Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Military Tech, on the Way Out and on the Way In

The Harrier Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing jet has made its last flight for the British military.  They are on their way to decommissioning, eventually to be replaced by a variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.  The carrier Ark Royal is likewise being retired.  It marks the end of an era for British aviation, and closes the book on a truly unique aircraft design.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy's railgun program has gone from a record setting ten and a half megajoule shot two years ago to a whopping 33 megajoules, on their way to a desired 64.  It is a long way from being a useful weapon, but it's still impressive tech.

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