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10 Strangest Military Weapons In The World


10 Strangest Military Weapons. Number 10. Developed by Germany to destroy French forts
on the Maginot Line, the giant cannon Schwerer Gustav was the largest piece of artillery
ever used in combat, a massive railroad gun that could theoretically
be brought to wherever it was needed. It could fling an eight ton shell over 37,000
meters. It also required a crew of 2,500 men to set
up, could only fire 14 shells a day and took 45 minutes to re-load. Two such guns were built by Germany, though
only one ever fired shells in combat. Both were destroyed to prevent them from falling
into Allied hands. Number 9. While dogs are routinely used in war for tasks
like bomb-sniffing, the military has also taken inspiration from Fido to build robots. Enter the “Big Dog,” a robotic creature built
by the company Boston Dynamics. The large, rough-terrain robot shambles slowly
up rocky terrain while carrying heavy loads. The robotic beast sounds like a swarm of bees,
and its mincing gait makes it look more like a show poodle than a truly large dog, meaning
it’s probably not all that stealthy or fast. But the goal of the 240-lb. (109 kilograms)
behemoth isn’t to be quiet or quick; it’s to carry about 100 lbs. (45 kg) so troops
don’t have to shoulder their own loads. However, in 2015, the military seemed less
enamored of the idea, saying the size and noise would give away soldiers’ positions. Number 8. In World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps had
an ambitious idea: Train bats to be the kamikaze bombers that the military didn’t want humans
to be. A Pennsylvania dentist first proposed the
idea, inspired by the bat-infested caves at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The idea? Load the bats with explosives, and train the
animals to use their echolocation to find targets. While the military used thousands of free-tailed
bats in experiments, officials eventually scrapped the plan when the atomic bomb seemed
more promising. Number 7. Bats weren’t the only animals recruited to
the war effort. Another project, called Project Pigeon, was
an effort to create a pigeon-guided bomb. The birds were trained using B.F. Skinner’s
operant conditioning to hone in on a target shown on a screen and then peck at it when
they found it. The program was scrapped in 1944 and then
revived in 1948 under the name Project Orcon, but eventually, newer electronic guidance
systems proved to be more valuable. Number 6. The Soviet Union was also very interested
in harnessing animals for warfare. The killer animal in this instance? War dolphins. The project, developed in the 1960s, aimed
to train dolphins to search for submerged warheads or other items. But Russia isn’t the only country training
dolphins for war; the United States has its own dolphin-training program, though the adorable
marine mammals are not trained to carry weapons or kill people,
because they’d have trouble distinguishing between enemies and friendly soldiers. Number 5. In 2007, the U.S. Navy signed a contract with
a company called Invocon to develop a weapon that uses radio frequency to impact a person’s
sense of hearing and equilibrium. Anyone hit by the vomit gun immediately experiences
severe motion sickness and throws up. As with some other weapons on this list, the
Vomit Gun is viewed as a non-lethal means of subduing people and gaining the upper hand
on enemy combatants. And, as with many weapons on this list, the
Vomit Gun seems to be a case where science fiction has caught up to science fact. Number 4. In 2005, the Pentagon confirmed that military
leaders had once been interested in a chemical weapon that could make enemy troops sexually
irresistible to each other. The Air Force Wright Lab received $7.5 million
dollars in 1994 to develop a weapon that would harness a hormone naturally present in the
body in low quantities. When enemy soldiers breathed it in or absorb
it in their skin, the idea went, they would become irresistibly attracted to each other. Not surprisingly, many people found the idea
offensive and impractical. Number 3. When it comes to weapons, what doesn’t kill
you can still make you hurt very, very badly. The U.S. military has been working actively
on a nonlethal weapon called an “active denial system,” aka, the pain ray. This ray zaps people with radio waves that
heat up tissue, creating a painful burn. The objective? Keep suspicious people away from military
bases without having to kill the individuals. The current iteration is used only on mounted
vehicles, but the military said it hopes to miniaturize the weapon. Number 2. Why shoot at enemies with regular old air-propelled
projectiles when you can use rocket fuel instead? That was the premise behind the gyrojet carbine,
which made its debut in the 1960s. Instead of regular pressurized gas, which
his what ordinary projectile firing devices use, the gyrojet could be made lighter because
it didn’t require compressor cartridges for pressurizing gas. Instead, the gyrojet would launch rockets
that burned their fuel as they traveled down the barrel, meaning they were actually at
their fastest once they had left the barrel. However, the guns were woefully inaccurate,
and very few of them got made before the makers, MB Associates, went out of business. Number 1. Designed as a way of deterring and stopping
a Soviet invasion of Germany in the aftermath of World War II, Project Blue Peacock involved
seeding the North German Plain with nuclear landmines. But the mines had to be kept warm to prevent
spontaneous detonation, and British engineers devised a bizarre way to do it: chickens. Chicken coops would be set up over the mines,
and the body heat from the chickens would provide the needed warmth to prevent the mines
from going off and turning half of Germany into a dead zone. But the scheme had a number of problems, the
least of which is that the chickens wouldn’t live long, and it was never implemented.

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