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Secret sub with wheels to retire

The Navy are to retire a secret nuclear powered sub that was unique NORFOLK, Va — Its oven was actually a toaster taken out of a P-3 Orion It had no shower, and there were four racks for 11 sailors The officer in charge slept on the deck behind the conn And since the Nixon administration, the elite crew of the NR-1 could live on the bottom of the ocean for up to a month at a time National Geographic magazine called it “The Navy’s Inner Space Shuttle,” and in many ways, the now reti

Military want to create ethical killing machines

As opposed to the non ethical variety such as Terminators The US Army and Navy have hired experts in the ethics of building machines to prevent the creation of an amoral Terminator-style killing machine that murders indiscriminately This reads like an article from The Onion, but is actually true I like that they want killer robots that "don't succumb to fear or vengeance" and "they can be designed without emotions that cloud their judgment or result in anger and frustration with on

Hunt for Titanic a cover to allow hunt for missing nuclear submarines

The hunt for the Titanic was a cover to investigate the remains of the Thresher and Scorpion submarines also lost in the Indian Ocean Interesting that Ballard never comments on what they found out about those submarines Robert Ballard became famous as the explorer who found the wreckage of the Titanic But what most people don't know about that expedition is that Ballard also secretly worked with the US Navy to learn more about two lost nuclear submarines Ballard shared that nugget

Russians develop new antitank rocket launcher [RPG]-30 with decoy

The Russians have developed a new RPG with an extra adon A smaller rocket that is fired just ahead of the main grenade This smaller rocket is engaged by the tanks reactive armor and TROPHY system while the main grenade traveling milliseconds behind passes through the tanks defenses unharmed [img]http://img392imageshackus/img392/5309/abramsrpgwo1jpg[/img] The "decoy" rocket and "main" rockets reach the same target at a fraction of second interval The "decoy" rocket has

British and US forces to get sniper detector technology

British and American forces fighting the guerilla insurgence in Iraq and Afghanistan could soon be protected by an anti-sniper device that can pinpoint the position of the shooter within a fraction of a second The palm-sized device designed by Qinetiq, the British defence firm that was once the government research laboratories, is pinned to the uniform and uses acoustic technology to calculate the exact position of the rifle fire Then a electronic voice passes on the "bearing and range

Was the Qantas flight nearly downed by electronic signals from a naval submarine base?

Last month a Qantas Airbus A330 flight plunged from 35,000 feet to 650 feet in seconds after electronic systems malfunctioned It was a very rare event and one reason researchers are investigating is that communications from the naval base it was flying near affected the flight systems An investigation into a mishap involving a Qantas flight last month is centring on an electronic black box which produced spurious message signals causing the aircraft to dive suddenly There was also a p

America lost a nuke in the arctic in 1968

After a plane accident in 1968 in Northern Greenland the United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice recovering only 3 of the 4 nuclear bombs lost Its unique vantage point - perched at the top of the world - has meant that Thule Air Base has been of immense strategic importance to the US since it was built in the early 1950s, allowing a radar to scan the skies for missiles coming over the North Pole The Pentagon believed the Soviet Union would take out the base as a prelude

Are subs obsolete?

This article on China's rush to buy new subs seems to say that they are wasting their money on prestige toys http://wwwatimescom/atimes/China/FJ28Ad06html In World Wars I and II, first-generation submarines employed simple torpedoes and large-caliber anti-aircraft machine guns as their main weapons During the Cold War, submarines could also equipped with cruise missiles or ballistic missiles that could be armed with nuclear, chemical or biological warheads in order to enhance the

FBI and Homeland Security confirm: Chinese have hacked all microchips

Apparently Chinese intelligence services have concealed a microchip in every computer everywhere, programmed to "call home" if and when activated All computers on the market today -- be they Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Apple or especially IBM -- are assembled with components manufactured inside the PRC Each component produced by the Chinese, according to a reliable source within the intelligence community, is secretly equipped with a hidden microchip that can be activated any time by China's m

Mid air refueling goes wrong

Pilot has trouble connecting to the refueling hose and manages to break the end of the connector I hope that this was a training run and they didn't need to refuel to get home again [flash=450x370]http://wwwliveleakcom/e/c17_1224357998[/flash]

Video animation of F-35 showing short takeoff and landing

Good animation video showing how the F-35 can take off vertically and land vertically It keeps on reminding me of the British Harrier in how it moves The BF-1 short takeoff and vertical landing STOVL variant is grounded for a few more months until its engine is fitted with with redesigned turbine blades It will be years before anyone sees the F-35B in operation The video was done two years ago for Northrop Grumman The one depicted is the X-35 [the prototype that won the contra

Waving at a tank is a real bad idea

Waving at a tank only serves to produce an unwanted response However I suspect that the tank is firing at the cameraman which it may have mistaken as someone with a weapon, that seems to happen quite a bit [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/UTkXiqw3TEA[/flash]

Nobody wants to play wargames against the F-22's

The problem with being good, is when you are too good no one wants to play wargames with you Also read the last paragraph, where 'clusters' of UAV's controlled by an F-22 would be a potent force According to Wynne, the Air Force is experiencing an odd problem He noted that, in Stateside joint force exercises, USAF’s capabilities are deliberately blunted because, otherwise, there wouldn’t be much for ground forces to do Soldiers in such training exercises "don’t get to fight to th

More new secret technology - killer drones that can see through walls

The convergence of two technologies, unmanned drones and new radar that can detect people in rooms with up to 30cm of concrete has lead to drones that can track and target people even in buildings [quote]Through-the-wall sensing is currently a topic of great interest to defense agencies both in the US and abroad The US Army Research Laboratory ARL has been active in all these fields of investigation, approaching these issues both through hardware design and radar measurements and

Russian military spending rises - still only 16% of the US budget

Moscow has announced an increase in military spending for the next year, however even at its new level its only 16% of the USA's MOSCOW, September 12 RIA Novosti - Russia's budget spending on state defense orders will amount to 12 trillion rubles $468 billion in 2009, a first deputy prime minister said on Friday The spending figure is outlined in the Russian budget for 2009-2011 which is due to be considered by Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on September 1
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