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  • Top 10 Weapons of the Near Future

  • 10. Wolf-2

  • Historically speaking, Russia has always counted on cheap and reliable weapons. The T-34 tank

  • of WWII is considered by many to be a perfect balance of firepower, armor and speed, making

  • it the most mass produced tank of the war with more than 57,000 being built. There’s

  • also, of course, the Russian designed AK-47 rifle, the most common gun in the world today.

  • With increasing tensions between Russia and the West, Russia has decided to boost the

  • number of its unmanned vehicles significantly. The Wolf-2 is just one of many Russian prototypes

  • it’s the size of a small car and fitted with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. This unmanned

  • vehicle can move all on its own, while the remote human operator can select up to 10

  • targets for the Wolf to fire on.

  • 9. Insect Drones

  • If information is power, information gathered while the enemy is unaware is even greater

  • power. The United States has been developing small scale drones in order to better survey

  • areas. Ranging in size from as big as the palm of your hand to the size of your fingertip,

  • these drones can take the inconspicuous shape of birds and insects.

  • Their main purpose will be to infiltrate hard to reach places, and in addition to military

  • use they can be used by firefighters to assess the situation inside a burning building. These

  • drones can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, and can navigate a maze of rooms and avoid detection

  • without the need for remote human piloting or pre-planned GPS way points.

  • The main concern will be personal privacy, as these robots will be extremely hard to

  • detect. And while the technology isn’t quite there yet, it’s speculated that these tiny

  • drones will one day be able to retrieve DNA samples or leave behind RAFID tracking nanotechnology

  • on someone’s skin.

  • 8. The Eclipse

  • The Eclipse is a an unmanned surface vessel, a 36 foot craft capable of reaching speeds

  • of up to 60 mph and loitering in water for up to 10 days without the need to refuel.

  • The design of the Eclipse helps it remain undetected by enemy radar, and it’s controlled

  • by a human operator via radio or satellite links. This vessel’s purpose is to survey

  • the coastline, fight against piracy and rescue survivors, all while eliminating the need

  • to put a human crew in harm’s way. Thanks to its infrared cameras it can see in the

  • dark, but it can also detect chemical and radiological matter and underwater mines,

  • and can even scan the seabed. The boat can be outfitted with a high-powered fire hose,

  • a net firing cannon that tangles and stops propellers and, of course, a .50 caliber machine

  • gun.

  • 7. Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System

  • The ARSS is, as the name suggests, an unmanned sniper helicopter. At only 1100 pounds, the

  • ARSS can travel at speeds of up to 135 mph for nine hours straight and at altitudes of

  • up to 13,000 feet. It can also carry weights of about 380 pounds, which is fortunate since

  • it’s usually fitted with a heavy duty rifle. The rifle can fire about 10 well placed shots

  • per minute, and it can take out a car engine with a single bullet. The autopilot system

  • can fly the helicopter to its destination and keep it stabilized while a human operator

  • aims and shoots. All of this is done with a laptop and an Xbox 360 controller 20 miles

  • away from the action. The ARSS can wield a variety of other weapons, including a xenon

  • strobe light that causes nausea and disorientation.

  • 6. Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance

  • A sniper has the advantage of being hundreds of yards away from the battle, but it’s

  • not as easy as it sounds. A sniper must always take into account wind velocity, rain, dust

  • and even the rotation of the Earth itself, not to mention the fact that the target is

  • usually on the move. If he misses he risks discovery, and more often than not there’s

  • no one out there to help them.

  • To cut down on missed shots, DARPA has come up with a special .50 caliber bullet capable

  • of changing direction in mid-flight. Theyre vague when it comes to explaining the exact

  • technology in play, but we do know that it uses a real-time optical guidance system via

  • a laser beam, making the EXACTO bullet home in on a target regardless of the weather or

  • movement. Small fins are used to change the trajectory of the projectile up to 30 times

  • a second, which will enable snipers to increase both their accuracy and effective distance.

  • Just imagine the possibilities if combined with the ARSS (and the jokes that will be

  • made about an EXACTO ARSS).

