By now, you must be living underneath a rock if you had no idea that the military has the most high-tech vehicles imaginable. Every single year, a good chunk of the taxpayers’ money goes into the development of these machines. The market is already full of impressive car models, but we are not messing around when we say that they have nothing on these beasts. The following vehicles are simply unrivalled in this day and age. Are you ready to take a look at the coolest machines that technology is capable of making? Get ready to be blown away!
BAE Systems Adaptiv Technology
Adaptive is developed by BAE Systems and works as an active camouflage technique that prevents nearby infrared night division devices from detecting military vehicles. It has an array of hexagonal Peltier plates that can be heated and cooled quickly to form any image that it desires. You can use a natural background or even a non-target object! BAE Systems announced the Adaptiv infrared military camouflage technology in 2011. Back then, it likened the technique to a “thermal TV screen.” It relies on a thousand hexagonal panels to keep the sides of personnel carriers or tanked covered.
You should be afraid if you ever run into one of these in the wild. The Wild Cat Robot is a product of Boston Robotics. What makes it so amazing is that it can run across any terrain imaginable. It was made to function as either an intelligence carrying unit or a cargo-carrying unit. At any rate, it is surely enough to terrify anyone. Can you just imagine seeing it running across the sand dunes in your direction?
Arquus Scarabee Armored Vehicle
In 2019, Arquus introduced this bad boy during the Paris Air Show. The company is the division of Volvo that worked on the light armored vehicle that is set to enter active duty soon. The Scarabee comes with a hybrid drive of electric motors and ICE. This lets it operate silently when it is undergoing stealth and reconnaissance missions.
This is something that you will only find in Russia! Isn’t it adorable? Russian intelligence agencies have run a couple of tests on various radar drones. The mission is to make something that would not be identified as a machine! If you ask us, it is a great idea to make them in the form of an owl.
Army Rotorcraft Technology
The Army is currently testing different aspects of rotorcraft tech. This includes the ability to survive combat violence. Brian G. Smith is the team leader of the ARL-SLAD aviation analysis team. He said, “The purpose of this program is to generate some limited ballistic data that could reduce risk and/or encourage Future Vertical Lift designers to consider CTEF technology.” Now that you know this, you should be on the lookout for this cutting-edge piece of technology in the near future.
Check out this airborne early warning and control platform! GlobalEye, which is produced by the defense and security division of Saab, performs numerous roles. It uses a suite of sensors with the help of the Erieye ER radar and mission system. It is used in the Bombardier Global 6,000 long-range business jet! All that you need to know is that it is an insanely good radar that operates from 30,000 feet high. On top of that, it has a range of 450 kilometers, which is not shabby at all.
Guardium Unmanned Ground Military Vehicles
You are looking at a compact patrol vehicle that hauls 1.2 tons of weapons, cargo, or sensors. It is a huge force multiplier for the Israeli Defense Forces. With a 24-hour combat or 48-hour cruise battery pack, it has the best endurance of any ground drone in the world. It can be operated remotely or put in fully autonomous mode as well. This UGCV will let a small border patrol force control big patches of territory.
Fair enough, there a ton of small unmanned aerial vehicles used in the military. However, not all of them could be used on small decks and rough seas. This is where the TERN Program by DARPA comes in. The name is short for “Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node,” although it is cool that it brings a seabird to mind. It aims to fill in the niche by introducing an aircraft that can both land and take off on its tail.
Artillery Gun Module (AGM) Self-Propelled Automated Howitzer
Check out this amazing artillery piece that is not just totally automated but also light enough to be airdropped and transported by medium-sized transport planes. It is neat to hear that the main gun and control component is modular. This means that it can be fitted to various truck and track frames. The German design also lets the military transform a bunch of unused supply trucks into highly accurate artillery machines on a budget. Even better, they do not have to be operated by specialized personnel!
Ghost Fleet Overlord
NAVSEA is short for the Naval Sea Systems Command. The U.S. Navy project recently announced that it had reached a milestone. One of two test vessels of the Ghost Fleet Overlord completed two 4-day autonomous transits. They logged more than 181 hours of autonomous operations across a span of more than 3,200 nautical miles.
The official name is going to give you more context. Sea Hunter is the nickname of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, which is also called ACTUV. National Defenses seem to be more interested in quiet submarines that lurk near the shore. They came up with this quiet and autonomous anti-submarine ship to fill in that void.
The Gladiator UGCV
This is a modified bomb disposal machine developed specifically for the Marine Corps. The Gladiator has a longer range, better speed, and higher maneuverability than anything that has come before it. It also has armor against small arms fire, which makes it one of the first combat drones in service right now. On top of that, its multi-mission remote battle station can use a number of anti-vehicle and anti-personnel weapons. It can also mount supplies for forwarding troops and sensors for reconnaissance.
