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Future Warfare Technology

Updated on December 29, 2013

The Future Technologies Of Warfare

Warfare technologies are always being developed, it is ever changing and in this lens I will show some of the best and exciting technologies (that we know about) being developed. I am interested in warfare technologies because they often are the most advanced and exciting because, they are funded by huge organisations such as DARPA. There is also a poll at the bottom so you can show what is your favourite technology in this list. It will also be continuously updated, when I come across new technology, so stay tuned!

Powered Exoskeleton - Also known as powered armor, exoframe and exosuits

In the future exoskeletons will allow the person to run faster carrying heavier loads. Exoskeletons will be able to allow you to carry heavier weapons as well. The user should be able to carry 80kg plus, relatively easily and in better prototypes maybe even allow the person to carry up to 300kg, although this will be very extreme.

The powered exoskeletons usually use hydraulics and have joints to try and match the human movement. Current prototypes are too heavy meaning a lot of the power is used just to move it's self. Also the power supply like all batteries are not very advance and current exoskeletons are only lasting a few hours. Some exoskeletons use a motors, but these have to run at a very high speed and are obviously loud, which may not be useful in combat.

Current prototypes are being developed by XOS by Sarcos and HULC by Lockheed Martin.

Exoskeleton In Use

LS3 - Legged Squad Support Systems

The LS3 is a four legged robot, that can transverse over basically any terrain, including muddy slopes and snow. It does not require a driver because it follows it's leader of the squad by computer vision. It can also go to an area of choice using GPS and terrain sensing capabilities.

The robot can do 24 hour missions with distances up to 20 miles, on its fuel capacity, while carrying up to 400lbs.

The robot would be able to accompany soldiers on their missions, carrying extra kit and supplies while carrying their kit as well.

LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics.

See LS3 In Use

Flybot

Weighing less than a pin these tiny robots can fly into very dangerous areas such as chemical contaminated sites and find out any information needed. The flybot could also find hidden chemical bombs, without risking anyone but a tiny flybot. Later versions of the flybot could also include tiny solar powered bots, making an unlimited amount of flying time.

Developed at Harvard with support from DARPA.

The Flybot Flying

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    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      The flybot is already in use for keeping an eye on things. It's just that they've now minaturised it.

      This was a good lens though some of it reads like science fiction (Dale Brown had exoskeletons in some of his books) and as for the walking LS3, well that reminded be of the Imperial Walkers from Star Wars! (hopefully they'll leav the gun turrets off!)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting. I hope none of these technologies is ever needed, but of course that's pretty unlikely. I do like the flybot - wouldn't mind having one of those!