Watch A Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying On A Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.


The Golden Gate Bridge Almost Ended Up With A Bumble Bee Paint Job

The Golden Gate Bridge’s iconic “International Orange” paint job was a bit of a happy accident. If the United States Navy got its way, the landmark stretch of infrastructure would look like a bumble bee. That would have been just sad.


Awesome Video Shows Unmanned X-47B Drone Refuelling In The Air

Earlier this week, the badass X-47B drone became the first ever unmanned aircraft to refuel while in the air. Think about how cool this is, the drone has to meet the KC-707 tanker plane in the air, position itself perfectly to snatch onto the fuel line and then gas itself up with no one on board. So freaking cool.


US Navy Secretary Wants To Stop Using Fighter Pilots In Favour Of Drones

Manned fighter jets may have a limited future. The secretary of the US Navy has announced that the new F-35 Lightning II “should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”


Happy Hour: A Beginner's Guide To Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy’s successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum.


The US Navy's New Diving Suit Is Straight Out Of G.I. Joe

The United States Navy recently announced a futuristic new diving suit that’s designed to use less helium. There’s only one problem: They made it look just like Cobra Eel, the mortal enemy of Wet-Suit, a G.I. Joe Navy SEAL.


These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren’t nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the UK’s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed.


Monster Machines: Say Hello To China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defence against frickin’ lasers, China’s newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four times the speed of sound.


Here's Your Chance To Design A Logo For A Nuclear Sub

Nearly every government mission — from spy satellites to classified aircraft — has a mission patch, often designed by the crew itself. But even if you’re not a crew member on America’s new $US2.3 billion nuclear sub, the USS Colorado, the Navy wants your designs anyways.


The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.