The DREAD Weapon System – Small Arms Technology and Innovation

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The DREAD weapon system is a revolutionary small arms weapon that can shoot upwards of 120,000 rounds a minute with absolutely no recoil or heat signature. Perfectly suitable for space-based applications such as satellites as well as ground vehicles and aircraft, the DREAD weapon system is truly a universal small arms weapon. This small arms innovation will bring firepower to a whole new level with an electrically driven firing mechanism eliviating the need for explosive propellants and cartridge cases. DREAD has a variable rate of fire and best of all it is completely silent making it in essence a stealthy machine gun with incredible capabilities (both lethal and non-lethal).

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Al-Qaeda Jihad Propaganda from Iraq

Jihad OnlineOn NPR recently there was a piece about the propaganda war taking place as a part of the War on Terror. The focus was on how NPRs correspondent believes that the US is losing the media War on Terror, but that new efforts are being made by the US military to counter this phenomenon. Official spokesmen for the military are paid daily to surf the net for subversive remarks about the United States and the West and to reply to these posts in-kind, educating those that are ignorant, misled, radical, or just plain wrong about the US’s view of the War on Terror, Islamic Radicalism, and other issues with current US foreign policy.
NPR also went on to describe some of the videos being released by groups in Iraq such as Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda, and the Mehdi Army. These videos were described on NPR as rivaling media releases from the Pentagon; with slick computer graphics and themed music pieces. Having heard all of this, the next step was to see exactly what NPR was talking about and watch the videos for myself to make my own comparison.
The videos are horrendous. Set to the backdrop of eerie Iraqi songs, which sound like tribal chanting, the videos typically depict scenes of IED ambushes, sniper attacks, and RPG attacks. The videos are intended to be recruiting mechanisms for the terrorist groups that produce them and a call to jihad, and perhaps they serve this purpose. However though, nearly every attack carried out by these cowardly terrorists only hurt one or a few soldiers, and often kill many other civilians. If the Iraqi audience for these terrorist recruiting videos came to my site or any other like it, they would witness that they are clearly on the losing end. Jihad
So who really is losing the media war on terror? Not only are the terrorists unable to inflict massive and/or precise attacks on the scale that the US can, they must do so in the most self-emasculating and heinous forms. IEDs planted in dead bodies on the side of the road, shooting a soldier in the back while he’s on foot patrol, and other simply unworthy acts do not represent a solid call to duty for Iraqis or any Muslim people. When Muslims follow these examples they only serve to lessen themselves in the eyes of the world, their enemies, and even their more proud Muslim brothers.
I urge any Muslim that reads this to take heed, watch some videos on my site, and even watch your own propaganda videos and then decide: on which receiving end of the firepower would you rather be on? Western technology, government structure, and innovations can only serve to help the stricken Iraqi people. If the coalition stays in Iraq, which they will in one form or another; the Iraqis should take note and help us help them by respectfully admitting defeat and accepting their offer of the best salvation they may ever have. Because an Iraq devoid of American securities will be a desolate, dangerous, and violent place.

Kinetic Energy Projectile – KE-projectile

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An APFSDS, Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabalized Discarding Sabot round.

A Kinetic energy Projectile is one that can pierce through advanced armor more efficiently due to a smaller penetration surface and a high rate of speed. As you can see the munition bursts apart leaving a small rod that can penetrate advanced armor technology such as reactive armor. Typically the penetrator rods are constructed of extremely high-density metals such as depleted uranium or tungsten. The purpose of a sabot with rounds such as these is to increase the velocity of the projectile when fired. The sabot acts to harness more of the force from the blast used to fire the round, then is discarded mid-flight to the target.

KE rounds are different from Heat rounds such as shape charges that rely on blast fragmentation to penetrate armor. The image below shows the arsenal of 120MM rounds that the Abrams Tank is capable of firing. In the Abrams video it shows the tanks firing an APFSDS round and it shedding its sabot in slow motion. All of the rounds are used for different tactical situations and to defeat different types of armor.

Video of KE – Projectile shedding its sabot

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OCSW – Objective Crew Served Weapon

The Objective Crew Served Weapon (OCSW) is an integrated machine gun system which couples the firepower of air bursting munitions with optoelectronic fire control to provide all-environment operation and enhanced lethality. (FAS)

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This incredible machine gun system is capable of dismantling slow moving aircraft and light armored vehicles from over 1000 meters away while incapacitating enemy soldiers from over 2000 meters. The objective crew served weapon is an ultra light 2 man crew served weapon that will replace the MK19 grenade machine gun and the M2.

See a video of the OSCW in Action at another post.

OICW Future Rifle Technology- Future Force Warrior

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The Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) will be the most versatile weapon ever. It can kill targets hidden around corners or dug in half a mile away. The OICW will leave no place for the enemy to hide with its incredible firepower. As you can see in the picture above the rifle is modular which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance.

The OICW has some convincing to do before it comes into full scale production.

For observers encountering OICW for the first time, there is also the question of sticker shock. If the demonstration project is successful over the next several years, the Pentagon plans to make an initial purchase of 45,000 OICWs, to be in the hands of elite light-infantry units by 2006. The weapons will cost between $10,000 and $12,000 each, plus $25 to $30 for each 20mm air-burst round.

For a Video and some more pictures of the Objective individual Combat Weapon click here for another post.

