The Chrysler TV-8 was essentially an experimental concept tank designed by Chrysler in the 1950s, and intended to be a nuclear-powered medium tank capable of land and amphibious warfare. Unfortunately, the design was never mass-produced. Using an unconventional tank design, the proposed tank located the entire crew, engine and ammunition storage within a pod-shaped turret mounted above a lightweight chassis which could be separated for air shipment. The entire crew compartment, main gun and powerplant are all housed in one massive turret. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
We have seen the future of military vehicles, and it includes Northrop Grumman's "Hellhound", which is basically a six-seater that goes anywhere, complete with its own 10-kilowatt solid-state fiber laser. At 6.5-tons, this monstrous buggy is able to generate 100 kVA of exportable power, complete with a 120 kW Jenoptik integrated starter generator that could potentially power an entire building. "To jump to 100 kilowatts opens new opportunities that we are beginning to explore,' he said, such as 'directed energy weapons that we would once only see in Star Trek are now quite possible. The power will 'open new opportunities in powering expeditionary command post or key infrastructure as part of disaster response teams," said Jeff Wood, Northrop's director of vehicle modernization. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including Tesla's new auto-pilot system getting tested for the first time with passengers and Back to the Future in 2015.
Created by Orbital ATK, the XM25 Counter Defilade Engagement System is a shoulder-fired rifle equipped with a built-in 'target acquisition and fire control system', enabling soldiers with basic shooting skills to operate the weapon. What sets it apart from other rifles is its ability to use bullets that are programmed to explode after having traveled a set distance, up to 2300-feet away. This allows enemies to be targeted regardless of their hiding place. The gunsight uses a laser rangefinder and smart software to determine the exact distance to the target, while the 25-millimetre round contains a chip that receives a radio signal from it to pinpoint their location. 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 action cam being dropped into a rattlesnake pit.
Sure, the US Air Force may not have had the technology then (or now) to create a flying saucer capable of interstellar travel, but they did want to create something that could possibly mistaken for one back during the 1950s. Meet The Avro Canada VZ-9V Avrocar, proposed in the 1950s. This was a flying saucer in the true sense of the word, and used three turbojets to turn a central impeller which kept it airborne by providing downward thrust. A vane and shutter system allowed the aircraft to be maneuvered by venting thrust in any direction desired. It was capable of carrying two crew seated in separate enclosed cockpits on either side of the aircraft. Total diameter of the Avrocar was 18-feet, however it measured only 3.5-feet tall. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
An alleged piece of F-117 Nighthawk stealth skin has just sold for a whopping $210. The 1999 F-117A shootdown was an incident that took place on March 27, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, (Operation Allied Force, Operation Noble Anvil), when an Army of Yugoslavia unit used a S-125 Neva/Pechora to down a Nighthawk stealth aircraft of the United States Air Force. The pilot ejected and was rescued by search and rescue forces. Continue reading for more pictures and information, along with the eBay listing page.
An aircraft carrier is essentially a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. They have evolved from converted cruisers to nuclear-powered warships that carry numerous fighter planes, strike aircraft, helicopters, and other types of aircraft. Sometimes, these aircraft have to make night landings, and these videos will show you exactly how crazy the process is. Continue reading for two more videos of the F/18 Hornet making night landings on a carrier.
No, this isn't a vehicle from Call of Duty, but a real water vessel that actually exists. GHOST is basically a super-cavitating stealth ship by Juliet Marine Systems that can achieve 900-times less hull friction than a conventional watercraft. It was developed to provide superior protection for US service personnel. The watercraft is virtually invisible to sonar and radar detection through its aluminum and stainless steel construction, making it non-magnetic, its hull angles bare a resemblance those of the F-117 Nighthawk. There is room for 16 passengers with two 6 in (15 cm)-diameter round windows in the hull. 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 T-Rex completing an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military, it fills the United States Navy's need for long range minesweeping or Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions, and perform heavy-lift duties. The helicopter has a cruise speed of 173 mph (278 km/h) and a range of 621 miles (1,000 km). This awesome video shows the massive helicopter performing a quick stop, or in other words, hitting the brakes and executing a maximum deceleration maneuver. Continue reading for two more videos of the MH-53E.
This $70-million, Mach 1.8 capable SAAB JAS-39 fighter jet managed to safely land on the Finnish country road in Hosio, as part of a military exercise called "Baana 2015" between the Swedish and the Finnish air forces at the Rovaniemi Air Base. For those who don't know, the Saab JAS-39 Gripen was designed during the Cold War, and meant to be a quick response weapon in case of Soviet invasion, so it needed to take off from snow-covered 800 meters (2,600 ft) long airstrips. Continue reading for a video of an F-18 Hornet taking off from a Finnish road.
Unlike traditional military Humvees, Oshkosh's L-ATV is larger and will come in two variations: four-passenger combat vehicles and two-seat combat support vehicles. Each one is capable of carrying a maximum weight of 7.82-tons, making it a breeze to be transported by helicopter as well as giving it mobility and speed of a Baja racer - it can travel over rugged terrain 70% faster than the M-ATV, even at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle also offers the ballistic protection of a light tank, all powered by a GM Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel engine, riding on a TAK-4i independent suspension. 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 how to make a screwdriver levitate with an air compressor.