Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest (or Coolest) Military Gadgets” that we’ve come across in recent time. Which ones are your favorites?
5. High-Tech Army Wristwatch
Tadiran Communications has developed new video communication technology that delivers real-time images taken by helicopters on to a 3-inch LCD display This wristwatch-style receiver gives solidiers an aerial view of the battlefield with video beamed directly from drones at 30 frames per second. For $50,00, you’ll get a receiver, transmitter, and battery.
“V-Rambo shortens the amount of time it takes to identify and strike a target,” he claimed. “Before it was minutes, 10 to 12 minutes. Now it’s a matter of seconds.”
The Cornershot is a “revolutionary weapon system that enables military and law enforcement to effictively observe/engage targets from around the corner/behind cover without exposing any part of the operator’s body “.
Redback 40mm Weapon System
Metal Storm Limited has partnered with Electro Optic Systems Holdings to demonstrate a 40mm weapon system that’s capable of taking out three incoming targets in a blistering fast 1.2 seconds.
“This weapon system is designed to be very light and very fast, and to fulfil a number of urgent operational requirements which rely upon intense directed firepower for short periods.”
3. Trophy Active Defense System
Marketed by General Dynamics, the Trophy Active Defense System (ADS) provides an invisible force field for military vehicles by disabling incoming RPG rounds. Video here
Trophy provides a dome of protection around a vehicle. When it detects an incoming missile, it throws a “beam” of fragments at it, which causes it to explode.
2. BigDog – The Robotic Mule
Developed by Boston Dynamics for military purposes, the BigDog is a four-legged robotic mule that can carry over 88 pounds. It’s very sturdy as it can withstand a kick to the body without falling over. [Source]
1. ESG’s Flying Wings
Here’s a first: a set of flying wings that “enables parachutists to fly through the air at high speed before opening their chutes”. That’s not all, ESG is planning on adding small turbo jets to even furthur increase the range.
The ESG Gryphon is aimed at the military market, where upon parachutists can be dropped up-to 40 kilometres away from the landing pad and then glide their silently and near invisible to any radar cover.