Designed for business and enterprise use, Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO 2 features a 5-inch Sapphire Shield Display, which is virtually scratch proof, and boasts an IP68 rating (to 2m/6.5ft deep water submersion for up to 30 minutes) as well as militaryg-grade 810G for protection against shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain. It also sports three cameras: a wide-angle 4K rear action camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera, along with a 3,240mAh battery. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force
Aerial refueling is just as crazy as it sounds, and to be more specific, refers to the process of transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver) mid-flight. The two main refueling systems are probe-and-drogue, and the flying boom, the latter which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. This procedure enables receiving aircraft to remain airborne longer, extending its range or loiter time on station. Read more for another video, more pictures and information.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZH2, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle that sits on a stretched midsize pickup chassis, and stands over 6.5-feet-tall, riding on 37-inch tires capable of tackling any terrain. The fuel cell enables the vehicle to be near silent, reducing both the acoustic and thermal signatures and making it ideal for stealth operations. An Exportable Power Take-Off unit lets it power equipment away from the vehicle, and the water by-product can come in handy in dry conditions. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The new Mil-Spec Baja Hummer H1 “Launch Edition” #004 is literally a military Humvee that you can actually drive on the road. Powered by a Duramax diesel engine generating 500-horsepower and 1,000 foot-pounds of torque, mated to an Allison six-speed transmission, its monstrous 40″ all-terrain tires are designed to go anywhere. Continue reading for more pictures information.
The US Air Force’s X-37B unmanned spacecraft has just eclipse 400 days in orbit as part of its fifth highly classified mission, which began on September 7th 2017. It was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, and some say is conducting surveillance to push the US Space Force initiative forward. Continue reading for another video and more information.
This started out as a GPV Colonel truck, but a group of friends in Michigan decided to transform it into “The Unstoppable Force,” or the world’s only privately-owned amphibious combat vehicle. Ted Yadlowsky and his friends now own the vehicle. The build started way back in 2000, and that year, GPV made around 11 vehicles that were designed or intended for the military. “A lot of thought was put into these vehicles that made them decades ahead of similar class vehicles in the US military. I think it took them close to three years in construction and that’s because this GPV Colonel that I have is a final production vehicle. It has the basic specs, around 26ft long and 101.8 inches wide, which makes it street legal. It has a simple Caterpillar C7 engine that produces 350hp with a ZF6 transmission,” said Yadlowsky. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
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BAE Systems has unveiled an upgraded Challenger 2 tank, called “Black Knight,” that now includes an ‘active protection system’ which allows it to detect incoming anti-tank missiles or armor penetrating rounds. This system can also automatically launch a counter-explosive to neutralize the threat. Other features include: front / rear infrared cameras and two independent night vision systems to enable a gunner to focus on one target while a commander identifies others simultaneously. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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Forward Defense Munitions’ L5 Caseless Ammo Rifle, also known as the “ribbon gun”, is capable of firing four bullets at once. How? It boasts four 6 mm barrels cut side by side within one steel block, but it uses special bullets, as they are encapsulated in ‘blocks’ so each round is aligned with a barrel, which are made in a single piece of metal. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jet crashed near the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina on Friday, for reasons that are currently unknown to the public. The pilot was the only person aboard the craft, and managed to eject safely.The jet crashed just before noon local time. It was the first crash of an F-35 fighter jet since they became operational in 2006, and Friday’s incident also marked the first time a pilot had ejected from an F-35B. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Switzerland-based SAND-X Motors, a privately owned tactical, armored, and special utility vehicle manufacture, touts their SAND-X T-ATV 1200 as the “world’s fastest special operations vehicle.” Not only is it designed to go off-road and jumps from sand dunes, but its B6 Level armor designed for military operations and medical evacuations can withstand a beating to say the least. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.