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Barrett M82A1 Sniper Rifle

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The Barrett M82A1 is one bad gun.  The original M82 was featured on future weapons.  But the M82A1’s main purpose is not sniping individuals in the battlefield.  It is used primarily to breach concrete barriers, disable vehicles, hit installations, etc.  However it’s used, it’s sure to instill fear in the enemy’s mind.

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Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk MAV

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It seems everything is moving toward AI, robotics, and nanotechnology these days.  All those technologies have very  relevant applications for the military.  The Honeywell T-Hawk is a micro air vehicle, or MAV, that can help in tricky recon missions.

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Airless Humvee Tire Will Save Lives

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Flat tires in the field of war are not a good thing.  When an armored vehicle becomes a sitting target, it’s only a matter of time before that group is in trouble.  Well, Resilient Technologies, LLC, the DoD, and the School of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin are trying to change all that with a military grade airless tire.

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Germicidal Kevlar

By | Medical Technology, Military Technology | No Comments

Kevlar BiweaveBullets, shrapnel, and the occasional dirty look are all things that Kevlar can put a stop to. OK, only kidding about that last one, but soon Kevlar body armor may be able to stop more than just projectiles. Researchers, looking to upgrade the usefulness of Kevlar (which is already found in everything from SilentArmor tires to fiber optic cables to sports equipment), have been experimenting with giving the polymer a coating that will make it germicidal and fungicidal. While your heavy duty garden gloves may not be immediately affected, germicidal Kevlar would go a long way towards protecting our soldiers, enforcement officials, and emergency response personnel.

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Bacteria-Based Radiation Shielding

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BacteriaSome research by the Air Force is changing the way some people approach ionizing radiation and, more interestingly, protection from these dangerous rays. Ever since its discovery, radiation has posed a problem for physicists and engineers, pilots and astronauts, and even electronic equipment. Typically, creating adequate shielding has revolved around creating large barriers of lead, or hardening electronic equipment against the damaging effects of radiation, but some guys in the Air Force are taking a new approach to resisting radiation: They’re using bacteria.

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Flashlights That Nauseate

By | Emerging Technology, Military Technology, Security | One Comment

LED-based FlashlightThank you Department of Homeland Security. Disco jokes notwithstanding, it seems our friends at the DHS have been working on a new type of tactical flashlight to arm government agents with. This new, prototypical, tactical flashlight is a whole lot more than a light source; using ultra-bright LEDs, a range finder, and electronic circuitry, these flashlights can create the urge to vomit in a victim. Of course, the target needs to be looking  at the flashlight to be incapacitated; if the target were to look away, the effect would wear off. Even so, try attacking an armed security guard without being able to look at him… It won’t end pretty.

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Taser XREP Electric Projectile

By | Emerging Technology, Gizmos and Gadget, Military Technology | One Comment

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I think everyone knows what a Taser is. If you don’t, stroll on down to your local police station and cause a non-violent ruckus. You’ll find out pretty quick. Ok, don’t do that. Anyway, Tasers deliver non-lethal electric impulses to hostile individuals. Law enforcement and military units use them all the time. They are great for taming wild drunks and for party tricks. Well, one of the issues with Tasers is that they require wires. Well, Taser has come out with a projectile version. Now you can do party tricks from up to 100 feet!

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PHaSR Laser Weapon

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When I found this picture from a factsheet for non-lethal weapon systems for the Air Force Research Laboratory, I half expected to see a white storm trooper holding the thing. I don’t care if that thing works – I just love the look of it. This would bring a laser tag game to a whole new level. But in all seriousness, this rifle is actually a non-lethal weapon system. But signs show that lethal, personal laser systems are on the horizon.

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