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Skyshield Laser

Rheinmetall Defense's Oerlikon Skyshield consists of one 10 kW fiber high-energy laser and a beam-forming unit. Commercial off-the-shelf fiber lasers were modified for an air defense role. The beam-forming unit provides diffraction-limited beam focusing, target imaging and fine tracking of the target. By utilizing this beam-superimposing technology, the company has managed to concentrate the power of single laser beams into one small spot, enabling not only superimposition of multiple laser beams on a single gun platform, but also superimposition of multiple gun platforms, for almost unlimited (e.g. 100 kW and more) power output. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Mario Kart in real-life at a mall.

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Dreadnought Star Destroyer

The Startpoint Group has just unveiled the "Dreadnought T2050," which looks very similar to the Star Destroyer from Star Wars. Featuring stealth technology, an exterior-mounted electromagnetic rail gun, hologram room with Google Glass-like walls that display tactical information, and to top things off, a "moon pool" garage in the transom, capable of launching underwater drones. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a Star Wars meets Mario Kart mashup.

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Titan Missile Facility

The German idea of an underground missile silo was adopted and developed by the United States for missile launch facilities for its intercontinental ballistic missiles. Most silos were based in Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and other western states away from heavily populated areas. They had many defense systems to keep out intruders and other defense systems to prevent destruction. One method used for storage was placing them vertically in underground silos, like the Titan I. They were fueled in the silo, and then since they could not be launched from within the silo, were raised to the surface to launch. Continue reading for more pictures of an abandoned facility.

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Northrop Grumman Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman has just won the contract to produce the next-generation stealth bomber, and while technical specifications weren't announced, we do know that each unit will cost a minimum of $564-million. Other known details include: the aircraft package consists of engines and sub-systems, with Initial Operational Capability set for 2025. Continue reading for a video of the concept in action, and more information.

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TrackingPoint ShotGlass

If you've always wanted a real-life aimbot, look no further than TrackingPoint's Shotglass Shooting Glasses, paired with one of their precision guided firearms. They feature an integrated HD camera, wide-screen WQVGA display, and the Android operating system for easy video recording. Once activated, it can provide you with two unique fields of view on every shot, and the capability to shoot around corners. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a robot making a hole-in-one.

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AH-1Z Viper Helicopter

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. It incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons. The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system includes two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8 x 6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2 x 4.2-inch dual function LCD display. Continue reading for more. Click here for more pictures of the AH-1Z.

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Speedhawk Helicopter

Piasecki's X-49 "SpeedHawk" is a four-bladed, twin-engined, experimental high-speed compound helicopter unlike any that you've seen before, as it utilizes the company's proprietary vectored thrust ducted propeller (VTDP) design and includes the addition of lifting wings. The concept of the experimental program is to apply the VTDP technology to a production military helicopter to determine any benefit gained through increases in performance or useful load. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Microsoft thinks we'll watch football with HoloLens in the future.

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SR 71 Ring

At first, this ring may look normal, but it's actually made from the ejector nozzle of an SR-71 Blackbird. This long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft was operated by the United States Air Force, and developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Click here to view more pictures of the SR-71. Continue reading for another picture of the ring.

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Stealth Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was an advanced five-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. The Comanche emplyed advanced sensors in its reconnaissance role, and was intended to designate targets for the AH-64 Apache. The aircraft was also armed with missiles and rockets to destroy armored vehicles. It was intended to be a stealth helicopter; it incorporated multiple techniques to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS) and other areas of visibility. Its outer surfaces were faceted and had radar-absorbent material (RAM) coatings and infrared-suppressant paint applied; with these measures, the Comanche's RCS was 360 times smaller than the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a super circle plane that will boggle your mind.

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Exoatmspheric Kill Vehicle

Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle is designed to crash directly into incoming missiles out of the sky, and it's been successfully launched from from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The EKV boasts an advanced, multi-color sensor that detects and differentiates incoming warheads from other objects. It has its own propulsion, communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and intercept. If a threat is detected, a Ground-Based Interceptor will be launched into space using a three-stage solid rocket booster, and once outside Earth's atmosphere, operating at the edge of space at hypersonic speeds, the EKV's job begins. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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