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Monster Machines: This Electronic Stonehenge Once Divined The Secrets Of Soviet Radio

In the early days of electronic espionage, the US intelligence community didn’t have the benefit of all-seeing spy satellites — it had to intercept and interpret high-frequency radio waves transmitted by the Soviet Union. To do so, the Americans relied on a network of mysterious structures whose real purpose was kept highly classified throughout the Cold War.


A German U-Boat From WWII Has Been Found Off The Coast Of North Carolina

On July 15, 1942 — in the midst of World War II’s long-running Battle of the Atlantic — a German U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter were wrecked a mere 48km off the coast of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras. Now, over seven decades later, their watery resting places have been (re)discovered.


From Football Field To Battlefield: A Futuristic 1950s Vision Of TV

As TV technology stormed into homes during the early 1950s, more and more people started to ask, why don’t we use this stuff on the battlefield? They imagined a world where commanders could remotely monitor the activity of troops on the ground — maybe even from halfway around the world.


Monster Machines: Bell's Newest Tiltrotor Could Finally Improve On The Osprey's Feathers

The V-22 Osprey’s mechanical and aeronautical shortcomings have been well-documented. That’s why, for its third-generation tiltrotor, Bell has taken a good hard look at the ill-fated aircraft (one it helped design) and built the plane-copter hybrid it should have back in 1983.


The US Army's Next-Gen Combat Vehicles Are Half-Sized Warthogs

Until our soldiers ride into battle atop mechanical war wolves (looking at you Big Dog, assuming Google lets you play), they will just have to settle for packing an entire nine-man squad into the nearly unstoppable DAGOR from Polaris.


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.


Monster Machines: The Stealthy Chopper That Sneaks Special Forces Behind Enemy Lines

Blackhawks and Apaches may be the poster-choppers of America’s Special Forces but much of the heavy lifting that makes those missions possible is handled by the venerable CH-47G Chinook. And with the most recent round of modernizations, this Vietnam-era workhorse is ready for the 21st century.


Monster Machines: UK Sending Fleet Of Supersonic Tornadoes To Take On ISIS

The US has already conducted more 150 airstrikes against ISIS since September 10th and governments from around the world are gearing up to join in. The UK’s Royal Air Force is just brought their contribution to the table with a fleet of low-flying penetrators.


One Reason The US Isn't Destroying All Its Nukes: Killer Asteroids

Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list — at least if Hollywood’s depictions are any indication. Luckily, the American public has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that’s supposed to be protecting us from thermonuclear war in the first place.


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.


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