The SR-71 Blackbird completed its first (non-classified) flight on December 22, 1964, so it's only fitting to believe that the military is currently testing far more advanced aircraft, like the TR-3B Aurora. This high altitude, stealth, reconnaissance platform uses highly-pressurized mercury accelerated by nuclear energy to produce a gravity-amplifying plasma around the ship. Propulsion is provided by 3 multi-mode thrusters mounted at each corner of the triangular platform. It's capable of achieving sub-Mach 9 speeds until it reaches altitudes above 120,000 feet. Continue reading for five interesting incidents involving these black triangle UFOs.
No, this isn't a prank or optical illusion, but rather a real military vehicle designed to look like a giant moving bush. It's not one the cutting edge of technology, but we can picture several scenarios in which such a vehicle may come in handy, as long as the soldiers inside do not peek too far over the brush. "By the looks of it, it's some sort of segmented, camouflaged personnel carrier. Beyond that, we know nothing about this strange beast," according to Digg. Continue reading for a video on Japan's military expansion.
If you took a Halo Warthog and turned it into a real armored military vehicle, it'd probably look something like the Oshkosh Defense JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle). Available in two- and four-seat variants, it comes equipped with the battle-tested Core1080 protection system to keep soldiers safe, and utilizes the Tak-4i intelligent independent suspension to traverse all-terrains, or in other words, the power train adapts to different conditions on the fly. 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 what happens when you run 2000-volts through a plasma television.
The Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack is a variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It currently holds the titles of the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. Only the North American XB-70 Valkyrie had higher empty weight and maximum speed. The Tu-160 has the heaviest take off weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The Sukhoi T-50, designed for the PAK FA program, is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and is the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. This fighter specializes in air superiority and attack roles, thanks to its supercruise, stealth, super-maneuverability, and advanced avionics. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Oshkosh's TerraMax is basically unmanned ground vehicle technology - consisting of a high definition LIDAR system, a wide dynamic range camera, a short wave infrared camera, four situational awareness cameras, 12 short range radar systems and three long range radar systems - installed on a 6x6 autonomous MTVR-based tactical cargo hauler. This massive vehicle is autonomously controlled by an operator control unit (OCU). It can be operated fully autonomously in any position in the convoy, or semi-autonomously to follow the path of the lead vehicle. The TerraMax is now supplied to the U.S. and British military, and used in reconnaissance missions and freight transport in high-risk areas so freeing soldiers from possible attacks or ambushes. 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 Star Wars: A New Hope outtakes reel you probably haven't seen before.
Think of the BvS 10 (Viking) as two tanks in one, as this all-terrain armored vehicle produced by BAE Systems Land Systems consists of two linked tracked units. The vehicle design allows for upgrades and for the installation of modular subsystems to suit specific operational requirements, including add-on armor, a range of weapon mounts and load changers and standard cargo platforms. Bolt-on armour plates provide protection against 7.62mm armor piercing rounds and 152mm artillery shell fragments from a range of more than 10m. It's powered by a 5.9L in-line six-cylinder turbo diesel engine designed by Cummins and producing 250bhp @ 2,600rpm and 840Nm of torque @ 1,600rpm. The Viking can ford through water up to a depth of 1.5m without preparation, making it fully amphibious, and capable of swimming in deeper water with less than two minutes preparation including closing holes and fitting a front vane to prevent a bow wave washing over the front windows. 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 one on how to make your own matchbox microphone.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is currently the world's third largest military transport aircraft. It was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by McDonnell Douglas, and commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties. Continue reading for five more interesting facts.
The ZIL-2906 was basically designed to recover re-entered space capsules from the Soyuz mission, from difficult terrain. It was carried on the back of a ZIL-4906, which had a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), until it reached terrain impassable for the 4906. At this point it would be unloaded and resume the search. Powered by two 77-horsepower VAZ engines, each driving one of the screws, the direction of rotation was controlled with two levers on the left / right sides of the central driver's seat - steering was done by pressing one of the two foot brakes. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Think of Paramount Group's The Marauder as a 10-ton tank on wheels, as this heavily armored (double-skin monocoque hull) vehicle is capable of withstanding land mine explosions, blasts from ballistic missiles and can even smash through walls without suffering any irreparable damage. Powered by a turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine, it can hit speeds of up to 75mph on road. The Marauder's payload capacity allows for the fitting of various defense and weapons systems, including light and medium-caliber machine guns, cannon weapon installations, and missile launchers, as well as command, surveillance, and control systems. The vehicle can be configured such that mortars may be fired from the payload platform. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for today's five most popular viral videos, including a real-life FPS with a dash of Chatroulette.