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Monster Machines: The Fighter Jet The US Could Have Built Instead Of The F-35

The mid-1990s found the US military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent — and highly contentious — design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $US200 billion defence contract, which in turn became the debacle we know as the F-35. But what about the plane we could have had instead?


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.


Monster Machines: Russia's Military Is Getting Killer Wall-E Robot Soldiers In 2018

Russia’s newest line of robotic soldiers took part in their first wargames recently. They may look suspiciously like Wall-E, but Russia’s Platform-M isn’t nearly as benevolent.


Monster Machines: This Floating US Special Forces Base Sure Doesn't Look Like One

The US military, facing a distinct shortage of allies willing to let them build forward operating bases on their land, has developed an ingenious solution: build the base on a boat and moor it in international waters. All of the shock and awe, none of the messy legal entanglements.


Modern Warfare: How Australia's Army Will Wage War In 2035

War. War never changes. Mankind is always inventing new methods in which to wage war on each other, but how will these new technologies, techniques and strategies be deployed by Australia’s Army into the distant future? A new report by the Defence Force reveals what the wars of the future will be fought for, and how we will fight them. Welcome to 2035: the future of Australians at war.

Monster Machines: Nowhere Under The Sea Is Safe From Britain's Newest Nuclear Submarine

Russia isn’t the only nation launching a nuclear sub hunter after two decades of development. The UK recently rolled the third of seven £1 billion ($1.8 billion) Astute Class nuclear submarines, the HMS Artful, out of its cavernous dry dock for a year of demanding sea trials and a quarter century of service beneath the seas.


Monster Machines: This Army Mine Sweeper Will Drive Itself In Search Of IEDs

Among the most dangerous jobs on the battlefield, being the soldier driving the minesweeping truck at the head of convoys is probably the last one you’d want. Your job is to drive over IEDs and landmines, detonating them before the vehicles behind you do. But thanks to a recent advancement in autonomous vehicle technology, these demining trucks will soon drive themselves.


If Einstein Had Never Been Born, Would We Still Have Nuclear Weapons?

Albert Einstein and his equation E=mc² are famously connected to the modern atomic age. But as nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein writes in this counter-factual account of history, the great physicist mattered less than you’d think in the invention of the nuclear bomb.


France Is Still Cleaning Up 100-Year-Old Bombs From The First World War

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate task of cleaning up history.


Monster Machines: This Armoured 4X4 Is A Warthog For The Modern Day Super Soldier

Is there any more exhilarating rush than plowing your Warthog through wave after wave of Covenant Grunts while your buddy goes to town with the onboard autocannon? There is, now that Israel Military Industries has gone ahead and built a real one.