Large collection of active U.S. military equipment
A few days ago, the United States Pentagon announced that it will cooperate with Apple and other technology companies and research institutions to jointly develop military wearable devices. This five-year plan with a total investment of more than 170 million U.S. dollars is an attempt to promote the development of consumer-grade advanced technology equipment in Silicon Valley. The smarter the US military. So what smart devices are these war machines armed to the teeth now? Counting down the various types of equipment on a soldier's back are no less than 100, it is hard to describe with "armed to the teeth". Let us understand the current U.S. military equipment!
1. ENVG helmet night vision goggles
The development time span of this helmet-mounted night vision goggles code-named ENVG is as long as 10 years, and it has been equipped with ordinary combat troops of the US military. The system weighs 0.9 kg (including helmet mount, cable and battery), has a battery life of 7.5 hours, and the recognition rate is 80% at 150 meters and 50% at 300 meters.
Of course, ENVG is not a simple thermal imager. It is also equipped with an intelligent "image enhancement" function, which can digitally process images to enhance clarity, and input and output digital documents containing data or maps.
In addition, ENVG is also compatible with the laser collimator currently used by the US military. This means that it can use traditional thermal imaging for target detection and laser technology for target recognition. Based on this, ENVG can help soldiers observe the battlefield more effectively in urban street fighting, low-light or even completely dark environments, and improve the latter's battlefield perception and mobility.
2. AWIS Individual Command System
This is another helmet, but it's not used to block bullets. Its full name is "Army Global Military Command and Control System Information System". It is currently equipped with the pilots of transport helicopters such as the US Army Aviation Corps CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.
With this system, the helicopter pilots of the US military can keep in touch with any combat soldier on the front line and direct the overall operations of the ground forces; they can also contact the superior commander to obtain instructions and report on the battle.
At the same time, AWIS is also a data collection system to provide support for the US military's future network digital battlefield command system.
3. NWEUD military smartphone
Next time you see a US soldier "playing with a mobile phone" on TV, please be mindful. This is probably part of the Pentagon's Nett Warrior plan.
The plan aims to replace portable computers currently used by the US military with smart phones. It is said that the current shortlisted mobile phone products include Motorola Atrix series and Samsung Galaxy series. Of course, it is not equipped with ordinary Android, but a customized enhanced security system to prevent the enemy from eavesdropping and hijacking signals. At the same time, the touch screen and body of the mobile phone have also been redesigned to adapt to the terrible application environment on the battlefield-after all, breaking a screen in the flames of war is no joke.
Based on the powerful performance of current smartphones, the rules of war are likely to be redefined. Compared with traditional portable computers, mobile phones are more suitable for taking pictures and more portable. They can also remotely detect drones, and only need an APP.
4. Through the wall detector
Compared to open spaces, street fighting is usually the hardest bone to chew. The US military spent US$151 million to purchase the AN/PPS-26 system, which can penetrate a 20-centimeter-thick wall by sending out radar waves to find people behind the wall and detect their activities. At the same time, this detector has a range of up to 20 meters, providing enough protection space for soldiers.
However, this device is still not very smart, because it cannot tell whether the person behind the hiding wall is an militant or a civilian, but its portability advantage is also more convenient for soldiers to use.
At present, the US military has planned to purchase nearly 10,000 sets of such detectors in the next three years.
Finally, let's talk about a "serious" topic: battery life.
5. M-25 portable fuel cell
For most smart wearable devices, the battery is still the biggest constraint to their use. This is even more prominent in the military field where power supply shortages are often seen in theaters-soldiers with high-tech instruments all over their bodies cannot return every few hours. Go to the base to charge the device, right?
Thus, the M-25 fuel cell came out. In layman's terms, you can also call it a power bank. This solution from DuPont and SFC (a fuel cell company in Germany) combines traditional fuel cell systems and methanol technology to provide at least 72 hours of continuous power supply with a minimum of 20 watts and a maximum of 200 watts. The battery is 80% lighter, which is 3 times the performance of the current power supply equipment equipped by the US military.
A few days ago, this new technology has been approved by the US Department of Defense, and the military is just around the corner.
6. Military portable solar charging system
The M-25 fuel cell can last up to 72 hours. What if the time outside exceeds? The solution is to generate electricity yourself! Of course, it still depends on equipment.
This set of standard military portable solar charging systems for the US military is used for this purpose. This system is said to have the advantages of high charging efficiency, light weight, flexibility and maintenance-free. It is suitable for charging digital products such as GPS locators, radio stations, mobile phones and laptops in the field, and can even increase power through multiple sets of cascading Charge high-power devices such as cars.
From the ones worn on the head to the ones held in the hands to the energy system behind them, smart devices are changing many fields. The seemingly "stubborn" military fields are actually their first early adopters. From the perspective of the technology industry, during last week's personal visits to the California Bay Area and Silicon Valley of the United States, it was also discovered that the military is becoming more and more major customers of these technology companies.
