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Monster Machines: Why The US Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

Some folks question why the US Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons.


How Fighter Jets Lock On (And How The Targets Know)

The primary technology that a military aircraft uses to lock and track an enemy aircraft is its onboard radar. Aircraft radars typically have two modes: search and track. In search mode, the radar sweeps a radio beam across the sky in a zig-zag pattern. When the radio beam is reflected by a target aircraft, an indication is shown on the radar display. In search mode, no single aircraft is being tracked, but the pilot can usually tell generally what a particular radar return is doing because with each successive sweep, the radar return moves slightly.


Giz Explains: Why Can't We Protect Commercial Planes From Attacks?

Last week’s downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the disputed territory of Eastern Ukraine has set off worldwide outcries against the conflict, and calls to better defend commercial airlines from missile attack. But is it even possible to defend civilian jets against military-grade weapons?


Monster Machines: This Meteor Missile Can Fly Farther Than The Eye Can See

Sweden doesn’t readily spring to mind when discussing global military powerhouses, but the European nation is far from being a pushover. In fact, the Swedish military — working in conjunction with a cadre of marquee manufacturers and five other European nations — is nearing completion on the world’s first and only air-to-air missile that can strike targets on the other side of the horizon.


Monster Machines: Modern Armour Won't Stand A Chance Against This New Missile Launcher

For more than 40 years, the Milan anti-tank missile launcher has been a mainstay of the French army. But in today’s urban combat scenarios, this venerable launcher has become outdated. That’s why, beginning in 2017, French fighting forces will field an entirely new weapon system, one purpose-built for modern warfare.


Zigzagging Light Of Unknown Origin Spotted In Hawaii

There’s nothing more befuddling than looking up at the sky and seeing a strange light appear out of nowhere. Your adult brain tells you it can’t be what you want it to be, but when you check with adult-brained officials, they’re clueless too. That’s what just happened in Hawaii. A mysterious zigzagging light popped up out of nowhere and no one knows what is it or where it came from.


Inside The US Nuclear Silos Where Floppy Disk Are Still High-Tech

It’s not very often you get to see inside a US Air Force nuclear silo — but CBS recently got to take a peek for us. In this video, Lesley Stahl finds that they’re not quite as high-tech as you might like to think.


Monster Machines: This Special Ops Missile Prioritises Precision

Despite their generally overwhelming combat prowess, many large US naval vessels remain vulnerable to small, fast-moving speedboats. But with the latest iteration of Raytheon’s multi-role precision missile, that won’t be a problem for much longer.


Monster Machines: The Newest Tomahawk Is A Mighty Morphin' Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk is among the most widely used and effective conventional weapons in the US arsenal, especially since we 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.


Awesome Video Selfie Of The F-16 Pilot Firing A Missile

That selfie of a Danish F-16 pilot firing a Sidewinder missile is actually a frame from a cool video. I’d rather have a perfect animated selfie in an infinite GIF loop though, so I made this one. Here’s another shot as seen from the side.


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