Modern Innovations in Military Technology: Drones, Cybersecurity, Hypersonic Missiles, EMP-Resistant Vehicles

Humvees with the Illinois National Guard at 1:13.

Non-warfare assignment of the military in the homeland for the Coronavirus pandemic, might leads us to thinking about overall military capability and how military technology meets the needs of modern warfare.

The US continues to spend billions on its military capabilities, and that investment paves the way for futuristic-seeming military technologies to become a reality. Here are a few of these modern innovations in military technology and how they change the landscape of war going forward.

Coordinated Drone Use

Drones are high-profile devices because of their use in remote military missile strikes, but their capabilities could expand from there. Recently, manufacturers built drones that can fly in a drone swarm. In formation, they can coordinate their efforts, even assisting drones within the swarm that develop malfunctions. These drones are ideal pieces of military equipment because within a large group they use sophisticated maneuvers, yet are cheap to manufacture and ready to fly under enemy radar.

Cybersecurity Defense

Given recent cybersecurity concerns, the US Department of Defense now mandates uniquely sophisticated cybersecurity measures from any company looking to do business with the military. Governments around the world now understand that their military technologies are only as good as their security against enemy disruption.

Additionally, some companies have taken extra steps to prepare against cyber threats — they developed software programs to simulate cyber-attacks and train first responders appropriately.

Hypersonic Missiles

Another more science fictionesque innovation in military technology is the continued journey toward faster hypersonic missiles. According to Military.com, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is trying to improve missiles’ heat-resistance so they can fly at speeds faster than Mach 5 without breaking down from intense forces. As these missiles travel faster, enemy forces will be less and less likely to detect them after launch.

EMP-Resistant Vehicles

Our last piece of modern technology is more a return to the past. EMPs, or electromagnetic pulses, are quick bursts of electromagnetic energy. These pulses focus via EMP devices or bombs that compromise enemy electronics. Though electromagnetic interference shielding helps the military keep their devices online, the US decided to take extra protective measures and renew their lapsed contract for Humvee military vehicles many replaced by Oshkosh Defense JLTVs (Joint Light Tactical Vehicles), which are designed to be heavier, better armored vehicles to counter the threat from roadside bombs. These vehicles don’t rely on quite as much electronic circuitry as other vehicles, making them impervious to EMP disruptions.

According to nextBIGFUTURE.com, the US Army has even restarted buying new Humvees for its own use, mainly in the National Guard, as well as overhauling and upgrading the more than 100,000 Humvees already in service.

Union Pacific locomotive with freight train hauling over 200 Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and more.

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