After nuclear chain reaction e-camouflage is one such concept which can change the entire scenario of modern warfare. By switching on to the invisible mode you can enter and create havoc in the enemy territory within a fraction of minutes. The British Army has dared to think of such a concept in the form of an electronic ink to make the tanks invisible. Unlike traditional forms of camouflage, this technique uses highly sophisticated electronic sensors that will project the surrounding images – making the tank to get merged in the landscape.
Unmanned aerial vehicles don’t usually stay up in the skies too long, taken that they have a short battery life. Well, with help from the sun, these vehicles can stay up a bit longer, like Qinetiq’s Zephyr that stayed up for a good 82 hours. The sun doesn’t shine all the time, as we all know, and solar powered UAVs can have a hard time staying up at night. With the latest development by LaserMotive, a Seattle based Research Company, UAVs can now stay up a lot longer, without the sun or any fuel, using just energy from lasers. The firm came up with a laser-powered model helicopter weighing 22 grams, tethered and radio controlled. The helicopter is powered by an array of semiconductor-diode near-infrared lasers producing laser beams combined into a single 7 centimeter in diameter beam. This beam when focused on the helicopters photovoltaic cells, juices them up.
The navy has finally decided to go green and keep the waters blue, turning to new eco-friendly equipment. The first of many more to follow suit, the navy has unveiled a green eco-friendly vessel powered by algae fuel. Nicknamed the Navy’s Corvette, this vessel uses some pretty awesome cutting-edge technology and the Navy hopes to create a Great Green Fleet of vessels powered by alternative energy within the next five years. The 49 foot long riverine vessel can accelerate to 40 knots and uses a 50-50 blend of algae-based fuel and diesel. Currently the Navy spends an astounding amount buying fuel, enough to power all of its vessels with about 80,000 barrels of oil a day.
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When the zombie invasion strikes and we all need to find ways to get around, maybe a motorized skateboard with giant caterpillar tracks might not be the most practical. But anyone riding this bad boy will definitely be the envy of everyone stuck in boring armored trucks. The DTV Shredder promises to go where no skateboard has gone before, and to look kind of awesome doing it. It was actually designed by creator Ben Gulak to be a first-response military vehicle for soldiers who need all-terrain access.
DARPA’s Vulture program, which aims to develop and demonstrate technology to enable a single high-altitude UAV that can stay aloft for a period of five years has entered its second phase and has awarded Boeing an $89 million contract to develop a full-scale demonstrator called the SolarEagle.