Haunting Photos Show Missiles Milliseconds Before Exploding

byDan Robitzski
Mar 23

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Fatal Frame

If you’re interested in seeing some images taken just moments before (intentional, well-planned) disaster, boy do we have a highlight reel for you.

Live weapon tests are an important part of making sure that new bombs, missiles, and drones actually do what the military wants them to do upon impact, lest the armed forces accidentally fire a dud during actual combat.

Now, The Drive put together a collection of images, all taken from the public domain, that were captured in the final milliseconds before these explosives connected with their targets. We recommend checking out the whole thing, but we also gathered a few of our favorites.

Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition.

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The photos show the last split second before the weapons’ destructive power is unleashed. But captured in a still image, they seem hauntingly frozen in place, looming over the poor unfortunate tanks, trucks, and other targets serving as crash test dummies.


RGM-109 Tomahawk.

Again, check out the full list on The Drive — the stillness that these pictures capture is almost surreal and it’s certainly worth taking a moment to witness them.

READ MORE: Nothing But Images Of Precision Guided Weapons Taken Just Before They Obliterate Their Targets [The Drive]

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