Crazy Strong Metal Foam Armor Stops .50 Cal Armor Piercing Rounds

Scientists from NC State University have created a new type of armor that could replace the rolled steel sort of military applications. The team created the new armor using a composite metal foam (CMF) that is less than half the weight of normal armor but can stop .50 cal ball and armor piercing ammo.

The armor is created using a foam made with hollow, metallic spheres made of materials like stainless steel or titanium embedded in a matrix made of steel, titanium, or other metallic alloys. In their testing, the armor absorbed 72-75% of the kinetic energy of .50 cal ball rounds and 68 to 78% of the energy from armor-piercing rounds.

The researchers think that the armor could allow military vehicles to be made safer with more armor without a weight penalty, or could allow the same level of protection as conventional armor, with better fuel economy and performance.


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F-35 Fighter Jet Kite Feels the Need for Speed

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to get out in the park and outside to enjoy the warmer weather. That also means running around flying a kite. If you have a kid or adult who likes military aircraft, this awesome looking kite is just the ticket.

The 6-foot-long kite looks like a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. It’s made from ripstop nylon attached to a fiberglass frame. Three under-fuselage attachment points for the string keep the kite stable. It ships with 175-feet of 85-pound test line that is very strong, so you should lose your precious kite. The kite also has a long orange tail to keep it stable.

Hammacher Schlemmer sells the F-35 kite for $129.95.

China Has a Military Vehicle That Launches Drones

Being one of the world’s big superpowers, China is always building up its military might. One of their many dangerous toys is this armored vehicle from Beijing Zhongzi Yanjing Auto Co. Ltd. It looks like a Humvee of sorts, but this vehicle is deadly.

Imagine this bad boy just cruising along like a regular military personnel transporter, until a bunch of launch tubes pop out of the roof. Oh sh*t! It has 12 pneumatic launch tubes capable of launching drones into the air to conduct reconnaissance missions, or to carry out “accurate suicide attacks on targets.”

Yeah, this isn’t your run of the mill military vehicle. It is death on wheels. It creates an element of surprise for an enemy. The dozen drones it carries consist of four SULA30 recon drones, which are capable of staying in the air for over an hour and eight two-meter wide SULA89 reconnaissance and attack drones, each capable of holding 4.4 lbs of explosives intended to incapacitate light armored vehicles, destroy field fortifications and kill, kill, kill.

It was recently shown off at the Beijing Civil-Military Integration Expo 2019. Hopefully, they never have to use this thing in wartime, and most definitely not against us.

[via Liu Xuanzun via Mike Shouts]

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