The improvements in warfare alongside weaponry over the past 100 years have been exorbitant. Military advancements have continued to develop at a rapid pace in the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century. Many countries across the globe are ideally taking extreme measures to maintain their military superiority by developing new technologies that give an edge over perceived threats as well as enemies. The most futuristic weapons have changed the face of warfare in some ways much more severely and outrageously than ever though before. Therefore, the top 8 futuristic military arms in 2016 include the following;
1. XM25 Grenade Launcher
This is without a doubt one of the most sophisticated and effective weapon used by American Military. The weapon uses 25 mm grenades set to destroy targets that were either hidden behind cover or dug into trenches below the ground. The XM25 Grenade Launcher is designed to fire grenades that are programmed to explode mid air or over the target. The weapon was successfully tested in Afghanistan and proved lethal in counter terrorism or gorilla warfare where the targets are mostly invisible or hidden. The user can manually adjust the detonating distance by up to 10 feet (3.0 m) shorter or longer; the XM25 automatically transmits the detonating distance to the grenade in the firing chamber.
2. Dong Feng 21 D Missile (Kill Weapon)
Its an Anti Ship Ballistic Missile with a range of 2000 km developed for the Chinese Navy. Rumors suggest that it’s capable of destroying U.S. naval vessels in a stealth manner and from long ranges. The weapon is capable of carrying large enough warheads that would inflict exceptional damage to an American War craft. Sources suggest that one of these missiles could ideally sink a U.S. super aircraft carrier in just one. Without a doubt, this weapon has immense destructive capability and so far there is no defense system in the world that can stop it.
3. The Railgun
The weapon is electrically charged as well as powered by a heavy projectile launcher. It can fire a 3.2 kg projectile at 10.64 Mega joules with speeds as high as 2520 meters per second. This gives it a tremendous kinetic energy capable of destroying heavily fortified targets at ease. The railgun uses electromagnetic waves rather than explosives to propel its projectile at twice the speed of conventional warheads.
4. DREAD Silent Weapon System (Centrifugal Gun)
From the look of the name of this weapon, it ideally suggests that the weapon is seriously devastating and of course it is. This machine gun uses a rotating disc to fire, and the gun can fire up to 120,000 rounds of .308 and .50 caliber round metal balls at 8000 feet per second (ft/s) every minute. DREAD is different from conventional machine guns as it uses electrical energy to fire projectiles thus it has no recoil and muzzle flash for the enemies to track making this weapon a stealthy killing machine that is capable of cutting enemies down silently and quickly. While firing the gun does not produce sound and heat.
5. Aurora Excalibur (UAV)
This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capable of both a vertical takeoff as well as a vertical landing. It carries an impressive payload of 400 Pounds capable of carrying 4 hellfire missiles or deliver weapons to soldiers deep in enemy territory. It can reach a maximum speed of 500 miles per hour with a capability of hovering at 115 miles an hour for reconnaissance missions as well. The weapon is the most effective in the war on terror as compared to supersonic fighter jets.
6. High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (Death Ray)
This weapon funded by Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is well known as HELLADS developed to destroy counter rockets, mortars as well as artillery with a powerful 150 kw laser beam. Since its based on a liquid cooling system it can fire continuous beams without getting overheated as compared to solid laser systems which are more powerful but have to be fired in pulses to control overheating. Work is going on to put HELLADS on a fighter aircraft as well as Humvees to shoot down threats as compared to traditional weapons.
7. Quantum Stealth Camouflage (The Invisible Military)
Designed by Hyperstealth (Canadian camouflage design company), the quantum stealth material has the ability to bend light waves around a soldier or any object wearing it. Thus making them invisible to the army (Shades of Predator Movie). This material is so effective that it removes your thermal and infrared signature and even your shadows. Soon to come into production and to be used by US and Canadian military as well as law enforcement agencies, this will surely change the rules of a battlefield. This is super futuristic with a variety of uses especially when it comes to counter terrorism. What fun it would be to be a Sniper?
8. XN-1 LaWS (Laser Weapon)
The LaWS directed energy weapon used for ship defense developed by the US Navy and installed on USS Ponce for testing in December 2014. It uses a solid state laser system to emit an infrared beam towards the target which can be intensified to either destroy the target or give a warning. It uses adaptive power levels to destroy, cripple or even blind the enemy aircraft depending on the situation. Since its an energy weapon, the cost per shot compared to conventional weapons is minimal thus making it a weapon of choice in future battles.
In conclusion, these new futuristic military weapons have been highly successful, and they combine the intricacies of modern electronics. Therefore, some countries across the globe do not want to be left behind in the technological game of warfare thus identifying these weapons for potential threats.