DARPA's Experimental Tank May One Day Dodge Incoming Threats

Last month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency introduced what a next-generation tank might look like. Known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, this experimental vehicle is less like the traditional heavily armored brutes typically on the battlefield. These are built for speed. » 9/07/14 9:00am 9/07/14 9:00am

Review: Generation Kill—The Iraq War, Batteries Not Included

We cover a lot of high-end military gear here on Giz, but just one of the things that Generation Kill, a great new miniseries that premiered on HBO last night, does well is remind everyone that in the real world, the military is not all UAVs and lasers just yet. Instead of morphing robots to peer under doors, … » 7/14/08 10:40pm 7/14/08 10:40pm

New Army Cluster Bomb Rains Down Thousands of Deadly Darts

Cluster bombs are increasingly frowned upon—there's an international agreement banning them, though the US hasn't signed on—in part because even low dud rates leave lots of little unexploded bombs scattered over a wide area. An alternative developed by the army is a GPS-guided version of the Multiple Launch Rocket… » 5/30/08 11:15am 5/30/08 11:15am

Combat Robots Not Being Withdrawn From Iraq Says Company, Human Masters…

Remember those gun-toting robots that were being pulled out of Iraq because they were moving when they weren't commanded? Well, according to their manufacturer it's all "an urban legend" — the SWORD robot is not going to spin around and point its gun at friendlies... it's fine'n'dandy and still deployed in the field.… » 4/15/08 12:49pm 4/15/08 12:49pm

Combat Robot Attempts Rebellion Against Human Masters in Iraq, Army…

The army's machine-gun wielding, insurgent-slaying robot SWORDS is no longer spraying foes with hot doom in Iraq. Actually, it never got the chance to notch a single frag, and never will. Apparently, there was an incident where "the gun started moving when it was not intended to move," meaning it totally pointed… » 4/10/08 8:30pm 4/10/08 8:30pm

DARPA Building Neuromorphic Brain on a Chip (Paging Sarah Connor)

DARPA's brain-on-a-chip project (cleverly titled SyNAPSE, or Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) sounds straight out of Cyberdyne's portfolio: They want to "develop a brain inspired electronic 'chip' that mimics that function, size, and power consumption of a biological cortex." That whole… » 2/12/08 4:30pm 2/12/08 4:30pm

Divine Thunderbolt Bunker Buster: Bye Bye Mole People

The Air Force's old bunker buster, BLU-113, was a bunch of explosives crammed inside of an old howitzer barrel. Its latest instrument of boom, the BLU-122, uses a new a steel shell with a hardened nose and 780lbs of thermobaric explosive to pound through 28 feet of concrete or 120 feet of dirt like styrofoam, with 70… » 2/04/08 8:10pm 2/04/08 8:10pm

Personal Sniper Detector Hears Better Than Superman

Part of a $1.4 billion counter-sniping package the Pentagon's asking for, which includes vehicle-mounted and UAV sniper detectors, is a pocket-sized unit that weights only a pound. The Ears 100 by QinetiQ is a pretty sweet piece of tech which "detects the sound of a gunshot, the shock wave of a bullet and the blast… » 11/05/07 7:30pm 11/05/07 7:30pm

Awesome: Boeing Tests Humvee-Mounted Laser Avenger

Yeah, you read that right: A laser strapped to a Humvee. The Avenger is Boeing's air defense system typically loaded up with a heavy machine gun or Stinger missiles, but for a test a couple weeks ago, they mounted one of the systems on a Humvee equipped with a 1-kilowatt solid-state laser. During the test, it took out… » 10/18/07 4:30pm 10/18/07 4:30pm

NYC and DC Get $4k Bomb-Stopping Trash Cans

So it appears that the latest weapon against the war on terror is a 2,000-pound, steel bin of....trash. Dubbed the BlastGard 101, the new trash can is being rolled out in parts of NYC and DC for its bomb-stopping capabilities. So aside from its massive weight, the steel trash bin can quench fireballs and stifle blast… » 1/19/07 12:15pm 1/19/07 12:15pm