The United States has the F-22. Russia has the Sukhoi T-50. And now, a series of recent pics shows that China has begun testing a second prototype of its own fifth-generation stealth aircraft, the Chengdu J-20.
We won't blame you for not keeping track of Scandinavian military anniversaries. That's our job. This year happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Air Force, and it's celebrating by giving one of its F-16s a fancy new paint job and shoving it up the backside of a C-130 Hercules in flight.
Flying aircraft carriers are staples science fiction and steampunk. It's an idea that sounds like it would be completely crazy in reality, but it's not crazy enough to keep the Air Force commissioning a report on the idea from Boeing back in 1973.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which might as well be known as the Science Fiction as Reality Society, has announced plans to create and implant nanochips in soldiers that will monitor their health. As you might have guessed, this plan has raised a little bit of controversy with the fear that this could turn the Earth into Total Recall.
Apparently, if you want to demolish a house in Kasota, Minnesota all you need to do is call Drive-A-Tank. They let us regular folks take tanks for a spin around town and maybe even crash through a home or two. Check out the video below to see the destruction from start to finish.
Last year, Northrop Grumman demonstrated a laser system that could disable small boats by setting their motors on fire from a distance. In a press release yesterday, it showed some images highlighting entirely new levels of destruction wrought by its latest laser system, Firestrike.
The military has been investing in several different kinds of fancy bullets over the last few years, from bullets with smart microgrenades to bullets with fins that can steer to their target. And in order to be able to use the right bullet for the right task, the Army wants a gun that can custom-select ammo at hundreds of rounds per minute.
While sports fans gear up for the London 2012 summer Olympics, the residents of Bow Quarter, a batch of residents in London aren't too happy. Why is that? They're concerned about the government's plans to install missile launchers on their roofs!
No, it's not the plot of some ridiculous new low-budget action movie: the House Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces panel has asked the Missile Defense Agency to figure out how much it'll cost to unscrap the Airborne Laser Testbed and put it into action against the North Korean ballistic missile threat.
The Supermarine Spitfire is arguably one of the most beautiful flying machines ever constructed, but today, only about 35 remain in flying condition. That number may soon increase by a full dozen, if the Brits can manage to dig up a bunch of aircraft that have been buried somewhere in Burma since 1945.