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French military collapsing

The potential for french jokes is huge, but I will refrain in this scary assessment of France's military ability According to confidential defence documents leaked to the French press, less than half of France's Leclerc tanks – 142 out of 346 – are operational and even these regularly break down Less than half of its Puma helicopters, 37 per cent of its Lynx choppers and 33 per cent of its Super Frelon models – built 40 years ago – are in a fi

Boeing creates Death Star laser

Remember the famous scene in Star Wars where the Death Star joined a number of small lasars together to form one giant laser Well Boeing have managed to do just that combining multiple lasers to create a 25kw laser with the potential to reach 100kw The Boeing Company fired its new thin-disk laser system repeatedly in recent tests, achieving the [b]highest known simultaneous power, beam quality and run time for any solid-state laser to date [/b] In each laser firing at Boeing's facilit

Video of the new F-35 BF-01 Lightning II during Ground Testing

Check out all the features of the plane, at the bottom it looks like a fuel dump emerges The flexibility of the exhaust duct system is surprising Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air superiority fighter missions The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short-takeoff and

Body armor demonstrated by shooting the interviewer

Interesting video showing how effective body armor can be with the interviewer getting shot at point blank range by a 308 Then the demonstrater shoots himself with a 44 magnum Finally to prove how easy it is the interviewer gets shot again standing on one foot It seems a cheap way to save a life at $300 a set [flash=450x370]http://wwwliveleakcom/e/310_1212367354[/flash]

US military pain weapon being developed.

http://wwwnewscientistcom/articlensid=dn7077 [quote]I am deeply concerned about the ethical aspects of this research," "Even if the use of temporary severe pain can be justified as a restraining measure, which I do not believe it can, the long-term physical and psychological effects are unknown[/quote] says Andrew Rice, a consultant in pain medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, UK The research came to light in documents unearthed by the Sunshine Project, an or

Northrop Grumman's secret X wing bomber revealed

Northrop Grumman has won a classified Air Force contract to develop a secret bomber prototype The initial version will be piloted, but an unmanned endurance version is a probable follow-on The RFP for the 2018 bomber set the baseline specifications as: - Manned - Subsonic - 2,000+ mile combat radius - Payload of 14,000-28,000 lbs - Nuclear weapon capability - Next-generation stealth ie protection against low frequency radar In late April, the company revealed first-quarter fin

Environmentally safe munitions being developed

Its one thing to kill the humans, but lets not kill the planet at the same time I wonder if they have a replacement for the worst offenders - Depleted Uranium New explosives could be more powerful and safer to handle than TNT and other conventional explosives and would also be more environmentally friendly TNT, RDX and other explosives commonly used in military and industrial applications often generate toxic gases upon detonation that pollute the environment Moreover, the explosives

New prototype of self propelled cannon released

The Army's new prototype combat vehicle, a non-line-of-sight cannon built by BAE Systems in partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems, is described by Deepak Bazaz, armament systems deputy, as it was shown to the media for the first time at BAE headquarters Friday, May 23, 2008 in Minneapolis The new two-man vehicle, viewed earlier in the day by Gen George Casey, is intended to give Army soldiers greater survivability and performance on the battlefield It is still several years awa

Do the Chinese control the worlds military through Chinese made chips? - FBI now concerned

Recent concerns by the FBI over the military using counterfeit Chinese chips means this article takes on new importance It is intriguing to see if widely disparate events concerning the American military are connected by the threat of Chinese hacking I have summarised the main posts of the article but still recommend reading the original on the site, the link is at the end [b]Background[/b] It is widely documented that most computer chips supplied for civilian and military use i

US soldiers operating from military Harley Davidson motorcycles

Now here is a picture I have never seen before, US soldiers practicing operating from military Harley Davidson motorcycles US army soldiers aim their machine guns during an anti-terror exercise at a South Korean military base in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 From http://wwwmilitaryphotosnet/forums/showpostphpp=3245366&postcount=22

Iraqi video may show effective US camouflage

This odd little video shows a a typical Iraqi IED attack on a tank, however at 3:00 minutes it shows a soldier running from the right of the screen to the tank While he is beside the wall he is effectively hidden, when he reaches the tank his body is seen Now this could be a trick of the light, or an inadequacy in the camera sensor itself But the poster of the video seems to think its some new camouflage system Watch or fast forward to the 3:00 minute marker to see the person run

Pentagon tell 60 minutes their ray gun didn't kill - they lied - its lethal

Back in 2003 the Pentagon developed a microwave gun that was operational and could kill However according to a person involved with the projct at the time the Ray Gun had a major political correctness problem A weapon that can instantly kill entire battalions is not a weapon the politicians believed the American people could accept A facinating read The Ray Gun was designed as a lethal weapon Dead animals can’t speak, but if a goat or 500 pound cow can be killed almos

Forgetful pilot crashes new Typhoon fighter

A Royal Air Force top gun crash-landed a new $1363 million ZJ943 Typhoon fighter apparently after forgetting to put the wheels down during a training exercise in California The state-of-the-art jet was badly damaged as it skidded along a runway on its belly at 130 mph "Everything points to the pilot forgetting to lower the wheels, which does happen from time to time," an RAF insider said Another possible cause of the accident is landing gear failure but none of the other 48 T

10 million unmanned Reaper spy plane crashed in Afghanistan

Oops, engine failure meant that a 10 million Reaper crashed in Afghanistan The RAF had to destroy it with a bomb rather than let it fall into Taliban hands They recovered the camera and memory chips first which says something about the technology secrecy I wonder if it was insured The RAF deliberately blew up one of its own 10 million spy planes after it crash landed over Taliban territory in Afghanistan Faced with the prospect of the technology falling into enemy hands, co

Chinese new Nuclear submarine base

China is constructing a major underground nuclear submarine base near Sanya, on Hainan Island off its southern coast Although Janes have been told about it since 2002, this is the first time high-resolution commercially available satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe allows independent verification of the previous suggestions Way back in 2001 there was a collision between a United States Navy EP-3E signals reconnaissance aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy J-8IIM fighter jet that
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