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7 Military Secret Weapons Left Unfinished!

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Power is the main reason for weaponry inventions today as the greed for power has made nations and governments spend huge amounts of their capital in order to have better weapons than others. They invest even in the craziest of ideas , often leading to absurd weapons that are disappointing and are never developed.

7. Lunar Nuclear Bomb

Lunar Nuclear BombUnites states decided to test a nuclear weapon on moon in order to enhance the public morale after the Soviet Union’s early lead in the space race. The project was called 119-A, however it was never carried out as they realized that having a man on the moon is far better than to try and annihilate it.

6. Iceberg Aircraft Carrier

Iceberg Aircraft CarrierIn the World War II the British developed a plan, Project Habakkuk, to build an aircraft out of a mixture of wood pulp and ice (pykrete). The idea was dropped as they realized that it was a huge waste of time and resources.

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5. The Flying Dorito

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Flying Dorito, also known as A-12 Avenger II was an all-weather, carrier-based stealth bomber replacement for the Grumman A-6 Intruder in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. However, due to the extra cost for the over-runs, the project was dropped in 1991 after wasting more than 5 billion dollars.

4. Soviet Doomsday Device

Soviet Doomsday DeviceFormer high-ranking members of the Soviet military and the Central Committee of the Communist Party in a series of interviews to the American defense contractor BDM, admitted the existence of the Dead Hand in the early 1990s. Although there were contradictory statements concerning its deployment but for all we know, it is possibly still a fully operational nuclear- control system that can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors, creating a fail-deadly deterrence.

3. The Un-landable Plane

The Un-landable PlaneThe US government wanted fighters on all their ships instead of having an aircraft take off only from carriers. The XFV Salmon plane was made with landing gear on its tail. But since the pilots couldn’t land backwards on the ship and that the jet was much slower than other contemporary fighters and was far too complicated to fly, the idea of having fighter jets on every ship was dropped.

2. Intruder from the Future

Intruder from the FutureImagine a bomber, designed to carry atomic bombs that can fly at an altitude of 15 miles and three times the speed of sound. The B-70 Valkyrie was supposed to be the aviation dream from the future, but while it was developed, the improvements of high-altitude surface-to-air missiles, the change to low-level penetration bombing, the program’s high development costs, and the introduction of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) led to the cancellation of the B-70 program in 1961. Two prototypes were eventually used; one of them crashed following a midair collision in 1966.

1. The Thunder screech

The Thunder screechAn experimental turboprop aircraft, the XF-84H was powered by a a turbine engine that was mated to a supersonic propeller. But due to the noise that the aircraft created using its engines which could be heard 25 miles away while starting up and caused severe nausea and blew out eardrums of the ground crew, led to its cancellation.

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15 Comments to 7 Military Secret Weapons Left Unfinished!

  1. The Valkyrie XB-70 was cancelled as part of a deal with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons….not because the aircraft was at fault of any kind.
    The A12 Avenger II was a McDonnell Douglas aircraft and I am a retired engineer who worked on the program.
    All new programs have cost over runs because the Pentagon constantly updates capability requirements during engineering. Also there is so much stuff being crammed into any new design they are ALL overweight in the beginning. Those were the excuses…the true facts are Dick Cheney was the Secretary of Defense and the Administration WANTED to invade Iraq….(just like now Cheney wants to invade iran and he is in the media talking about it today) He cancelled the A12 and other programs to divert the funds into the war. just like Hitler, he was unable to “recognize” the advanced weapon when he saw it….(Hitler failed to recognize and utilize the Messerschmidt ME 262 jet fighter, and ordered them converted to bombers) and similarly Cheney FAILED to back the A12 development. Cancelling the A12 led directly to the demise of McDonnell Douglas, and its buy out by Boeing. Boeing HAD to kill the C-17 because McDonnell had painted it up in UPS, Fed Ex and DHS versions and was trying to sell it to the air freight industry to replace the 747. Boeing’s 747 freighters are 70% of their total production. If the C-17 was sold (it is a far more capable aircraft) and 747 orders were reduced, that could kill the whole 747 program, because it is such a huge process (white elephant) that the 747 manufacturing “Economy of Scale” is dependent on maximized sales. the real boondoggles are the F22 and the F37…both are fraught with engineering problems. The McDonnell F4 Phantom, F/A-18 Hornet and F-15 Eagle were truly Great aircraft that excelled in their roles from the beginning. Even the AV-8B Harrier was an amazingly capable aircraft….the Marines love it for ground support….and with the use of inflight thrust vectoring, a conventional aircraft cannot out dog fight it. The A37 does NOT have that capability. And it costs way more. Harriers were in the $25-$30 Mil range….a F-35 is over $100 million a copy.

    • Lasers ARE Coming!! Just like Electric Cars are superior to gas cars for multiple reasons. Some people choose not to buy smart phones….some people would go back to crank up phones and party lines…ditto some people will deny EVs…and want to go on buying fossil fuel dinosaurs that are 15% efficient (or less for “high performance” gas cars)….
      and some people make fun of Laser technology. But a space based chemical laser system could shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles in the boost stage. So hey if you like a “dumb” phone with a dial or giant push buttons…go for it. And if you prefer an extremely complex mix of over 1,000 moving parts in the engine and hundreds of more parts in the transmission and you like spending money for maintenance of “Regular Replacement Parts” plus the noise, vibration and lesser performance, then keep your gas car. And if you can’t see the advantage of light speed weapons that can annihilate any opposing weapon system in seconds…then go ahead and deny and scoff at lasers.

  2. The Valkyrie was used during Vietnam and a high altitude photo-recon platform. There were three on the USS Enterprise. The nuclear capacity was scraped due to a ‘wind tunneling’ effect behind the aircraft that would not ‘release’ the bomb … It would get caught in this pocket of turbulence and follow you home, until you dropped out of supersonic speed.

    • No, Attila, that’s not true. You are confusing the XB-70 Valkyrie with the RA-5C Vigilante. Both were made by the same manufacturer, but the latter had been a more successful product. Originally designed to replace the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, the A-5’s carrier-based strategic nuclear attack mission was made redundant by the development and deployment of the Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarine, armed with the UGM-27 Polaris SLBM. Afterwards the US Navy decided to change the mission of the A-5 to reconnaissance which led to the production of the RA-5C variant. This aircraft was deployed on the Forrestal-class, Kitty Hawk-class, Enterprise, JFK and the first two Nimitz class carriers until retirement in 1979-1980. Yes the palletised delivery mode was a disaster, but that didn’t matter because of the loss of mission and the fact that the RA-5C, being a spyplane, did not have that system/capability. The Vigilante was considered a successful photo bird and for a time was the fastest jet ever to be deployed from a carrier (faster than a mission-configured F-4 Phantom) until the introduction of the F-14 Tomcat. It was retired as a cost-saving measure, having been replaced by the RF-8G Crusader, the RF-4B Phantom (on USS Midway) and the 3 TARPS (Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System)-configured F-14 Tomcats that were operated by one of the two Fighter Squadrons in the Carrier Air Wing. Eventually TARPS became the only fast-jet photo-recon system in the USN and, for a time after the end of the Cold War, the entire US Armed Forces.

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