Every Helicopter in the US Military Could Soon Be a Drone

The MQ-8 Fire Scout might be the US military's marquee pilotless helicopter, but it's not the only one. A pair of R/C Kaman K-Max K-1200 choppers have proven their value resupplying forward operating bases in Afghanistan and, now, the DoD is developing a system to turn any helicopter into a remotely operated whirley… » 4/09/14 11:45am 4/09/14 11:45am

An RC Plane That Flies on Seawater Fuel

It's been almost a year and a half since we first reported on the U.S. Navy's plans to produce cheap liquid fuel from seawater. And as a proof of concept, the unmodified two-stoke engine in this P-51 Mustang remote control model plane was recently powered using the new liquid fuel instead of traditional gas. » 4/07/14 11:20am 4/07/14 11:20am

Watch the Navy parachute team jump and land inside a baseball stadium

Because most of us will never take the literal leap of jumping off a damn plane, here's POV footage from the Leap Frogs aka the Navy's parachute team. For the San Diego Padre's home opener, the jumpers took off in a plane and landed right smack inside Petco Park. You can hear the roar of the crowd grow louder as they… » 4/04/14 11:34pm 4/04/14 11:34pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:20am 3/13/14 11:20am

The US Navy is finally deploying giant lasers

Oh baby. The US Navy is saying a prototype of the solid state Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is ready for deployment. This summer in the Persian Sea, the USS Ponce will be outfitted with lasers that can shoot down aerial drones, speedboats and swarm boats that are miles away. It's going to be Star Wars in the open sea. » 2/26/14 12:25am 2/26/14 12:25am

The Navy Almost Built a "Flying Dorito" It Couldn't Afford to Fly

While U.S. military has had its fair share of bungled development programs—just look at the V-22 Osprey or the littoral combat ship—the ill-fated A-12 Avenger II is a strong candidate for the worst. It was so poorly managed that, if completed, the program could have sunk nearly all of the Navy's budget. » 1/27/14 11:40am 1/27/14 11:40am

Oh Look, the Navy's Got Itself an Oculus Rift

The above is not bonus footage from Battleship. Nor is it promotional material for a fancy video game. What it is, though, is definitive proof that the U.S. Navy will always have way cooler toys than you. » 1/23/14 8:48am 1/23/14 8:48am

Why Is There a US Naval Cruiser in the Middle of This Cornfield?

If you're driving along the New Jersey turnpike just outside of Moorsetown and think you see the top of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer peeking above endless rows of corn, miles from the nearest ocean, don't worry—it's supposed to be there. It's just a full-size mock up that Lockheed uses to develop its AEGIS Combat… » 1/16/14 12:50pm 1/16/14 12:50pm

1995 Patent Shows Early Version of Navy's Submarine-Launched Drone

Today the U.S. Navy announced that it successfully launched an unmanned aerial vehicle from a submerged submarine. Quite an impressive feat, no doubt. But it's far from a new idea. In fact, the Navy applied for a patent on a similar submarine drone-launcher in 1995. » 12/05/13 5:11pm 12/05/13 5:11pm

The Navy Just Launched a Drone from a Submarine—While Underwater

If you thought launching a drone from an aircraft carrier was impressive, you're going to be blown away by this: After six years of development, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has successfully launched a drone from a submerged submarine. » 12/05/13 3:20pm 12/05/13 3:20pm

Marching into the Future of 3D-Printed War

We all know by now that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing—even the president says so. The march of progress doesn't always move as quickly as we'd like, however, especially when the military-industrial complex is involved. While 3D printing machines are becoming steadily cheaper and the possibilities… » 12/02/13 11:20am 12/02/13 11:20am

This is what a high speed turn in a US Navy destroyer looks like

I love this photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson: sailors standing aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley during a turn at full speed. It's crazy to think that a 509-foot-long beast that displaces 9,200 tons can make such high-speed maneuvers. » 11/18/13 10:34pm 11/18/13 10:34pm

The Future of the Marines Begins with Fighting Pirates

With sequestration and whatnot, the Navy's suffering for resources. So they're getting creative. Creative like launching drones off aircraft carriers? Well, yes, actually—but it gets more exciting than that. The Marines might soon start fighting pirates. » 11/05/13 6:20pm 11/05/13 6:20pm

America's 21st Century Destroyer Set Sail For the First Time Saturday…

The U.S. possesses the most formidable naval fleet in the world. However, the face of oceanic warfare is rapidly evolving and bears little resemblance to 20th century sea battles. Naval dominance is no longer decided in the middle of the Pacific or Atlantic, but rather in shallow territorial waters. To meet these new… » 10/21/13 2:44pm 10/21/13 2:44pm