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How Do You Like That Bomb You Mothers

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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**UPDATE**

Actual Afghanistan MOAB Video Below!

Get it? Because the MOAB is affectionately known as the Mother of All Bombs.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Burst, or MOAB, is as much fun as it sounds – unless you are the enemy.

Weighing in at 22,600 lbs., and 30 feet in length, the MOAB is the largest conventional (non-nuclear) air burst ordinance on the planet. Technically, it’s not the “largest” in our arsenal. That distinction is owned by MOP, the Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which weighs in at 30,000 lbs., and is capable of “penetrating” 200 ft of reinforced concrete.

In other words, it matters little to us where you bags of dirt choose to hide. We don’t need nukes to root you out. And unlike his predecessors, we finally have a President with the stones to utilize the tools provided him. Hopefully it won’t be the last time we hear of such a bomb being used. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Unmanned Mine Hunter

Knifefish can autonomously hunt and identify buried and unburied seamines
Knifefish can autonomously hunt and identify buried and unburied seamines (Credit: General Dynamics)

Underwater mine-hunting is one job you don’t mind a robot taking away from you, which is why General Dynamics Mission Systems in developing the Knifefish robotic mine-hunter. The unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) recently completed evaluation tests with the US Navy in a dummy minefield off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts, demonstrating its ability to detect and classify mines submerged at various depths. read more

Will We Again be Trapped in a Middle East Triangle of Hate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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President Trump sent 59 Cruise Missiles into Syria. Unlike Bill Clinton’s feeble attempt at a Cruise Missile strike which hit an empty aspirin factory in Khartoum Sudan, the Trump strike hit the mark.

The missile attack was retaliation for a chemical attack launched by Assad on the Syrian people. As the Assad air strike originated from Shayrat Air Base in Assad controlled Homs Province, this was the logical target for the Trump Cruise Missile attack.

This naturally led to a worldwide mental melt down and conjectures that this is the first official volley of World War III. And who knows – it may be. But I wouldn’t be too quick to jump to that conclusion.

There are some real bad actors in this conflict and I’m not sure which is worse – Bashar al-Assad or Vladimir Putin. On the surface Assad would seem to be the personification of evil, and he indeed is, but we know he won’t lift a finger without first checking with the Godfather, Putin. Personally, I think this was Putin’s doing.

For the last eight years, old Vlad has basically had the run of the globe, to go anywhere and do anything he wishes without fear of reprisal from Commander Lead-from-Behind, Obama. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Army Robo Arm

 

Thirty years ago the sci-fi blockbuster film Aliens depicted U.S. Colonial Marines investigating the colony of Hadley’s Hope. The coolest piece of kit in the whole thing? The articulated arm attached to their body armor to help carry their heavy M56 smart guns. Now, in 2017, the U.S. Army is investigating a similar system to ease the burden of machine gunners. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Rail Gun

The US Navy is testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire projectiles at six times the speed of sound.

Described as ‘Star Wars technology’ by researchers, these powerful missiles don’t rely on chemical propellants and are fuelled by electricity alone.

Strong magnetic fields are created by electricity on the ship and a ‘pulse power system’ to sent propellants flying at 4,500mph.

The technology has previously been shown to penetrate concrete at 100 miles away.

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The US Navy is testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire projectiles at six times the speed of sound 
The US Navy are testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire ammo at 4,500 mph

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Weapon Wednesday – Mortar Tech

We need ammo!!

Comin’ right up!

 U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham

The U.S. Army is researching a new way to resupply troops: by bombing them with mortars. The service was recently granted a patent for a method that uses hollow artillery shells, GPS, and parasails to deliver goods to soldiers pinned down on the battlefield.

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Weapon Wednesday – First New Grenade in Forty Years

The ET-MP is the first lethal hand grenade developed for the US Army in 40 years
The ET-MP is the first lethal hand grenade developed for the US Army in 40 years(Credit:US Army)

The US military is getting its first new hand grenade in 40 years as engineers at the US Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, work on a safer multi-purpose design. Called the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) hand grenade, it will allow soldiers to choose between concussive or fragmentation blasts with the flip of a lever. read more

New Sight Has Fire Control

The ELCAN is designed to reduce the weight of a soldier's kit while improving their aim
The ELCAN is designed to  reduce the weight of a soldier’s kit while improving their aim(Credit: Raytheon)

 

Firearms have come a long way from the days of the musket and flintlock, but they’re also much more complicated and involve trade offs. In preparing for missions, soldiers are often forced to choose between a close quarter or a magnified sight for their assault rifles as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. read more

Can You Spot the British Recon Soldiers?

from the Daily Mail:

An incredible image of twelve members of the Household Cavalry hiding in the jungle has had internet users the world over scratching their heads.

The photograph shows a dozen soldiers from one of the British Army’s most elite units camouflaged in the foliage of a forest in Brunei.

The unit posted the photograph along with others on its social media accounts, as it carries out maneuvers in the jungle as part of its specialist training regime. 

The exercise was part of it Close Target Reconnaissance training. One post read: ‘[This] is what the Household Cavalry Regiment does best.

‘The intelligence gathered by this complex, deadly art will determine the British Army’s success in battle. The Cavalry are honing vital skills in the Brunei Jungle that could ultimately save lives on future operations.’

An incredible image of twelve members of the Household Cavalry hiding in the jungle has had internet users the world over scratching their heads

It also posted a Mannequin Challenge on its Facebook page, along with the caption: ‘Our soldiers are currently out in Brunei as part of a month long exercise improving reconnaissance and patrolling skills in the world’s harshest environment. This truly makes them the #TrustedGuardians!’

Did you spot all 12? 

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