As technology continuously advances, so do
the weapons and vehicles that protect the armed forces of the world, so join us as we
count 10 Incredible Advanced Military Weapons 10. Pantsir S1
The Pantsyr-S1 or SA-22 Greyhound short range air defense system is designed to protect
strategic military and civil point targets. This system is capable of engaging a wide
variety of aerial targets, such as aircraft, helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles
and guided bombs. Developers claim that it is also capable of engaging stealth aircraft,
such as the F-117 and F-22. It is claimed that by 2014 more than 200 of these air defense
systems were produced. It has also been exported to Algeria, Syria and United Arab Emirates.
It carries up to 12 surface-to-air missiles in sealed containers. These missiles are ready-to-launch
and have a radio-command guidance. It is worth mentioning, that missiles are not fitted with
seekers. Instead missile tracking is provided via the combat vehicle’s sensor system.
9. Armatix Digital Revolver A digital handgun with an electronic safety
that can automatically be disabled via a wristwatch. The high-tech watch requires fingerprint authorization
from the primary owner, which is then analyzed through the device’s internal database and
becomes activated for a restricted time period or until it’s manually deactivated. After
registering the wireless signal sent from the watch, the revolver’s LED light on the
back flashes green (unlocked) or red (locked) to inform the user of the gun’s initial setting.
8. XM25 Smart Grenade Launcher U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan received
this beauty as a Christmas present in 2010. The programmable grenade launcher carries
four tiny warheads and can fire 25mm. shells up to 2,300 feet (almost half a mile). But
the X25’s best feature is the ability to program the shell to explode at any given point. It
also sports different sight, sensor, and laser functions, as well as a short barrel. No wonder
soldiers refer to it as “The Punisher”. 7. MQ9 Reaper Drone
The Reaper has been around for many years now, but was used largely for intelligence
and reconnaissance until recently. Today, squadrons of F-16’s are being transitioned
into fully unmanned drone fleets. The Reaper is the largest of the UAV’s in
the U.S. arsenal with a wingspan of 84 feet, a takeoff weight of 7,000 pounds, a payload
capacity of 3,000 pounds and a flight time of 36 hours.
The drone climbs up to 52,000 feet, and reads a license plate from over two miles away.
Capable of carrying 500 pound bombs, air-to-ground, and air-to-air missiles the UAV fleet is poised
to perform the lion’s share of American air support. As of March 2011 the Air Force has
more personnel training to operate its drone fleet than for any other weapon system in
its arsenal. 6. ADAPTIV Invisibility cloak
Developed and patented in Sweden. ADAPTIV functions over infra-red and other electronic
frequencies. While it can blend the coated vehicle into the background, making it seem
to be invisible, it can also shape the returning signal to appear like something else.
A tank, for example, can be made to look like a car. These pictures show both the combat
vehicle disappearing and reshaping itself into the outline of an car. I guess I know
what they do with this thing when it’s not in combat. 5. PHASR Rifle
The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response rifle is a handheld laser array, called a
dazzler, capable of blinding and disorienting anyone caught in its sights.
While weapons to cause blindness were sagely restricted by the 1995 United Nations Protocol
on Blinding Laser Weapons (a ruling the U.S. didn’t agree to until 2009) the PHASR causes
only temporary blindness, thus escaping the ban.
Dazzlers were originally mounted devices to U.S. soldiers rifles as a non-lethal way to
halt Iraqis who failed to stop at checkpoints. The PHASR uses a green laser array to calculate
its targets distance and ensure its non-blinding intensity.
4. The Black Knight The Black Knight is a combination remote controlled
tank and forward scouting vehicle, designed for situations too risky for manned vehicles.
To keep costs low, the Black Knight shares a weapons systems and engine parts with the
manned Bradley Fighting vehicle. Including a 30mm cannon, machine gun and 300 horsepower
engine. The vehicle is also fitted with autonomous
navigation software and can design and follow its own routes without input from an outside
source. 3. The Active Denial System
Dubbed America’s Ray Gun, the Active Denial System is really more a combination radar
array and microwave. The ADS shoots a stream of electromagnetic
waves, shorter than microwaves, which are instantly absorbed by the top layer of skin.
The pain is so intense, the reaction to run from the beams so overpowering, the military
calls it the “Goodbye Weapon.” The ADS has been used domestically, both on
test subjects and prison inmates. It was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, only to be recalled,
inexplicably, months later. The military claims there are no lingering
effects from exposure. 2. MAARS Robot (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic
System) The MAARS Robot is a modified remote control,
bomb disposal robot. Customizable to various needs, the MAARS can
be configured with either an MB240 machine gun and 40mm grenade launcher, or a loudspeaker
and eye dazzling laser, or bean bag guns, smoke, and pepper spray. 1. The Laser Avenger
Only a few centimeters in diameter and invisible to the naked eye, the Avenger’s laser is 20
times hotter than an electric stove top and will cut through artillery shells with ease.
The Avenger was designed with the hope of effectively detonating the Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs) that inflict more damage on American forces than any other weapon.
Current disposal methods involve a version of the MAARS robot that insurgents will bomb
to take out of action. The Avenger is also being tested to take down aerial vehicles.