The MS-1 was the first Soviet-designed tank, and produced from 1928 to 1931. It was based on the Renault FT, with the addition of a vertically sprung suspension. The tank was designed by Professor V. Zaslavsky at a new Tank Bureau set up under the Central Directorate of Military Industries. The 35-horsepower truck engine (a copy of the Italian FIAT 15 ter) was supplied by the Moscow AMO Factory, and the gun was a modified copy of the French 37 mm Puteaux SA 18 cannon. This group of friends decided to create a functional replica at home, and as you can see, their 8-months of work definitely paid off. 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 massive "Airzooka".
Two of China's secretive J-20 stealth fighters swept over a large crowd at the Zhuhai Air Show Tuesday. The fighters were not officially listed on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after an aerobatics show by the People's Liberation Army Air Force. After screeching into the sky as a pair at low-level, one of the J-20s quickly disappeared over the horizon, leaving the other to perform a series of turns, revealing its delta wing shape against bright sub-tropical haze. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Inkas Toyota Land Cruiser Armored Vehicle, based on the Land Cruiser 79, is powered by a 4.5L diesel V8 engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Perfect for SWAT missions, it can carry up to eight passengers plus a turret operator, with gun ports all the way around the perimeter and two quick escape hatches for making a quick escape. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Click here for a few bonus images.
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.