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.
Russia’s Defense Ministry announced today that the new “Peresvet” laser weapons systems has been put on combat duty. It’s capable of “concealing the areas of deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles” and will be used in air defense and military defense,” said Viktor Murakhovsky, an expert at Russia’s Military Industrial Commission. “Starting from last year laser systems have been entering service that allow disarming a potential adversary and hitting those facilities, which are the targets,’ he added, saying such a device could take out targets ‘within fractions of a second,'” according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Ivan Santic and HARDWAR3 Industries’ DX-12 Punisher double-barreled shotgun looks to be straight from a video game., complete with compact 12 gauge slugs. One caveat: the short, pistol-style barrel firing those 12-gauge shells would have some gnarly recoil not found in your latest first person shooter game. 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.
There have been some drone incidents that nearly caused major accidents with aircraft, but IXI Technology’s Dronekiller could change that. This jamming gun has a range of up to 800 meters, and is good for 4-hours of continuous use when fully charged, thanks to hot-swappable battery packs. When depleted, simply connect it to any 12-volt vehicle outlet. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.
The THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) is a multi-mission, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), developed by Estonia-based defence and security services provider Milrem, could be the ultimate war weapon. It’s designed for a range of military missions in dangerous or hard-to-reach areas, as THeMIS can be configured for different roles including reconnaissance, observation, target acquisition, communications relay, logistics support platform, rescue, fire-fighting, and medical evacuation (medevac). Continue reading for another video and more information.