Top Future Military Weapons Technology in 2021 – DegitalSeva

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The world already possess a threat to countries that can be easily subdued. Keeping in the eye the wars that have been going on for decades now, possibilities of civil wars that might take place in the future, to prevent the outbreak of wars between neighboring nations, to prevent the uprising of dictators and the mafia gaining too much power; countries have started councils to plan out futuristic weapons to tackle any of these situations. If you are an enthusiast of military technology, here we are with things that you should know about.

The United States Military Research and Development (USR&D) had requested an increase in the annual research budget, and to the shock of many nations, it was granted a 5% hike. Now, the current research budget is $80 billion this year to invest in military technology and military armors, vehicles, weapons and other intelligence gears.

List of New Military weapons Technologies Under Development Aimed to Release By 2021:

1. Self-Steering Bullets


It is a .50 caliber bullet with the ability to change its course towards the target in mid-air. This would be packed with tiny sensors to make this possible. This bullet would work like a homing missile but, of a smaller size. It is also expected that it would provide a sniper-like accuracy to a mediocre shooter and could be unmoved from external factors like wind velocity and distance when used by a sniper. It would enable a shooter to hit a moving target with ease.
a) Its cost is yet unknown, and they would be cheaper than their larger variety of A.K.A. Rocket-propelled missiles or homing missiles. The most interesting fact is it is being researched separately by two groups.
b) The military-funded research is a collaboration of Ammunition maker Orbital A.T.K., military contractor Teledyne Technologies and DARPA. The project is named ‘EXACTO’. They have chosen to remain mum to reveal how the bullet would change its course in mid-air.
C) The nuclear department funded research is being conducted by the Department of Energy’s Sandia Labs who have revealed something on how the bullet is expected to change course in mid-air. They say it would have a laser beam that would lock on the target and the bullet would have small fins that would help them steer in air. Both these projects are under testing now.

2. Unmanned Submarine Hunter


a) These submarines possess a threat to a country’s marine facilities such as oil fields, naval bases, etc. The government has funded DARPA for research to prevent a surprise attack in any case as the submarines are sneaky and stealthy. 
b) Is working on this large mission called Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV). This would also be known as the Sea Hunter. It has a high torpedo and underwater missile holding capacity. These missiles are self-loaded and need no human interaction/command to aim or fire. Various sensors are also used in this including SONAR, RADAR, and other synthetic vision systems to facilitate autonomous movement all around the sea to hunt down enemies.
c) SONAR is being supplied by Raytheon and Leidos has built up the body. The prototype is currently going through sea trails.

3. Laser Cannons


a) Laser Cannons are the ones that you think it is some sci-fi technology, let us tell you that its just advanced technology and it is genuine. The Navy is already testing it’s laser weaponry in U.S.S. Ponce in the Persian Gulf. It aims at bringing larger laser weapons to protect ships from attack drones and small attack boats.
b) The land, there is a head-on competition between two giants of the aeronautical industry Boeing and Lockheed Martin to achieve this objective of making laser weapons which could destroy incoming drones or mortar shells. Army coordinated Boeing has named the project H.E.L. MD or High-Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator which is a truck-mounted laser. 
C) Department coordinated Lockheed Martin is making a ray gun called ATHENA.
d) The first advantage of laser weapons is that they are cost-efficient and can repeatedly fire, unlike other weapons. The weapons would run on generators that would provide them power upon intake of diesel.

4. Every Ship to be an Aircraft Carrier


a) It has commissioned a program named TERN which stands for Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node aims at reviving the unmanned aerial vehicles that are unused or rarely used to smaller boats and ships. These would first fly up vertically with two propellers and then fly horizontally, scan the skies, replay videos and detect possible threats with RADAR. The process is reversed when it returns. It flies back to the ship backward horizontally then descends vertically slowly.
b) Grumman is the lead contractor of the project and DARPA has built a full-scale demonstration system for this purpose.

5. Plasma Protection Field


a) It is a patent filed by Boeing which claims that it could protect military trucks from blast damage by installing a plasma shield. If the first thing you get in your mind after hearing this is a dome appearing around trucks like star war movies, we are afraid to say you might be disappointed. The plasma shield would only be defending the truck in the direction of the incoming blast. 
b) Would protect against blasts but, would deem worthless in stopping incoming projectiles like anti-tank missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. But, the Iron Curtain defense of the army serves that purpose.

6.Invisibility from a Squid


a) This may hide soldiers from human eyes but, it is deemed useless when it comes to infrared sensors. Scientist of the University of California, Irvin claims to fix it by something called an invisibility patch. 
b) Would be made out of squid skin as it has a coating of a structural coating called reflection which changes the color and reflectivity of its skin to make it invisible. The protein has the same wavelength as the night vision system. 
c) Is just a promising concept and would take a long time to be useful.

7.Extra-stealthy bomber


a) It is just a concept and is still in the development phase. This is going to be the next generation long-range strike bomber which would ultimately replace the old B-52 and would lead a small group of B-2 stealth bombers. It is aimed to have a huge carrying capacity of bomb cargo with extremely high speed and being extremely stealthy at the same time. 
b) Make the skin extremely stealthy, the bomber’s airframe would be made up of hardened and polished reflective material that would not only avoid radar but also change its color depending on the surroundings and environment around. According to the blueprint advantages, it is expected to change to white color to camouflage with clouds, blue to camouflage with the daytime sky, and black to camouflage with the night sky.
c) Would be equipped with high-quality-military grade gyroscopes to ensure that the bomber has precision guidance. 
d) Grumman and a group of engineering companies along with some subcontractors looking forward to seizing this multi-billion-dollar fortune for themselves by being the multi-year contractor of the project. DARPA is partly funding the research of the gyroscope that is to be used in it, and Northrop Grumman’s facility, which is situated at Salt Lake City is working on its development. The skin is being researched upon and tested by the joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
e) The development of this project is still a long way to go.

8. Satellite Melter


a) The project aims at developing a satellite that would be designed and programmed to track and hunt down the defense satellite of an enemy by melting it down. It is designed to work with the help of simple physics. It’s not as complicated as rocket science. It would reflect a concentrated U.V. ray of the sun on the satellite of the enemy which would heat it enough to make it fall slightly out of its orbit over the due course of a week or two and that satellite would be ablaze after entering the upper stratosphere. 
b) The project is funded by DARPA and is being worked upon by the collaboration of Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. 
c) The best part about it is that it won’t be a brilliant display of vibrant colors or destruction in the sky. It can’t even be seen. This program is a five-year program that was started in 2018 and is expected to end by 2021.

Keeping an eye on all these projects that are to be developed and submitted in the year 2021 or in the near future, all we can say is that maybe the world would turn into a sci-fi movie. The science would be extremely developed in the near future, and we would be able to experience what all of us wanted to see in the future. We may even see flying cars, mechanical humans, robot caretakers, Artificial Intelligence houses, drive-by instant food restaurants, indestructible tanks, unlimited ammo supportive laser gun, plasma cannon, and what not! If we are excited so much just by knowing this much about the military equipment that is going to come in the near future, then our excitement is never going to cease as development in science would keep on developing technology forever.

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