As if the world didn’t have enough scary weapons to worry about, recent reports tell us that Russia is boasting a new “hypersonic” one that “skips along the upper atmosphere to deliver a potentially nuclear payload,” wrote IFLScience.
Apparently, the said hypersonic glide vehicle is called the Avangard. The new weapon has the capabilities of traveling at 5,000 kilomoters per hour and it has already been tested thrice, with two of those tests considered successful. Another test – a fourth one – has been scheduled for summer.
Russia’s Avangard is categorized as a “hypersonic weapon” because it can travel 5 times faster than the speed of sound.
The IFLScience report further tells us that the warhead’s delivery is “fairly unconventional” since it catches an upward ride “before detaching at a certain height and – thanks to its bespoke design – aerodynamically re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, allowing it to achieve hypersonic speeds.”
This means even without its explosive capabilities, the weapon’s momentum can still “cause considerable damage” on land upon its impact.
The weapon has been specifically designed to evade U.S. missile defense systems.
Meanwhile, independent analyst Pavel Podvig pointed out that Russia’s hypersonic glide vehicles have been created to evade US defense systems – specifically because it is capable of maneuvering around defenses.
However, Podvig noted that the weapon still doesn’t have much of a purpose at present.
“It has been described as a weapon in search of a mission. My take is, you don’t really need this kind of capability. It doesn’t really change much in terms of ability to hit targets.”
Besides, if Russia’s goal is to counter defenses, that could be easily achieved by using several standard warheads.
Still, Podvig believes the weapon could “breed dangerous uncertainty” and warned:
“These systems create greater risks of miscalculation and it’s not clear if we can effectively deal with those risks.”
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The hypersonic weapon may be ready for deployment by 2020.
World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft To Arrive By 2022, Says Chinese Company
The AG600 is almost as big as a Boeing 737!
It looks like the world can expect to see the biggest amphibious aircraft ever - at least by 2022, according to a China-based plane manufacturer.
Online reports tell us that the AG600 will have an impressive wingspan of 127 feet (39 meters) and it has been designed mainly for marine rescue and for responding to forest fire.
The AG600 will be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft – and it’s currently a work in progress.
This Cool Tech Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Power Scooter
Goodbye, shoulder strains!
It’s always amazing whenever we see technology being put to good use – and this one is definitely a good example of that. With this innovative gadget, any ordinary wheelchair can be turned into a scooter, allowing disabled individuals to move around with greater mobility and increased convenience.
Rio Mobility’s Firefly, a freestanding electric handcycle that attaches to a wheelchair, is a useful, practical tool that can prevent shoulder pain for people who use wheelchairs. That’s on top of helping them travel faster and easier, of course!
The Firefly clips to any type of wheelchair – in seconds.
New 7 Deadly Sins Of The Digital World – And You Might Be Guilty Of Them
What are you guilty of?
Pride, lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, and wrath are more known as the seven deadly sins. These are classifications of vices in Christian teaching. While these have been around since the 3rd century AD, a new representation has now come forth.
A Twitter user tweeted an updated version of the seven deadly sins. It's so up to date that you might even be guilty of a few.