Friday, April 22, 2011

How cocaine is Smuggled

Well this is post isn't tech-savvy per say but its pretty cool what can come out from deep withing the jungles of the drug capital. Drug kingpins have gone to great lengths to get their products out there and they have even reached the stage of using homemade submarines. Below you will find the pictures of their such creations.

Drug dealers will try anything to transfer their materials across country borders, including going underwater. However, these rickety old submarines weren’t able to successfully make the delivery from Ecuador to Colombia.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

US Army Deploys GPS guided Mortars

 Another Day Another US Military BreakThrough

Precision guided munitions have completely altered the face of warfare, but the humble mortar has remained virtually unchanged for decades, lobbing explosive rounds at a faraway enemy with a relatively high degree of inaccuracy. Finally, the U.S. army is giving this this infantry workhorse a 21st-century update, fielding GPS-guided mortar rounds for the first time.
One Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan has already received the new rounds, known as Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative cartridges (APMI), and seven more are expected to receive them in the next sixth months. The GPS-guided 120-millimeter mortar rounds will offer infantry commanders precision-strike capability, offering them an alternative to blanketing an area in indirect fire.
The APMI XM395 cartridge employs a standard 120-millimeter projectile body, but packed in the nose is a GPS receiver and controller that ensures the aerodynamic directional fins guide the shell toward the target. It also contains a multi-functional fuse that can be programmed to detonate upon impact, in the air, or after it penetrates the ground or a structure. Coordinates are dialed into the round using a computer.
The result is a round that is at minimum seven times more accurate than the most accurate round currently fielded, though there is still some room for error--the APMI is expected to hit within about 30 feet of a target at least half the time, not perfect by any means but still a remarkable improvement. That kind of accuracy also offers one more distinct advantage: less rounds fired means more rounds saved, which cuts down on vulnerable resupply missions to troops in combat zones.