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Season 1 / Episode 3 and airs on 20 December 2017 20:00
This three-part series looks at some of the key instruments of war, their history, the milestones of modern weaponry and the technological leaps performed by innovative engineers and inventors that saved the day but ultimately changed the face of warfare forever.From the cruise missile and the tank to the machine gun the series unpacks the technological shifts that created these machines. From propulsion mechanisms to guidance systems the series reveals how the tank got its track how a submarine fires a missile and how to build a fully automatic gun.
The series takes a closer look at how this ultimate surgical attack weapon is capable of speeds of over 800km/hour, can seek out and destroy enemies from 2,500km away and can strike a target within 10 metres. But the Cruise missile hasn't always been the generals' silver bullet. It took engineers decades to get it right. To build such a weapon, they had to overcome a series of extreme technical challenges. How do you push a one and a half ton missile out of the ocean, make it dodge enemy radar, and then home in on its target to strike with deadly accuracy?
Mobile protected firepower - that's what every general wants. This episode traces the near 100-year history of mobile protected firepower. Since it first appeared on the muddy fields of northern France in the World War I, designers and engineers have been trying to perfect and improve these steel leviathans. In this programme, a US tank crew-in-training will give us an exclusive look at the latest Abrams M1A2 main battle tank at the US Army's Fort Hood, while tank historians and war veterans will spotlight the major advances that make up the evolutionary timeline of the tank's development. What makes an Abrams one of the best tanks of today? In the near 100-year history of the tank, how did we end up here?
This episode unravels the history of the deadly rapid-fire weaponry favoured by both military and gangsters. We examine how 150 years of machine gun evolution has placed the firepower of a 19th Century Army in the hands of a company of US Marines. Specially staged live-fire machine gun events explain the key moments in the weapon's history: from the World War I machine gun that can chop down a tree, to the first gangster "hit" with a Tommy Gun, to the modern GAU-8 Avenger - one of the deadliest machine guns in the world.
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