For many centuries, militaries from all parts of the world have looked for an edge in combat. From invisibility cloaks to a real life Iron Man suit, join us as we take a look at 10 pieces of crazy military technology you won’t believe exists.
10. Active Denial System
This nasty weapon shoots a non-lethal, energy directed heat beam. When fired, it rapidly heats the surface of its target. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced an intention to trial this weapon on prisoners in the Pitchess Detention Center in LA. They took an interest in its ability to break up prisoner fights. The weapon itself is effective at dispersing crowds, but it requires so much power and is so heavy that its practicality has been questioned.
9. ADAPTIV Invisibility Cloak
Developed in Sweden, this infrared camouflage system consists of hundreds of hexagonal plates that can be applied to an armoured vehicle such as a tank or personnel carrier. The plates gather thermal data surrounding the vehicle. Using this information the hexagonal armour can rapidly cool or heat itself to mimic the temperature of certain objects, like a parked car, a boulder or even the surrounding forest, effectively turning the vehicle invisible to heat-detecting night vision devices.
8. Corner Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
The Corner Shot has a hinged barrel that can pivot at a 60-degree angle allowing for corner cover fire. A digital camera under the barrel links to a video display for safe and accurate targeting. Boasting a 150 metre range, this bad boy can fire single 60mm rounds, tear gas and other non-lethal explosives.
7. Hummingbird Drones
While large drones are used to attack targets with missiles, small, hummingbird-size drones are designed to spy on suspected enemy positions without being spotted. These devices have been in development for many years, but it is not known whether they are currently in military use or still being tested.
6. Invisibility Cloak
Just like in the Harry Potter films, there is a cloak that provides camouflage for the wearer. Boubacar Kante, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, has been testing a thin ceramic material that can be layered over an object. The ceramic surface manipulates electromagnetic waves at different wavelengths such as visible light or radio waves, effectively turning things invisible.
While it’s still in testing, sources say that this crazy military technology could be deployed in the field as early as five years from now.
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