Pakistan carts its nukes around in delivery vans

Pakistan is taking nuclear paranoia to a horrifying new low. And it's making the world a vastly more dangerous place in the process. » 11/09/11 12:00pm 11/09/11 12:00pm

Inside the armored SWAT truck of the future

There's a standoff downtown with heavily armed criminals. The SWAT team's been called in and they have two ways to get there: an unimposing bread delivery truck with flashing lights or a scary-but-slow converted tank. Alpine Armoring's come up with a compromise: a bullet-proof, blast-resistant rolling bunker that… » 10/12/11 4:00pm 10/12/11 4:00pm

Watch us take a SWAT truck to a McDonald's drive-thru

I'd have no reservations about taking the Pit-Bull VX armored SWAT truck to a gunfight, but the local McDonald's drive-thru presented a unique challenge. Have we found this mighty machine's Achilles' heel? » 10/12/11 2:00pm 10/12/11 2:00pm

From rape van to sniper nest in just two minutes

There's nothing subtle about Terrahawk's Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower (MUST). It's a jacked-up matte black Ford E-series van with a curiously large protrusion up to. Mobile murder room? Not quite. MUST just likes to watch. » 9/06/11 2:00pm 9/06/11 2:00pm

Tiny tanks, howitzers-on-wheels and other deadly, dusty scenes from…

The North African theater was every bit as savage and deadly as its better-known European and Pacific cousins during World War 2, with the added exposure to the Sun and dust storms for good measure. These pictures tell that story. » 9/05/11 2:45pm 9/05/11 2:45pm

How I was almost crushed by a C-130 in Afghanistan

Jacob LaDuke served with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan in 2002 as an A-10 crew chief. Here, LaDuke explains one of his first nights at Bagram AFB and his near fatal brush with a big ol' Canadian transport. — Ed. » 8/19/11 3:30pm 8/19/11 3:30pm

The most badass tow-truck ever

The US government, in between hours spent squabbling over the price of a cheese sandwich, has ordered a bunch of refurbished M88A2 HERCULES ARVs, also known as tanks that tow other tanks — and other big stuff too. » 8/05/11 3:00pm 8/05/11 3:00pm

What is a New Jersey steelyard doing with a tank?

Part snow crawler, part tank, this V8-powered monstrosity has been for sale by a New Jersey steelyard for some time now. So how did an armored crawler ended up in the Garden State? » 7/19/11 4:45pm 7/19/11 4:45pm

Even chopped pickup trucks may not help Libya's rebels win

It would be heartening to report that Libya's ragtag rebellion has pushed itself to the brink of victory using their wits to build weapons like this recoilless rifle in a chopped Chinese pickup. But it wouldn't be true. » 6/21/11 2:30pm 6/21/11 2:30pm

World War II-era B-17 bomber crash lands, burns

A Boeing B-17 WWII bomber restored with the colors of the original "Liberty Belle" crashed and burned this morning after taking off from a suburban Chicago airport. It was one of 14 still flightworthy; no one was injured. » 6/13/11 4:30pm 6/13/11 4:30pm

Watch four Humvees get pushed out of an airplane

Hauling Humvees into remote parts of Iraq can take several weeks over land, and slow-moving air transports can make large targets, so what better way to deliver a few than parachuting them in. Someone's still getting the delivery charge. Thanks Brett! » 6/13/11 10:00am 6/13/11 10:00am

U.S. pilots do crazy flybys too

Perhaps not wanting to be left out of the good times being displayed by their Argentinean counterparts, someone just uploaded a compilation video of US Air Force pilots purportedly in Afghanistan and Iraq trying some close shaves of their own. DUCK! » 6/08/11 1:15pm 6/08/11 1:15pm

Watch Libyan rebel trucks lay down the law

Those Libyan trucks rebels are managing to cobble together out of old washing machines seem to be working. Libyan rebel forces are advancing (with the help of NATO air strikes) and, as you can see in this video, using their technicals to make a lot of noise. » 5/11/11 3:00pm 5/11/11 3:00pm

Mexican drug cartel builds its own tank

The war in northern Mexico between drug cartels and the Mexican government has raged for 4 1/2 years, with little end in sight — especially with the cartels starting to build tanks like this one, nicknamed "El Monstruo 2011." » 5/10/11 12:00pm 5/10/11 12:00pm

Inside the Libyan rebels' secret "Mad Max" workshops

The Libyan rebels assembled a motorized cavalry of mostly civilian trucks outfitted with crude armor and even cruder weapons almost overnight. Where'd they come from? Secret workshops run by brave mechanics using junk tools and spit-and-gum techniques to keep the troops at the front armed. » 5/04/11 9:30am 5/04/11 9:30am

New Hyundai Accent built Libyan rebellion tough

We've been amazed at the vehicles used by the Libyan rebels in their fight against oppression, and this photo today from Associated Press photographer Nassan Nassan only adds to it. Hyundai's getting a war badge. » 4/15/11 3:30pm 4/15/11 3:30pm

BAE testing anti-ship high power microwave gun

Anti-ship laser weapons are so last week. The new hotness? BAE's high-powered microwave gun, which it says can shut down up to 30 small boats at a time. It can also instantly pop 600 bags of Orville Redenbacher. » 4/15/11 2:15pm 4/15/11 2:15pm

This kid stole a truck to escape Libyan forces

The young man in this photo said he stole the truck to escape from Brega, currently besieged by Libyan loyalist forces, and return to the rebel side of the conflict where the truck will likely be put to good use. It's a frightened face of a massive human tragedy framed in a truck's window. » 4/07/11 3:30pm 4/07/11 3:30pm

This is the U.S. Army's tough new high-tech ambulance

Evacuating injured soldiers from the mountains of Afghanistan is often a task too difficult for a Humvee and too dangerous for a helicopter, which is why the Army's debuting this M-ATV-based mine-resistant ambulance for the campaign. » 3/24/11 12:30pm 3/24/11 12:30pm

This is how Russia keeps highways free of snow

A member of an emergency services special unit fires a shell towards the upper slopes to clear snow buildup above the Transcaucasian highway. » 3/20/11 2:30pm 3/20/11 2:30pm