Lifting cannons with helicopters seems like a lot of fun

It looks like Call of Duty. It's not. It looks like a movie. It's not. Instead it's an incredible photograph of a Marine Corps Super Stallion Helicopter taking off with a M777 howitzer in the California desert. In real life. What a powerful image. The helicopter is lugging the 7,500 pound 35 foot long monster of a… » 12/27/13 9:13pm 12/27/13 9:13pm

Step Inside the U.S. Military's Advanced Weapons R&D Mini-City

Picatinny Arsenal is considered its own municipality by the New Jersey State government—which makes sense, given its 6,500 acre property. The difference between it and a normal town is that, inside Picatinny, nearly 2,500 engineers and scientists work with advanced weapons systems, military-grade 3D printers, and… » 12/03/13 11:00am 12/03/13 11:00am

The U.S. Military's Mortar Launchers Are Getting a 21st Century Upgrade

Despite continued efforts to modernize and improve handheld mortars, like the 60-mm M224 carried by American soldiers, soldiers today still aim it as their forefathers did in WWII: by looking over the barrel at a fixed analog sight. But thanks to the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) rapid prototyping program, these… » 11/12/13 2:43pm 11/12/13 2:43pm

Watch Heavy Artillery Create a Massive Avalanche... On Purpose

I'm sure the Russian military gave a perfectly good explanation for firing shells at this North Ossessia mountaintop, dislodging an awesome torrent of snow. Probably something to do with a controlled avalanche being preferable to nature's own, etc. But let's be honest; if you were in the Russian military, stationed… » 3/22/11 11:00am 3/22/11 11:00am