15 incredible military technologies

Mind-blowing advancements in military tech means that the battlefields of today and tomorrow are filled with cyborg bugs, invisible tanks, guided bullets and more.

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    Iron-man style exoskeletons This robotic exoskeleton -- developed by the defense department to create supersoldiers -- could allow the paralyzed to walk. Read more
    Ekso Bionics
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    Guided Bullets A new bullet from Sandia Labs is self-guided -- and it can hit targets more than a mile away, the inventors say. Read more
    Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories
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    Boeing's Phantom Eye Boeing claims that its hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days. Read more
    Boeing
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    The Camel Designed to haul water, ammo, and other military equipment whether on or off-road, the Camel was built by members of Choctaw Nation -- the same native American tribe whose "code talkers" created an uncrackable code during WWII. Read more
    Choctaw Defense
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    Radar-in-a-backpack The world's first radar kit to fit into a backpack helps a solider monitor his surroundings -- preventing a surprise ambush. Read more
    SpotterRF
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    "Spider-man" tech DARPA's Geckskin is a synthetically-fabricated reversible adhesive inspired by the geckos ability to climb surfaces of various materials and roughness, including smooth surfaces like glass. Read more
    DARPA
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    Micro-drones AeroVironment’s Wasp AE represents the latest evolution in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Wasp has been used by the U.S. military for small unit work ranging from reconnaissance and surveillance to tactical intelligence. Hand-launchable at just 2.8 pounds and 16 inches from wingtip to tip, the new model flies 20 percent longer than its predecessor. Read more
    AeroVironment
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    World's largest telescope Known as The Square Kilometer Array (SKA), it will explore the universe, identify any potential alien threats to our planet and hopefully answer some fundamental questions from astronomers. Its thousands of receptors, spaced roughly one kilometer apart, will be linked across an entire continent. Read more
    SPDP/Swinburne Astronomy Productions
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    Mind-reading helmets A team at the University of California’s San Diego campus has been working on a project to miniaturize EEG brain scanners, allowing them to monitor a pilot’s mental state and confirm he’s concentrating on flying, rather than daydreaming. Read more
    University of Californai, San Diego/National Chiao-Tung University
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    Teddy bear-faced robot Six feet tall, made of aluminum and bench-pressing 500 pounds, this isn’t your average teddy bear. The Bear robot, so named for its cutesy bear-like face, designed to be familiar and reassuring, is agile, strong and capable of lifting and then carrying an injured fighter out of harm’s way. Read more
    Vecna Robotics
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    Super soldier vision Innovega’s iOptik contact lenses sharpen real world vision while simultaneously simulating a 3D HD panoramic screen. The company hopes to gain FDA approval this year -- and the Department of Defense has recently placed an order for a prototype. Read more
    Innovega
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    Disposable satellites These satellites would let soldiers, airmen, seamen or whoever push a button on a  handheld device to “see me” -- and receive an image of their exact location within 90 minutes -- an unprecedented capability currently unavailable from military or commercial satellites. Read more
    DARPA
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    Real-time 3D mapping Saab's brand new military technology can create an incredibly detailed and accurate 3D map of a battlefield -- and shows troop and vehicle movements in real time. Read more
    Saab
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    Cyborg beetles Military, commercial and academic defense research teams have been busy turning beetles and bees into cybugs, eeny-weeny cyborgs that will serve as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- tiny, living versions of drone aircraft. Read more
    Erkan Aktakka
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    Invisible tanks New camouflage tech means this tank can not only change form, it can even become invisible to infrared sensors. Read more
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