Poland’s new PL-01 “concept” tank is covered in radar-absorbing materials and features temperature-controlled cells on the outer body that can match the surrounding temperature and make the tank invisible to infrared. On top of that, the heat they give off can be modified to make the stealth tank look like a car, a motorcycle, or even a person to enemy radar.
Production of the PL-01 is set to begin in 2018, with export to NATO countries beginning in 2022. You can see more photos at Gas 2.
For centuries, nearly anyone with any wealth or political power in the Mediterranean region has conquered the small Crimean peninsula, since its location on the Black Sea has provided someone with some sort of advantage. The Greeks, Venetians, Huns, Goths, Romans, Turks, Mongols and Tartars have all planted their flags there. So when Russia rolled in a couple weeks ago, taking over the semiautonomous region with the claim it was protecting Russian citizens, it was another event in the long history of conquering Crimea. Shortly after it had Ukranian military bases surrounded, Russia said they were going to let Crimeans vote on their future— but as it turns out, that vote doesn’t have a “Russia, nyet” option.
Periodically throughout history, Russia gets a hair up its ass to invade another neighboring country— Finland will back me up on this— and in this short week so far, Russia has flooded the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea with over 16,000 troops and counting, claiming that in the turmoil in the Ukraine, Russian citizens in Crimea are being killed. Shit just went all crazy.
The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.
Sending unmanned drones into the wilds of Afghanistan to shoot at terrorists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the future of American autonomous dominance. This past week, the Department of Defense laid out a roadmap of the drone program, leading up to autonomous global drone missions and surveillance by 2022. Yup, in less than 10 years, American deathbots will be patrolling the globe by air, sea and land.
According to recent estimates on the growth of robotics in the US military, by 2023, there will be about 10 robots for every one human soldier. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we’ll have an army of Terminators to do all the fighting while the boys stay at home drinking beer, but it means that when human soldiers do have to go into battle, there will be a small personal squadron of bots looking for landmines, laying down suppressive fire, peering around corners and over obstacles and distracting the enemy.
Lockheed Martin’s SR-71 Blackbird is a hell of a piece of military tech. But the SR-71 was retired as a spy plane in 1998, so America is overdue with the latest and greatest flying machine. Behold the Lockheed Martin SR-72, a hypersonic flier that can shoot through the skies at double the breakneck batshit insane Mach 3 speed. Yes, double. The SR-72, if it ever goes into production, will be able to hit Mach 6, meaning you could fly from New York to LA and back within your lunch break.