It was a good year for the imaginative military innovations. Of “Star Wars”-style speeders to an inescapable surveillance drone, many of the futuristic developments seem straight out of science fiction or Hollywood blockbusters.
Here are some favorites of 2016.
‘Star Wars’- style speeders
You remember the speeder bikes in “Return of the Jedi” who rode through the air? The AMERICAN army can get to zoom around the battleground in a kind of real-life version in the not-so-distant future.
Malloy Aeronautics, and SURVIVE Engineering Company to develop Malloy’s Hoverbike for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The ship is called the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV.
State of the potential to reach speeds of 110 km / h, JTARV could carry teams fast and agile– it can even fly around a war zone to deliver about 300 pounds of supplies by itself.
JTARV also offers stealth advantages, including a smaller physical footprint because it flies through the air, then drives on the ground. It also has a reduced acoustic signature.
This real life speeders might not need the start-and landing runways or the traditional landing zones, allowing teams a lot of flexibility.
Find out more here.
This massive control of the tractor is a Swiss army knife
The 32-ton armored combat vehicle that is the ultimate tractor— albeit one that can punch holes through concrete, fire missiles, and carve a safe passage through minefields for the soldiers.
BAE Systems’ Terrier is affectionately known as the Swiss army knife of combat vehicles, because there isn’t anything it can’t tackle. A multi-tool on a gigantic scale, the Terrier, a number of critical vehicles in one. It can quickly adapt to the tackling of a series of important tasks. It even has a 26-foot arm.
Terrier can destroy enemy runways, rip holes in concrete joints where terrorists hide, and the dismantling of bridges.
This mammoth machine beast can even unleash the PYTHON rocket-powered explosives to destroy hidden EXPLOSIVES, the protection of the dismounted troops.
Such as tractors found in the United States, Terrier can lift, grab and move things. But the Terrier is next level: the front-loader system can lift five tons.
It can move up to 300 tons of earth per hour – that is about the weight of 120 5,000-pound Suvs.
What can he do? More information can be found here.
Surveillance drone terrorists can’t escape
It looks like a “Star Trek” bird of prey, and acts as a drone that terrorists can’t escape: A new military aircraft powered by the sun and the conduct of the missions without overflow for 45 days.
Airbus Defence and Space calls to the new drone’s Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS), but it is the Zephyr. What is a “pseudo-satellite”? It has satellite-type capabilities, such as extreme surveillance— but on the question of the flexibility and versatility of an unmanned aircraft. This kind of capability could prove especially useful for special operations teams.
Unlike a satellite, the Zephyr can be argued, changed with alternative tech, and quickly re-launched to the various possibilities as required.
The Zephyr could fly without landing, to the military with non-stop, high-resolution images for an outstanding month and a half, and it could be teams accuracy down to 6-inch resolution.
Flying at approximately 12.5 km in height at a fixed location, Zephyr can see more than 250 miles to the horizon, and display images of more than 386 square miles.
While the Zephyr does not fly in space, it can come awfully close. The drone can reach an altitude higher than 70,000 feet. At those altitudes you can see the curvature of the earth.
Read more here.
‘Superman-style’ vision for helicopter pilots
New technology means that the AMERICAN military helicopter pilots will be in the amped-up ‘Superman style’ vision to help them to tackle dangerous environments.
Degraded Visual Environment, or DVE, is a common threat for military aircraft, masking hazards and make it difficult to land and fly. Visibility can be affected by the bad weather such as rain, snow, dust and fog, but also by things like brown.
In a brown-out, for example, the pilot loses his or her visual reference with the surface, like sand, dirt and dust kicked. The shell can slip and collide with the ground or other structures allowing the helicopter to land hard or even roles.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, chose Honeywell to create tech to help the pilots defeat extreme DVE and “see” crucial details. The tech is called synthetic vision and provides pilots with a 3-D representation of the landing zone on their flight. Despite the harsh conditions, it builds up a picture with a number of state-of-the-art sensors.
Dangers such as other aircraft, telephone cables, vehicles and personnel that are in the vicinity of the landing zone as well as unexpected field— would no longer be hidden by voltage dips.
Finally, military pilots can such a comprehensive vision that even small holes and ditches around the landing zone will be revealed.
DVEs are a big challenge for all the soldiers, but with this tech AMERICAN pilots have the advantage that they are able to safely use it in a place where others can not.
More information can be found here.
New Marine Corps combat vehicle that “swims”
The almost 34-ton armored fighting vehicle– that swims? Marines need a new Amphibious combat vehicle with even more force to storm the beaches in future battles.
The Amphibious combat vehicle prototype, or ACV 1.1, was made by BAE Systems and IVECO Defence, and unveiled on the contemporary Navy. The car combines a high level of protection with amphibious and spatial possibilities.
This new armored assault vehicle can launch from a ship at sea and then travel through the water with a speed of six knots, ready to launch attacks on the banks.
Surf? No problem for this vehicle. The ACV 1.1 can continue to charge forward in spite of nine-foot plunging surf.
Once it reaches the ground, it can attack the enemy forces at 70 km per hour and shows a number of serious firepower.
Dig into more possibilities here.
Allison Barrie consults at the highest levels of defence, travelled more than 70 countries, is a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees and now is the author of the new book “the Future of Weapons: Access Granted” for invisible tanks by thought-controlled fighter jets. Click here for more information about FOX Firepower columnist and host Allison Barrie and you can follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie.