The Coolest (and Scariest) Military Tech of 2019 – Futurism

PUTTING ASIDE our personal feelings on the nature of war and what it is or isnt good for, the fact is that its a terrible reality of life. Its also, often, where technological development advances at several paces beyond every other sector even remotely like it. These are some of literatures best (and most dystopian) ideas, fully realized. And 2019 especially boasted some of the most mind-bending military tech the worlds ever seen.

From an invisibility cloak to a sonic gun that vibrates a targets brain, military researchers really pushed the limits of what we thought was scientifically possible this year, no doubt at least partly thanks to their sometimes astronomically high budgets looking at you, America.

Without further ado, here isThe Coolest (and Scariest) Military Tech of 2019.

From a real-life invisibility cloak to a mysterious artificial brain capable of directing armed conflicts, some of the military tech we learned about this year sounded like it was pulled directly from science-fiction of the recent (and not-so-recent) past and some of it, we wish remained fiction.

Hyperstealth Biotechnologys Quantum Stealth Material

It works by bending the light around a target to make it seemingly disappear making the material what Hyperstealth calls a broadband invisibility cloak. Watch a Real-Life Invisibility Cloak Designed for Military Use

The National Reconnaissance Offices Sentient Program

[Its] a fully-integrated intelligence system that can coordinate satellite positions and may soon be used tomanage battlefield operations during military engagements. The Military Secretly Built an Artificial Brain Called Sentient

The Air Forces Robot Pilot

The robot can operate a planes yoke and throttle while operating various pedals and other controls, just like human pilots do. Instead of New Drones, the Air Force Built a Plane-Piloting Robot

Military researchers didnt limit themselves to creating better tools for soldiers in 2019 some also looked for ways to use science and technology to upgrade soldiers themselves.

The Pentagons High-Tech Cyborg Plans

The U.S. military has ambitious plans to turn its soldiers into high-tech cyborg warriors by making them stronger, enhancing their senses, and wiring their brains to computers. US Military Warns of Augmented Human Beings

DARPAsNext-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology Program

The Pentagon is trying build tech that would give soldiers the ability to control deadly military drones with their minds. Working with drones and swarms of drones, operating at the speed of thought rather than through mechanical devices those types of things are what these devices are really for, DARPA neuroscientist Al Emondi toldMIT Tech Review. The Pentagon Wants to Control Drones With Soldiers Brain Waves

The Armys Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS)

No other piece of equipment has had this kind of impact since the introduction of night vision, Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy told Army Times. This takes night vision to the PhD level. The Military Is Developing Augmented Reality Night Vision Goggles

Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO

American robot developer Sarcos Robotics announced today that its been awarded a contract by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production, full-body robotic exoskeleton called the Guardian XO. And it looks absolutely brutal. The US Military Is Buying a Brutal-Looking Powered Exoskeleton

DARPAs AR Contact Lenses

[T]he Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly interested in the contact lens to augment troops visual capabilities in the field, according to Task and Purpose meaning the gadget could represent the augmented contact lens that DARPA has spent a decade searching for. DARPA: This Smart Contact Lens Could Give Soldiers Superpowers

Whether you find each of the below weapons breakthroughs really cool or incredibly frightening might depend on whether it was your home nation or another that developed it. For example

Chinas Portable Sonic Gun

All the wielder of the device has to do is point it at a crowd and shoot and focused waves of sound will cause the targets eardrums, eyeballs, and brains to vibrate painfully. Chinas New Weapon: A Sonic Gun That Vibrates Your Brain

The Pentagons Laser Induced Plasma Effect Weapon

The Pentagon is working on a weapon that uses lasers and plasma to transmit sound files, even human speech, directly to individual people at great distances the lasers could be beamed down from military planes or other vehicles to issue instructions or disperse crowds of protestors or otherwise disgruntled people in the area. Pentagon: New Laser Tech Can Make People Hear Voice Commands

Russias Filin 5P-42

The Filin is capable of firing powerful flashes of light that are intended to impair enemy equipment, according toSputnik and can even induce nausea and disorientation. Russian Military Confirms New Weapon Causes Hallucinatory Symptoms

The Armys High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator

The system was designed to defend against missiles, rockets and artillery, according toDefense News. It could also prove useful against military drones and other unmanned aircraft. The US Military Is Buying a $130 Million Laser Weapon

If 2019 taught us anything about the future of warfare, its that militaries across the globe are really excited about unmanned aerial vehicles and systems designed to destroy them.

The Armys Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System

The U.S. Army has placed a $39 million order for tiny reconnaissance drones, small enough to fit in a soldiers pocket or palm. The idea behind the drones is that soldiers will be able to send them into the sky of the battlefield in order to get a lethal edge during combat, according toBusiness Insider. The US Army Is Equipping Soldiers With Pocket-Sized Recon Drones

Russias Sukhoi-S70 Okhotnik-B (Hunter-B) Drone

The stealthy drone could offer the Russian military a way to penetrate air spaces without being detected. Russias Top Secret Heavy Strike Stealth Drone Takes Flight

Anduril Industries Interceptor

Andurils device is able to identify and fly toward targets without any help and if it doesnt destroy an enemy drone with an initial hit, it doesnt give up, autonomously attacking a second or third time until its target is dead. See a Drone Kill Another Drone by Slamming Into It at 100 MPH

The Air Forces Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Tech

The laser weapon, which can be mounted onto the back of a vehicle, is designed to help the Air Force take down hostile dronesThe laser itself can fire dozens of shots per charge, according to Raytheon. But the Air Force could also hook it up to a generator to deliver a nearly infinite number of shots, the contractor said. The Air Force Just Got a Brutal New Laser Cannon

To ensure super soldiers wouldnt be stuck marching into battle on foot, military researchers also unveiled several new transportation systems for troops this year as well as some that could get the job done without a crew.

Estonias THeMIS Robotic Tank

The robot, whichC4ISRNET reportswas equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher during a demo in Estonia last month, is reminiscent of those T-1 robotic tanks from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines a deadly inflection point in automated warfare. This Tank-Like Machine Gun Robot Is Straight out of Terminator

Yanjing Autos Armored Military Truck for China

A new Chinese military truck can drive into battle, armed to the teeth with 12 drones that turn the off-road vehicle into a comprehensive mothership of destruction. Chinese Military Truck Launches Killer Drones Like Artillery

Israels Carmel Tank Prototypes

Israel demonstrated three prototypes of the Carmel and based on that demo, the future of military combat might involve more game console-style controllers. Israel Demos Tank of the Future Featuring Xbox-Style Controller

Chinas Marine Lizard

China has announced what local media is calling the worlds first armed amphibious drone boat. The 39-foot-long Marine Lizard is designed to assist land assault operations and can form a web with other drone ships and airborne drones in order to act in tandem with them. Chinas Military Built an Autonomous Amphibious Landing Vehicle

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