Mighty Military Machines


The U.S. military spends billions of dollars each year developing the biggest, baddest and most technologically advanced war machines in the world.

Get a glimpse of this high-priced gear, then test your military jargon skills from AWOL to ZULU time.

Military Lingo

Quiz: Military Lingo


Specs: DARPA's space-age floater can travel nearly 2,000 miles a day and carry more than 500 tons. Not to be confused with a blimp or airship, the Walrus Aeroscraft generates 65 percent of its lift from helium and additional power from its body and propellers. A prototype is expected to hit the skies in 2009.

Military use: The Walrus operational vehicle will deploy payloads from non-traditional take-off sites on land and water-- runways need not apply.


Specs: This advanced technology vertical/short takeoff aircraft is scheduled to replace its aging predecessors, the CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53D Sea Stallion. The new generation of Marine aircraft carries 30 passengers, climbs 1,000 feet per second, can refuel by air and tops out at 400 mph.

Military use: Used in large-scale combat rescue and search operations, the Osprey offers long-range and multi-purpose air support for the U.S. Marines.


Specs: Propelled by a nuclear reactor, the USS Ohio can reach speeds of 30 mph, dive 800 feet, and support operations of 66 personnel for up to 90 days.

Military use: The first Trident sub -- it was OK'd as a nuclear missle-launch sub in 2001 -- the Ohio was refitted to ballistic missile status in 2005, and is now capable of firing 154 conventional cruise missiles.


Specs: There are three models in service -- M1, M1A1 and M1A2 -- two of which carry a 120mm main gun, a powerful 1,500 hp turbine engine and special armor.

Military use: A long-standing staple of the military's ground force, the Abrams tank is used for seek-and-destroy missions.


Specs: These next generation remote-controlled munitions are operated by soldiers on the ground. A small optical lense allows ground troops to track, lock and hit targets.

Military use: Increase munitions accuracy and range by remote control.


Specs: Boeing's X-45 carries advanced guided missiles, 2,000-pound bombs and other munitions, and can locate and lock targets in real time -- all by remote control.

Military use: The unmanned X-45 J-UCAS (Joint Unmanned Combat Air System) provides strike-force power for U.S. Navy and Air Force military missions.


Specs: Veritable mini-cities on water, the Nimitz class carriers are home to more than 5,000 military personnel and 85 aircraft. Fueled by two nuclear reactors, the 1,000-foot-long ships can travel at speeds of 30 knots, carrying more than 97,000 tons.

Military use: The world's largest warships help facilitate a U.S. military presence across the globe.


Specs: The UGCV, codenamed "Crusher," is a six-wheeled, all-wheel drive, hybrid, autonomous ground vehicle designed to carry a 3000-pound payload through hostile territory.

Military use: This computer-controlled military unit is ideal for close-quarter ground combat and surveillance.


Specs: Non-toxic polymer snow looks and feels like real snow. Its use? Slow down enemy ground operations.

Military use: Control enemy vehicle and troop mobility by increasing slipperiness and reducing traction.

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