There is no way that we would have forgotten about the B-21 Raider! When the Air Force wanted to create a modern version of the Long Range Strike Bomber, Northrup Grumman started working on the development of this bad boy. It is going to be a manned aircraft, even though its appeal lies in the fact that it will be a high-altitude stealth drone bomber. Those who oversee its construction said that they want at least one pilot manning the controls since it will probably be used to deliver nuclear payloads.
BigDog Military Robot
Google now owns Boston Dynamics, which whipped up the BigDog in the hopes of creating a force multiplier. Its party trick is its ability to cross different terrain types without falling over. It can run across snow, desert, sand, and forest without any difficulty! This makes it ideal for the delivery of equipment and supplies to soldiers in places that are dangerous for humans that helicopters can’t reach.
“RoBattle” Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Just so you know, this well-armed and armored 7-ton drone is not just a utility accessory. It was designed to lead combat formations and attack the enemy head-on. There are six independent wheels on it that can be exchanged with tracks. You can also mount heavy weapons like TOW missiles and 25 mm Bushmaster cannons on the remote weapons station. It is also impressive to learn that the whole system is automated! At the same time, we are relieved to hear that a human operator will give the final command to fire. They did this more for ethical and moral reasons instead of technical issues.
This is part hovercraft and part flying boat. The military version of the Hoverwing sports craft is a true pioneer in its own right. The amphibious “Batmobile” has the capacity to haul as much as 1,200 pounds of cargo, a range of 140 miles, and a max speed of 75 mph. It is also incredible to hear that the top-of-the-line hovercraft is capable of cruising at an altitude of more than six feet.
KRATOS BQM-167 Aerial Target Drone
You are looking at a photo of the KRATOS BQM-167 Aerial Target Drone. Also known as Skeeter or Air Force Subscale Aerial Target, it has “fighter-like” features and qualities comparable to 4th Generation Fighter mounts. It is valuable since it is ideal for training airmen on how to release active weapons.
Artificial Intelligence Aid
We want you to think more about reconnaissance and intelligence, command, and control. It does not always have to be about weapons either. The truth is that artificial intelligence is the catalyst of what we call the fourth industrial revolution. It already helps defense agencies in different parts of the world when it comes to making smart and efficient choices!
NASA Mars Rover – 2020 Prototype
Wow, will you look at this beauty? This is a prototype of the Mars Exploration Rover, which was unveiled by the space agency at the Kennedy Space Center in 2017. While this is not the exact unit that will go to our neighboring planet, it is of the same make and model. This looks like something out of a sci-fi film!
Lockheed Martin SR-72
Did you know that the Lockheed Martin SR-72 has a shocking claim? It is said that it will have the ability to reach any part of the planet in only a matter of an hour. How on earth would that be even possible? Well, the single-engine autonomous vehicle is expected to reach speeds of more than 14,500 mph.
This might not be an incredible military vehicle, but we still included it since it is cutting-edge military technology. Google Glass is going to give troops on the ground pertinent knowledge about their current mission. It will be able to measure distances, transmit video courtesy of a drone, display building layouts in 3D, and more! What makes this so impressive is that you would see all that with such a small thing.
The Distributed Aperture System (DAS)
The Distributed Aperture System, also called DAS, lets you stream real-time images from six infrared cameras all over the aircraft through the helmet. It lets pilots “see-through” the airframe or the cockpit. On top of that, there is a night vision mode through an integrated camera that the pilots can use.
Festo Camera Ants
Fair enough, this one is a little far off. However, we promise you that it is the real deal. Who would have thought that there is such a thing as intelligence-gathering camera ants? Autonomous or controlled, the main point is that they will feed video to the designated access point. How amazing is that?
When it comes to counterterrorism, it is almost impossible to accomplish the goal without the help of UAV offensives. But it is important to look for counter-options now that technology is on the rise. We are sure that it is only a matter of time before military vehicles will be able to counteract drone strikes.
You are looking at an unmanned light tank that can reach a speed of 95 mph. This means that the RIPSAW MS-1 is the fastest tracked military vehicle out there! It is meant to be used as a base chassis for a family of support military vehicles, drone tanks, and armored personnel carriers. Its core version is one of the most agile and nimble armored vehicles out there. Each variant costs less than a million bucks. We are sure that they will soon be deployed on the ground in large numbers.
Army Futures Command All-Terrain Vehicles
There is a reason that some people refer to this as “The Vehicle That Shall Not Be Named.” Together with a few other ATVs, the Army Futures Command All-Terrain Vehicle finished testing at Texas A&M. It did very well when it comes to aspects such as consistency, mobility, and radar functionality!
