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This All-Terrain Snowboard-Meets-Tank Makes The Segway Look Like A Kid’s Toy
When the Segway first appeared more than 15 years ago, it seemed like a simple, elegant solution to an age-old problem: How to get a single person from point A to point B while exerting the least amount of effort. But there’s a clear problem with these two-wheeled people-movers: No matter how efficient or safe they may be, they’re just too damn ugly. Riding one around anywhere is an invitation to get your lunch money stolen.
Not so with BPGWerks’s DTV Shredder, which looks like something out of Starship Troopers:
The Canadian adventure company’s muscular dual-track beast first appeared at the 2010 Military Vehicles conference in Detroit, billed as a “first response modular platform for soldiers” — the world’s deadliest skateboard, if you will. But after years of development, the company’s taken more of a recreational path, marketing this one-man tank platform as “the first true crossover vehicle for action and power sports.”
They’re not wrong. Powered by a 196cc 4-stroke gasoline engine and padded with reinforced molded rubber tracks, the 280-pound beast has a top speed of 25 mph, fast enough to whisk an infantryman in and out of a tight situation. Recent test footage shows the Shredder, well, shredding the bejesus out of terrain, from forests …
… to fresh snow:
This thing looks like a skateboard and a snowmobile had a baby, and that baby loves to tear off around the surrounding countryside like an adrenaline junky in search of a fix. It’ll cost you $4,950 to get your hands on one of these bad boys, but admit it: You’ve always wanted to do backflips through your local forest, haven’t you?
An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.
On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.