Military Weapons The World Didn’t Think Were Possible

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The United States Navy is the largest and most powerful navy in the world. With a reputation like that, you can bet that they have some of the most intense weapons in their arsenal. Much of the Navy’s weaponry has been in development for years, and even the most sophisticated artillery is still improving.

From nuclear war deterring missiles that can be launched from covert submarines to laser-guided missiles that almost never miss their mark, these weapons were unthinkable only a few decades ago.


Wait until you see the missile that has the power to take out a small country.


TRIDENT II (D5) Missile


This is a Trident II D5 missile launching from an Ohio-class submarine. The Trident II is a ballistic missile capable of deterring nuclear warfare. Twelve independently-targeted nuclear warheads can fit into one missile. The warheads are called MIRV, which stands for multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles.

Trident missiles get launched from nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, which can carry up to 20 missiles. The missiles are powerful enough to take out an entire small country. Fourteen U.S. Navy Ohio-class submarines currently carry these missiles.

Which surface-to-air missile uses infrared technology to increase its precision? Keep reading to find out!

Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG)


Dubbed the “future of naval combat,” the Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) was made to replace all powder guns on naval ships. This EMRG is so fast; this is a frame taken from a high-speed video camera. It fired at 10.64 megajoules with a muzzle velocity of 2520 meters per second.

With the power of kinetic energy, an EMRG uses electromagnetism to fire projectiles at speeds up to 5,600 mph. The Department of the Navy invested a lot into their EMRG program to help develop technologies that will aid the Navy and Marines out in combat.

Harpoon Missile


This Harpoon missile fires during a drill aboard the USS Fitzgerald near Guam in 2015. The Harpoon is an anti-ship missile system created in 1977 to serve as the Navy’s go-to anti-ship missile. These all-weather missiles go over the horizon with a range over 67 nautical miles. They can launch from coastal batteries, aircraft, surface ships, and submarines.

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