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Watch How Supersonic Russian Bombers Drop Their Giant Cruise Missiles

The Russian Air Force’s Tupolev TU-160 is a gorgeous-looking plane with sweeping wings and the capability to reach supersonic speeds. It’s also a scary powerful bomber aircraft with the ability to launch the frightening KH-555 cruise missile, an air-launched missile that can be equipped with a nuclear warhead and has a 3500km range. Here’s training footage showing how those missiles are unleashed.

A US Navy Guided-Missile Destroyer Fires A Harpoon Missile In This Bad Arse Photo

And the rockets red glare. Here’s a bad arse picture of the USS Fitzgerald firing off a Harpoon missile during a drill. After seeing the photo, everything — why the USS Fitzgerald is classified as a destroyer, why the missile is called Harpoon — makes sense.

Add Missiles To The List Of Weapons You Can (Sorta) 3-D Print

3-D printing has already spawned dart guns, pistols, and rifles, but up until now, the 3-D printed arsenal has been lacking the firepower of a guided missile.

In Cold War LA, Nuclear Missiles Starred In Veterans Day Parades

That’s some serious military hardware parading down city streets, but, no, this isn’t Moscow’s Red Square — it’s Long Beach, California.

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.

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