RT01 Transport Vehicle
Also called the Rover, the RT Series Group Transport was produced by Weyland Corp. as an armored personnel carrier. It is one of the most popular products in the lineup of the company. It has a shape-memory alloy wheel system with nano-reinforced hard-composite treads that could resist temperatures as high as 2000° F.
The truth is that airless tires have been used by the Army for a long time now. It is a good thing that it is now starting to be available to the general public as well! The tires do not get flat, which means that you do not have to replace them all that often. In the end, this saves the U.S. Army a lot of money!
The Oshkosh M-ATV is a small but supercharged patrol car that has replaced the HUMVEE. On top of that, it can be used for combat! It is more maneuverable and faster than the ones that came before it and offer better protection from rockets and IEDs than many armored personnel carriers. It also has a CROW remote weapon station and the latest Warlock electronic IED jammers.
DOK-ING MV-4 Mine Clearance Drone
Allow us to introduce you to this Croatian-made drone that can dig up barricades and clear safe passages through minefields in only a couple of minutes. It can do all that while the crew is miles away. This drone is unique since its all-electric power train is very quiet, especially for a tracked vehicle. In the past, the DOKO-ING line provides a number of specialized variants that perform a variety of functions.
The Gibbs Quadski is known as the first amphibious assault bike that the world has ever seen. Its 140 hp engine can reach a speed of 45 mph on either land or water. There are a few variants on the market, which include an amphibious snowmobile. Even though it was originally made to be a recreational sports craft, this supped-up quad bike is quickly becoming a favorite among special forces operators.
XM25 COUNTER DEFILADE TARGET ENGAGEMENT (CDTE) SYSTEM
The game has truly changed with the introduction of the XM25 CTDE System. It is an airburst grenade launcher that can fire grenades at unbelievable speed with amazing accuracy. With the use of its laser rangefinder, it can also spot enemy targets no matter how well they are hidden.
The Wheel Track
Can you believe that it only takes the Wheel Track two seconds to transform? It can do this while it is in motion, turning the wheel from circular to triangular. The National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University developed the wheel that can turn into a triangular track. This project was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and won the Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award in 2018. As you can imagine, this changes the field in so many ways.
We are sure that this idea has occurred to you if you used to play cops and robbers! The corner shot refers to the moment when you bend the weapon around the corner of a building to keep yourself safe while still engaging in battle. The truth is that this tactic is actually used by soldiers all over the globe!
The truth is that the Crusher is among the most advanced unmanned ground combat vehicles in history. It has a body made of high-strength titanium and aluminum, a completely independent suspension, and a hybrid electric/turbo-diesel engine. It can take on pretty much any support or combat role that comes to mind. It has an AI suite and hi-tech sensor that grants it the ability to deliver supplies or fight regardless of the weather.
Urban Aeronautics AirMule
You are looking at a flying car made by the Israeli Defense Forces. It is a true game-changer when it comes to urban operations! It can carry more than a thousand pounds of equipment or people for an hour. The AirMule can also fit in tight spaces that helicopters can’t reach. This makes it especially handy when it comes to rescuing survivors of burning buildings or sending supplies to isolated areas!
FLYPmode Patrol Vehicle
It is true that the FLYPmode is currently undergoing operational testing, but it promises to improve rapid deployment forces capabilities. This car provides almost the same protection that a light MRAP offers, but it has better visibility, improved maneuverability, and superior speed. The DARPA creation is quickly developing. It is modular, adaptable, and cheap, so it is expected to enter service within two years.
Fed Alpha Armored Car
When it was time to replace the HUVEE, the Fed Alpha program was considered an early contender. However, it is now kept alive as a technology demonstrator for combat designs in the future. The hybrid engine makes it one of the most fuel-efficient armored vehicles on the planet. It burns 70 percent as much gas as an armored Humvee but offers the same armor protection, cargo capacity, and speed. It is unique among military vehicles and comes with a built-in solar panel that can be used to recharge.
Chenowth Advanced Light Strike Military Vehicles
The Chenowth Advanced is the latest version of the Light Strike Vehicle, which was made famous by Operation Desert Storm. It is more fuel-efficient, faster, and more mobile than the one that came before it. On top of that, it can navigate 50 percent side slopes and 75 percent gradients at high speeds. On top of that, the 160 hp diesel engine can handle strap-on armor! The little scout is a speedy vehicle with battery hookups, Warlock electronic jammers, and advanced surveillance sensors.
