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Barrett M107 Sniper Rifle – Future Weapons video

Barrett XM107The Barrett M107 BMG .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle

Manufacturer: Barrett Firearms Company

Considering the physics behind sniper rifle technology, the rule is: the larger the projectile the greater the accuracy and destructive power. Thats why arms manufacturers have recently developed new sniper rifle designs that rapidly fire .50 caliber rounds, which are powerful enough to take out lightly armored vehicles.

M82 USMCA .50 caliber machine gun can typically be found mounted on top of HMMVS and armored vehicles, but Barrett has taken the concept in a different direction: long distance and stealthy destruction. Destruction is an interesting word in itself, which literally implies to take something apart, and with the Barrett’s ability to penetrate steel armor, one can only imagine the effect on a human torso or head. Likewise, the Barrett isn’t the only .50 caliber sniper rifle on the fighting fields, British company Accuracy International recently unveiled its AS50 sniper rifle, which rivals the capabilities of the Barrett M107.

Check out this Barrett M107 video, I believe that it will get the point across.
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PAC-3 Patriot Missile – Surface to Air Missile – Raytheon

250px Patriot missile launchSurface to Air Missiles or SAM’s are a crucial addition to every countries military force. Being able to defend against air attacks from ballistic missiles, bombers, and fighters, gives any military an advantage over their adversary. The Patriot surface-to-air missile is an incredible weapon that is very precise in shooting down incoming munitions or aircraft. The patriot Missile is produced by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The patriot is in service in a number of countries including Kuwait, Germany, Greece, Israel, and of course the United States. The range of the missile is 70 Km, and the Patriot Missiles is capable of mid-course correction to adjust its flight pattern to dynamic air threats. The video Below shows an aircraft being shot down by the patriot missile weapon system.

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The Patriot missile is capable of simultaneously attacking multiple targets. In Total, There are eight different variants of Patriot missiles: Standard, ASOJ/SOJC, PAC-2, PAC-2 GEM, GEM/C, GEM/T (or GEM+), and the PAC-3. The Pac 3 is the most significant upgrade the Patriot missile has seen, and greatly increases the SAM’s ability to intercept missiles of all types. The Patriot’s PAC-3 version will be the primary surface to air missile for MEADS system, which is scheduled to enter service alongside the Patriot in 2012. Currently The M901 remotely operated launching station is used to transport and launch the Patriot Missiles. For more about the Patriot’s Advanced Capabilities please tune in to the video below.

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Best Fighter Jet in the World – Best Combat Jet in World

There is a lot of debate over what the best jet in the world is. I am going to leave this one up to you guys to decide. The f-22 Raptor is stealthy and fast and is a great technologically advanced Fighter, while the F-15C has the best combat record out of any Fighter in the world. All of the jets are great fighters for different reasons. What do you think the best Jet in the world is?


Ground Based Radar – Military – TPQ-36(V)8 Firefinder HUMV

Ever wonder how the Military tracks and defends from air threats such as mortars, artillery, and other missiles?

Within seconds, the AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar system detects and backplots adversary weapons and provides pinpoint targeting information for the counterattack. The medium range Weapon Locating Radar in the Firefinder Family. The TPQ-36 automatically locates enemy medium range mortars, artillery and rocket launchers allowing pinpoint counter fire to be brought to bear. In use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and by nations worldwide.

The Firefinder developed by Northrop Grumman is a very technologically advanced land based radar system that can acquire multiple targets simultaneously and relay that information to other weapons systems and troops to react to the threat accordingly. 113 of these systems have been delivered to the US Army and Marine Corps between 1997 and 2005, and upgrades are constantly being worked on.

Firefinder Vehicle radar

The TPQ-36(V)8 Firefinder mobile ground based radar provides automatic, fast and accurate locations of artillery, mortars and rocket launchers. Firefinder handles simultaneous fire at multiple locations, detecting and reporting positions on the first round. Firefinder also supports rapid deployment missions, is C-130 transportable, and ground mobile on HMMWV vehicles.

According to Military and Aerospace Electronics: “Engineers at the Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC in Indianapolis are set to rebuild three AN/TPQ-37 and two AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar systems. Raytheon is doing the work under terms of a $13.7 million delivery order awarded Aug. 18 from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J. The contract number is DAAB07-00-D-H004.”

