Top 5 US Army’s superweapons
meet the US Army’s five next superweapons Russia and China should worry [Music] [Applause] [Music] the US Army already fields an impressive array of weapons but as the US Army prepares itself for potential conflicts against high-tech Russian and Chinese armies the Army is working on a slew of new systems ranging from tanks to missiles the result will be the gradual disappearance of the familiar weapons born during the Cold War the Abrams tanks and Apache helicopters that symbolize America’s arsenal in their place will be a new generation of weapons here are five that we’ll likely see in the coming years number one next generation combat vehicle since the 1980s the backbone of the Army’s armored force has been the m1 Abrams tank and m2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle both designs have been upgraded and modernized over the years the latest m1a2 as far better sensors in electronics than a 1980s m1 but these are essentially 40 year old designs meant to stop a Soviet tank assault across the folded gap the counter insurgency small Wars of the past two decades has made Armour secondary to infantry boots on the ground but as the u.s.
Refocuses on the prospect of mechanized big war against russian china there is new love for tanks the Army’s next-generation combat vehicle program aims to create a 21st century armored fleet including a new main battle tank infantry fighting vehicle self-propelled gun and even robot tanks the defense industry is pitching several designs such as BAE s Swedish designed cv90 infantry carrier but whatever vehicles are chosen will reflect the enormous changes in technology over the past four decades active protection systems to stop anti-tank missiles tactical networks and even drones as an integral part of the vehicle system and for a really futuristic design take a look at DARPA ground ax and vehicle technologies program and the conceptual art of a tank that looks like a dune buggy number two maneuver short-range air defense ms horrid snuggled under the protection of the US Air Force and facing low-tech opponents like the Taliban the Army’s tactical air defenses have elapsed since the Cold War but with the proliferation of drones and the threat of high-tech Russian and Chinese aircraft and helicopters the skies aren’t looking so friendly for the ground-pounders for now the army is opting for a stopgap solution that mounts stinger anti-aircraft missiles on a Stryker light armored vehicle but the army plans to mount directed-energy weapons lasers on the Stryker which can engage targets more quickly than missiles and don’t run out of ammunition except for electricity number 3 robot tanks these were once the stuff of science fiction but the fact that the US Army is a program called optionally manned fighting vehicle a test of the rise the machine the army already has a robot test vehicle an armed remote-controlled m113 armored personnel carrier and is vigorously pursuing autonomous trucks that can haul supplies without a driver number four future vertical lift just as Cold War era m1 tanks are being replaced so are the Apache and Blackhawk helicopters that comprised army aviation the future vertical lift program aims to develop a family of new helicopters including an attack and reconnaissance machine number five long-range artillery and hypersonic missiles accustomed to plentiful air support from the Air Force the Army’s artillery has lagged behind that of Russia which is fielding several new howitzers but instead of big guns that can shoot out to twenty miles like the M 109 a6 paladin 155 millimeter self-propelled howitzer the army is talking of a cannon that can hurl the shell a thousand miles whatever the exact range will be it’s likely the army will be deploying artillery that can reach hundreds of miles which basically extends the lethal zone in which enemy troops must operate [Music]
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