Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gizmo Watch

This laser-armed IED-hunting Humvee was recently featured in Popular Mechanics. There is nothing obviously remarkable about its "IED hunting" capabilities, but it's a sign that directed energy weapons are one step closer to practical employment. How well the laser would fare in rainy or foggy weather is not clear from the article. Conventional weapons can clearly deliver more energy to a target, but far more slowly, but this laser-armed Humvee can deliver substantial amounts of instantaneous energy very accurately.

Those however, with a desire to enhance their SUVs in Hollywood badguy style might be better off considering roof-mounted, popup Gatling Gun.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Peter Grynch said...

I prefer the turret operated flamethrower, at least for close-in anti-car-jacking defense. Coincidently, here's one for sale on e-Bay...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BULLETPROOF-ARMORED-PROTOYPE-VEHICLE-SPORT-UTILITY_W0QQitemZ270186556380QQihZ017QQcategoryZ80765QQcmdZViewItem

11/14/2007 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

Of course, it may be that you don't need a vehicle at all.

A high-tech armament system for infantry soldiers in Japan sparked interest among anime fans at a recent Ministry of Defense research presentation when officials announced that it was designed with the Gundam anime series in mind.

The Advanced Personal Armament System -- Japan's version of the Future Soldier project, designed to modernize combat infantry units -- offers a network-linked helmet providing night and thermal vision, amongst other capabilities. It was introduced at a presentation held by the ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute titled, "Towards the realization of Gundam."

Gundam is the name of a hugely popular anime series featuring huge "mobile suit" robots, and the system unveiled at the research presentation sports features inspired by the giant humanoid robots that appear in the anime "Mobile Suit Gundam," according to officials.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20071110p2a00m0na021000c.html

11/14/2007 03:58:00 PM  

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