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This Indigenous Iranian UAV is the Poor Man's Predator Drone

Iran's previous attempts at creating an indigenous UAV fleet have been rather, well, comical. However, with recent sightings of a this medium-altitude, long-endurance flyer in the skies over Damascus, Iran's drone program may have finally reached the big time. Read More >>

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What are These Giant Concrete Rings Built by the Nazis?

These huge concrete rings were built by the Germans during World War II on the coast of the Barents Sea. For decades, the Soviet military limited access to them after the war was over, fuelling speculation about their purpose. Conspiracy theorists and local folk claimed they were test grounds for Nazi weapons and antigravity devices. Read More >>

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How Armour is Evolving to Beat Tank-Smashing RPGs

Like the AK-47, the Soviet RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade has become one of the most widely-distributed infantry weapons on Earth, used by everyone from E8 nations to guerilla insurgency groups in every major conflict since Vietnam. But their ubiquitousness nature has kicked off a global race focused on how to beat them. Read More >>

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The USMC's Amphibious Tank Killer Gets a New Pop-up Missile Launcher

The US Marine Corps is the tip of America's spear—a fast-moving, flexible, forward operating force geared to take and hold territory quickly and efficiently. This flexibility is exemplified in the USMC's favourite armoured troop carrier: the eight-wheeled, tank-hunting LAV-AT. The only thing it can't do is fly. Read More >>

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This Absurd Flying Whale Ushered in a New Age of Stealth Technology

Not every program DARPA undertakes can be another Big Dog—the agency has had its fair share of fizzled experiments over the years—but even those failures can yield exciting new insights. Just look at the Northrop Tacit Blue, a plane so unwieldy it incorporated more redundancy than the Space Shuttle but also demonstrated the potency of curved stealth design. Read More >>

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General Electric's "Walking Truck" Was a Cold War AT-AT

The Boston Dynamics Big Dog is only the latest in a long line of semi-autonomous cargo carriers developed for the US military. Back in the late 1960's, GE unveiled the Big Dog's spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars. Read More >>

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British Intelligence Officers of WWI Suspected Cats and Dogs of Spying

At the height of First World War trench warfare paranoia, British intelligence officers believed that two cats and a dog were being used by the Germans to spy on Blighty's forces. Read More >>

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The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: a 900 bhp, 500 mph, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti. A plane so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever got hold of it. But after more than seven decades of obscurity in a French barn, the "Veyron of the Skies" is ready to finally take flight for the first time. 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 >>

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​Lockheed's Bird of Prey: A Prototype Jet Worthy of the Klingon Empire

One of the most intriguing products of the Phantom Works that really was a denizen of Area 51 on George Muellner's watch was the Bird of Prey. Visually, this aircraft possessed the strange, but sleek design characteristics that are appreciated by those in the world of extraterrestrial buffs. It was even named after an alien spaceship. According to James Wallace, writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer of October 18, 2002, it is named for a class of Klingon starships first seen in the 1984 motion picture Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Read More >>

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This Battlefield Heads-Up Display Turns Troops into Cyborg Soldiers

From self-aiming sniper rifles to bionic power suits, troops are rapidly gaining access to tools and technology that were the realm of science fiction just a few years ago. While PDA's and tablets currently connect our warfighters, this Heads-Up Display (HUD) from BAE Systems is the future of wearable battlefield computing. Read More >>

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The Future of War is Here: US Navy is Getting Giant Lasers on a Ship

The US Navy is saying a prototype of the solid state Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is ready for deployment. This summer in the Persian Sea, the USS Ponce will be outfitted with lasers that can shoot down aerial drones, speedboats and swarm boats that are miles away. It's going to be Star Wars in the open sea. Read More >>

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What Military Ration Packs Look Like Around the World

Different armies, same soul evaporating packaged foods for army rations. Okay, that's not exactly fair. Some countries obviously have it better than others (I'm looking at you France) but at the end of the day, most armies around the world are eating out of pouches and cans and what looks like condom wrappings. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, Seeing World War II Air Combat Footage in Colour is Just Nuts

Wow. This incredible video of aerial combat in World War II has it all. And all of it is terrifying. From dog fights and kamikaze attacks to flak fire and carpet bombing to explosions and aerial combat, it captures the frantic frenzy of aerial warfare during WWII. It's better than any movie because it actually happened. Read More >>

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The Incredible Flying Tanks of WWII

Given how devastatingly effective both newly-invented tank and airplane technologies proved during World War I, it was only a matter of time before enterprising military designers on both sides of the Atlantic thought to combine them into a flying machine of armoured mayhem. And they almost succeeded. Well, at least the Soviets did. Read More >>

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Training for Underground Warfare at a Nuclear Weapons Complex

In the early, angst-filled days of the Cold War, miners started carving the insides out of a hill between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The workers didn't know what they were building, but—at 7,000 acres—it was huge. At that point in time, it was only known as "Project 76." Read More >>

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