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In the beginning man fought man with mere sticks and stones. The insatiable thirst for power and wealth optimized the efficiency of killing on a mass scale. This escalation of arms is no doubt a foreshadowing of a not-so distant future consisting of lethal weapons, enough to cause trauma on a global scale. The weapons presented in this article consists of real declassified weapons in development right now.

 


 

DREAD Silent Weapon System

Air drone with DREAD systems installed.

Air drone with DREAD systems installed.

The DREAD Silent Weapon System is a gun that functions solely on electrical inputs. It does not require gunpowder, meaning that it will not produce recoil, sound or heat. This makes the gun ideal for stealth and reconnaissance missions. The gun has a maximum capacity to shoot rounds off at 120,000 per minute, easily capable of decimating small infantry troops in an instant.

Launch Date: Unknown

 


 

Chinese Kill Weapon

Kill weapon loaded with anti-ship missiles

Kill weapon loaded with anti-ship missiles.

The Chinese military in association with its navy is developing a weapons system called the “Kill Weapon”. This weapons primary objective is to destroy U.S. aircraft carriers. The missile system that it employs is capable of avoiding radar systems because of it increased maneuverability mid-flight. This often makes the flight path unpredictable, thus producing a low radar signature.  The anti-ship ballistic missile has an effective range of 2,000 km. How far is this ?

Launch Date: Unknown

 


 

Hybrid Insect MEMS

Hi-mems

A chip is implanted on the insect as a micro-controller

The hybridization of organic compounds and machine is the brain child behind the invention of the HI-MEMS. This part insect, part machine operates similarly to a remote control car. The user will be able to control the bugs limbs in order to move it to different locations. There are also advanced information gathering detectors attached to the bug to monitor sounds and gas levels, this information is used to scout potentially dangerous areas. To make the bug part-machine the developers attached a micro-mechanical system inside the insect during the early stages of metamorphosis.

Launch Date: Unknown

 


 

The Railgun

Electromagnetic propelled railgun.

Electromagnetic propelled railgun.

The US military began work on a new railgun with surprising statistics. The gun itself runs purely on electromagnetic forces induced by the use of electricity. The weapon can accelerate its projectiles at a whooping 2.4 kilometers per second (5369 MPH), this makes it seven times more faster than sound waves. This makes the the weapon fire its projectile faster than most fighter jets.

Launch Date: Between 2020 – 2025

 


 

BioDesign Synthetic Organisms

biosynDARPA is investing over $6 million in funds to create a microorganism that be programmed to live “indefinitely”.  This organism contains key programmed molecules that will help resist situations that would lead to its death. The user also has a kill-switch to deactivate the organism with a push of a button.

Launch Date: Unknown

 

 


 

XM-25 Grenade Launcher

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xm-25 is a programmable grenade launcher.

The XM-25 is a “smart” grenade launcher; variables such as distance, magnitude and quantity of the payload can be predetermined via console programming. This weapon is capable of unleashing the fury of 25 grenades at a time! This weapon combines the destructiveness of a grenade launcher and analytics of a computer to produce a distinctive wunderkind. The prototype for this weapon was used in Afghanistan in 2010.

Launch Date: Unknown

 

 


 

HELLADS

HELLADS are equipped on aircrafts.

HELLADS are equipped on aircrafts.

The Pentagon’s Defence Advance Research Project Agency, DARPA, is developing star-wars laser grade weapons. This new weapons codename is HELLADS (High Energy Liqaud Laser Area Defence System). The goal of the this laser is to make it compact so that it may fit on tactical aircrafts without being obtrusive to the performance of the aircraft. The laser will have enough power to shoot down rockets, missiles and artillery shells with ease. The number one advantage of this weapon is that it travels at light-speed, or in our perspective, instantaneously! Field testing is still being employed on the prototype to make sure its optimal.

Launch Date: Unknown

 


 

Metaflex Future Camouflage

The metaflex material is still being tested and improved.

The metaflex material is still being tested and improved.

Scientist in Scotland are developing an advanced camouflage created by a synthetic new material called Metaflex. This material provides the user with the ability to be invisible to the naked eye. Metaflex is designed so that it bends light as it hits the surface of the material. The “invisibility cloak” is still being tested year round and has potential to be integrated into the military very soon.

Launch Date: Unknown

 

 


Hypersonic Cruise Missiles and ‘Prompt Global Strike’

Powerful thrusters move the hypersonic missile at mach 5+ speeds.

Powerful thrusters move the hypersonic missile at mach 5+ speeds.

Cruise missiles have the ability to deliver warheads vast distances and strike targets with pin-point accuracy. Hypersonic Cruise Missiles have thruster that will allow them to reach top speeds of mach 5+. It has been in development since the 1990s, but a renewed sense of urgency due to global conflicts has skyrocketed its development timeline.  In an age where minutes can mean the difference between defeat and victory, this weapon will play the role of the judge, bringing swift and calculated conclusions to conflicts.  Upon the warhead detonating, 3000 sq. ft. of space surrounding the missile will be blown to fragments.

Launch Date: Very Soon.

 


 

Bullet-Proof Liquid Armour

Liquid armour suit still in prototype phase.

Liquid armour suit still in prototype phase.

A real life “ironman” suit is being developed in the U.S. to aid special operation forces. They will be given to high-risk, high-value individuals in order to have the edge in man-to-man combat. This suit will feature an augmented reality overlay that will allow the user to monitor vital signs, give real-time battlefield information and it is completely bullet-proof head to toe. The suit will implement an exoskeleton made out of a smart liquid. This fabric will help stop hemorrhaging, enhance sensory capabilities and utilize Google-Glass-esque augmented reality.

Launch Date: June, 2018

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