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Toys for Big Boys: Best of Show from the DSEi Military Tech Show

From grenades and rifles to drones, fighter jets and tanks, the 2011 Defense & Security Equipment International show (DSEi) held every two years in London had it all. So what was best in show this year?

Saab RBS 70 NG 1

Saab RBS 70 NG 

This next-generation surface-to-air missile from the Saab group has significantly reduced weight and unjammable laser guidance, making it particularly useful in an urban area.

Saab Group

Saab RBS 70 NG 2

Saab RBS 70 NG

The new tracking system helps the operator aim it more accurately -- far more exactly than a human being -- with maximum range at a higher speed.

Saab Group

Thales Storm-H

Thales Storm-H 

The Thales Storm-H essentially creates a protective invisible bubble around a soldier, preventing bad guys from signaling an IED to detonate within its safety zone.

Thales

Chameleon Tank

BAE Adaptiv system

Adaptiv -- an armor encasing that looks and feels as one imagines a dragon's scales to -- turns tanks into chameleons, allowing them to disappear into the environment behind them

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hexarmor

BAE Adaptiv system

A system of more than 1,000 5.5-inch hexagonal tiles made of thermo-electric material gives the tank its cool capability.

BAE Systems

Griffon Hovercraft

Griffon Hoverworks 2400TD 

The Griffon 2400TD is a robust, flattened boat that hovers a meter or so above the water -- essentially flying above the surface.

Griffon Hoverworks Ltd

Marshall Land Systems robot3

Marshall Land Systems

For the first time at DSEi, there was an unmanned floorshow -- and Marshall Land Systems’ little trio of robot vehicles took centerstage, simulating a patrol in Afghanistan calling in unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs in military speak) and robotics.

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Marshall Land Systems robot1

Marshall Land Systems

Weighing in at about 110 pounds, Questar, a nimble rugged reconnaissance robot can climb 40 degree slopes and cruise at about 19 miles per hour. 

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Marshall Land Systems robot5

Marshall Land Systems

Questar can clear a route for patrols with Niitek ground-penetrating radar, but it can also be equipped with a range of sensors from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detectors to light detectors (called LIDAR) and explosives sniffers.

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Marshall Land Systems robot4

Marshall Land Systems

Trakkar, capable of carrying a 550-pound payload, can also be equipped with a range of sensors; this second little guy features a very cool “follow me” technology that lets it trail its operator.

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Marshall Land Systems robot2

Marshall Land Systems

The small but mighty "throwbot" EyeDrive has 360-degree views with five video cameras. It can also carry disruptor charges for counter-IED missions.

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Toys for Big Boys: Best of Show from the DSEi Military Tech Show

From grenades and rifles to drones, fighter jets and tanks, the 2011 Defense & Security Equipment International show (DSEi) held every two years in London had it all. So what was best in show this year?

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