the Exacto bullet tracks its target and changes directions. The sniper additionally has to take into account wind, distance and even the curvature of the Earth, before pulling the trigger. DARPA has not released precise details of how its bullet moves in mid-air, but this is one way in which the technology could work.
This graphic reveals how the Exacto bullet tracks its target and changes directions. The sniper additionally has to take into account wind, distance and even the curvature of the Earth, before pulling the trigger. DARPA has not released precise details of how its bullet moves in mid-air, but this is one way in which the technology could work.
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A sniper begins by shining a laser onto the target. An optical sensor on the 4-inch (10cm) Exacto bullet (illustrated) detects the laser to identify where the target is. As the bullet moves through the air, it responds to changes in the movement of the laser, which the sniper uses to continually track and light up the target
A sniper begins by shining a laser onto the target. An optical sensor on the 4-inch (10cm) Exacto bullet (illustrated) detects the laser to identify where the target is. As the bullet moves through the air, it responds to changes in the movement of the laser, which the sniper uses to continually track and light up the target
Also bullets have to counter gravity and droop down over longer distances. 
Under the new system, a sniper will be able to adjust the bullet's direction mid-flight in case a target moved or the bullet shifted due to a gust of wind.
The newly released video shows two tests filmed earlier this year. In the both tests the round is fired deliberately off target but turns in mid-air. 
In the second target, the round it its intended target despite being fired several feet to the left.
Ted Catchel, professor emeritus at the Naval War College said the system is a very interesting development. 
He told Stars and Stripes: 'I don’t know if you push a button and it takes over. I just couldn’t find out enough about the system to know how it works.
'You still need to train these snipers in the traditional methods. Right now, sniping is a real precise art.'
This screengrab shows the bullet (shown in white) changing from its original path, pictured in red, and moving to face the target, shown in green. The newly released video shows two tests filmed earlier this year. In the both tests the round is fired deliberately off target but turns in mid-air
This screengrab shows the bullet (shown in white) changing from its original path, pictured in red, and moving to face the target, shown in green. The newly released video shows two tests filmed earlier this year. In the both tests the round is fired deliberately off target but turns in mid-air
According to Darpa: 'For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions is extremely challenging with current technology. It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops.' Stock image used
According to Darpa: 'For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions is extremely challenging with current technology. It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops.' Stock image used
Many snipers use .50 caliber bullets, similar to the ones pictured, because their weight causes significant damage. Snipers typically work in two-man teams with a spotter assisting the gunman identifying targets as well as providing security. The wind, rain and even humidity can affect the flight path of a bullet
Many snipers use .50 caliber bullets, similar to the ones pictured, because their weight causes significant damage. Snipers typically work in two-man teams with a spotter assisting the gunman identifying targets as well as providing security. The wind, rain and even humidity can affect the flight path of a bullet






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