KRASUKHA-2/4 Electronic Warfare System
You might not know this, but this is a photo of a powerful mobile electronic countermeasure/jammer. A Krasukha-2 is capable of jamming AWACS radars and UAV controls, as well as fire control sensors and incoming cruise missile guidance systems. It has a range of 250 km, which is impressive. This mobile system is so powerful that it can even blind reconnaissance satellites in low-earth-orbit. Whoa.
Storm Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicle
What makes these dune buggies so great? Well, they allow rescue teams to barrel through the most difficult terrains and carry as much as three litters of critical patients. It is lightweight and compact enough that it can be air-dropped from big transport helicopters. This vehicle is capable of making U-turns on steep hills or even high-speed J-turns atop the rocky ground. The Storm Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicle has cross country maneuverability that remains unmatched by other wheeled military vehicles.
TOS-1 Buratino Heavy Flamethrower System
Fair enough, we will admit that the TOS-1 is one of the worst military vehicles when it comes to maneuverability. However, we can’t deny the fact that it is one of the best in terms of looks. It has a standard Russia-made T-72 MBT chassis, although the turret has been swapped out for Hollywood-like rocket contraptions in the hopes of converting it into a short-range artillery machine. The TOS is capable of rippling off anywhere from 24 to 32 thermobaric or incendiary rockets in seconds.
Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector
You are looking at the ½-scale model of the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector. It is the newest tracked amphibious landing craft of the Marine Corps. Known as the “combat paddleboat,” the beasts have twice the range and thrice the cargo capacity of the largest hovercraft out there. This means that a single UHAC can haul two M1 Abrams tanks into “hot landing zones” in one go. Not just that, but it will still be able to do so even if you add a lot of armor to both the two hulking tanks. Whoa.
Merkava IV Windbreaker MBT
Below is a photo of a game-changing armored vehicle that is better than most tankers out there. Aside from its multiple remote-controlled machine guns and 120 mm cannon, the Merkava IV Windbreaker MBT has a built-in 60 mm mortar. It is also nice to see that the tanks have a cargo bay that could carry a four-man infantry fire team. That is not all since it also has a Trophy active protection system that will handle incoming missiles with the use of its huge radar-controlled shotgun.
Here is another unit made by the Swedish company! The Saab Skelder is a medium-range Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicle that can be used for intelligence gathering, light cargo transportation, electronic warfare, and surveillance. It made its debut at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in the summer of 2006.
The Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System
This is an energy weapon that does not blast lasers or artillery but radio signals! Also called LMADIS, the Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System comes with a pair of all-terrain vehicles known as Polaris MRZRs. One of them acts as a command unit, and the other one has sensors and signal jammers.
Black Knight UGCV
Even though it is still in the prototype stage, the semi-autonomous infantry fighting vehicle looks promising. The Black Knight UGCV will soon be here to revolutionize ground combat! It has a 30 mm autocannon and numerous remote operated machine gun attachments. It is one of the biggest and most powerful combat drones out there. It will be used as an expandable wingman for infantry forces.
The Mega M1 Riot Control Vehicle
You are looking at a fully-loaded, fully-automatic, and fully-electronic beast called the Mega M1 Riot Control Vehicle. It weighs more than 17,500 pounds and helps control small combat zones or riots. Every detail was added with that scenario in mind. It has lights, reinforcement cargo space, complete climate control, water hose, weaponry, and even a CCTV system of its own. If you ask us, it looks like they put a lot of thought into this particular vehicle.
There are many things that you can solve with the application of hydraulic solutions. For example, it can be used for processes such as road creation, combat zone reinforcement, aircraft cargo solutions, and more! We love it because it is an efficient and cool-looking way to solve a variety of problems.
This vehicle offers the maneuverability and visibility of traditional patrol military cars with a STANAG Level 3 armor. The SandCat also happens to be an all-terrain vehicle that can cross streams, trenches, and steep areas. It can even deal with an incline of 60 degrees or side slopes at 25 degrees. There is no doubt that it can also cruise across mud, ice, sand, and rocks. It has a turning radius of 40 feet, which makes its performance both on and off the road even more impressive.
Russian Falkatus Vehicle
This is a photo of the Russian-made armored car called the Falkatus. This model was actually a top-model creation that was only recently revealed! It used to go by the name the “Punisher.” It is said to come with double-axle chassis that is comparable to the rally race iteration of KAMAZ. Not much is known about it, and these claims have yet to be verified.
The Armored Combat Engineer Robot
Weighing 2.25 tons, the Armored Combat Engineer Robot is one of the biggest land drones in service. It is one of the most adaptable of its kind as well. Even though it is heavy and slow, this drone can perform various dangerous missions without putting human lives at risk. This is ideal when it comes to search and rescue operations in dangerous locations. Aside from that, these machines also serve as a launch platform for small aerial surveillance drones.