“Advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
Gone the days of dueling with swords,shields and kilts.
Technology aided military can save lakhs of its soldiers from dying and injury.Then wars would become more of mind games.Where there is strength,there is security,where there security,there is confidence and progress, therefore advancement in military technology is vital for every country.
Here we shall see 5 exciting military inventions that will make a BIG CHANGE in near future:
Can You Become a Spider Man overnight ?
Now,the answer is a big yes.
1. DARPA,Cambridge and Massachusetts laboratory have bestowed upon the real heroes, the power of vertical climbing . Gecko paddles have ended the onerous task of using ropes,ladders for climbing high terrains ,in very crucial times of war where soldiers have to focus on target or escape.Z-MAN project,created these specialized climbing paddles,inspired from a Gecko’s (champion of climbers) feet.Recently Z-MAN has showcased Gecko’s paddles with a 218-lb(99 kg) climber , with foot stirrups scaling over 25 feet flat vertical glass surface.In another case the man even carried a 22.7 kg backpack.
It’s an innovation ,where design is fetched from biology and concept from physics.geckos can defy gravity and scramble over any terrain.Sometimes geckos even perform stunts with all its body balanced on one foot.Gecko’s toes have billions of tiny hair called “setae” that are 100 microns in length and 2 microns in radius.These microscopic charged hair ,when placed on a surface ,at a suitable angle, create maximum force of attraction ,hence providing it firm support.A similar material is made using structural engineering , impregnated with reversible adhesive elastomer .This would give the U.S military a upper hand in wars.
- Peep Through Walls:
Now wonders shall come out of comics,to make our world more exciting.With MIT’s wireless X-ray vision technology ,opaque walls shall become transparent , to unfold the secret attacks.
Professor Dina Katabi has developed this software that captures reflected radio signals,processes using computer algorithms and displays human silhouettes.It can effectively discern 15 people with 90 percent accuracy.Soldiers can even know enemy’s posture,time left to attack,speed,etc.They use WiFi and RF capture(5-7 GHz)..One can even detect ,the other person’s heart beat,breathing and skeleton.This device is already into the market under the name “Emerald”,for monitoring elderly people.Suppose your friend has the latest emerald,he will easily win over you in“HIDE and SEEK”.
3. It now easier to hunt down enemy submarines:
DARPA has again put a step forward towards technology armed military.
They successfully launched 2 prototypes for hunting submarines According to DARPA’ version,
a) TRAPS(Transformational Reliable Acoustic Path System) is a passive,fixed sonar node located in deep seas. These help in achieving large field of view.They function by receiving reflected sonar waves from hidden submarines and communicating this information to stationary sonar node at the surface.Further transmission is done by satellites.
b) SHARKS : These are not common marine beings.They are DARPA’s long unmanned mobile sonar platforms.It has special features like light weight with materials like aluminum ceramic,lithium polymer battery and safety drop weight.SHARK has been successfully tested in deep seas in February 2013.
4 . FLY BOT
Beware!! All that resemble insects are not insects.
The above picture is that of a “FLY BOT”, a brilliant example for the current generation smart weapons.
It was developed by U.S AIR FORCE.It is a minute remote controlled drone that resembles a dragon fly.It is unique because of its size,accessibility,functionality,and surveillance.It can transmit information through miniature cameras,signal transmitter.It can detect and avoid obstacles, with its wings and micro sensors.They can’t be detected,searched and shot by the enemy troop.Especially in chemical and biological warfare, fly bots play a vital role in releasing poisonous gases,bacteria and highly explosive payloads.The best part of this fly bot technology is that it is very economical.When it comes to long time application it uses solar energy.In my childhood, I remember playing with dragon flies ,but I never expected this tech dragon could create so much of destruction.Imagine a swarm of fly bots attacking a army troop.How scary !
Last but not least is the latest and most economical innovation
5. UFP (upward flying payloads)
Secret and timely attacks count a lot in warfare.As it expensive and timely to fly out drones at a distance. DARPA and Navy wanted to hide flying drones in capsules on deep sea floor and fly them whenever required.Hence UFP is designed in such a way that it can withstand high pressures on the sea bed.Riser of UFP, helps in overcoming the internal payload and reaching the surface.The UFP communication activates the launch. DARPA is doing several researches in improvising these upward flying payloads.
So,these are some of the most exciting military technologies .Have we missed out any thing if so tell us in the comments 🙂
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