Tsar Bomba was the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, code name Vanya. It was tested on October 30, 1961, and remains the most powerful human-made explosion in known history. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb had a yield of 50-megaton TNT, and a maximum yield of 100-megatons if it were to have included a U-238 tamper, but because only one was built, this theory was never demonstrated. Continue reading for five more cool facts about Tsar Bomba. Click here for a few bonus images of actual nuclear explosions over the years.
The Russian military has unveiled a new "Death Ray" of sorts, or to be more specific, a microwave gun that can blast an unmanned drone, a missile, or even an aircraft, from up to 0.6-miles away. It will mainly be utilized to target enemy drones, deactivating their radios, causing them to lose control. "Working models of these weapons have been already developed and proved their effectiveness. This is a completely new type of weapon that has no equals either in this country or anywhere else in the world," said a United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) representative. Continue reading for a video on directed-energy weapons and more information. click here to view a few bonus images of strange things people have actually seen in Russia.
The Willys M38 - a military version of the then-current civilian Jeep CJ-3A - is a 1/4 ton four-wheel drive utility truck made between 1949-1952, and it had a total production of more than 60,000 units. Unlike the civilian version, it boasts a reinforced frame / suspension, waterproof 24-volt electrical system, sealed vent system for the engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel system and brake system. It also has a windshield that can be folded flat for firing, while the body is equipped with a pintle hook for towing and lifting shackles front and rear. This 1951 Willys M38 Jeep model has been fully restored, powered by an inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Other extras include: a 1950s phone, gas can, helmet, siren, and .50 / .30 caliber machine guns. 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 skydivers playing on the ultimate mega swing.
Designed by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, in partnership with GM, the futuristic Chevrolet Colorado GH2 is basically an off-road, fuel cell-powered vehicle that can go anywhere. At 6.5-feet tall, it sits on a stretched midsize pickup chassis and comes equipped with 37" tires that are ready for any terrain. The fuel cell provides for a near-silent ride experience, reducing both the acoustic and thermal signatures, perfect for covert operations, while an Exportable Power Take-Off unit enables soldiers to power equipment away from the vehicle. 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 rare tour of a store for the privileged in North Korea.
BAE Systems and IVECO Defence have partnered to build ACV 1.1, an amphibious 34-ton, eight-wheel drive combat vehicle that enables soldiers to deploy directly from ships and reach land. At 29-feet long, 10-feet wide, and 9-feet tall, it can carry up to 16 soldiers per unit, thanks to a new powerful 6-cylinder engine that generates 700-horsepower. Once launched from a ship, the ACV 1.1 can sail for up to 12 nautical miles. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Manufactured by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) exoskeleton comes equipped with an innovative electrically-activated shield called liquid body armor. Once triggered by a magnetic or electrical current, the body armor transitions from liquid to solid in a matter of milliseconds. The final version will be bulletproof, weaponized, have the ability to monitor vitals, and give the wearer superhuman strength and perception. 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 the world's smallest airbow.
The Devtac Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet may not turn you into a superhero, but it can stop .357 Sig and .44 Magnum rounds. Neodymium N52 magnets enable operators to easily put on, or remove, cheek plates to install sights/optics not originally configured with the helmet. Even in the most treacherous of weather, including scorching heat with humidity, the helmet will not fog up, thanks to special vents and a built-in fan. The lens was designed by a Suzuki aerodynamic engineer and also provide ballistic protection that either meets or exceeds MIL-PRF-31013. 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 an iPhone 7 getting crushed by a hydraulic press.
The F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles on two pylons under the wings, and an internal 20 millimetres M61 Vulcan Gatling gun in the right wing root. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Boeing is planning a major fleet-wide overhaul of all combat coded F-15Cs, and the upgrade is called "2040C" or "Advanced F-15," and will incorporate both new and old technology from the Silent Eagle program. For starters, the Advanced F-15 will boast "quad packs" which fit onto standard under-wing and belly hard-points, doubling its current air-to-air loadout to 16 missiles. It will also feature the Talon HATE communications pod, enabling the aircraft to transfer and receive data from F-22s operating alongside Eagles in combat theaters on a secured high-speed link. Inside, Multifunction displays (MFDs) and gauges will be replaced with a large area display (LAD), similar to those found in F-35 Lightning IIs. 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 hidden room where you'd least expect.
Think of the Viking 29031 as Russia's answer to the Land Rover. It's officially known as an "Advanced All-Terrain Amphibious Vehicle," and boasts powerful water-jet propulsion for riding rough waters, enabling it to achieve speeds of up to 12 km/h (7.4 mph). The cabin can accommodate seven crew members or 1,873-pounds worth of gear, making it ideal for rescue / emergency services or military operations. Optional equipment include: a hammock sleeper, adjustable clearance, sunroof, Thorsen differential lock and external lighting. 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 how to make your very own hard drive clock.