F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

The world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, is making its first appearance at the Farnborough airshow in the UK in July. Three F-35B jump jet aircraft are due to perform in the skies over the week-long event. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

The US Navy is to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. The $4.4-billion ship features an angular shape that makes it 50 times more difficult to detect and new guns designed to deliver devastatingly accurate firepower hundreds of kilometres away. Cool. Or, grotesque and largely unnecessary use of public funds. You decide. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

North Korea still rubbish at launching missiles – an annotated infographic

Try as they might – and Lord above knows they will keep trying – the North Korean army does seem to mightily suck at launching missiles. The latest abject failure was the launch of an intermediate-range Musudan missile, the latest in a string of high-profile disappointments. North Korea attempted three test launches of the Musudan in April, all of which failed, US and South Korean officials have said. The rest of the pleasingly sane, non-homicidal, sensibly coiffured world can continue to breathe easy, hoping that the bumbling, ineffectual performance of the North Korean army continues for many years to come, … Continue reading North Korea still rubbish at launching missiles – an annotated infographic

Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

The British Navy’s pursuit and sinking of German battleship The Bismarck is one of the epic sea battles of the Second World War. The success of the mission, following Bismarck’s sinking of the battlecruiser HMS Hood in May 1941, was down to the bravery of Allied crews; less well known is the part played by technology developed by codebreakers at Bletchley Park. The story of how pioneering techniques like direction finding and traffic analysis that emerged from the Bletchley Park operation helped locate the flagship of the German fleet is the subject a new episode of the always fascinating Bletchley … Continue reading Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

How an H-Bomb works – or, How I Learned To Start Worrying And Hate The Bomb – an annotated infographic

Ever wondered what an H-Bomb is? How it works? What it does? Why we should all be terrified of it? Answers, we got ’em, in the form of this H-Bomb infographic. Basically, your average hydrogen bomb in the street – that’s the H-Bomb to you, mate – is a thermonuclear weapon, see, that uses the energy from a primary fission bomb to ignite a secondary nuclear fusion reaction. Bish, bash, bomb. Job done. The result is the most destructive weapon ever created by man. Good thing / bad thing? Discuss*. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   *The … Continue reading How an H-Bomb works – or, How I Learned To Start Worrying And Hate The Bomb – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #FlightMH17 shot down by Russian-made Buk missile – an annotated infographic

The Dutch Safety Board has released its final report into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine, which has concluded that a Russian-built Buk missile took down the plane. The question of who fired the missile and thus who is to blame for the tragedy remains unresolved. Dutch prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation to find the perpetrators. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #FlightMH17 shot down by Russian-made Buk missile – an annotated infographic

NATO shows off new steerable nuclear bomb – Russia not happy about it – an annotated infographic

The United States plans to deploy 180 precision-guided thermonuclear bombs to five European countries between 2020-24. The B61-12 has a “dial-a-yield” feature and is able to strike within 30 metres of its target. Russia has threatened to take countermeasures over reports that the U.S. is to upgrade nuclear weapons in Europe. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said plans for the U.S. to station up to 180 modified B61–12 guided nuclear bombs in five NATO countries “would lead to a violation of the strategic balance in Europe.” Under a $10.4 billion “Life Extension Programme” (LEP) the new munitions will be converted from … Continue reading NATO shows off new steerable nuclear bomb – Russia not happy about it – an annotated infographic

#BattleofBritain 75th anniversary – key dates, fighter plane details, statistics – an annotated infographic

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, one of the most decisive clashes of World War II, when a handful of Royal Air Force pilots fought in the skies over southern England to defeat Germany’s mighty Luftwaffe squadrons and foil Adolf Hitler’s invasion plans. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #BattleofBritain 75th anniversary – key dates, fighter plane details, statistics – an annotated infographic

#Hiroshima honours 70th anniversary of the city’s atomic annihilation by the USA – an annotated infographic

A minute of silence this morning commemorated the 150,000 victims of the world’s first nuclear explosion targeted to kill civilians – the American attack on Japan’s Hiroshima, which took place 70 years ago today. Uranium fission that provided the basis for the construction of a nuclear weapon was first described by German scientists in 1938. America was thus impelled to fast-track the development of the atomic bomb technology with the knowledge that the Germans had got a headstart. E&T news reported on the Hiroshima 70th anniversary event earlier today. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #Hiroshima honours 70th anniversary of the city’s atomic annihilation by the USA – an annotated infographic

Russia’s new weapon of choice – the #Kalashnikov AK-12 – an annotated infographic

Good news – that is, if you enjoy shooting Ukrainian soldiers in the face. If that’s not your bag, the news that the Russian military has declared that the AK-12 assault rifle will soon replace the AK-74 as its new weapon of choice may largely leave you as cold as a Siberian gulag. The AK-12 will become the standard-issue infantry rifle to troops in service with the Russian military. The rifle is capable of firing both Russian and NATO-calibre ammunition. It’s nice to have that choice, really. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Russia’s new weapon of choice – the #Kalashnikov AK-12 – an annotated infographic