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Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralise threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a missile that can hit speeds of mach 2.2 isn't the best solution to the problem?

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North Korean state TV just aired footage of the country's most recent missile test, which has been confirmed by South Korea and US forces as an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. Early figures show that this is North Korea's longest range missile to date.

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The Russian Air Force's Tupolev TU-160 is a gorgeous-looking plane with sweeping wings and the capability to reach supersonic speeds. It's also a scary powerful bomber aircraft with the ability to launch the frightening KH-555 cruise missile, an air-launched missile that can be equipped with a nuclear warhead and has a 3500km range. Here's training footage showing how those missiles are unleashed.

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The primary technology that a military aircraft uses to lock and track an enemy aircraft is its onboard radar. Aircraft radars typically have two modes: search and track. In search mode, the radar sweeps a radio beam across the sky in a zig-zag pattern. When the radio beam is reflected by a target aircraft, an indication is shown on the radar display. In search mode, no single aircraft is being tracked, but the pilot can usually tell generally what a particular radar return is doing because with each successive sweep, the radar return moves slightly.

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Sweden doesn't readily spring to mind when discussing global military powerhouses, but the European nation is far from being a pushover. In fact, the Swedish military -- working in conjunction with a cadre of marquee manufacturers and five other European nations -- is nearing completion on the world's first and only air-to-air missile that can strike targets on the other side of the horizon.