Battlefield Technology – Cyber Warfare Innovation Network – CWIN

The US military and its allies are moving to a faster, more mobile, and more connected and integrated fighting force. The Cyber Warfare Innovation Network is a battlefield management planning and integration system that connects troops, generals, and military planners on a global basis. sosThe Cyber Warfare Innovation network effectively shortens the kill chain in a world of quickly emerging threats. The capabilities of the CWIN are highly complex. As the people at Northrop Grumann of Germany put it:

CWIN provides capability to explore and evaluate Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) management and exploitation, space operations, information operations, manned/unmanned concepts of operations and “Effects Based Operations.” CWIN is capable of sophisticated experimentation with emerging machine-to-machine collaboration concepts, such as unmanned air vehicles, intelligent agents, and data warehousing and mining.

Northrop Grumman has transformed its modeling, simulation and analysis capabilities into a distributed system-of-systems environment called the Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN). A synthetic engineering environment, CWIN supports full spectrum battlefield operations and system-of-systems design and development.spacecom billboard CWIN is geographically distributed among multiple sites, and allows collaboration among platforms, sensors, weapons and battle management/command and control (BM/C2) planning and decision tools – all using high fidelity models as well as real world tool sets – to represent a variety of complex environments.

The CWIN is also a very complex military planning tool that allows for the playback and rehearsal of military scenarios. For More on the CWIN check our Northrop Grumann’s website

Global Hawk UAV – RQ-4A Block 20 Global Hawk Aircraft

The Global Hawk is a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) recconnasaince aircraft UAV, and the most capable one in the world according to many experts. The newest rollout of the Global Hawk is the Block 20, which is the 17th Global Hawk to be designed. The Global Hawk has logged thousands of flight hours; bringing the United States Military incredible information and High-Res imagery. According to Northrop Grumman:

Although this represented only 3 percent of all the air-based image collection missions flown during the war, Global Hawk generated approximately 55 percent of all time-critical data on air defense targets. The sole Global Hawk in theater located at least 13 surface-to-air missile batteries, 50 SAM launchers, 300 canisters and 70 missile transporters; it also imaged 300 tanks, 38 percent of Iraq’s armored force – a remarkable display of the vehicle’s capability

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Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems supplies the Global Hawk Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS) which includes Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), electro-optical, and infrared sensors. The Global Hawk’s Sythetic Aperture Radar (SAR) can penetrate cloud cover, and even sandstorms. All of the advanced avionics systems can operate simultaneously with one another giving the Global Hawk the ability to find SAM’s, tanks, and a variety of other military equipment. The Global Hawk UAV can survey for up to 40,000 square miles a day! This UAV can stay in the air for up to 42 hourse with a nautical range of 14,000 miles. In fact, the Global Hawk was the first pilotless or unmanned aerial vehicle to cross the Pacific Ocean in 2001.

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The Raytheon ground station receives the high resolution images taken by the UAV sensor suite. The ground station forwards the images to the military commanders and soldiers in the field.

Specifications of the Global Hawk Block 20 / Block 30

  1. Wingspan: 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
  2. Length: 47.6 ft (14.5 m)
  3. Height: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
  4. Gross Take-off Weight: 32,250 lbs (14,628 kg)
  5. Payload: 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)
  6. Ferry Range: 12,300 nm (22,780 km)
  7. Maximum Altitude: More than 60,000 ft (18.3 km)
  8. Loiter Velocity: 310 knots TAS
  9. On-Station Endurance at 1,200 nm: 24 Hours
  10. Maximum Endurance: 36 Hours


  1. Synthetic Aperture Radar: 1.0/0.3 M Resolution (WAS/Spot)
  2. Electro-Optical: NIIRS 6.0/6.5 (WAS/Spot)
  3. Infrared: NIIRS 5.0/5.5 (WAS/Spot)

Railguns – Electric Future Rail Gun – Military Raligun

A technology that will increase the Navy’s capable strike distance by ten fold is on the way. Proposed in the 1970’s under the “star wars” Strategic Defense Initiative, railguns are no longer a thing of the past or just an idea on the drawing boards. The United States Office of Naval Research has successfully fired a Railgun and has plans to incorporate the technology into Naval Ships by the year 2020. The main idea in developing the Railgun is to overcome the limitations of chemical projectiles. The Railgun will deliver projectiles to its intended target much more quickly and with an incredible amount of force. In fact, the force from a Rail Gun will be so intense, warheads will not need to be used. Charles Garnett, the project director, said that the rail gun will be able to take out a building by the time it is put into service.
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Future Railguns will deliver small projectiles (3.2 KG) at immense speeds packing the punch of a Tomahawk cruise missile at a fraction of the price. For once a military technologyn is being created that greatly reduces costs to the Navy. Tomohawk Cruise Missiles can cost a million dollars a piece, while railgun projectiles are estimated to cost only $1000 by the time they are ready for use in 2020. railgun projectileStill 13 years away from actual military use, the railgun has some obstacles yet to overcome. One of the biggest challenges in creating the electronically driven railgun is to find an electronic device that can withstand the hundreds of thousands of G’s that it’s projectile is pulling after being launched from the railgun. With accurate smart weapons prevailing, GPS is becoming a more integral part of US military arsenal and the railgun is pretty useless without it. Developing a device that will shield the railgun projectile’s instruments and GPS sytems at extremely high G-forces is still underway. Similar intsrumentation protection devices have been developed in the Excalibur artillery shell which can withstand up to 16,000 G’s.

