A truck mounted laser system capable of shooting down enemy mortar rounds mid-flight; smart bullets that can change direction in-flight to hit targets; rifles that zero themselves; an electromagnetic railgun launcher that hurls 23 pound projectiles at speeds exceeding Mach 7; and, Delta Force Operators doing work.
Meet the 5 Most Incredible Weapons from 2014.
1. High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator
Built by Boeing, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) is essentially a giant truck mounted laser cannon that can shoot down enemy drones and 60 mm mortars in-flight. Suddenly, Star Wars weapons don’t seem too far away from the present.
2. Smart Bullets
The creative geniuses at DARPA have been working on smart bullets that change direction to hit targets mid-flight. The EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance) program has successfully demonstrated a smart .50 caliber bullet against the flight path of a “dumb” bullet.
Watch it below:
3. Self-Aiming Sniper Rifles
DARPA is also working on a One Shot XG System that ensures a perfect shot no matter the weather conditions. Simultaneously, the Army is testing a similar technology developed by Tracking Point, a Texas based technology company. Bad guys are in trouble when these rifles debut along with smart bullets.
4. Electromagnetic Rail Gun
Scheduled to debut in 2016, the Navy has been testing an Electromagnetic Rail Gun that hurls a 23 p0und projectile over 100 miles at speeds in excess of Mach 7. Incredibly, the system only requires one sailor to operate it.
5. Delta Force Operators
The deeply secretive force known only as “The Unit,” Delta Force has been quietly kicking tail while avoiding the press. A security camera caught rare footage of Delta Force operators in action as they conducted a snatch and grab operation to detain Anas al-Libi, an Al-Qaida operative, outside his home in Tripoli, Libya. The commandos secure their target and exit the objective before the man’s confused family members have time to leave their house.