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Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military [Slide Show]

The U.S. Department of Defense keeps seeking and developing advantages for today's unconventional warfare, ranging from Iron Man-like body suits to smart grenade launchers

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SATELLITE-GIUDED PARACHUTE:

A 4,536-kilogram payload is dropped from a Lockheed C-130 Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft at 7,620 meters over Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. The load is guided by the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), designed to provide accurate delivery of supplies from high altitudes while also protecting an aircraft and its crew.....[ More ]

SMART GRENADE LAUNCHER:

A shoulder-fired XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) System is tested at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It features an array of sights, sensors and lasers housed in a target acquisition fire control unit on top, an oversized magazine behind the trigger mechanism, and a short barrel wrapped by a recoil dampening sleeve.....[ More ]

GUIDED MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEMS (GMLRS):

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) have been in development for much longer than a decade, but they have matured since 9/11, particularly in terms of accuracy.....[ More ]

ELECTRONIC WARFARE:

A $67 million U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18G Growler test and evaluation squadron VX-31 flies over Ridgecrest, Calif., in July 2009. The Growler is configured with three ALQ-99 airborne integrated jammer pods and two external fuel tanks.....[ More ]

PACK ROBOT:

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office and the U.S. Marine Corps awarded Boston Dynamics a 30-month, $32-million contract last year to deliver a prototype Legged Squad Support System (LS3).....[ More ]

HUMAN UNIVERSAL LOAD CARRIER (HULC) EXOSKELETON:

Lockheed Martin's HULC (seen here with an upper-body Lift Assist Device) is a lower-body, electro-hydraulically powered exoskeleton designed to lift and carry heavy loads. It transfers weight through the machine's frame to the ground to reduce operator fatigue and exposure to injury.....[ More ]

BODY ARMOR:

U.S. Army soldiers favor Interceptor bullet-proof vests ( left ), whereas British Armed Forces stationed in the Middle East use body armor rigs such as the Osprey .....[ More ]

ACTIVE DENIAL SYSTEM:

Military contractors such as Raytheon Raytheon are developing active denial systems that emit a focused beam of microwave energy that travels at the speed of light, heating the water in a person's outer layers of skin and producing an intense burning sensation designed to stop crowds or combatants in their tracks without killing them.....[ More ]

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