Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The US Army’s latest weapon is a three-year-old pizza

Finalpizzaplanehead.jpg

Forget weapons of mass destruction, here’s a weapon of mastication.

The US Army, home of such destructive and frighteningly-named technology as the Black Hawk utility helicopter, F-22 Raptor fighter jet and the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile launcher, can add another dangerous weapon to their arsenal: pizza that lives for three years.

The tomato-based Italian survival specialist, which researchers have been developing since 2014, is a new MRE, or ‘meals-ready-to-eat’, that will fuel servicemen from 2017.

To halt the effects of decay and increase its lifespan, science boffins looked how they could control the levels of oxygen in the packaging, the acidity levels in the sauce and the order in which the ingredients are layered to slow down the growth of mould.

Not only are the US Army expecting this to be a delicious food for their brave soldiers, but US Army food technologist Lauren Oleksyk believes it could be “decent enough to lift moral in a combat zone.”

"We've actually had feedback from the warfighter for years," Oleksysk said. "Pizza just seems appealing to all."

Digital tech site Tech Insider has reportedly had a taste of the new fully assembled creation, reporting that it "actually tastes good".

Whatever next - a Big Mac that lasts for over six years? Oh, wait...

Related

shutterstock_196241660.jpg

This is the reason why Coke tastes better from a glass bottle

8.jpg

Last meals of death row prisoners will make you lose your appetite

bacon.jpg

This is the easiest way to cook perfect bacon

More

Stormzy calls out Met Police for bizarre Notting Hill Carnival tweet

Once again, he is spot on

by Dave Fawbert
22 Aug 2017

A story saying Big Ben will be renamed for Muslims has upset idiots

Winding up racists - never not funny

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

13 facts about cheating all couples need to know

Number one fact: Don't do it

by Gary Ogden
21 Aug 2017

Londoners have revealed their favourite and most-hated Tube lines

Which is your favourite line?

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

The 10 most liveable cities in the world have been named

Did your home make the cut?

by Tom Victor
21 Aug 2017

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017