Top Ten Weapons of the Future
War may be good for absolutely nothing, except for cool weapons. With war and combat becoming more complicated with new tactics and strategies, weapon manufacturers and military agencies need to devise new ways to defeat enemy combatants. Advanced weapons are also developed to speed up war and prolong peace. Here are 10 of the most advanced weapons of the future.
10. PANCOR Jackhammer
- 12-gauge fully automatic gas-operated shotgun
- Patented in 1987, but only two working prototypes exist
The PANCOR Jackhammer was made popular by the “Terminator” movies and the computer game “Max Payne.” With a futuristic design coupled with a high rate of fire, the Jackhammer is an extremely lethal and dangerous weapon for ambush dispersal and close quarter combat. The shotgun can fire 240 rounds a minute, and is built from high-strength, impact- and heat-resistant plastic to reduce weight. The weapon never went into mass production, although it’s still one of the coolest and most dangerous guns ever built.
- All-wheel-drive armored combat vehicles
- Multi-purpose vehicle that can carry anything from personnel to gun mounts to missiles
With a name like “Stryker,” this family of combat vehicles strikes fear into the hearts and souls of enemies and insurgents. The Stryker is the first new armored vehicle developed and produced by the US Army since the 1980s, when the legendary Bradley Fighting Vehicle was introduced. Instead of tracks, the Stryker uses eight wheels, which means that it is much more mobile and quiet than its predecessor. The Stryker is a reliable all-purpose vehicle that continues to be deployed in Iraq and in other war-fronts in the Middle East.
8. Merkava Battle Tank
- Battle tank
- Equipped with a 120mm cannon, four machine guns, and 12 smoke grenades
In Hebrew, the word “merkava” means “chariot.” The Merkava Battle Tank is the main battle tank used by the Israel Defense Forces. The Merkava is one of the most powerful and strongest tanks in the world, capable of tearing apart the enemy in seconds. The latest-generation Merkava Mark IV is equipped with a sophisticated digital battlefield management system, which makes a fleet of Merkava tanks the critical advantage in any situation.
7. Metal Storm
- Advanced superposed load weapon
- Ammunitions delivery system with no moving parts
There’s nothing wrong with the mechanical design of the gun, at least for now. Metal Storm combines the old technology used in Roman Candles with the advanced innovations in electronic firing and weapons design. Metal Storm combines a high rate of fire with a cumulative effect of power. Most traditional guns fire one shot at a time, which means that the effect of power is sequential. Metal Storm can fire multiple shots with one pull of the electronic trigger, which means that it can literally rain down death from above.
- Military robot
- Designed to aid infantry in high-risk military applications
The TALON robots are not replacements for infantry, but can greatly give a commander the distinct advantage on the battlefield. Foster-Miller designed the TALON robots for the US Army, and can carry everything from sniper rifles to machine guns to reconnaissance equipment. The TALON can also safely deactivate land mines, and perform other special operations that human beings cannot do.
- Add-on to conventional weapons
- Gives any handgun, submachine gun, or rifle the ability to fire around corners
For counter-terrorists and other special forces personnel, the ability to see and fire around corners is a critical skill. CornerShot is a device mounted in the muzzle of a pistol or a gun, and uses a swing-hinge system to fire bullets around corners. CornerShot comes with a high-quality camera and LCD monitor which functions as a scope and also as a surveillance device. Other options for CornerShot include a grenade launcher and an anti-tank rocket launcher.
4. Starstreak Missile
- Laser-guided portable surface-to-air missile
- Three accurate armor-piercing missiles for the price of one missile
Startstreak is regarded as one of the most advanced weapons in the world. Traditional guided missiles can be “blinded” by flares or radar waves. Starstreak is a fast missile that breaks apart into three different “darts” that penetrate the target before exploding. The tungsten cover of the darts also fragment inside the target, causing extreme damage. The neat thing about Starstreak is that the target will always be hit by at least one of the darts, which makes it a real threat to enemies.
3. Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB)
- Conventional bomb
- The “Mother of All Bombs”
The MOAB is a 30-foot, nine-and-a-half ton conventional bomb that can decimate a 450-foot radius with a powerful air burst shock wave. The bomb contains over eight tons of high explosives that can destroy nine city blocks, and is delivered to the target through a C-130 transport aircraft. While the MOAB is significantly weaker than the atomic bomb, massive destruction can be achieved when dozens of these weapons bombard a target. If the air burst is powerful enough, it can instantly vaporize anything within its effective range.
2. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
- Multi-role stealth fighter jet
- Scheduled for 2011 as the most advanced fighter ever built
Developedby Lockheed Martin, the JSF can perform just about anything expected of a military flying machine. The JSF can perform tactical bombing operations, air support missions, and air superiority missions. The JSF is capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) like the famous British Harrier jet. It is also equipped with the most sophisticated on-board flight command system ever designed for an aircraft. In the next few years, the JSF will reign over the skies as the master and commander of the battlefield.
1. Electromagnetic Rail Gun
- Tested by the US Navy in February 2008
- Can fire a shell at 5,600 mph with 10 megajoules of energy
The rail gun was once thought to be a completely theoretical weapon found only in science fiction, until the US Navy successfully developed and tested a weapon that can fire a shot at 13,000 miles per hour. The rail gun uses magnetic waves to deliver a munition to its target with pinpoint accuracy. The US Navy’s rail gun will be ready sometime between 2020 and 2025. By the time this baby is ready, the phrase “death delivery” will never be the same again.
There you have it, ten of the coolest weapons for the future of warfare. While a future without war is great for everyone, we could all be rest assured that these cool weapons will prevent war from taking place.
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