  • 5. The Electromagnetic Railgun

  • The US Navy is about to add the Electromagnetic Railgun to its arsenal, which can launch projectiles

  • towards targets on the mainland some 100 miles away. The difference between it and a regular

  • cannon is that this gun doesn’t use any explosives to fire its payload. By harnessing

  • a combination of electric and magnetic forces, the railgun can expel a round of ammunition

  • with speeds exceeding Mach 6. That’s around 4500 mph! The round doesn’t have any explosives,

  • because the force of the impact alone is enough to do the job. That means the price drops

  • significantlyaround $25,000 a pop compared to $500,000.

  • 4. Hydra

  • Like the mythological creature of ancient times, Hydra will be able to strike an enemy

  • from several hidden locations at once. Waterproof containers that can hold several air and waterborne

  • drones will be placed on the seabed, and theyll be capable of waiting for further instructions

  • for months at a time. This will allow for a highly coordinated operation, and they can

  • also be called upon in case of unforeseen circumstances like piracy or surprise attacks.

  • Hydra is intended to be deployed in international waters, and predictions say that by 2018 Hydra

  • will be operational all around the planet.

  • 3. X-47B

  • The X-47B unmanned combat drone is an $813 million milestone in UAV development. Back

  • in 2013 and 2014 a series of tests demonstrated that this was the first drone that could take

  • off from and land on a carrier vessel. A simple miscalculation could have spelled disaster,

  • resulting in the X-47B crashing onto the landing pad, into another jet, or a crew-member.

  • The first series of tests were done on a cleared deck, but in August 2014 the X-47B, accompanied

  • by a F-18 jet, made a series of take offs and landings where all other jets were in

  • their proper place, simulating normal conditions. The aim was to see if UAVs can accompany the

  • Navy without disturbing the normal rhythm on-board the vessel. So far these tests have

  • proven to be a success, and the next phase will be to test the drone’s refueling capabilities

  • in mid-flight.

  • The drone itself is capable of flying at over 40,000 feet for a distance of 2100 nautical

  • miles on a single tank of gas and at speeds close to the sound barrier. It can also carry

  • up to 4500 pounds in its weapons bay, and its wings can fold upwards so it can fit into

  • a tightly packed carrier hangar.

  • 2. GXV-T Tank

  • Tanks, even modern ones, aren’t exactly known for their agility. All in all, theyre

  • still armored metal boxes on tracks which fire a big cannon. DARPA is planning to change

  • that with the GXV-T Tank. The aim is to make a tank faster and smarter rather than bulky

  • and heavily armored. Normal armor can’t withstand more than a few shots anyways, so

  • it’s no use trying to add more of itespecially if it slows the tank even further.

  • DARPA’s goal is for their new vehicle to avoid detection as much as possible and dodge

  • incoming missiles by ducking or raising the entire tank through an advanced suspension

  • system. Another option will be to have access to a sudden burst of acceleration to take

  • the vehicle out of harm’s way. If all else fails, the GXV-T will also be equipped with

  • a series of armored plates that can rapidly change position on the tank and take the blow.

  • All of this will be done autonomously by the vehicle itself.

  • This type of tank will be far better suited for a larger variety of environments and scenarios.

  • Being smaller than a standard tank, the GXV-T can sprint through city streets or heavily

  • wooded areas, all the while avoiding detection from infrared, electromagnetic and acoustic

  • detectors.

  • 1. Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project

  • Boeing, in collaboration with the US Air Force Research Laboratory, have designed and successfully

  • tested their CHAMP project. We don’t know much about how it’s deployed or what the

  • missile looks like, but we do know that the device is capable of taking out any electronics

  • it sets its sights on. It can disable several targets at once, and does no other damage

  • beyond leaving you in the dark.

  • This will come in especially handy against passive radar technology that can, to some

  • degree, detect stealth aircraft. CHAMP program manager Keith Coleman said, “This technology

  • marks a new era in modern-day warfareand thatIn the near future this technology

  • may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first

  • troops or aircraft arrive.”

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