Military Channel uncovers “Top Secret Weapons”

U.S. cable net Military Channel has picked up the World Media Rights-produced series Top Secret Weapons Revealed (pictured), which features previously unseen footage of the testing of strange weaponry.
July 19, 2012

Discovery Communications-owned U.S. cable network Military Channel has picked up the series Top Secret Weapons Revealed (pictured) from British factual producer World Media Rights.

The 6 x 50-minutes series, which is distributed outside of the United States by BBC Worldwide under the title World’s Weirdest Weapons, features previously unseen footage of the testing of strange military hardware, such as a smart bomb piloted by live pigeons, a jet-pack to be used by flying soldiers, and a giant Catherine Wheel designed by the British during World War Two.

“Many of these weapons were little known or not known at all, and some have to be seen to be believed,” said World Media Rights executive producer Matthew Barrett in a statement. “Billions of dollars were invested in their development.

“As a result of the exhaustive testing programs, they were also extensively filmed. Some of the material has never been seen before as we transferred significant amounts of material from the archives into broadcast format.”

World Media Rights is also in production on the Military Channel commission Black Ops (working title), a 6 x 60-minutes series about covert Special Forces missions that is scheduled to premiere in October.

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