Weapon Wednesday – New F-15 – Great Plane – Lame Name

lt col richard turner, commander, 40th flight test squadron, and lt col jacob lindaman, commander, 85th test evaluation squadron, deliver the first f 15ex to its new home station, eglin afb, florida, 11 march, 2021 the 40th flts will take possession of ex1 and the 85th tes will own ex2 upon its arrival, coming soon squadron aircrews and testers will work together to complete the combined developmental and operational testing simultaneously us air force photo by tech sgt john mcrell
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John McRell

The U.S. Air Force has officially announced the name of its next-generation F-15 Eagle fighter … and it’s about what you’d expect. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Drones Swarm Navy Destroyer

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Estes/DVIDS
  • Over the course of four nights in 2019, several unidentified drones visited U.S. Navy destroyers off the coast of California.
  • The drones, although seemingly harmless, displayed an obvious interest in the destroyers.
  • The Tic Tac-shaped objects were reportedly similar to the UFOs that Navy pilots observed in 2004. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force F-36 Kingsnake

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Andy Godfrey/Teasel Studio
  • The U.S. Air Force has expressed interest in a new, non-stealthy fighter jet to replace the F-16.
  • Several aviation experts have banded together and invented a new jet out of thin air.
  • The result, the F-36 Kingsnake, would use the F-22’s engines, place less of an emphasis on stealth, and use digital engineering.

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Weapon Wednesday – CIA’s Robot Catfish Spy

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Central Intelligence Agency
  • In the 1990s, the CIA built an unmanned underwater vehicle as part of a feasibility study.
  • The UUV was supposed to resemble a catfish.
  • It’s not clear if “Charlie” the catfish did any real spying during its CIA career.

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Weapon Wednesday – Flying Tanks? Epic Fail!

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Wikimedia Commons
  • Several countries have tried to make flying tanks, which can self-deploy over long distances.
  • The appeal is obvious: A flying tank would eliminate the need for a large cargo transport to carry it.
  • While the flying tank concept is theoretically possible, it requires too many design compromises to make an effective tank.

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Weapon Wednesday – Navy’s Iguana Boat/Crawler

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Iguana USA

Weapons Wednesday – Dump Tanks for Anti-Tank Weapons?

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

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Weapon Wednesday – Navy’s New Light-Carrier

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David Hume KennerlyGetty Images
  • The U.S. Navy is studying light aircraft carrier concepts with an eye toward adopting them for the future fleet.
  • A light aircraft carrier could embark modern combat jets and drones.
  • The Navy could use the smaller, but more affordable light carriers to both grow the fleet and be in more places at once.

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Weapon Wednesday – New Howitzer breaks old Distance Record

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U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has dramatically increased the range of its howitzer guns, setting a new distance record. read more

Weapon Wednesday – A Machine Gun Snow Sled? I Want One!

Is this not the coolest winter toy ever?!!

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Facebook
  • The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC) showed off a new snow sled system on Facebook.
  • The system is designed to be towed behind a tracked all-terrain vehicle.
  • The sled can carry Marines, cargo, or even an M240 machine gun. read more