5 Incredible Military Technologies – Future Military Warfare

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YAL-1A Airborne Laser

The Airborne Laser is without a doubt a revolutionary weapon that will change the way battles are fought and Nations are protected.air borne laser The proliferation of ballistic weapons systems has prompted military officials to persue an airborne weapons system capable of defeating ballistic missiles long before they become a threat to their intended target. The YAL-1A Airborne laser (ABL) comes in the form of a Boeing 747-400F and uses infrared to detect threats while using a directive energy weapon to explode the missiles gas tank.

Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser

Similar to the Airborne laser, the MTHEL or Mobile High Tactical Energy Laser is another directive energy weaponMTHEL used mainly to take out smaller threats such as Katyusha and Qassam rockets used by groups such as Hezbollah. Further testing is being done with this directive energy laser to evaluate whether it may be able to take out aerial threats such as ballistic missiles and even incoming aircraft. You have to see a video of the amazing capabilities of the MTHEL and some more information on its applications.

CBU-97 sensor-fuzed weapon

The CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon is simply a revolutionary type of weapon capable of taking out a complete armored division. cbu105frontThe enemy quivers at the though of one of these cluster bombs raining upon them. This incredible weapon is capable of destroying over 40 armored vehicles with its explosively formed penetrator that blasts molten copper through even the most advanced armor technologies. For an incredible video of the capabilities of the sensor fuzed weeapon check this out.


Railguns give the military the ability to fire inexpensive non explosive projectiles at a much higher velocity than traditional ballistic missiles. At only a fraction of the size of a tomahawk missile, railgun projectiles will be able to deliver a much more devastating payload much more quickly. Railgun projectiles will be capable of reaching speeds of 3 Kilometers a second which would allow a small 2 KG projectile to penetrate a tank and imobilize its crew. naval rail gunRailgun Technology has been in research and development of the United states navy for several years. Recently railguns have been successfully tested although some minor kinks are still holding back their full scale production. Military officials estimate that the new weapons systems will be in service in the year 2020. Check out another article for pictures and more information about the advancements in military railgun technology.

The Reaper aircraft AKA MQ9 Reaper

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If you are a regular visitor here at Future Firepower you know all about the incredible Reaper unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This unmanned aircraft is assisting U.S and British forces and other allies in Iraq as I speak to you today. This aircraft is an enhancement of the predator UAV and carries 14 deadly accurate hellfire missiles and can fly at an altitude of 50,000 feet for long periods of time. The Aircraft is about the size of an A-10 Thunderbolt and is known as a hunter killer UAV aircraft. Check out Andrews post about the Drones of Death arriving in Irag by Fall or another post I wrote about the Reaper: Predator on Steroids.

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Apache Airstrike in Iraq – Nightvision Warfare

Apache AttackThis video might possibly be one of the coolest ones I’ve seen yet. Of course there will always be more videos, but let me take a second to analyze just how bad ass this particular video is. The first thing to note is the obvious fact that the attack takes place at nightime, and was filmed by a nightvision camera. One advantage of the US military, we rule the night. Second, the enemy is being targeted by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) on the ground, whose laser couldn’t be seen unless filmed by a specially filtered night vision camera, which means that this video was planned ahead of time by the military as a show of force–which is peculiarly and particularly bad ass. Everyone in this video is wearing night vision goggles, even the Apache helicopter pilot, which is also very bad ass. In fact, night vision goggles only provide around a 45 degree field of vision, so the Apache pilots must continuously shift their vision back and forth to stay oriented, which requires extensive training (unstoppably bad ass). Once again, this video, like so many others, clearly displays capabilities unique to only the US military, such as independent targeting via lasers and complete nightime operability.

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Flybot – Fly shaped Robot for Reconnaissance

The Flybot, a new robotic reconnaissance fly may help keep a more soldiers, and others out of harms way.

Scientists at Harvard have invented a robotic fly to send on reconnaissance missions in areas too dangerous for humans, such as those contaminated by chemical or biological weapons.

It can also be used to find hidden bombs and in search missions.

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The “flybot”, which can fit on a fingertip, is made of lightweight carbon and weighs less than a pin.

Researchers, led by Professor Robert Wood, spent seven years on the project with the backing of the US military.

“The real benefit of the fly is that from a military aspect, you probably wouldn’t be able to notice it,” said Prof Wood.

Sky News has some more info about the Flybot

Boeing’s X-45B New Phantom Works UAV

Testing has Begun on the New (BA) X-45b which is sure to be the next generation of UAV technology. Development is under way for systems that will help the Boeing Phantom Works unmanned aerial vehicle acquire and track targets on its own. This truly is an awesome looking machine and sure to be the Future of unmanned Aeriel technology.

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Global Security has a great article with a detailed review of this aircraft that is said to be “generations ahead of its time”.

New Arms for US allies – Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia $40bn+

The US has announced military aid worth more than $43bn to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in an effort to boost its Middle East allies against Iran. Egypt will receive $13bn in aid over 10 years while $30bn will go to Israel over the same period, Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, said on Monday.
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She also said that an unspecified defence aid package was allocated for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

The Saudi package is expected to upgrade the country’s missile defences and air force and increase its naval capabilities, a defence official said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries are likely to recieve as much as $20bn over 10 years, he said.

Rice made the announcement hours before leaving with Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, for a joint trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia to seek the support of Arab nations in stabilising Iraq. “This effort will help bolster forces of moderation and support a broader strategy to counter the negative influences of al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran,” Rice said.

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