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Combat Guard Vehicle

Israel Military Industries' Combat Guard is a futuristic armored 4x4 vehicle that appears to be straight from the Halo video game series. This all-terrain vehicle weighs 8-tons, thanks partially to the 54-inch tires and 0.7 meters of ground clearance, but also making it perfect for zombie-fighting duties. It's capable driving straight through 1.5-meter deep water obstacles. Powered comes from a rear-mounted 6.5L Cobra diesel engine, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Need to carry weapons? You'll be glad to know that Combat Guard has a 1.5-ton payload capacity as well as enough seating for 8 passengers. The exterior armor was designed to withstand both ammunition rounds and the unforeseeable land mines. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a miniature Bruce Lee.

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UHAC Beach Assault Vehicle

The U.S. Marines have developed a new amphibious vehicle designed to storm beaches, transport troops and scale buildings. Called the UHAC (Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector), the final vehicle will have a top speed of about 25mph and be capable of scaling obstacles up to 10-feet (sea walls, etc.) high. It can carry a payload of 200-tons, thanks to tank-like tracks that are fitted with captured-air foam cells to provide buoyancy when in the water. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Rockwell B-1 Lancer

The Rockwell-Boeing B-1B Lancer is basically a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It's primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Next-Generation Bomber to start supplementing the B-1B in the 2020s. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Comanche Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche is basically an advanced 5-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. During the early 1980s, the U.S. Army began formulating a requirement for the replacement of its helicopters then in service, resulting in the Light Helicopter Experimental program. In 1991, the Boeing-Sikorsky team was chosen to produce prototypes. The Comanche would incorporate stealth technologies, featuring a number of designs previously untried. Continue reading for more.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is basically a single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Continue reading for more.

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AV-8B Harrier Jet

In this crazy video, you'll see and hear U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot talking about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on the aircraft aboard the USS Bataan, at sea. The AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Shock Wave Explosion

Photo credit: iO9

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has captured the shock wave of an explosives test at their experimental proving ground, a piece of land that measures over 470 square kilometers."The photo gives an unusually clear look at the shock wave that accompanies the explosion, distorting the view around the fireball as it travels outward," says iO9. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog who just loves arguing with her owner.

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F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor conducted its first flight in 1997, and is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It was initially designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. While Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The flyaway cost for a single unit is $150-million, as of 2009. Continue reading for more.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

At $2.1-billion (fly away cost) per unit, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, is basically a heavy strategic bomber that features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons. It has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pounds (1,100-kilograms) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only known aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. Continue reading for more.

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Lockheed Martin Adam

Lockheed Martin's new 30-kilowatt fiber laser called Athena managed to burn through a truck manifold in seconds, despite being fired by a team from Lockheed Martin positioned more than a mile away. The system uses a technique known as spectral beam combining to blend multiple laser modules to create a single, powerful, high-quality beam. This is done for greater 'efficiency and lethality' than the multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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