15,000 to 20,000 people—predominantly women, children, and the elderly—die from landmines every year. These explosive man-traps have been used in every major military conflict since 1938 and some 110 million mines are still spread over 78 countries worldwide. What's more, they remain functional decades after a…
Hellfire II missiles are accurate and powerful, but expensive. Hydra 70 rockets are relatively cheap but unguided and far less accurate, which increases the chances of incurring collateral damage. But by combining a Hellfire's guidance and launcher with a Hydra's warhead and propellant, Lockheed has created a deadly…
As war moves off the battlefield and into urban areas, carpet bombing becomes decidedly less effective. The Viper Strike glide bomb was built for just such an occasion. It locks on with lasers to take out targets without nixing the whole neighborhood.
This'll be the best family vacation ever! Seattle investigators have discovered a cache of heavy explosives beneath a new cruise ship terminal. But don't worry, "Any kind of heat, shock and friction can cause these things to detonate." Wait.
Mines and munitions dumped in the oceans during twentieth century wars could still kill you today. Atlantic inter-governmental organisation OSPAR helped put together this map of dumped munitions in coastal Atlantic waters. It's not pretty.
It's not too often I get to play with military-grade weaponry, and the military is usually pretty wary about reporters handling firearms. But yesterday I traveled to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD to see the latest improvements in soldier weaponry.