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How Smart Bombs Work

Smart bombs can navigate their own way to specific ground targets with startling accuracy, even in poor weather conditions. Find out how JDAMs and other smart bombs automatically find and hit their targets.

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  • How Cruise Missiles Work

    How Cruise Missiles Work

    A fascinating article that describes how cruise missiles work and explores some of their advanced technology! See more »

  • How did the U.S. shoot down its spy satellite?

    How did the U.S. shoot down its spy satellite?

    An out-of-control satellite was headed for Earth. Shooting it down could save lives, but was it all just a ruse to test anti-satellite defenses? See more »

  • How Dirty Bombs Work

    How Dirty Bombs Work

    This week, U.S. officials said they dispatched scientists in December to search for dirty bombs in five U.S. cities, after learning of possible New Year's Eve terrorist attacks. Learn all about these crude weapons. See more »

  • How do liquid explosives work, and what would terrorists do with them on a plane?

    How do liquid explosives work, and what would terrorists do with them on a plane?

    On August 10, 2006, authorities in Great Britain announced that they had arrested several people in connection with a plot to attack airplanes with liquid explosives. See more »

  • How do scientists determine if a nuclear blast has occurred?

    How do scientists determine if a nuclear blast has occurred?

    In the first reports released since North Korea announced its underground nuclear test on Monday, officials are saying they have found no evidence of a nuclear signature in the air above the blast site. See more »

  • How does the military intercept missiles?

    How does the military intercept missiles?

    In 2013, North Korea said it had readied missiles for potential strikes on U.S. military bases. The U.S. government said it was ready to intercept them. But what does that really mean? See more »

  • How E-Bombs Work

    How E-Bombs Work

    The U.S. could have a new high-tech electromagnetic weapon in its arsenal, and terrorists might be building their own low-tech versions. Find out how these weapons could tear apart modern technology. See more »

  • How Grenades Work

    How Grenades Work

    Grenades are a devastatingly effective weapon on the battlefield. Find out what happens when a soldier pulls the pin and tosses one of these miniature bombs at the enemy. See more »

  • How IEDs Work

    How IEDs Work

    Whether you call it a homemade bomb, a booby trap or an improvised explosive device, an IED is simple to make, easily hidden and extraordinarily destructive. Why are these deadly devices one of the No. 1 killers of soldiers in Iraq. See more »

  • How Landmines Work

    How Landmines Work

    Landmines are a deadly legacy of 20th century warfare. Independent sources report that since 1975, landmines have killed or maimed more than 1 million people during peace time. Learn about the technology of landmines and their deactivation. See more »

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