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Military developing awesome rail gun

Talk about a gun aficionado's wet dream, this rail gun will be awesome Rail gun video link at the end Normally, new weaponry tends to make defense more expensive But the Navy likes to say its new railgun delivers the punch of a missile at bullet prices A demonstration of the futuristic and comparatively inexpensive weapon yesterday at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren had Navy brass smiling The weapon, which was successfully tested in October at the King George County b

Satellite weapons platform requested in budget.

This is a logical progression from both missile technology and space advancements A weapons platform in space however would need its own defence systems as getting deliberatly hit from another satellite, as the Chinese are working on, might disable it Buried in the 621-page House-Senate conference report on the Defense Department appropriations bill -- and page A19 of Monday's Washington Post, is a $100 million request to enhance space warfare The Pentagon plans to divert funds from

Chinese sub gatecrashes American war games

In the middle of a large American pacific exercise, a lone Chinese sub appeared undetected and within attack distance of the USS Kitty Hawk This recalls an earlier exercise this year where a South African Sub managed to sink most of the NATO fleet in another military exercise http://xmbstuffucanusecom/xmb/viewthreadphptid=4379 American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the va

Soldiers create bullet proof face shield for Humvee turret gunners

Great to see improvisation in the field A bullet proof shield protects the vulnerable gunners on top of Hummers in iraq Sgt Mabon Briola left, 36, of Yigo, Guam, a soldier with Apache Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, from Fort Bliss, Texas, created a bulletproof face shield to protect Humvee turret gunners Spc Gabriel Hernandez, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, mans a 50-caliber machine gun behind the bullet-proof glass shield From http://wwwmilitaryphotosnet/forums

Boeing unveils Humvee mounted laser system success

Laser technology is quietly gathering strength Notice the absolute silence as to the effect of the laser on humans Its the "elephant in the room" that everyone is aware of but no one talks about A friend once owned a Hilman Avenger, I guess a Laser Avenger is a little more lethal than that ST LOUIS, Oct 15, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that its Avenger-mounted laser system can neutralize the kinds of improvised explosive devices IEDs an

Gripping article on the ambush of Marines in Samarra

I think this is a 'must read' article for people interested in the military events in iraq Its well written, despite lapsing into "boys own" style of reporting THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment from the 82nd Airborne Division -- with a mission in the city Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the

Massive bomb demolishes building in Iraq - video

Marines pined down by insurgents After two Hellfire missions the Air Force just drops a JDAMN on the Hotel ONLY insurgents were in the Hotel NO civilian injuries or death occurred from this Watch the building to the left of the mosque in Iraq It gets hit and just disintegrates [flash=450x370]http://wwwliveleakcom/playerswf autostart=false&token=4c6_1193718057[/flash] Here is another view of the same attack [flash=425x366]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/xr7sjDOdMO4&rel=1&

Massive virtual reality screen for military exercises

This is the ultra-high resolution multi-projector VR system that will be used for training at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada Built by Lockheed Martin, it uses Mersive Sol Server technology to automatically and seamlessly combine multiple projectors in one giant immersive display More pics and a video on the link http://gizmodocom/gadgets/military-sim-almost-brings-halo-3-to-reality/military-vr-simulator-is-closest-thing-ever-to-real+life-halo-3-315435php

Man who may have been responsable for missing nuclear weapons mysteriously dies

One of the people who may have been in charge of the missing nuclear weapons has died while at home visiting his family[quote]Authorities are investigating the death of a Minot Air Force Base airman who died while on leave in Virginia Base officials say 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Todd Blue died Monday while visiting family members in Wytheville, Virginia Blue enlisted in the Air Force in March of last year and joined the 5th Security Forces at Minot Air Force Base the following August

X-49 Speedhawk helicopter

Now here is a fast helicopter up to 360kmh The VTDP replaces the tail rotor and provides thrust for forward flight, while the wing unloads the rotor and allows the helicopter to fly faster Initially the aircraft will be flown within the SH-60's existing flight envelope, but the company then plans to install a third engine and push the helicopter to 200kt, says vice-president John Piasecki In forward flight most of the more than 2,100shp 1,560kW from the two main engines will

US accidently fired a Patriot missile - landed in farm

How can you 'accidentally' fire a laser guided missile Thats 1 million + of missile gone : US forces in Qatar accidentally fired a Patriot missile at a farm in the Gulf Arab state but caused no injuries, the Pentagon said on Tuesday The US military is investigating the missile launch, first reported by Al Jazeera television The Patriot is an anti-missile system "Those things are not supposed to accidentally discharge," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman "It was not su

Navy released plans for unmanned surface vehicles

New plans for the navy to create unmanned surface vehicles have been released The idea is to produce a four styles of USVs, to help fight "the Global War on Terror, Irregular Warfare, and conventional campaigns" And to give guns to as many of these sea-bots as possible The Navy wants to develop four main classes of USVs Three of them would be armed The “X-Class” is a small, non-standard class of systems capable of supporting SOF requirements and MIO missio

The first Ospreys land in Iraq given to the Thunder Chickens

The V-22 Osprey has arrived in a combat zone for the first time It was an epic trip for the tilt-rotor plane, one that took more than 25 years of development and cost 30 lives and $20 billion Even the last short hop - from an aircraft carrier into Iraq - went awry, US military officials said yesterday A malfunction forced one of the 10 Ospreys that were deployed to land in Jordan on Thursday The Marines flew parts to it from Iraq and repaired it After it took off again Saturday, t

Cost of outfitting a soldier now $17000 and rising

Here is an interesting background to the Iraq war, the increasing cost of outfitting the ordinay soldier As official Washington argues over the spiraling price of the war in Iraq, consider this: Outfitting a soldier for battle costs a hundred times more now than it did in World War II It was $170 then, is about $17,500 now and could be an estimated $28,000 to $60,000 by the middle of the next decade [quote]The ground soldier was perceived to be a relatively inexpensive instrument of war"

Predator kill of insurgent rocket team

Predator drone attacks truck with Hellfire missile Makes a big $58,000 bang I wonder if the delay between aquiring the target and the actual attack is to allow the Predator to get closer to the target Watch for all the scondary explosions as the munitions on the truck go off [flash=425x350]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/v2nvR3-F020[/flash]
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