However, when intelligence meets soldiers, we also hope that it will bring more a sense of security, rather than a more efficient way of killing.
For soldiers on the battlefield, the term "fog of war" is sometimes not just a metaphor. Smoke, darkness, bushes, walls, and sandstorms all obstruct the troops' vision, and a series of potential dangers are born. Enemy forces, especially those hidden in the urban jungle, may hide in any corner. What if soldiers can detect enemies walking in smoke or behind concrete walls? This is the problem to be solved by the radar helmet currently under development. The radar helmet project hopes to use motion sensors to allow soldiers to see "movement" within a radius of 25 meters. The weight of the entire system does not exceed 1.1 kg, and about less than half of its weight is attached to the helmet. With such equipment, soldiers can spot potential ambushes in advance.
8. Finger laser friend and friend identifier
LA-8/P (ALP) Finger Laser Friend or Foe Recognition Device, used to recognize friend or foe in night special operations.
9. Mini laser rangefinder
On June 16, 2011, the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Division of DRS Technology Corporation of the United States and the Warrior Systems Division of L-3 Communications Corporation jointly won a contract worth 953.1 million US dollars to produce AN/PSQ-23 miniatures for the US military. Laser rangefinder (MLRF).
The AN/PSQ-23 miniature laser rangefinder was developed by the Army Soldier Project Executive Office (PEO Soldier). It uses 2 DL 123 batteries and has a mass of 0.54kg, which can greatly improve rifles, machine guns and "Stryker" The shooting accuracy of the on-board remote weapon station.
10. Lightweight laser pointer rangefinder
(LLDR) is a componentized target positioning and indication system that can be carried by people. Its main components are target positioning components, laser pointer components, batteries and tripods. LLDR supports direct fire, indirect fire and laser guided munitions. Target positioning components include CCD camera, thermal imager, personal safety laser rangefinder, digital magnetic compass, GPS and digital export. The Ministry of Defense/NATO compatible laser pointer assembly can indicate targets at a distance of up to 5km.
11. Individual mobile phones
The new device planned for Nett Warrior "Knight Warrior" (named after Robert Knight, winner of the "Medal of Honor" during World War II) will be a customized and enhanced smartphone. The equipment needs to be connected to the tactical radio station via USB and use the military's battlefield wireless network. The touch screen also needs to be redesigned, "suitable for use in a humid and dusty environment, able to accept the operation of fire-resistant gloves", and good readability in sunlight. The system will no longer use portable computers, and instead use smart phone/tablet type "Knight Warrior End User Equipment". What makes this possible is the application of the security-enhanced Android operating system, which solves the security issues that plague civilian phones and tablets (eavesdropping by enemies, signal hijacking, etc.).
12.Individual Command System
Members of the US Army’s CH-47, UH-60, and other helicopters are equipped with the AWIS Army Global Military Command and Control/Information System. The system mainly provides various information for the leaders of the future network digital battlefield command system. Individual soldiers in a certain unit of the US military in Afghanistan can directly communicate with the top commander of the US military in Afghanistan. Military helicopter pilots are equipped with WIS Army global military command and control/information system, which can command ground forces operations.
13. Handheld UV water purifier
14. Wrist video wireless network
15. Bulletproof vest IBA
16.UVEX-XC military version protective glasses
17.M88 platoon helmet ABS
18.Modular Sleep System (MSS)
19.DRS company MRT military tablet computer
20. General Dynamics GOBOOK MR1 outdoor computer
21. Kevlar helmet
The helmet used by the U.S. military so far is made of Kevlar material ("Kevlar" material. It is a kind of aramid composite material. This material has low density, high strength, good toughness, high temperature resistance, easy Processing and molding, widely used in helmets and body armor.) The design goal of helmets is not to resist the direct fire of rifle bullets, but to defend against fragmentation weapons such as grenade, mines, mortars, bombs, and 9mm pistol bullets and shotgun bullets. Direct shot.
22. Modular Military Boot System (MBS)
23. Military drinking Hydration backpack
24. High-tech protective combat uniform (PCU) system
The elite special operations forces (SOF) of the US military will gain a new strategic advantage on the battlefield in the cold climate of the future: a high-tech protective combat uniform (PCU) system that uses the most advanced fiber technology.
There are 7 layers of this combat uniform, which can protect against rain, snow and wind in the temperature range of -45 to 65°C. The combat uniform will be distributed to special operations forces of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The initial distribution is 5,000 sets, which may eventually rise to 150,000. The PCU system was developed by the U.S. military department in cooperation with American mountaineer Mark Twitt and private companies such as Nextec Applications, which use polymer packaging to manufacture high-tech fibers. This is also the first time that the four services have jointly developed military uniforms.