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Believe It Or Not, The World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is In Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that’s kept Japan’s army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones.


Watch The US Marines' New Self-Driving Car Navigate A Battlefield

While we’ve all heard about Google’s silly-looking self-driving cars. But did you know that the military’s been working on own autonomous vehicles of its own? Honestly, it’s no huge surprise that soldiers would want this technology too. It sure does look badass though.


Monster Machines: America's Best Aeroplane Since The SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit’s inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It’s a plane that could start — or stop — WWIII single-handedly.


Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50-cal bullet that manoeuvres itself mid-air to stay locked on target. Here’s footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works.


All US And UK F-35s Are Being Grounded (Again) Because Of Engine Fires

Military officials from both the US and UK have been forced to ground each and every F-35 in their fleets so that their engines can be inspected — following another fire last week. By our count, this will be the eighth time the entire fleet has had to be been grounded — although it’s hard to keep accurate tallies given it happens practically all the time.


The Military's Mini X-Ray Camera Can See Through Your Suitcase

American Science and Engineering (AS&E) just released a tiny new X-ray gun with some impressive capabilities. Roughly the size of a breadbox, the Mini Z Backscatter imaging system can find contraband in bags and see through car doors. It could also someday also be plugged into Oculus Rift for a full-on X-ray goggle experience.


These A-10 Warthogs Look Like Perfect Miniatures But They Are Real

Photo: These A-10 Warthogs have to be models shot against a gradient background, right? Wrong, apparently. It’s an official US Air Force photo straight from their Flickr account, taken by Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel with a crappy Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS, according to the EXIF data.


Monster Machines: Germany's Puma Personnel Carrier Is Agile Like An Armoured Jungle Cat

Moving troops through hostile territory is a heck of a lot safer for everyone involved when they’re travelling in an armoured personnel carrier. But Germany’s new state-of-the-art APC does so much more than just move soldiers. It moves them in packs.


Spies In The Skies: How Aerial Surveillance Tipped The Balance Of WWII

When General Werner von Fritsch, the then commander-in-chief of the German Army, predicted in 1938 that “the military organisation which has the best reconnaissance unit will win the next war,” few doubted that, in aerial reconnaissance and photography, the Luftwaffe reigned supreme. This, however, proved to be far from the case.


The Sub That Took Russia 20 Years To Build Is Finally Ready

After more than two decades in development, Russia has finally inducted its newest submarine into the Northern Fleet — a massive nuclear-powered submarine hunter christened the Severodvinsk. Better late than never, I guess.