Unlike traditional military Humvees, Oshkosh's L-ATV is larger and will come in two variations: four-passenger combat vehicles and two-seat combat support vehicles. Each one is capable of carrying a maximum weight of 7.82-tons, making it a breeze to be transported by helicopter as well as giving it mobility and speed of a Baja racer - it can travel over rugged terrain 70% faster than the M-ATV, even at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle also offers the ballistic protection of a light tank, all powered by a GM Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel engine, riding on a TAK-4i independent suspension. 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 on how to make a screwdriver levitate with an air compressor.
German defense contractor Rheinmetall Defense Electronics has unveiled a new laser gatling gun that fires four 20 kilowatt simultaneously to produce a single 80 kilowatt super beam, capable of shooting down a drone at 500-meters. This beam can also be used to detonate ammunition, burn holes in smaller shops and explode artillery shells. Future upgrades include the ability to combine even more beams to give "unlimited" power. "The beam-forming unit provides diffraction-limited beam focusing, target imaging and fine tracking of the target. By using beam-superimposing technology, Rheinmetall has concentrated the power of single laser beams into one tiny spot," said the company. 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 bizarre cable robot simulator.
DARPA's Crusher is basically a 13,200-pound, autonomous off-road Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle developed by researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center. It can traverse over rough terrain, such as vertical walls more than 4-feet high, wooded slopes, and rocky creekbeds. This vehicle can also see enemy troops from over 2-miles away with its cameras. According to Stephen Welby, director of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, "This vehicle can go into places where, if you were following in a Humvee, you'd come out with spinal injuries." While driving between its waypoints via GPS, the Crusher continuously attempts to find the fastest and easiest path to its destination. For example, if it encounters an object more than 6-feet high, it will automatically find a way around it. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including how people in Cuba watch Netflix without the internet.
Boeing recently provided Fox Trot Alpha with never before seen images of their stealth jet, called "Quiet Bird", from the 1960s. It's also known as Model 853, and the company claims that official records of the program were probably destroyed in 1970s. These images from 1962-1963 are from Boeing's Wichita facility on a radar range, and while no actual flights took place during testing, they were able to drastically decrease the radar signature of a tactical aircraft. Continue reading for more images and information.
Developed by the US Navy, the futuristic Laser Weapon System (LaWS) is a directed-energy weapon uses an infrared beam from a solid-state laser array which can be tuned to high output to destroy the target or low output to warn or cripple the sensors of a target. Scalable power levels allow it to be used on low-power to dazzle a person's eye to non-lethally make them turn away from a threatening posture, and increase to 30,000 watts to fry sensors, burn out motors, and detonate explosive materials. Against a vital point on small UAVs, one can be shot down in as little as two seconds. When facing small boats, the laser would target a craft's motor to disable it and make it "dead in the water," then repeating this against others in rapid succession, requiring only a few seconds of firing per boat. 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 showing insane Grand Theft Auto trick shots.
The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie is the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command. The XB-70 is a large, six-engined aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3+ while flying at 70,000 feet. At these speeds, it was expected that the B-70 would be almost immune to interceptor aircraft, the only effective weapon against bomber aircraft at the time. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
The F-22 Raptor was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Recently, photographer John Dibbs captured these surreal images of F-22 Arctic Raptor fighter jets over Alaska for Lockheed Martin's Code One magazine. "In addition, Alaska's strategic location allows the Arctic Raptors to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world. They are nine hours or less flight time to almost any location in the northern hemisphere. Further, with the renewed Russian bomber activity over the last several years, the F-22s at Elmendorf are on alert twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," said Code One. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
This is not a scene from an upcoming Halo game, but rather DARPA's GVX-T. This program seeks to investigate revolutionary ground-vehicle technologies to simultaneously improve mobility and survivability through means other than adding more armor, including avoiding detection, engagement, and hits by autonomously avoiding inbound threats. This is hoped to make next-generation armored vehicles smaller, faster, and more maneuverable than current vehicles. Research, development, design and testing, and evaluation of subsystem capabilities in multiple areas will then be integrated into future ground X-vehicle demonstrators, which may be built by April 2017. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a robot that has a 100% win rate at Rock, Papers, Scissors.
Lockheed Martin's HULC is basically an untethered, battery-powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton capable of heavy upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion. The device is designed to transfer the weight from heavy loads to the ground through the robotic legs of the lower-body exoskeleton, taking the weight off of the operator, while an advanced micro-computer ensures that it moves in sync with the operator. Lockheed's latest model enables the operator to adapt to the exoskeleton in less time, thanks to a ruggedized structure that allows for rapid, repeatable adjustments to the torso and thigh length, without special tools, along with improved control software to better track the user's movements. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including the Ultimate Gun Game.
DARPA has just unveiled an experimental robotic landing gear system that replaces standard landing gear with four articulated, jointed legs that are able to fold up next to the helicopter's fuselage while in flight, and are equipped with force-sensitive contact sensors in their feet. During the landing process, each leg extends and uses its sensors to determine in real time the appropriate angle to assume to ensure that the aircraft stays level and also to minimize any risk of the rotor touching the landing area. "The equipment-mounted on an otherwise unmodified, unmanned helicopter-successfully demonstrated the ability to land and take off from terrain that would be impossible to operate from with standard landing gear," said Ashish Bagai, DARPA program manager. Continue reading for a video compilation of DARPA Robotics Challenge FAILS.