No, this isn't a modern weapon as may have guessed from the image, but rather one from 1941, the year after France fell. It was at this time German steelmaker and arms manufacturer Friedrich Krupp A.G. company began construction on Hitler's Gustav Gun, which was four-stories tall, 155-feet-long, and weighed in at a massive 1,350 tons, while being able to shoot 10,000-pound shells from its mammoth 98-foot bore. Gustav was later employed in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol during Operation Barbarossa, where among other things, it destroyed a munitions depot buried in the bedrock under a bay. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
A functional Iron Man suit that you can find at stores may still be years away, but the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is developing TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit), a lightweight smart suit using kevlar and nanotechnology that functions as a 'practical exoskeleton' to protect soldiers from shrapnel and bullets. It will also give soldiers super-human strength and protect them from intensive combat situations. Electronics wise, the suit monitors a soldier's heart rate, hydration levels and core temperature and responds to that data via an on-board computer hooked up to sensors, to keep soldiers in the best conditions for battle possible. However, the coolest feature is that the armor can transform from a liquid form to solid in milliseconds under the influence of a magnetic field or electric current. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including what happens when DBZ's Goku enters the world of Street Fighter 2.
The VZ-9 Avrocar was basically a VTOL aircraft developed by Avro Aircraft Ltd. (Canada) as part of a top secret U.S. military project carried out in the early years of the Cold War. It's designed to use the Coanda effect to provide lift and thrust from a single "turborotor" blowing exhaust out the rim of the disk-shaped aircraft to provide anticipated VTOL-like performance. In the air, it would have resembled a flying saucer. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
A Polish company has unveiled PL-01, a stealth tank that will soon roam battlefields. Similar to the F-117 and F-22 fighters, it not only boasts a wedge shape to help deflect radar waves, but also an array of hexagonal Peltier plates. These plates are placed all over the tank's surface, and can be heated or cooled to project a desired temperature such as the background, thus making it invisible to heat-seeking missiles. However, the coolest feature might be its fully automated turret, which doesn't require space for an ammunition loader. It can be used with either a 105mm or 120mm caliber cannon, complete with muzzle suppressor. Within the hull are the commander and gunner, and the rear part of the fuselage can carry four soldiers. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including an amazing cloak experiment.
It's as large as a standard-sized tank, but the The Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) can do so much more. Boasting a top speed of 25mph and capable of scaling sea walls up to 10-feet high, this amphibious vehicle has two tracks, composed of dozens of air-filled foam blocks, that give it the propulsion needed for land and sea travel. In water, the tracks act as paddles, but on land they are similar to a tank, letting it traverse across difficult terrain. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.
Long before the B-2 Stealth Bomber, there was the Horten Ho 229 (H.IX), a German prototype fighter designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. The aircraft was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines. The design was a response to Hermann Goring's call for light bomber designs capable of meeting the "3x1000" requirement; namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
Lockheed Have Blue HB1001 / HB1002 was basically the code name for the company's prototype aircraft that preceded the F-117 Nighthawk. Designed by Lockheed's Skunk Works division, and tested at Groom Lake, Nevada, the Have Blue was the first fixed-wing aircraft made from an electrical engineering (rather than an aerospace engineering) perspective. The aircraft's plate-like, faceted shape was designed to deflect electromagnetic waves in directions other than that of the originating radar emitter, greatly reducing its radar cross-section. Two flyable vehicles were constructed, but both crashed during the flight-test program. Continue reading for more cool facts.
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.