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The Wallace Leaping Tank

The Wallace Leaping Tank

The idea of a tank that hops around on one leg seems like something a little kid might come up with. But as Found and Explained shows us, the hopping tank was a concept designed by an actual engineer. This unusual military vehicle was shaped like a giant pill, could pogo in any direction, and had six turrets. While it was never produced, the design was patented.

WYNEX Tactical Admin Pouch

WYNEX Tactical Admin Pouch
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This military-style zippered pouch is ideal for carrying small tools, accessories, and emergency supplies. It has offset elastic loops for holding tools, and its clamshell design can be opened either flat or into a 90º platform configuration. Made from 1000D Nylon with dual zippers and metal snaps for attaching to MOLLE webbing.

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Portable Ladder Bridge

Portable Ladder Bridge

Say you need to cross a river where there is no bridge. The EasiBridge can span up to 18 meters (59 feet) and be deployed by a single person. Once it’s opened and its supports flipped over, it can carry people on a rolling belly slide. Since the prototype shown in this video, the company continued development and testing and was acquired by BANAIR.

ArcEnCiel Tactical Messenger Bag

ArcEnCiel Tactical Messenger Bag
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A rugged and versatile shoulder bag for your everyday loadout. It’s made from waterproof and fade-resistant 1000D nylon fabric. It has a large central compartment that can hold a 14″ laptop, multiple external pockets, MOLLE-compatible webbing, and a hook-and-loop patch panel. Available in coyote brown or basic black.

Everyday Inventions with Military Origins

Everyday Inventions with Military Origins

They say necessity is the mother of invention. And apparently, war creates a lot of necessities. So it’s no wonder so many things get invented for the military. Mental Floss digs into nine popular items that you probably didn’t know started with a military purpose from Silly Putty to Slinkies to powdered cheese.

Kings Wild Project U.S. Marines Playing Cards

Kings Wild Project U.S. Marines Playing Cards
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Kings Wild Project pays tribute to the men and women of the United States Marine Corps with this special playing card deck. The vintage-style deck features the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, a two-card homage to the flag raising on Iwo Jima, and a sword logo on the tuck case. Just 800 decks will be produced.

Semper Supra: The Space Force Theme Song

Semper Supra: The Space Force Theme Song

Formed in 2019, the U.S. Space Force has had its share of detractors, but the idea of having a military branch focused on the safety and security of the space above Earth isn’t a bad idea. Like other military branches, they now have an official theme song, entitled Semper Supra – the latin phrase for “Always Above.”

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Citizen Weekender Avion Watch

Citizen Weekender Avion Watch
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Featuring a face inspired by military aviation, Citizen’s Avion Weekender watch has a solar-powered drive mechanism so it never needs batteries or winding. It has a handsome black stainless steel case, a matching leather strap, a spherical mineral crystal, and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Salamandre Adaptive Camouflage System

Salamandre Adaptive Camouflage System

Military vehicle camouflage typically relies on paint or netting, but that limits safe movement. French defense company Nexter is testing an adaptive camouflage system that uses moving mirrors to reflect and blend into its surroundings. We’re not sure how well it works when viewed from different angles though.

Omnidirectional Missile Defense System

Omnidirectional Missile Defense System

South Korea is developing a weapon-defense system that can protect against long-range missiles. The “kill vehicle” can rapidly adjust its position using thrusters on its sides, making it difficult to avoid. See it in action at the 26-second mark in the video, right after Korea shows off their own long-range surface-to-air missiles.

Drill Team Razzle-Dazzle

Drill Team Razzle-Dazzle

As part of a promotional event, members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard strutted their stuff in New York’s Times Square. Among their routines was this impressively choreographed sequence in which a sergeant marches through a line of soldiers spinning and tossing bayonet-tipped rifles.

Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Guitarist Andre Antunes has unofficially joined the US Navy. He took footage from Communication Specialist Josiah Trombley’s awesome call-and-response Steamroller troop march, and turned it into a heavy metal song. Seriously, they could go into the studio and record this.

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Mercury Tactical Messenger Bag

Mercury Tactical Messenger Bag
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Carry your computer and organize your everyday work essentials in this military-style messenger bag from Mercury Tactical Gear. Its main compartment is padded and includes a removable laptop case with its own handle, while its exterior features MOLLE webbing and three detachable accessory pouches.

Singing in a Fighter Jet

Singing in a Fighter Jet

During Fleet Week New York, singer Gabriel Brown aka Black Gryph0n took to the skies in the passenger seat of a F/A-18F Super Hornet. While riding shotgun, he turned in 34 vocal impressions, including a spot-on version of Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone. Shout out to his cool-as-a-cucumber pilot Amanda “Stalin” Lee.

The U.S. Army Band: The Mandalorian

The U.S. Army Band: The Mandalorian

Members of the U.S. Army Band celebrated this past May the Fourth with a great orchestral version of Ludwig Göransson’s emotive and exotic theme from The Mandalorian. The performance is filled with wonderful woods and big brass sounds, but it’s strange to see musicians playing wind instruments with masks on.

G-SHOCK x Royal Navy Master of G FROGMAN

G-SHOCK x Royal Navy Master of G FROGMAN
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This limited-edition G-SHOCK watch is inspired by the Royal Navy’s color scheme. It’s a full-fledged diver’s watch with 200 m water resistance, dive logging, tide times, and automatic world time adjustment. It features a durable carbon-fiber-reinforced case, a non-reflective sapphire crystal, and high-brightness LED illumination.

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