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StormBreaker bomb approved for use on F-15E

October 14, 2020 | technology | No Comments

Oct. 13 (UPI) — U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command has approved Raytheon’s StormBreaker smart weapon for use on the F-15E, Raytheon announced Tuesday.

“StormBreaker delivers an unprecedented capability to pilots in the field,” said Paul Ferraro, vice president of Raytheon’s Air Power business, in a press release. “The weapon gives airmen a significant advantage – the ability to strike maritime or land-based maneuvering targets at range in adverse weather.”

The StormBreaker, which entered operational testing in 2018, is a small diameter bomb that features a multimode seeker to guide the weapon with infrared, millimeter-wave radar and semi-active lasers in addition to or with GPS and inertial system guide.

The Air Force’s fielding decision means F-15E squadrons can now be equipped with the weapon. The Navy and Marines intend to use it on their versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The StormBreaker’s small size means fewer aircraft can address

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If you were a child of the 80s and grew up to equal amounts of blue jeans, New Wave and Glam rock, then you’re definitely one of the people whose childhoods have been touched by one of Nintendo’s most fun gadgets of the 80s: The NES Zapper! Otherwise known as the Famicom Light Gun, this timeless contraption was sold as part of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and the Famicom in 1984. With its unusual sci-fi look and feel, it made countless shooting games the fun they otherwise wouldn’t have had. Who doesn’t remember those guilty pleasure cheating sessions where you would just change the brightness and contrast of your television set for supreme blasting?

However times have changed and the games these days aren’t exactly ‘Duck Hunt’, ‘Operation Wolf’ or ‘Hogan’s Alley’ anymore. With the introduction of such high-power platforms as the PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii, and … Read More

The Gadget, the first atomic bomb, 1945

May 2, 2020 | gadget | No Comments

The first atomic bomb, The Gadget, 1945.

The first atomic bomb, The Gadget, 1945.

The nuclear test of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon was codenamed Trinity, but the atomic device was nicknamed The Gadget. The date of the Trinity test is usually considered to be the beginning of the Atomic Age. The gadget was an implosion-type plutonium device, similar in design to the Fat Man bomb used three weeks later in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.

The term “Gadget” was a laboratory euphemism for the bomb, from which the laboratory’s weapon physics division, “G Division”, took its name in August 1944. At that time it did not refer specifically to the Trinity Test device as it had yet to be developed, but once it was, it became the laboratory code name. The Trinity Gadget was officially a Y-1561 device, as was the Fat Man used a few weeks later in the bombing of

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