Monster Machines: SeaRAM Outfits The US Navy's Favourite Gatling Gun With Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System’s (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn’t enough to neutralise incoming threats — like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America’s Navy relies on the Phalanx’s bigger, badder, rocket-propelled brother: the SeaRAM.


The US Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean To Test Ships

The world’s seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington DC, the US Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean.


The Present And Future Of The US Navy's Aircraft Force In One GIF

Video: For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do.


18 High-Tech Warships From The Future That Rule The Seas Today

War. War never changes. Mankind has fought naval battles for thousands of years. And in the 21st century, the navy is still the most important branch of any maritime nation’s combat forces. But technology does change, and if you don’t live near a navy harbor, there’s a chance you’ve missed all the newest ships being built and launched in the past few years.


Fighter Jet Loses Front Landing Gear, Lands Vertically On Padded Stool

Video: What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your aeroplane’s nose down. That’s exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7.


US Navy Wants To Mount An Anti-UAV Laser On A Hummer -- A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It’s only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI Joe-style laser rifles.


Monster Machines: The US Navy's Undersea Ears For Spotting Soviet Subs

At the end of World War II, just as relations between the US and the Soviet Union were beginning to freeze, America found itself dangerously vulnerable to Soviet ballistic missile submarine attack. To counter this potential nuclear threat to the Eastern seaboard, the US Navy set about devising an ingenious system of underwater listening stations that would eventually become one of the most effective oceanic monitoring systems ever created.


US Army Helicopter Drops An Entire Boat Full Of Navy Seals In The Sea

Here’s a US Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter dropping a US Navy boat into the sea while a guy — apparently Navy SEAL — is descending into the boat from the chopper.


The Australian Navy Is Going Green, Using Biofuel In Its Ships And Aircraft

The Australian Navy is getting a significant upgrade in versatility for all its ships and aircraft. Green advocates will be pleased to know that Navy vessels, planes and helicopters are planned to support biofuels by 2020 — pushed by the United States’ fleet move to do the same.


How DARPA's Using The Oculus Rift To Make A Cyberwarfare Battlefield

Wired just published an in-depth piece on how DARPA is “weaponising” the Oculus Rift for cyberwar. But does this mean that soldiers are about to start firing at each other in virtual reality? No, of course not. But it’s an interesting development for a piece of technology dreamt up for games (in which you often shoot people).


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