Boston Dynamics’ new highly mobile four-legged robot, the Spot. Spot joins BigDog, AlphaDog, Atlas, Petman, RHex, Wildcat, Sand Flea, and Cheetah (all from Boston Dynamics) among our new robot overlords. Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.
It's called the Excalibur S. "Raytheon is testing a new laser-guided 155mm artillery shell which adds laser-designation to GPS guidance in order to provide more targeting options and better pinpoint targets on-the-move," Unlike expensive missiles, which require sophisticated avionics and propulsion systems, this is a comparatively cheap artillery shell which, instead of following a parabolic course to hit its target, it can change course in mid-flight, effectively flying to its target that can be 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. The video shows the video of it in action, the result looks awesome!
Built as part of AVX's bid for the US Army's lucrative Army's Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the AVX concept aircraft looks to supplement the roles currently played by Black Hawk, Apache, and Chinook helicopters. The dual primary rotors of this 27,000 pound concept aircraft are expected to provide enough lift to pick up 13,000 pounds of cargo (slung externally) or 12 fully-equipped combat troops in addition to 4 crew members while the stubby wings on the fuselage should generate up to 40 percent of the vehicle's lift when moving forward, supplementing the two ducted fans in the rear.
This is the PL-01 concept tank, a three-crew 35-ton tank that can turn itself invisible to infrared missiles thanks to a mesh of thermal tiles that change their temperature to match the environment. Designed by Poland's OBRUM. Yes, it also cool as hell! The idea of the PL-01 is to try and eliminate the infrared, radar and visual signature of the traditional tank to a large degree, while also relying on guile to take identity masking a step further. Watch the video of it, cool.
Russia’s latest innovation in weapons technology, the ADS assault rifle, was manufactured by the state KBP design bureau and presented to the public yesterday at the Interpolitex 2013 arms exhibition in Moscow. It's based on the venerated A-91M bullpup assault rifle platform and fires 5.45x39mm M74 rounds (the same used by the AK-74) when on land. It's simple to toggle between water and air mode, though soldiers do have to reload the weapon with underwater-friendly ammunition before submerging. Cool Watch more videos after more.
Last year, DARPA unveiled Cheetah: a robot that could run faster than Usain Bolt. Now, the same team has managed to create a version that doesn't need a power cord, the WildCat. It can run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits, watch the video. "WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program"
Iran's latest transgression is especially hilarious: they've photoshopped their latest Qaher 313 fighter onto a stock image of Mount Damavand to make it look like it's flying. Seriously, the stock image that Iran used of magestic Mount Damavand can be found at PickyWallpapers.com. And, well, look at how they put two and two together...
Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named "Qaher 313″. The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979′s victory of the Islamic Revolution. Iran's new fighter jet doesn't look like any we've ever seen before. n the previous days, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi had said, “The aircraft will be different from the other fighter jets Iran has already made. Base on the first photographs released by the FARS News Agency, the new stealthy jet has a really peculiar design. It features hard edges and those distinctive edges and angle of the U.S. F-22 and the twin tail shape much similar to that of the F-35 Lightning II. It looks like this pilot is in a miniature plane. After more watch the Q-313 in the air.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency that researches and develops cutting edge technologies for the United States Department of Defense, has released information about a new 1.8 gigapixel camera that can recognize 6-inch targets from up to 20,000 feet in the air. The ARGUS-IS cameras can be attached to unmanned drones and transfer over 600 gigabytes of data per second. [ Youtube ]
Utah State University "Ascending Aggies" team recently won first prize out of 33 teams in the Air Force's contest to get four soldiers over a very tall wall. They developed what they call a PVAC, or Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber and it works just as you’d imagine: a loud-as-hell vacuum strapped to your back connects to two suction cups and lets you climb pretty much anything, even if the surface wouldn’t have been so good for regular suctions cups
The IPC, "which is intended to replace the fireman's carry, allows you to carry an injured or otherwise incapacitated person comfortably like a backpack. Designed by Agilite in conjunction with Israeli Army Special Forces, the IPC allows the wearer to evacuate a wounded person and keep their hands free to operate a weapon or navigate difficult terrain." It’s not limited to the military. Perfect for hiking trips or any sort of situation that might require you to carry someone who is injured or incapacitated. It is $80, good idea!
Awesome! Why shoot one bullet when you can shoot TWO bullets? This is the AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol by Arsenal Fireams. It is just like a regular pistol, but shoot two bullets at once! Check out more watch the video of it in action! "The gun can be handled by any shooter able to shoot with a .45 Acp and it is not only very pleasing, but very accurate and great fun. The AF2011-A1 holds amazing and surprising target performance for the shooter: in fact, it will group all the 8 double .45 caliber rounds (16 bullets) held in the duplex, single columns magazines, in a target of the size of an orange at 15 yards and of a water melon at 25. The stopping power of the AF2011-A1 is tremendous: 2 bullets for a total of 460 Grains weight impacting at 1 to 2 inches apart (depending on the distance of the target) will knock down a bull, while the whole 18 bullets, for a payload exceeding 4000 Grains, can be delivered to the target in about 3 seconds."