General Atomics, a San Diego Defense Contracter was awarded a 10 million dollar contract to produce a railgun. Railgun technology has many benefits such as reducing the time it takes for a projectile to reach its target, reducing the hazard of tank crews carrying explosive rounds, and the reduction in military costs to fire long distance projectiles. Although the railgun is still under development and is years away from service, the abilities of this weapon are pretty incredible, surpassing any projectile technology that we have in our arsenal today

The Littoral Combat Ships of the US Navy – LCS 1 USS Freedom – LCS 2 USS Independence

LCS 1 USS Freedom
USS Freedom
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]

As part of a modernization drive by the US Navy aiming to incorporate recent advances in naval stealth technology, land attack capabilities, and hull design; the industrial might of the US defense industry has spawned a new class surface combat ships: The Littoral Combat Ship. Littoral is an adjective used to describe the coastal regions of any body of water, as intended to convey the new ships intention to establish preeminence in these areas, both foreign and domestic. The Navy contracted with both General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin to develop designs that will compete to become the main US Navy LCS. Lockheed Martin completed their ship, the LCS1 USS Freedom in September 2006, while the General Dynamic’s LCS2 USS Independence is still under construction. These ships will be extremely fast and lethal, with highly advanced radar and missile systems designed for both offense and defense. Likewise, the ships are intended to be deployed with mission-specific “modules” for conducting anti-mine, anti-submarine, and surface ship-to-ship warfare. Once the two ships are completed and deployed in sea trials and war games, the Navy will likely choose the advantageous aspects from both designs and compile them to create one of the deadliest surface combat ships in the world.

LCS 2 USS Independence
USS independence
Manufacturer: General Dynamics [NYSE: GD]

Phalanx MK 15 CIWS Close-In-Weapon-System: Naval Defense Autonomous Gatling Gun

The Phalanx MK 15 Close-in-Weapon-System
Manufacturer: Raytheon [NYSE: RTN]

Designed to defeat terminal threats to naval assets such as missiles and close in enemy aircraft, the Phalanx MK 15 is the US Navy’s own innovative CIWS (pronounced “sea wizz”) close-in-weapon-system design. A CIWS is an autonomous electronically guided robot 20 mm gatling gun, which can effectively down incoming missiles or aircraft with a hail of highly destructive gunfire. The machine gun locks onto the incoming target using its own sophisticated radar systems, but the Phalanx recieves instructions as to what incoming targets to engage as designated by the Aegis battle management system. The Phalanx CIWS can be found on almost all US Naval warships such as guided missile cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Other countries have revealed their own designs for naval CIWS protection systems, such as the Dutch designed Goalkeeper system.

This CIWS Phalanx video shows a ground-based test version firing at incoming targets.

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Stryker Armored Vehicle – Mobile Gun System

Manufacturer: General Dynamics [NYSE: GD]
Stryker Mobile Gun System
The latest production to roll out en masse from General Dynamic’s war factories is the Stryker Armored Vehicle. Since the Iraq War has evolved into the constant urban battle with the Muslim insurgency, America has since devised some innovations to armored vehicle design to increase the lethality and deployability of urban combat teams. These newer urban combat teams have been built around a doctrine described as the Brigade Combat Team, which aims to incorporate the latest in situational awareness electronics with increased firepower and protection in the urban environment. For example, the Stryker vehicle is digitally linked to all of its troops, so that they know where the armor and cover is, and can divert or flush enemies into an area where they can be blasted by the Stryker. There exist different variants of the Stryker, the most impressive being the Mobile Gun System variant, which is pictured above. The Mobile Gun System fires 105mm cannon that can fire either armor piercing rounds or anti-personnel rounds that can fragment shrapnel over large areas. Putting these capabilities into the hands of urban combat teams dramatically increases their effectiveness, not only through the obvious firepower advantage, but also by boosting morale. The cannon mount on the Stryker could be used to take out snipers easily by simply destroying the suspected spot completely. Likewise, ambushes or large groups of combatants could be easily dealt with by the shrapnel rounds of the 105 mm cannon. All in all, having the Stryker on the ground in any urban scenario instantly promotes success.

Check out this Stryker video!
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