25 Of The Most Destructive Military Weapons Ever Built

From dead carcasses being launched over castle walls to nuclear weapons being dropped on large cities, some of mankind’s most creative efforts have been poured into finding new and more effective ways of killing. These are 25 of the most destructive military weapons every built.

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The Airborne Laser

LaserArtist rendition of two YAL-1As shooting down missiles. The laser beams are highlighted red for visibility but in reality, they would be invisible

Technically called the YAL-1 Airborne Laser this is basically a Boeing 747 mounted with an anti-missile defense system that can track and shoot down enemy missiles from hundreds of miles away.

24

Mark I

Mark I

Used during World War I this was the first tank ever to enter combat.

23

The Trident

The Trident

It’s full name is the Trident II D5 SLBM. It contains 8 nuclear warheads and can be launched from a submarine. These are the missiles that would send us back to the stone age.

22

MOAB

MOAB

Known as the “Mother of All Bombs” it’s technical name is the Massive Ordinance Air Blast. It is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever created by the US military.

21

Shahab Missiles

Shahab Missiles

Not much is known about these Iranian weapons except that they have a range of 5,000 miles. And that is more than enough information.

20

Schwerer Gustav and Dora

Schwerer Gustav and Dora

In case you can’t tell from the picture, this German cannon is largest cannon ever used in battle and its ammunition is the heaviest on record. It was retired after WWII.

19

Dead Things

Dead Things

Dead cows, pigs, even humans have been used quite effectively as weapons throughout history. Sometimes they were launched over castle walls and sometimes they were just hidden in sewers but either way the goal was the same…spread disease.

18

Tsar Bomb

Tsar Bomb

Yes, it’s Russian and yes, it is extremely effective at destroying things.

17

B53

B53

Carrying nine megatons of TNT, this weapon used to be one of the most efficiently destructive thermonuclear weapons of the US military.

16

P-800

P-800

Traveling over 5 times the speed of sound, this supersonic Russian cruise missile is the mother land’s latest gift to the world.

15

Pumhart von Steyr

Pumhart von Steyr

Used by the Austrian military during the 15th century, this gun was known for inciting fear more than anything else.

14

The Reaper

The Reaper

Also known as  “Predators” their most generic label would be “drones”, and by now everybody should be familiar with these controversial weapons.

13

SS-29 Yars

SS-29 Yars

This Intercontinental Ballistic Missile looks so Russian that it’s scary.

12

Monster Mortar

Monster Mortar

Developed in 1832 by France this massive cannon launched 500kg chunks of ammunition.

11

P-270 Moskit

P-270 Moskit

This supersonic Russian missile is supposedly very hard to counter against but not much information is publicly available.

10

Karl-Gerät

Karl Gerat

As you can see the Nazi’s liked big cannons.

9

Fat Man and Little Boy

Fat Man and Little Boy

These are the only two nuclear weapons in history that have been actively used on a human population.

8

The Agni Missile

The Agni Missile

This Indian missile is named after one of the 5 elements of nature.

7

Maxim Machine Gun

Maxim Machine Gun

Developed by the British military this is the first ever machine gun.

6

The Tsar Cannon

The Tsar Cannon

There was the Tsar Bomb and now there is the Tsar Cannon. This one, however, came much earlier and is still to this day one of the largest howitzers ever used in battle.

5

FOAB

FOAB

The acronym stands for “Father of All Bombs”. A Russian invention, this thermobaric bomb is said to cause everything within the blast radius to “just evaporate”.

4

RPG

RPG

Specifically the RPG-71 version of this weapon is the most common anti-armor weapon in use today. It’s cheap and insurgents love them, especially because these grenade launchers can even the playing field for the side with no artillery.

3

Biological Weapons

Biological Weapons

From fabled chimera viruses to mustard gas, many of the weapons in this category have even been banned according to the international rules of warfare. As if that stops anybody.

2

Nimitz Aircraft Carrier

Nimitz Aircraft Carrier

The most advanced piece of military technology in the world today, these nuclear powered aircraft carriers can run without refueling for 23 years.

1

B41

B41

Not to be confused with the B53 (#17), this retired gravity bomb is the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever developed by the US, or any nation for that matter.



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