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

The USMC's Amphibious Tank Killer Gets a New Pop-up Missile Launcher

The US Marine Corps is the tip of America's spear—a fast-moving, flexible, forward operating force geared to take and hold territory quickly and efficiently. This flexibility is exemplified in the USMC's favorite armored troop carrier: the eight-wheeled, tank-hunting LAV-AT. The only thing it can't do is fly. » 4/02/14 11:40am 4/02/14 11:40am

Terrifying GoPro video from tanks in Syria's war zone

Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver's seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria's Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can't see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying.… » 3/20/14 7:31pm 3/20/14 7:31pm

What America Can Learn From Russia's Cheap But Deadly T90 Tank

The Russian T-90, a hybrid evolution of the T-72 and T-80, weighs in at almost 48 tons, and would lead Russia into battle if a major land conflict erupted today — not a crazy idea anymore. Here's what the Pentagon should learn something from the thrifty, simple and dangerously effective tank? » 3/13/14 1:58pm 3/13/14 1:58pm

The Incredible Flying Tanks of WWII

Given how devastatingly effective both newly-invented tank and airplane technologies proved during World War I, it was only a matter of time before enterprising military designers on both sides of the Atlantic thought to combine them into a flying Reece's Peanut Butter Cup of armored mayhem. And they almost succeeded.… » 2/20/14 11:40am 2/20/14 11:40am

These Easy-To-Install Treads Turn Any Car Into a Tank

If you're an off-roading enthusiast you've probably already seen those kits that let you replace your truck's wheels with a set of four tank treads for tackling any terrain. The Track N Go is the same idea, except that you don't need a garage, a lift, or any kind of mechanical know-how to install them. You just drive… » 1/12/14 11:02am 1/12/14 11:02am

Exploding Dogs Were Used as Mobile Anti-Tank Mines During World War II

Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called "Hundminen" or "dog mines." They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question. » 12/02/13 5:10am 12/02/13 5:10am

What it looks like to get hit in the face with a tank shell

So this is completely terrifying. In a you will probably pee a little bit as you watch this GIF kind of way. In a holy crap wait a minute this isn't a video game right kind of way. No, no it is not. This is what it looks like to take a direct hit from a tank shell in real life. You can see it blast out of the barrel… » 10/30/13 7:00pm 10/30/13 7:00pm

Russia's Unstoppable Terminator Tank Is Now Even More Deadly

After being thoroughly worked over by Chechen separatists at the Battle of Grozny in 1995, Russia set about reinventing its armored divisions. The existing BMP-2 vehicles were scrapped in favor of the improved BMPT "Ramka," better known as the Terminator. And like any blockbuster, this summer delivered an even bigger… » 10/04/13 11:30am 10/04/13 11:30am

This RC Tank Jams Enemy Wireless Signals in a 50 Foot Radius

While not as popular as cars, monster trucks, or even planes, remote control tanks have become surprisingly complex and capable over the years, even to the point of actually firing plastic pellets. The No Network tank, however, doesn't fire at targets you can see. Instead, it's equipped with a wireless jammer that… » 8/08/13 2:10pm 8/08/13 2:10pm

The Horrifying Flame Tank of the 1930s Meant to End All Wars

In 1936, Hugo Gernsback proposed a terrifying new war machine meant to be more efficient than any that had come before it. He called it the "flame tank." And while the thing looks absolutely horrifying in every way (those appear to be dozens of people being burned alive by the tank's flame guns), the stated goal of… » 5/23/13 1:00pm 5/23/13 1:00pm

Is This Tiny Tank the Comfiest Wheelchair Ever?

It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to be a highly maneuverable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wheelchair. You won't ever see it cruising down sidewalks, but one day they might be crawling all… » 4/30/13 9:47am 4/30/13 9:47am

Russian Heavy Flame Thrower Systems: As If Tanks Weren't Badass Enough…

For as cool as hurling columns of fire at your enemies is, "flamethrower guy" was one of the most dangerous jobs in the military—one stray bullet and the big canister of napalm strapped to you goes ka-boom and you along with it. So what better way to safely spread thermobaric mayhem than by incorporating your… » 4/08/13 11:30am 4/08/13 11:30am

RC Mic Tanks Rearrange Studio Setups With Tactical Precision

To better their ability to perfect a mix, sound engineers sit at a giant board outside of a recording studio where it's whisper quiet. And to avoid having to keep running in and out of a studio to perfect their mic placement, someone's slapped a microphone on a remote controlled RC toy tank that promises to make a… » 3/05/13 4:00pm 3/05/13 4:00pm