Tag: Military Tech

Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer

The largest gun attached to any warplane in the world belongs to the new AC-130W Stinger II flying gunship. Its M102 howitzer can fire 105mm high-explosive shells at targets on the ground at a rate of up to ten rounds per minute. Here it is in action: The video starts with aircrews loading 105mm howitzer […]

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The U.S. Marines Want the Ability to Sink Ships

Yes, the U.S. Marines are well known for invading islands and wresting them away from others during a conflict. They also have a lesser-known responsibility to defend them, and the Corps may be getting new ship-killing missiles to aid them in that task. U.S. Marines occupied Iceland during World War II to prevent Germany from […]

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What We Know About the U.S. Navy’s Drone Fleet of the Future

The Navy of the future will have two kinds of drone ships to extend the reach of its manned vessels, making the fleet more capable than ever. A new report lays out this vision and says that at least one of the two types of unmanned ship will be equipped to carry weapons. The report […]

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Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?

The U.S. Navy could buy older civilian merchant ships on the cheap and convert them into floating arsenals. The concept, outlined in the U.S. Naval Institute, envisions adding dozens—if not hundreds—of multiuse missile silos to the ships to provide additional firepower to the Navy while it struggles to reach its 355-ship goal. The idea is […]

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Watch All Five of the U.S. Military’s Fighter Jets Fly in Formation

An exercise designed to test the Air Force, Navy, and Marines’ ability to fly and fight together has yielded a rare and remarkable moment: All five fighter jets currently flown by the services flying in formation, possibly for the first time. The video was taken during this month’s Orange Flag, a sister exercise to the […]

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Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It

The Cold War saw numerous oddball inventions of lethal intent, but leave it to the British to slap one with a silly name. And Blue Peacock’s name wasn’t the end of its peculiarities. Blue Peacock was supposed to be a nuclear land mine. It was designed to blow up on a time lag, days after […]

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Japan Clears Way for First Aircraft Carriers in 70 Years

Japan has cleared the way to purchase the vertical-takeoff and -landing version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter while looking into basing them on so-called helicopter carriers. The result would be Japan’s first fixed-wing aircraft carriers since World War II. The report in Nippon News Network says that Japan has finalized plans to purchase 40 F-35B Joint […]

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Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago

One year after the disappearance of the Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan, the search continues, investigators are long past any hope of recovering survivors. Now the search has refocused on locating the hull and the remains of the trapped submariners. In the early morning hours of November 15, 2017, the ARA San Juan, one of Argentina’s three […]

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The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine

Land mines may serve their purpose as defensive weapons, but they are a scourge on the world. They kill and maim indiscriminately; a friendly soldier will trigger a buried mine just as easily as an enemy soldier. Worse, a civilian can trigger a mine days, weeks, or even years after the war ends. The U.S. […]

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Norwegian Frigate Intentionally Run Aground After Collision

A Norwegian warship is in bad shape after a night time collision with a civilian vessel. The captain of the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad deliberately ran it aground after the collision, allegedly to prevent her from sinking. Helge Instad is one of NATO’s most capable small warships. The incident took place in Hjeltefjorden, east of the Norwegian […]

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