Weapons




A high-speed camera captures the first full-energy shots from the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher, Feb. 23, 2012, at a test facility in Dahlgren, Virginia. (Photo by John F. Williams/U.S. Navy)

Navy to Fire Electromagnetic Rail Gun at Sea

The U.S. Navy plans to test-fire a long-range electromagnetic weapon against a floating target at sea later this year as part of the fast-paced development…






Lockheed Martin's Athena laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Shows Off Ground-Based Laser System

Lockheed Martin Corp. showed off its new ground-based laser weapon at this week’s Army expo in Washington, D.C. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company displayed its 30-kilowatt…




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Pentagon Acknowledges Upgrading Nukes Abroad

The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged it’s upgrading nuclear weapons stored abroad, but — in keeping with standard practice — didn’t specify where. “We are proceeding…




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Portable Laser Weapon Melts Flying Drone

Boeing Co. has released video showing its new portable laser weapon burning a hole through and ultimately disabling a flying drone. The company’s Compact Laser…



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Navy Develops Mini-Drone Sensor

The Naval Research Laboratory is testing a new mini-drone about the size of a compact disc designed to glide into areas with special acoustic, meteorological…



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Ripsaw UGV Can Reload Itself in a Fight

Army weapons officials recently showed off its latest effort at arming an unmanned vehicle to keep soldiers safer on the battlefield. The Ripsaw unmanned ground…