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China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating US Missile Defence Systems

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate US missile defence systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead. Read More >>

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The Futuristic Invisible Wall That Was Supposed to Protect Entire Towns From Missiles in 1959

When you hear about the concept of missile defence in space, your first thought might be Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, more commonly called Star Wars. But ideas for an invisible missile shield in the sky are much older than the 1980s. As just one example, we have this Sunday comic strip from 1959, which imagined the missile defences of the future. Read More >>

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That Video of a Failed Missile Launch Isn’t From North Korea

Have you seen this video of North Korea’s failed missile launch? It’s quite impressive, in that GEE WHIZ EXPLOSIONS! kind of way. But it’s not from North Korea. Read More >>

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Drudge Report Stokes Iran Fears With Fake Missile Photo Featuring Jar Jar Binks

The Drudge Report published a peculiar image on its homepage yesterday, featuring the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks peeking out over a set of photoshopped ballistic missiles. The headline read “Iran Rattles,” indicating that the story was meant to be taken seriously. Read More >>

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Taiwan’s Navy Accidentally Launched a Supersonic Missile and Killed Someone

The Taiwanese navy somehow managed to accidentally fire a missile, with the supersonic anti-ship device blasting off from a docked craft, hitting a local fishing boat and killing the captain. The military patrol boat was undergoing an inspection when the Hsiung Feng III missile was fired. Read More >>

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North Korea Just Conducted its Most Successful Mid-Range Missile Launch Yet

Kim Jong-un has once again reminded everyone that he’s more than just a big toddler with an ahead-of-his-time haircut by reportedly launching a pair of mid-range ballistic missiles off North Korea’s eastern coast. Read More >>

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Whimsical Coffee Table Recreates the Start of our Planet’s Nuclear Apocalypse

Designer Stelios Mousarris claims his new Rocket Coffee Table was inspired by childhood memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons and playing with action figures. But perhaps repressed memories of the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear war, also played a part in its creation. Read More >>

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The US’ Nuclear Arsenal is Powered by a 1970s IBM and Floppy Disks

In a news release talking about how it plans to tackle the problem of ageing computer systems, the US government auditor has struck terror into the world in a new and exciting way -- by revealing its nuclear weapons are controlled by 1970s IBM computers that boot code from 8-inch floppy disks. Read More >>

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Police Found a Pair of Live WWII Missiles at an Essex Bus Stop

Were you in Essex on Tuesday, transporting your extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia and other wartime artifacts about the place? If so, you may have left some of your live anti-tank missiles at a bus stop. Easy mistake. We've all carelessly abandoned live ordnance. Read More >>

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North Korea Fired Missiles Into Sea Hours After UN Imposed Tight Sanctions

South Korea has announced that its nearest neighbour in the North has fired six short-range missiles into the sea, just hours after tight UN sanctions had been imposed upon the country. Read More >>

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US Missile Mysteriously Turns Up in Cuba and No One Knows How It Got There 

A Hellfire missile that the US shipped to Europe for NATO training purposes last year somehow wound up in Cuba. As far as losing sensitive military technology goes, this is one of the biggest screw-ups of its kind. Read More >>

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The Process of Launching a Nuclear Missile is Completely Riveting

This video is intense, suspenseful, and got me more scared than any movie I’ve watched this year. Veritasium dug into the actual process involved in launching a nuclear missile from its silo. The retro-tech combined with its quaint fail safes and cute ignition, all under the backdrop of the disastrous power of a nuke, makes for a truly captivating watch. Read More >>

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Add Missiles to the List of Weapons You Can (Sorta) 3-D Print

3D printing may have already spawned dart guns, pistols, and rifles, but up until now, the 3-D printed arsenal has been lacking the firepower of a guided missile. Read More >>

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How Fighter Jets Lock On (and How the Targets Know)

The primary technology that a military aircraft uses to lock and track an enemy aircraft is its onboard radar. Aircraft radars typically have two modes: search and track. In search mode, the radar sweeps a radio beam across the sky in a zig-zag pattern. When the radio beam is reflected by a target aircraft, an indication is shown on the radar display. In search mode, no single aircraft is being tracked, but the pilot can usually tell generally what a particular radar return is doing because with each successive sweep, the radar return moves slightly. Read More >>

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Why America’s Navy is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

Some folks question why the US Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons. Read More >>