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This Special Ops Missile Prioritises Precision

Despite their generally overwhelming combat prowess, many large US naval vessels remain vulnerable to small, fast-moving speedboats. But with the latest iteration of Raytheon's multi-role precision missile, that won't be a problem for much longer. Read More >>

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The Newest Tomahawk is a Mighty Morphin' Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk is among the most widely used and effective conventional weapons in the US military arsenal, especially since they began covertly launching them from the safety of submerged submarines during the Cold War. Recently, Raytheon debuted the latest upgrades to its newest generation of Tomahawks—cruise missiles smarter and more adaptable than ever before. Read More >>

Someone Turned a Quadcopter into a Flying Missile Launcher

Forget concerns over surveillance and privacy when it comes to quadcopters and drones filling the skies. A member of Flite Test—a site dedicated to custom flying creations—built a quadcopter with a built-in launch pad for firing model rockets while in flight. Read More >>

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Israel's Adding Lasers to Its Iron Dome Defences

When it comes to national air security, Israel doesn't mess around; it has not one but four separate levels of "active defences" alone. And with the introduction of the new Iron Beam system, Israel now has five different ways to shoot down incoming projectiles. Read More >>

The Pigeon-Guided Missiles and Bat Bombs of World War II

Ever heard of Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, the WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers? Read More >>

Local Vigilantes Caused More Hassle During the Olympics Than Terrorists, Says Lord Coe

UK-based antagonist groups like Fathers4Justice triggered more worry for Olympic organisers during London 2012 than the nebulous global terror and cyber-warrior threat, according to games boss Lord Coe. Perhaps those tower block missile units put off the real bad boys? Read More >>

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India's New Long Range Missile Can Reach Beijing, Europe, and Beyond

India and China are the epitome of frenemies. Their relationship isn't outright antagonistic, as India's is with neighbouring Pakistan, but has remained prickly since an ongoing border dispute over Tibet that began in the 1960s. Which is why it could be a bit disconcerting that India's newest missile can reach Beijing, not to mention deep into Europe.
The primary difference between the China and India's missile programs has historically been a matter of range. China's Dongfeng class of ICBMs, with a maximum range 3,000 km to more than 10,000 km, have long been able to penetrate the breadth of India's airspace, while India's short range ballistic missiles have barely been able to get beyond Lhasa. Irradiating the capital city of the region you're fighting over is rather counter-productive. But the advent of the new Agni-V ICBM, China's cultural and economic centres are suddenly within India's reach. Read More >>

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Wow, It Looks Like the Military Is Shooting Lasers Now

Is this a picture of a soldier shooting lasers against the night sky? How did they make the beams bend? They twist and turn like bolts from a Tesla coil! Sadly, no. It's just a fantastic picture of a US Marine launching a PL-87 Stinger Missile at a flying drone in a training exercise. It's so gorgeous. Read More >>

This Is How the Missiles That Nato's Deployed Actually, Y'Know, Work

OMG! Quick! Nato's deployed missiles against Syria! It's all escalating and the world's going to end, break out the tinned food and the nuclear shelter! Before you get your apocalyptic knickers in a twist though, it's worth having a look at what sort of missiles exactly Nato's given to Turkey as an early Christmas present. Read More >>

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What Is Israel's Iron Dome?

Israel got itself into a little mini-war in Gaza, and Hamas is firing off an extra dose of rockets into the Holy Land. What's (maybe) stopping them? Something called the "Iron Dome"—and what exactly is an Iron Dome, you might ask? Read More >>

The Five Most Terrifying Weapons For Sale at Eurosatory 2012

Just because the US is the worldwide leader in military might doesn't mean the other world powers are just sitting on their thumbs. No. We're designing and building our own weapons systems, then selling them at trade shows like Eurosatory 2012, the world's largest military weapons expo. Read More >>

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London's Rooftop Missile Sites Could Have Been Designed by Tony Stark

Those surface-to-air missile batteries that are being installed around Olympic Stadium must have been invented by Stark Industries. Each high-speed missile houses a trio of smaller projectiles—like a troika doll of fiery, explosive death. Read More >>

East London Flats Fitted With Surface-to-Air Missiles to Keep Olympics... Safe

The Ministry of Defence is planning to place surface-to-air missiles on the top of a building in East London, just in case some crazed terrorist lunatic tries to crash a plane into the opening ceremony or, god forbid, disrupt the women's high jump. Read More >>

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Thirty Years of Beautiful Missile Ads

Weapons are products just as much as a phone or condom. They have marketing teams who make advertisements who make people buy weapons. How To Be A Retronaut put up a collection of scanned print ads. Don Draper meets Doomsday. Read More >>


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