7 insane military weapons that have been developed in recent years

No one likes to know that there are military conflicts going on around the world, let alone know that thousands of people die as a result of them. But aside from the violence, the banality, the suffering, the hatred and all the bad feelings associated with the battles and weapons employed in them, according to the folks at Business Insider, the military has always been one of the biggest precursors of technological development.

And coolly analyzed - not only have many of the technologies transcended the military environment and given rise to a lot of things that are part of our daily lives - it is undeniable that the combat and defense forces have created weapons that are simply insane. Here are 7 examples from Business Insider of key weapons that have been created in recent years:

1 - MOP

The simple bomb in the image below - known by the acronym "MOP" by Massive Ordnance Penetrator - was designed by Boeing for the US Army and is the largest conventional bomb available to the US military. It was first tested in 2007, and the results were so satisfactory that the US Air Force commissioned an arsenal of this beauty.

The MOP weighs more than 13, 600 pounds and was designed to destroy underground shelters. It is capable of traversing blocks of reinforced concrete more than 18 meters thick and detonating 5.5 meters underground and is reserved as a "Plan B" if it is ever necessary to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

2 - Chinese anti-satellite program

In 2007, with a single attack during a controversial exercise, China achieved the feat of militarizing space. The People's Liberation Army fired a C-19 ballistic missile into the stratosphere and destroyed a disused Chinese weather satellite more than 800 kilometers above the surface.

The problem with the test is that, in addition to the detonation resulting in a cloud of debris that could damage other satellites in nearby orbits, it served to enable other nations to see these objects as possible military targets. And if global attacks ever occur, the consequences can be catastrophic.

The attacks would be able to create fragment fields that in turn would affect satellites in certain orbits, creating chain reactions that would result in the destruction of vital Earth positioning and communication systems, for example. In addition, with the breach of the - hitherto respected - space barrier as the boundary of conflict, countries could send weapons capable of hitting surface targets into space. I hope this never happens ...

3 - Reaper Drone

Drones, as you know, are unmanned aircraft, and since 2001, the US Army has been closely following the development of these vehicles for military use. One is the M19 Reaper, which has already been used in surveillance missions and surprise attacks against militants from various countries, such as Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan.

MQ-9 Reaper

These devices are extremely sophisticated and capable of carrying over 200 kilograms of weaponry, as well as guided missiles for ground or air strike. Plus, they have a range of up to 36 hours and can accurately identify targets - these drones can “read” license plates over 2 miles away! - allowing the US military to attack without endangering its soldiers.

4 - Tomahawk Missile

Tomahawks - subsonic long-range cruise missiles - have been around since the 1970s. However, earlier this year, the US Navy conducted tests with a modified version capable of changing direction during flight and hitting targets. moving on the high seas.

The new Tomahawk has a range of nearly 1, 000 nautical miles - or over 1, 800 kilometers - giving the US a huge advantage over other nations with similar armaments. Just to give you an idea, China, for example, is working on developing a cruise missile defense system, and its maximum range is half the new version of the Tomahawks.

5 - Iron Dome

We already talked a little bit about the Iron Dome here at Mega Curioso, and you can check the article through this link. Also known as the "Iron Dome", this is the name of the Israeli air defense system that is capable of tracking the trajectory of short-range missiles and artillery bombs and launching projectiles that intercept and detonate these devices in mid-flight. let them reach their targets.

Developed by an Israeli company, the Iron Summit has been a shield since 2011 and was designed to counter a specific - and serious - security problem, so it would not have much applicability outside Israel. On the other hand, the system is incredibly efficient and, since it came into operation, has avoided the impact of 90% of projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip.

6 - Heat rays

Do you remember the rays fired by the alien machines from the movie “War of the Worlds”? For both the US Army and the People's Liberation Army of China have developed similar systems - but they are unable to vaporize humans! Known informally as “heat rays”, the idea behind their creation is that they be used in crowd control.

These devices, while not lethal or disabling, cause extreme pain in their targets. The system developed by the Chinese can reach individuals 80 meters away and can be connected to an extra power source that increases its range to nearly 1 kilometer. Already the North American version has a range of just over 900 meters.

The operation is based on the emission of high power and high frequency electromagnetic wave beams with millimeter longitude. These rays can penetrate the skin half a millimeter, excite the water and fat molecules and cause an unbearable sensation of heat - without damaging any organs or burns. In the US case, the first devices were designed between 2002 and 2007, but were never used for ethical reasons.

7 - THAAD

In use since 2008, the High Altitude Area Defense Terminal ( THAAD) is a defense system used by the US Army to intercept and shoot down ballistic missiles with a 100% success rate. Interestingly, the projectiles employed by the system do not carry explosives, destroying targets through direct impact.

Thus, THAAD employs kinetic energy to target enemy missiles and can reach them both in and beyond the Earth's atmosphere. And each launcher - which can be carried back and forth in the back of trucks - can fire up to eight projectiles.

Bonus

Hypersonic Weapons

In fact, there is still no advanced prototype in operation for a hypersonic weapon, but rather strong competition between China and the US for the development of this type of device, and both countries have recently conducted preliminary version testing.

The reason for the race for the progress of this technology? If they ever become operational, hypersonic weapons can hit targets with unprecedented speed, effectiveness and accuracy, as they will be able to travel at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound, covering thousands of kilometers from launch point to the target.

Another feature of hypersonic weapons is that they will travel in a trajectory that missile defense systems cannot intercept. This is because, unlike conventional projectiles that move in arcs, they will move more straightly. Not to mention that hypersonic weapons could also be equipped with nuclear warheads - and that would be quite worrying!

* Posted on 8/27/2015