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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. Theres

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

its 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 isnt quite there yet, its speculated that these tiny

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

on someones 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 its controlled

by a human operator via radio or satellite links. This vessels purpose is to survey

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

to put a human crew in harms 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


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

its 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 its

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 theres

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 doesnt 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. Thats around 4500 mph! The round doesnt 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 drones 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, arent 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 cant withstand more than a few shots anyways, so

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

DARPAs 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 harms 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


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 dont know much about how its 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 enemys electronic and data systems useless even before the first

troops or aircraft arrive.”

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