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Ground systems won’t be left out and there have already been developments in making ground weapon platforms less vulnerable to enemy fire. The latest and still in the prototype stage are tank destroyers and SAM systems use advancing ideas such as raised firing platforms. These allow the launcher vehicle and crew to remain on the ground, either behind terrain, buildings or trees — out of direct line-of-sight to the enemy. There is a hydraulic arm resembling a crane jib, that has the missile launcher on top of that. So, the business end can be lifted above the obstruction and missiles can be fired over the top. When off-duty, the arm and firing platform are lowered and stowed in a compact position on top, or even partially in, the launcher vehicle. Pretty nifty, hey? One question beckons for me though… why wasn’t this thought of before? It really is quite a simple thing and it just makes so much sense. Again, unmanned ground vehicles are in the works, but out of all the remote-controlled platforms these have got to be the least weird contraptions and also easiest to make work. For years bomb disposal teams have used remote-controlled vehicles to go in and defuse or detonate bombs while the controller personnel are a safe distance away. But the range of such vehicles has never been more than a few hundred meters. With the new generation, hundreds of kilometers could possibly be covered. Scouting would be the primary role I should imagine. Perhaps later, when the technology improves and defense budgets have grown, they will be used in place of armed scouting platoons of men and IFVs. Hybrid energy cells and bio fuels will eventually replace existing fuels as a means of power, meaning better performance and being much more “eco-friendly”. Using fuels with military applications that create less environmental pollution may seem a bit odd, but as with civilian transport — it is the way things are heading.

Sea Shadow from 1999

Naval warfare will keep up with the pace as well, with ships becoming more stealthy and lethal. Already, some naval forces around the globe have early examples of stealth ships. This would be a huge advantage, as warships and aircraft carriers are massive, and make massive targets. "These vessels will look more like floating spacecraft than boats."Expect to see lots of flat edges and radar-absorbent paint. These vessels will look more like floating spacecraft than boats. Up until now, “stealth” has always meant ‘invisible to radar’, and although nothing truly appears invisible to radar yet, some things only come up as the size of an insect. As remarkable as this is, there is work being done right now, to increase this advantage and make vehicles / aircraft / ships invisible to the naked eye. Much likeThe Predator in the film of the same name, this technology will more than likely use a light-bending method, so that you essentially see through the object. This I have got to see! If this is done and perfected, I will be amazed. On the very latest conventional-layout warships, the huge guns and torpedoes have already been replaced with missiles for every purpose. This means less overall weight, greater weapons range and accuracy, and more ammo can be carried.

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