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Weapon Wednesday – Don’t to wash behind Your Drop Tanks

afwerx jet washing robot
Texas Air National Guard
  • The Air Force built a robot that can wash an F-16 fighter jet in just 1 hour.
  • It typically takes a crew of four airmen up to 6 hours to do the same job.
  • The Jet Washing Robot could also save airmen from possible chemical agent exposure.

 

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Weapon Wednesday – ENVG-B Advanced Night Vision

envg army night vision
U.S. Army/DVIDS
  • The U.S. Army’s Lancer Brigade showed off a video from its new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars.
  • The ENVG-B displays a higher-resolution image than previous night vision devices.
  • The goggles also include augmented reality capabilities and allow soldiers to see wirelessly through weapon sights. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Going back to the Sextant?

 

The U.S. Navy’s New Unhackable GPS Alternative: The Stars

GPS is a world-changing technology. It’s also incredibly fragile, easily spoofable, and consistently hackable. That’s why the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are looking to the stars for a navigational Plan B.

senior chief petty officer mike rosati uses a sextant while conducting celestial navigation training while sailing on the atlantic ocean aboard the coast guard cutter eagle, aug 3, 2015 celestial navigation is taught to the coast guard academy cadets while they spend time underway on the eagle us coast guard photo by petty officer 2nd class matthew s masaschi
Matthew S. Masaschi

Twenty-five years ago, in 1995, the U.S. Air Force reached a milestone: Its satellite Global Positioning System became fully operational. Today, GPS directs our world, from supertankers to pizza deliveries. But before the creation of this modern navigational marvel, humans looked to the heavens to find their way. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Russia’s Nuclear Powered Torpedo

russian defence ministry testing new strategic weapon systems
TASSGetty Images
  • Russia’s giant nuclear-tipped Poseidon torpedo will undergo more tests this year.
  • With almost an unlimited range, the Poseidon would speed toward targets on America’s coastline, exploding a 2-megaton warhead next to them.
  • The Poseidon will be launched from a class of specialized submarines.

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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

150514 n bq948 008 pacific ocean may 14, 2015 – the guided missile destroyer uss kidd ddg 100 is currently underway off the coast of southern california us navy photo by mass communication specialist 2nd class jacob estesreleased
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

kingsnake plane from teasel studio
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

cia catfish charlie
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!

antonov a 40, t 60, ussr, stupid idea
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

iguana interceptor
Iguana USA