The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was an advanced five-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. The Comanche emplyed advanced sensors in its reconnaissance role, and was intended to designate targets for the AH-64 Apache. The aircraft was also armed with missiles and rockets to destroy armored vehicles. It was intended to be a stealth helicopter; it incorporated multiple techniques to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS) and other areas of visibility. Its outer surfaces were faceted and had radar-absorbent material (RAM) coatings and infrared-suppressant paint applied; with these measures, the Comanche's RCS was 360 times smaller than the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. 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 super circle plane that will boggle your mind.
Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle is designed to crash directly into incoming missiles out of the sky, and it's been successfully launched from from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The EKV boasts an advanced, multi-color sensor that detects and differentiates incoming warheads from other objects. It has its own propulsion, communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and intercept. If a threat is detected, a Ground-Based Interceptor will be launched into space using a three-stage solid rocket booster, and once outside Earth's atmosphere, operating at the edge of space at hypersonic speeds, the EKV's job begins. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Certain situations don't allow for rapid deployment of full-sized drones, and that's where the Black Hornet PD-100 comes in. This micro unmanned aerial vehicle, developed by Norway-based Prox Dynamics AS, measures just 4" x 1", and provides ground troops with local situational awareness. They're small enough to fit in one hand and weigh just over half an ounce (16g, including batteries). The new model is equipped with three cameras; one looking forward, one looking straight down, and one pointing downward at 45 degrees. A Black Hornet package contains two helicopters, and since a 90-percent charge is reached in 20-25 minutes, the same as its hovering time, when one needs to be recharged the other is ready to 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 showing how the Han Solo and Kylo Ren showdown should have really went down.
At first glance, this may look like camera equipment, but get closer, and you'll see it's Boeing's all-new Compact Laser Weapons System. Equipped with a powerful two-kilowatt infrared laser that fires a single-beam capable of destroying a drone in less than two seconds when fired at full power, the entire system can be fit into four suitcase-sized boxes. It's controlled with a standard Xbox 360 gamepad and a laptop. The CLWS is designed to operated from a static position, but future models could possibly be mounted on moving vehicles. 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 one of a Mecanum robot that has wheels capable of moving in any direction without steering.
Unlike other military drones, the Avenger is powered by a turbofan engine, and its design includes stealth features such as internal weapons storage, and an S-shaped exhaust for a reduced infrared signature and radar signature. General Atomics plans to integrate a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser, and if successful, the craft will take to the skies in 2017. Since laser systems are heavy, GA-ASI developed a power system for drone lasers that uses aircraft power to charge an intermediate storage system, and then that runs the laser when it's firing shots. 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 what happens when you fire a weapon at someone underwater.
While the F-22 Raptor capable of carrying its air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry in its internal weapons bays, the aircraft relies on regular fuel tanks for increasing range. These are normally carried during peacetime operations, but in major conflict zones, like Syria, where stealth-tactics are a must, the F-22 flies with no external loads. This is why they are required to be refueled mid-air by tankers several times to be able to fly for 6-7 hours continuously after dropping ordnance. Continue reading for more cool facts about air-to-air refueling.
DARPA's new advanced suspension system adapts to rough terrain and lets robots easily glide over obstacles without trouble. It's based on a modified iRobot 510 PackBot, and is durable enough to withstand rocks being thrown directly at its treads. Currently, it's being used for such tasks as bomb disposal and surveillance. 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 Stephen Hawking taking on Paul Rudd in a match of quantum chess.
The US Air Force and Boeing have partnered to create an electromagnetic pulse weapon known as "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project). This device is essentially a non-lethal nuclear weapons system that can knock out entire electrical grids of buildings in an instant. It uses an extremely powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy which causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have a chance to kick in. "The capability is real..and the technology can be available today. That's an operational system already in our tactical air force," said Major General Thomas Masiello, the Air Force Research Laboratory. 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 Super Bakery Bros.
Poland's PL-01 stealth tank may be a concept - prototype set to be complete this year, but its proposed active infrared camouflage system apparently can make itself appear as a car or other objects by matching the temperature of its surroundings, and then displaying a pre-programmed image onto its temperature-controlled wafer. It also has a modular ceramic-aramid shell, which is designed to provide protection compatible with NATO standard STANAG 4569 Annex A at level 5+ within the front portion of the hull and turret. Additional armour panels are mounted on the turret and hull, and are designed to provide full protection against projectiles. Powering this beast is a 940-horsepower diesel engine coupled to a torque converter, automatic gearbox and driving assistance mechanism. 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 astronaut playing liquid ping pong in space.
Officially known as the GalacTac Project by AR500, this Boba Fett-inspired ballistic armor prototype turns soldiers into the famed bounty hunter, and comes complete with a T-shaped visor, chest + shoulder armor pieces, a helmet-mounted nightvision scope, as well as gauntlets. No word yet on if this will be available to consumers, or just military. For those interested in seeing this in person, you can head on over to the Shot Show in Las Vegas today (Wednesday). 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 medieval MMA - yes, it's a real sport.