Tomorrowland, a glimpse of the future, today. That is what everyone wants to see, but what does the future really hold for us?
Well, just the other day we got a really good idea of what is in store for us in the future when it comes to the nations of the world and their military designs.
Russia, just days ago, revealed to the world that they were building nuclear torpedoes. The Russians are claiming that this was a mistake and that it was never meant to be released to the public, but I, on the other hand, think that this was done on purpose to send a signal to Washington. You see, within the last month the U.S. has been sending signals of their own by test firing Trident Nuclear missiles. The idea of a nuclear torpedo is nothing new. There have actually been a couple of smaller versions of a nuclear torpedo including the T-5 and the Mark 45 torpedo deployed by the U.S. Navy, but this new nuclear torpedo named Status-6 is a very different type of nuclear torpedo. Status-6 is a bigger torpedo meant for a lot more damage, especially on coastal regions.
Launched by a submarine, it would create “wide areas of radioactive contamination”, the document says.
The “oceanic multi-purpose Status-6 system” is designed to “destroy important economic installations of the enemy in coastal areas and cause guaranteed devastating damage to the country’s territory by creating wide areas of radioactive contamination, rendering them unusable for military, economic or other activity for a long time”, the document says.
On top of all of this, we are starting to hear reports that the Status-6 may have a cobalt warhead.
According to state-run Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the destructive power attributed to the new torpedo’s warhead would fit the description of a cobalt bomb.
That would be a type of thermonuclear warhead with a layer of cobalt-59, which on detonation would be transmuted into highly radioactive cobalt-60 with a half-life longer than five years.
Such a weapon would guarantee “that everything living will be killed”, the paper said – there would not even be any survivors in bunkers.
A cobalt bomb has never been tested because of the devastating radiation it would unleash.
We don’t know for certain whether this new weapon in fact does have a cobalt warhead, but if it does it would definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
The Status-6 is not the only new weapon that is in the works.
Have you ever heard of The Punisher?
I just love the names the military comes up with for their weapons. Don’t you?
That’s right, folks. That really is the name of another weapon. The Punisher isn’t nuclear, but it sure does pack a punch.
The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) System, also known as the Punisher and Individual Semiautomatic Air Burst System is an airburst grenade launcher derived from the XM29 OICW. It was fielded to soldiers serving in the War in Afghanistan in 2010 and was planned to officially enter service in late 2015, but malfunctions and program budget cuts pushed planned fielding to early 2017.
The XM25 CDTE fires 25 mm grenades that are set to explode in mid-air at or near the target. A laser rangefinder in the weapon is used to determine the distance to the target. The user can manually adjust the detonating distance by up to 10 feet (3.0 m) shorter or longer; the XM25 automatically transmits the detonating distance to the grenade in the firing chamber. The grenade tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of spiral rotations after it is fired, then detonates at the proper distance to produce an airburst effect. These features make the XM25 more effective than traditional grenade launchers at the task of hitting targets that are behind cover or dug into the ground (i.e. in defilade.) One of the weapon’s developers, Richard Audette, believes that the XM25 is a big leap forward because it is the first small arms weapon to use smart technology.
The system has been developed by Alliant Techsystems and Heckler & Koch, while the target acquisition/fire control is developed by L-3 IOS Brashear.
The M203 grenade launcher has an effective range for point targets of 150 meters, and a maximum range for area targets of 350 meters. The XM25 has an effective range for point targets of 600 meters, and a maximum range for area targets of 700 meters. Studies indicate that the XM25 with air burst rounds is 300 percent more effective at engaging the enemy than other squad-level grenade launchers.
Another weapon that has been debuted is the Rail Gun.
In development for years, the weapon would be able to fire a projectile at Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound, hitting targets 110 miles away. (By comparison, a Hellfire missile travels a little over Mach 1.)
Instead of gunpowder as a propellant, it uses electromagnetic pulses, and the projectiles hit with such overwhelming force that they don’t need to be armed with explosives. The impact from traveling at such amazing speeds is enough, thank you very much. Lasers sizzle rather than go boom, as some have said. The rail gun definitely has one heck of a boom.
The gun made its debut at the Navy’s Future Force Science and Technology Expo at the Washington Convention Center this week.
One top Navy official recently likened the impact to “a freight train going through the wall at a hundred miles an hour.” The lack of gunpowder and explosive warheads eliminates some significant safety hazards for Navy crews, officials say.
Another fine futuristic weapon that is coming online is the DREAD.
You’re not going to want to be on the receiving end of this DREAD gun, capable of cranking out 120,000 rounds per minute of .308 and .50 caliber round metal balls at 8000 feet per second (ft/s). To give you some perspective, the M-16 rifle delivers its ammunition at 3200 ft/s, and can shoot a mere 900 rounds per minute.
With this monster, it’s easy to fill the air with lead (or steel, tungsten, tungsten carbide, ceramic-coated tungsten, etc…), because it has no recoil, spinning its projectiles out using electrical energy, not gunpowder. That makes it suitable for use in unconventional places, such as aboard satellites.
There’s no muzzle flash, either, so those dreaded enemies won’t be able to use your gunfire for targeting. Plus, the thing can engage multiple targets at the same time. It’s relatively small, too, especially considering its firepower. It’s intended to be tripod-mounted and is 40 inches long, 32 inches wide and 3 inches tall. It has just 30 component parts and weighs a mere 28 pounds when empty.
There’s an advanced prototype now operating at the gun’s Connecticut maker, Trinamic Technologies, but there is no mention of when this electrically-powered centrifuge weapon might be deployed.
Here is another futuristic weapon with a strange name. The Hellads definitely comes a long way to us from the days when we used swords and clubs.
The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), is a Counter-RAM system under development that will use a powerful (150 kW) laser to shoot down missiles, rockets, and artillery shells. The initial system will be demonstrated from a static ground based installation, but in order to eventually be integrated on an aircraft, design requirements are maximum weight of 750 kg (1,650 lb) and maximum envelope of 2 cubic meters (70.6 feet3).
If that doesn’t impress you, then what about Quantum Stealth?
Hyperstealth is a successful Canadian camouflage design company with over two million military issued uniforms and over 3000 vehicles and fighter jets using their patterns around the world.
Quantum Stealth is a material that renders the target completely invisible by bending light waves around the target. The material removes not only your visual, infrared (night vision) and thermal signatures but also the target’s shadow.
Believe it or not, these technologies aren’t the only ones out there. There are too many to list. It is just unbelievable what is being created right now. In fact, there are weapons that are being developed that don’t even have names yet. Although they don’t have names, they are still highly destructive weapons.
As we can see, the Russians aren’t the only ones that are working on advanced weaponry. Hopefully we will never have to use any of these deadly weapons. I, for one, would much rather have peace than war.
Although we don’t always hear about the new technologies that are being developed, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t. There is always someone somewhere that is working on something.
Wake up America, before it’s too late.