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From massive improvements in vehicle technologiesto weapons that seem straight out of sciencefiction, here are 10 crazy new technologiesused by the military.10.HOVERBIKESThe concept of complete freedom of movementfor vehicles is not new to the military, andmany vehicles have been developed in an attemptto achieve that capability.The United States Department of Defense iscurrently developing a hoverbike called theJoint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, orJTARV, expanding on an original concept anddesign by British company Malloy Aeronautics.The development of the hoverbike started asa Kickstarter campaign, until Malloy Aeronauticssecured a contract with the military and teamedup with defense company Service Engineer Co.to come up with the final product.A hover bike would be very useful on the battlefield.It wouldn’t have to deal with things likegetting stuck in the mud, sand, or snow.


Whichwould be invaluable for use on inhospitableterrain.Moreover, thanks to their ability to quicklyescape small, narrow spaces, hoverbikes arebeing considered as a potential alternativeto helicopters for carrying supplies and soldiers.In early 2017, the US Army successfully flew its a hoverbike prototype.It’ll be awhile before it’s ready to bedeployed, however.The developers of JTARV are currently focusing on making improvements, such as creating a propulsion system that will expand its range up to 125 miles and enabling it to carry a payload of up to 800 pounds.They also want to make it capable of completing challenging missions, which means installing an advanced navigation system and mission planning.9.MAGNETO HYDRODYNAMIC EXPLOSIVE MUNITION (MAHEM)When it comes to battling armored vehicles,the preferred weapon of choice is a rocket-propelledgrenade, or RPG,

But thanks to advances intechnology, a new type of missile warheadhas been created.This is called the Magneto Hydrodynamic ExplosiveMunition, or MAHEM.Typical RPGs use an explosive charge to firethe rocket head, but here, a magnetic fluxgenerator launches the rocket toward its target.While this may not seem like a big difference,the magnetic version is more accurate andefficient.Additionally, because chemical explosivesaren’t necessary to launch it, it’s saferthan previous models.MAHEM uses molten metal projectiles to hitenemy penetrate enemy armored vehicles.This is more lethal and effective on the battlefieldthan traditional RPG ammunition.8.MAGPUL FMG-9In battle, it’s not enough to have a goodfirearm.You must have it at ready - and, at times,concealed.

Which can be a problem when youhave to wear it on your body using a strapor holster.But a new gun may prove to be a game-changerwhen it comes to the ability to conceal one’sweapon.The Magpul FMG-9 isn’t just a fully functioninggun, it’s also one that can fold into theshape and size of a laptop battery.Given its reduced size compared to most otherfirearms, the Magpul FMG-9 can easily be concealedwithout tipping off the enemy.What’s just as impressive - and important- is that this gun can wield a 30-round clipof 9MM ammo, which is one of the most commonly-usedrounds in the world.At present, the Magpul FMG-9 is just a prototype,but it’s a functioning one, which is a promisingsign for its future.The design could theoretically even be alteredto make other types of foldable weapons, includingmachine gun, which would have a larger “foldedsize,” but would still be less conspicuousthan a standard-sized weapon.By the way, are you new here.

Or as long as there has been war, there hasbeen the desire to make the soldier better,faster, and stronger.Technology isn’t quite ready for exoskeletons,but there have been many military projectsthat have aimed to make a functioning, andinexpensive exoskeleton designed to boosta soldier’s performance on the battlefield.The human body has its limits and can onlygo so far, run so far, and push or pull somuch before its capacity is exceeded.

The exoskeleton would greatly alleviate that,enabling the soldier to move much faster andfarther without less effort, thus increasingtheir endurance.An exoskeleton would also make soldiers stronger,and might even enable them to access placesthat typically require a vehicle or specialequipment to reach, such as the roof of abuilding.More than likely, you’ve seen exoskeletonsand their potential on various shows, movies,and games, such as Call of Duty: AdvancedWarfare and District 9.Eventually, exoskeletons may no longer befictional devices.6.PACK MULE ROBOTWhile we don’t quite yet live in a worldwhere sentient robots live alongside humans,the military has long entertained the ideaof a robot companion that helps soldiers asthey move from one location to another.One recent attempt was a collaboration betweenBoston Dynamics and DARPA to develop a “packmule” robot known as the Legged Squad SupportSystem, or LS3.The prospective robot was named “pack mule”because it would aid soldiers by carryingthe gear that they would have otherwise hadto carry on their own.Depending on the mission and one’s rolein it, soldiers are sometimes required tocarry dozens of pounds of weight, which istiring and makes it difficult to move around,especially when under fire and in other urgentsituations.

