DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the US Air Force have successfully completed captive carry tests of two hypersonic weapon variants from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. These scramjet-powered hypersonic missiles are part of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program capable of sustaining flights in excess of five times the speed of sound. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Backyard Scientist has been known for some crazy experiments, but his latest one might top them all. Simply put, he mounted a 200-watt laser onto the roof of his car and pointed it at random things, including Queen Elizabeth. He initially set out to find a Ford F-350 with a 50-kilowatt laser attachment, but that was a fruitless task. Read more for the video and additional information.
Leatherman’s Skeletool CX is a lightweight multitool perfect for any everyday carry bag, and it’s being offered for just $69.95 shipped, today only, originally $103.04. Some of its features include needlenose / regular pliers, hard / regular wire cutters, 154cm knife, carabiner/bottle opener, and a large bit driver. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper released a statement claiming that China is manufacturing and selling weaponized drones to the Middle East, while it prepares to export its next generation stealth UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles]. Chinese weapons manufacturers are also selling drones advertised as capable of full autonomy, including the capability of conducting lethal targeted strikes. Read more for a video and additional information.
Russia’s defense ministry showcased its latest unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time in public on Wednesday. The Okhotnik (Russian for Hunter) was seen taking off, performing tactical maneuvers and landing after the 20 minute demonstration. This wedge-shaped combat drone was developed by the Sukhoi company and is a major leap compared to other unmanned aerial vehicles previously developed in Russia. Read more for a video and additional information.
Marines aboard the U.S. Navy’s USS Boxer used a new directed energy weapon, called “MRZR LMADIS” (Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System) mounted on a Polaris MRZR vehicle to take down an Iranian drone that came within a thousand yards. It’s the “first known kill by a new generation of electronic warfare and directed energy weapons” by the US, according to USNI News. Read more for a video and additional information.
The U.S. Navy has plans to integrate a railgun with a range of over 16 km onto a ship in the next 5-years, and this weapon, while having a form factor more typical of a naval gun, will utilize hyper-velocity rounds weighing 23-pounds, are 18-inches, and fired at Mach 7. The ultimate goal is to develop self-guided projectiles, and the Navy is projecting each round to cost around $25,000 each. There are currently some high velocity projectiles developed by the Navy that have command guidance, but their accuracy is unknown, nor it can survive a full power shot. There are only two Zumwalt-class destroyers (DDG-1000 series) that can produce enough electrical power to get the desired performance, generating 78 megawatts of power. Read more for two additional videos and additional information.
In case of zombie apocalypse, you’ll want EK Archery’s Cobra RX Adder. It’s the world’s first commercially available Tactical Repeating Crossbow, and is great for hunting, recreation, or fighting the undead. It boasts Picatinny rails, a red dot sight, fore-grip, quick detachable sling shoulder mount, an AR-15-inspired adjustable stock, and a top-load magazine capable that holds 5 EK carbon bolts. Read more for a testing video and additional information.
A geeky father and son duo have built a strange “Assault Trombone,” and though it may not help in a zombie apocalypse, the creation has vaulted them to internet stardom. How does it work? The father uses a pump to manually create pressure fed to an air tank strapped to the son’s back with a tube that goes to the modified trombone. Since the instrument has been fused with the back end of a shotgun, pulling the trigger results in a sound you don’t expect. Read more to see it in-action.
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Halo fans who have always wanted one of those assault rifles from the game might want to consider getting the Radetec Smart Slide. Simply put, it’s a complete replacement slide for Glock handguns that has an integrated screen in the rear that displays different pieces of information depending on the setting. Whether if there are rounds in the chamber, a magazine inserted in the gun, or an ammo counter, you’ll be able to view the information on the display. Read more for a video of it in-action.