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Monster Machines: Say Hello To America's Newest Attack Sub

After five years of construction, the newest submarine in the US fleet is ready to set sail. But this Virginia-class sub is not like the others — it’s far more deadly and way less expensive to operate.


Monster Machines: France's New Ship-Defence Turret Is A Remote-Controlled Missile Launcher

The US Navy’s SeaRAM is far from the only ship-based missile defence turret sailing the high seas. French weapons manufacturer MBDA, in fact, has just begun testing a remotely controlled missile launcher of its own. One that finally moves the turret’s operator out of the line of fire.


Monster Machines: The Early Warning Radar Systems That Defended WWII Britain

In 1940, less than a year after blitzkrieging its way through Poland and the rest of Western Europe, the Nazi army set its sights on the UK and commenced a vicious bombing campaign targeting the nation’s major cities. Luckily, the British Royal Air Force saw this threat coming and cleverly deployed a series of radio stations to counter the Luftwaffe’s legions in what would become one of the world’s first practical radar early warning systems.


US Special Force's New Sniper Scope Works Like A Human Eye

Conventional sniper scopes may allow for superlatively long shots but they are far from perfect, requiring a time-consuming refocusing of the sights should the target (or shooter) have to move position. But with the new RAZAR scope from Sandia National Labs, that refocus is handled almost instantly with the push of a button.


Monster Machines: The First Flying Wing Jet Could Have Won WWII For The Nazis

The B-2 Spirit blew more than a few minds when it made its public debut in 1988. But America’s flying wing was not the first of such aircraft. In fact, one such plane nearly darkened the skies over Washington at the end of WWII with a nuclear present from the Fuhrer.


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.


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