The Black Hornet Nano is basically a military micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Prox Dynamics AS of Norway. It measures just 10 x 2.5 cm and provides troops on the ground with local situational awareness. They're small enough to fit in one hand and weighs just over half an ounce including batteries). The UAV is equipped with a camera, which gives the operator full-motion video and still images. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Priced from $245000, The Rook by Ring Power is basically a 6-ton, tracked vehicle that can punch holes in walls, remove cars and shield cops. The main feature is its 'Armored Deployment Platform' made from metal with 'bat wing doors', bullet-proof glass sight ports and sliding gun ports. It can be raised up to 11-feet to deploy snipers on roofs. The Rook can also be equipped with a 'hydraulic breaching ram' that can tear through walls from 10-feet away and a grapple claw bulldozer-type bucket to tear into fortified structures. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The US Military has partnered with defense systems company SURVICE and UK-based engineering firm Malloy Aeronautics (MA) to develop a real-life hoverbike. The prototype you see above weighs around 600-pounds, has a 220-pound capacity and a maximum speed of 92mph. The eventual goal is that the machine will be able to be used in scenarios where a helicopter would be traditionally used. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 102-year-old dancer seeing herself on film for the first time.
Touted as the "world's most advanced performance, pursuit and patrol vessel," XSR's 48 military interceptor is a boat to be reckoned with. The composite hull, which includes Kevlar armour, gives increased strength with a lighter weight and the crew sits in spcial shock-mitigation. When this vessel comes within range of an enemy ship, the .50-caliber machine gun emerges from the forward hull and is trained on the target using a remote controlled system from the cockpit. In addition to the main machine gun, other weapons can be mounted in the rear cockpit and the boat comes equipped with a small galley, fridge and stretcher positions. The larger model has four bunks, can carry up to 12 additional passengers and has a range of 1,000 nautical miles. 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
Being able to run a 4-minute mile is quite the accomplishment, and one that not many can boast about, as runners must maintain an average 15mph speed. Introducing DARPA's jetpack, which will eventually give soldiers the speed boosts they need to escape from dangerous situations. The 4MM jetpack thrusters feature dual-jet nozzles that face behind the runner to propel them forward. Continue reading for a video and more information.
First unveiled last year, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider helicopter has completed its first flight in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nicknamed "the Batmobile of the skies," it's designed to to be a multi-mission aircraft, capable of transporting six troops and external weapons, that will eventually replace the US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. The company anticipates the S-97 will be capable of cruise speeds of up to 276mph, thanks to its "compound-coaxial helicopter" design, meaning it has two rotors that turn in opposite directions on a central mast. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Before modern amphibious cars, like the WaterCar Panther, there was Volkswagen's Type 166 Schwimmwagen, used extensively in World War II. It's essentially a four wheel drive vehicle on first gear - reverse gears with some models - that has ZF self-locking differentials on both front and rear axles. Similar to the Kubelwagen, the Schwimmwagen had portal gear rear hubs that gave better ground clearance, while at the same time reducing drive-line torque stresses with their gear reduction at the wheels. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Forget private jets, the Saker S-1 is the aircraft to get if you have a spare $5-million laying around. The Saker S-1 Personal Jet is currently in production, set to hit the skies in 2019, and was inspired by military fighter jets. It can achieve speeds just shy of Mach 1 (Mach .99), and best of all, you won't need to attend military training to fly it, though normal you do need a pilot's license. For those wondering, yes, there's an optional ejection seat. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
One thing's for sure, the US Air Force's stealth black Dodge Challenger is one car you don't want to mess with. In addition to biometric-controlled Lambo doors, it's equipped with an infrared thermal image camera on the front bumper and a roof-mounted 360-degree surveillance camera that enables the driver to see darkness via the built-in dashboard command center. Inside, there are three displays that display technical info as well as let you activate the "stealth exhaust system". 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 Jetman Yves Rossey flying with his custom-built jetpack over Dubai.
For 92-year-old female ex-World War II pilot Joy Lofthouse, there's no better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day than by flying through crystal-clear skies in a Spitfire fighter plane, just like the one she piloted in 1945 as a member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Continue reading for a video and more information.