A pack mule robot would lighten the soldier’sburden and make them more agile in the battlefield.Because it wouldn’t be prone to exhaustionthe way humans are, it wouldn’t have tostop for breaks.Hypothetically speaking, as long as nothingharmed the robot’s wiring and programming,it would be a constant and ever present companionfor the soldiers.Unfortunately, the military announced in late2015 that they were ending the pack mule project,because the robot was too loud for use onthe battlefield.A loud robot means potentially giving one’sposition on the battlefield away and is thereforeimpractical - and, perhaps, dangerous.Just because the project didn’t work thistime doesn’t mean it’s been permanentlyshelved, although no future experiments orupgrades are currently planned for this particularmodel.5.SMART UNIFORMSTactical advantages are vital to successfulmissions, and many technologies have beendeveloped to help soldiers see better, reactquicker, and be more lethal when necessary.

But that doesn’t stop enemy combatants fromseeing the soldiers in even the most cleverlycamouflaged standard uniforms.In recent years, researchers have designedvarious “smart fabrics” to better hidesoldiers from enemy eyes.While not foolproof, the “smart uniforms”currently available are able to obscure soldiersfrom most night vision sensors, heat visionsensors, and even radar.Once perfected, smart uniforms could potentiallymake soldiers completely invisible to allinstruments, making them only susceptibleto the naked eye, which would be a huge advantagein war.4.LIQUID ARMORLiquid armor is a type of military uniformthat is comprised of a material called kevlar,which has been soaked in a special liquidand encased, and is used to make soldierslighter while also keeping them safe.This “special liquid” is called shearthickening fluid.When it’s not under attack, it’s a plainliquid, making it lighter than regular armor,and allows soldiers to move around with ease.However, when it’s impacted by a bulletor a blade, for example, the liquid instantlyhardens to protect the soldier from seriousinjury.If you want a hands-on demonstration of howshear thickening fluid works,

You can performa little experiment at home by mixing equalparts cornstarch and water.You’ll notice that if you stir the mixtureslowly, it remains liquid, but if you hitit, the surface will solidify.You can also shape it into a ball, and ifyou stop applying pressure, the ball fallsapart.The military is currently working on multipleversions of liquid armor, including shearthinning fluid, which is paint-like in consistencyand becomes thinner upon impact or when shaken- in other words, it’s essentially the oppositeof shear thickening fluid.3.THE CORNERSHOTOne of the most disadvantageous aspects ofcombat is that more often than not, you needto be in visible range to fire at a target,meaning that your target can shoot back.And if they’re around a corner, that canleave you very vulnerable, unless you havethe Cornershot.This weapon is currently used by both lawenforcement and armed forces, and is exactlywhat it sounds like - a gun that can shootaround corners without exposing the shooter.This is done using its extended frame.

The gun is no bigger than a regular shotgunor machine gun, but it has a hinge that allowsthe user to turn it up to 90 degrees.The Cornershot has a camera on it that loopsto a screen in the back half of the gun, allowingthe user to see everything the gun sees, andthen fire when ready.It takes some getting used to but is veryeffective.It’s also versatile and has been outfittedwith various pistols, and even some grenadelaunchers.2.BLACK KNIGHT UNMANNED COMBAT VEHICLEUAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, helpedrevolutionize air reconnaissance and warfare,and the military is looking to do the samething when it comes to ground warfare, inhopes of losing as few soldiers as possible.One such prototype that they’re workingon is a 9.5-ton tank called the Black KnightUnmanned Combat Vehicle.It’s a tank-like vehicle that doesn’thave to piloted from within, making it a valuableitem for combat in enemy territory, especiallydue to the possibility of running over a landmine.The Black Knight also possesses the firepowerneeded to “get the job done” and is outfittedwith a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machinegun, which can be controlled remotely.The biggest problem with the prototype, whichwas first tested in 2007, is that the technologyneeded to operate it wirelessly on the groundisn’t fully refined yet.

There have been many communications issues,but if resolved, it could lead to a wholenew armor division for the military.As of January of this year, the project isstill being worked on.1.LASER WEAPON SYSTEMLaser weapon systems are currently in useby the US military.One of the most popular of which is the LaWS,or “Laser Weapon System,” which worksby firing a laser at a target.Now, unlike the lasers you’re probably thinkingof, it doesn’t disintegrate enemy shipsand personnel.Instead, the laser causes the systems on thecraft or missiles it’s aimed at to stopworking.LaWS disrupts the navigation and balance ofmissiles, as well as their targeting systems,and makes the missile spin out of the airand land away from the ship its targeting.The system also disrupts the engines of anenemy plane trying to come in for an attackrun, causing the plane to crash or turn away.One huge benefit of the LaWS is its cost-effectiveness.As long as it has enough power to fire, itcan run without issue, and is therefore inexpensiveto maintain.Thanks for watching!Can you believe some of the technology thatthe military has.

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