In a small trial test, a team of U.S. Marines revealed they were using ditching 60 to 80 pounds worth of maps and using 32 iPads to provide more accurate air strike assistance to ground troops. iPad — good for mom and dad, and good enough for war.
This beast is Lockheed Martin's new transport aircraft that's slated to take over for the C-130 Hercules sometime around 2020. They're calling it the "Speed Agile."
Rapid gains in technology were made in World War II, and no idea seemed too outlandish. To wit: British inventor Geoffrey Pyke wanted to make the largest aircraft carrier ever seen — even by today's standards — crafted from his own original material composed largely of ice.
Until we come up with a full-on invisibility cloak, we're just going to have to settle for making objects less visible in a few specific wavelengths, or alternatively, making them look like something that they're not. BAE's Adaptiv armor system can disguise vehicles in the infrared, making them look like cars, cows, or nothing at all.
Yesterday, Russia's stealthy new fifth-generation jet fighter, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut at an air show near Moscow. The T-50 is billed as being more agile than the F-22, which is slightly worrisome for America's new fighters. Or, it would be worrisome, if every last F-22 hadn't been grounded since May due to mechanical problems. USA!
For a country with over 9,000 miles of coastline, it's kind of surprising that China is just now welcoming its first aircraft carrier into its maritime defense fleet. The new addition has some of its neighbors nervous, though China is assuring the world it comes in peace.
This fuzzy slide made an appearance during a public Air Force briefing at AirVenture last week, showing something called the "F-X," which would be a sixth-generation jet fighter that's due to replace the F-22 Raptor by 2030. We found a non-fuzzy picture of this thing, and we can tell you exactly what it is.
The TSA often has to deal with some fairly angry customers after their routine pre-flight grope-downs, but the military has it way, way worse: some of the people they have to handle may actually explode. A new radar system will keep everyone much safer thanks to its ability to perform virtual pat-downs from 100 yards away.
Despite our sci-fi dreams, laser cannons are still too bulky and inefficient to every be used on the regular by the military. But we may be getting closer to that laser-filled future.
They say that robots are the future of combat, and we've seen examples ranging from robot scouts to robot fighter jets. Next in line are the soldiers themselves, as a new haptic belt transmits GPS directions and simple commands to allow soldiers to be remote controlled.