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Touch Screen Battlefield Technology in HD

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Northrop Grumman’s integrated collaboration environment featuring TouchTable technology, creates a high-definition interactive display to facilitate viewing and manipulation of complex geo-spatial data for a wide range of applications including national security. TouchTable responds to intuitive gestures made by the user, sensing the location of points that are touched. Moving a hand across the surface of the screen pans the display, moving hands apart or together zooms the image.

If Looks Could Kill – The Sukhoi SU-47 Berkut

su47 berkut The SU-47 is an amazing looking aircraft, especially while in flight. Nicknamed the Golden Eagle, the SU-47 has a reduced radar signature, thrust vectoring, advanced fly-by-wire technology, and most notably a very unique forward swept wing design. The Sukhoi SU-47 is extremely maneuverable at subsonic speeds and has a maximum speed of mach 1.6. The SU-47 can carry a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

Many sources try to compare the SU-47 to the F-22 Raptor. In reality, the F-22 Raptor is in a class of its own. Check out a video of the highly maneuverable Sukhoi SU-47 Berkut below.

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Father of All Bombs?

father of all bombs If you are a regular here at Future Firepower then I am sure you have heard of the MOAB or Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, coined the Mother of All Bombs. The MOAB is an eight ton non-nuclear weapon with a 450 foot blast radius. What you might not have heard is that Russia has recently unveiled the “Father of All Bombs” which is said to have a 900 foot blast radius, double what the MOAB boasts. Until the Russian military unveiled the FOAB the MOAB was the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world. The center of the explosion created by the Father of All Bombs is reported to be twice as hot as MOAB as well. The Russian military apparently created a weapon roughly the same size as the MOAB with twice the power! So it looks like the Russians have one-upped the American military’s largest non-nuclear weapon… or have they?

There are a lot of skeptics that believe the Father of All Bombs may just be a big hoax. The Russian military claimed the bomb was dropped from a Tupolev 160 bomber although the bomb and the aircraft where never seen in the same video. Recall that the MOAB is usually dropped out of a much larger C-130 or equivalent. “You’ve got to approach Russian claims with skepticism,” says John Pike, an analyst at the think tank GlobalSecurity.org.

Wired has a great article regarding inconsistencies in the video and the claims made by the Russian military. Psychological warfare?

Check out this video of the Russian Father of All Bombs

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F/A-22 Raptor – Best Fighter Jet

We frequently cover the F22 Raptor at Future Firepower.  The F22 fighter jet has been voted the best fighter jet in the world in the Future Firepower polls with over 2500 votes.  Thank you for participating in our polls. For some of our most recent articles on the F22 Raptor visit the links below.

F-22 – Overview of the best Fighter
F-22 Raptor Stealth Capabilities and Video
Maneuverability of the F22 Fighter Jet – thrust vectoring video
All Future Jets and Attack Aircraft

The Presidential SUV

This SUV is how the President and other important diplomats stay safe when they are traveling through hostile territory. A mini-gun pops out of the top of the vehicle filling the air with up to 4000 rounds per minute. The mini-gun on the GMC vehicle is located on a turret to allow for a 360 field of view. Check out the video of the presidential SUV below.

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Why Did the Insurgent Cross the Road?

as50To get some C4 and detonators of course! US sniper divisions have been baiting insurgents into picking up planted explosive equipment. The insurgents get a rude awakening when they feel the burst of a .50 caliber sniper round from the AS50 or Barrett M107 sniper rifles.BarrettM107

“Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy,” Capt. Matthew P. Didier, the leader of an elite sniper scout platoon attached to the 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment, said in a sworn statement. “Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it. If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against U.S. Forces.”

Check the Washington Post for the full story.

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UAV Cockpit or Video Game?

Cockpit for UAVs

Although the image on the left might look like a tricked out video game setup, it actually represents Raytheon’s new approach to the UAV cockpit for the “chairforce”. Thats right, these cockpits will be constructed by the hundreds and filled with eager video game nerds turned Air Force Commandos. From within these cockpits, recruits will guide advanced aircraft with a variety of munitions into unfriendly territory to monitor and track enemy activity.

It would seem that one would be under much less pressure during a mission than if there were an actual pilot on site pulling G’s and making split second decisions. These Universal Control Systems as they are known will be used in just about every conflict keeping our most valuable assets, the troops, out of harms way. Think you could fly one of these bad boys?

Ballistic Missile Submarines – Ohio Class Sub

submarine missile The United States and British navies have some pretty incredible military technology at their disposal. One of the best strategic military technologies that the United States and their allies have developed is the ability to fire ballistic missiles from a submarine. This isn’t a particularly new technology but advances and upgrades are being made to this technology every day.  The addition of supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles to these subs is in the pipeline. Vessels such as the Ohio class submarine, as featured in a couple Tom Clancy novels, carry Trident-II intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBM’s. The Trident II has 8 independently targeted reentry vehicles or a MIRV setup as it is called, all of which can carry warheads to different targets. The Ohio class submarine is what makes up a lot of the United States nuclear weapons threat. The United States has 18 Ohio Class submarines in its arsenal serving as a friendly reminder to any hostile nations. Check out the video below of a British submarine with similar ICBM technology to the Ohio class fire a missile while

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F-22 Raptor’s Impressive Maneuverability

F 22A RaptorThe maneuverability of the F-22 Raptor truly is amazing. The video below shoes the advanced capabilities of the F-22 beyond its radar and stealth technologies. The F-22 is much more stable in low speed maneuvers than all of its predecessors. As you can see in the video below, the F-22 can achieve vertical flight quickly after take off and pull some unbelievable maneuvers. F-15 pilots cant touch the Raptor in mock dogfights during flight tests. The F-22 Raptor is widely known as the most advanced and best military aircraft ever built. With a maximum speed of over Mach 2, advanced avionics, and stealth technology, the F-22 raptor truly is in a class of its own. Watch the video below to see the advanced stability and maneuverability of the F22 Raptor.

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