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Robocop technology coming to an army near you

The Stormtroopers may become a reality if this is the future of military armament. I wonder how it will be powered, that will still be the weak point in the armour.

We may have seen it all before in science-fiction films. But the bionic warrior is in fact a vision of real-life warfare in the 21st century. U.S. defence chiefs hope to have their troops kitted out in the outlandish combat gear as soon as 2020.

Included in the Pentagon's Future Warrior Concept are a powerful exoskeleton, a self-camouflaging outer layer that adapts to changing environments and a helmet which translates a soldier's voice into any foreign language.

The future soldier will also benefit from 'intelligent' armour, which remains light and flexible until it senses an approaching bullet, then tenses to become bulletproof.

Perhaps worryingly, several of the planned enhancements seem to owe more than a little to Hollywood blockbusters such as Robocop, Aliens and Predator.

But officials are quick to point out that many of these systems are already working in prototype form, or are refinements of proven technologies.

Some of the blueprints will be unworkable without eagerly awaited advances in nanotechnology, but researchers remain confident. And perhaps with good reason.

The sheer scale of U.S. military research spending and the pace of recent advances in aircraft stealth technology and guided precision bombs are staggering.

Project specialist Jean-Louis DeGay, a former captain in 75th Ranger Regiment, said: "We're already trialling equipment and technologies that did not exist a few years ago.

"The air force has just debuted its new stun gun and five years after the concept of an exoskeleton was first discussed, we have fully functioning prototypes."

He told Soldier magazine: "Five years ago, nobody thought we'd have a portable hydrogen fuel cell, but we've got them now.

"They're functioning, and we're just trying to make them smaller. And if I'm honest, nothing speeds up the development of technology like war."

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By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2007

Thinking about the gun, there was a movie where a weapons dealer was showing a gun that fired multiple rounds, the first round had to be shot at the target, but the subsequent 4 or 5 just followed the first one to the target no matter which direction you shot them.

(I forget the movie it was some sci fi comedy with Rod, the ex basketballer as a show host, and I think the guy from Die Hard in it)

At the time it came out I remember an article about how interested the military were in that concept, so maybe TV does shape reality.
By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2007

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