posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 06:37 PM
Most of these are prop guns, or real guns that have been "casemodded" into a distinct shape. That because all those photos are for PR purposes.
The whole landwarrior thingy however is going into a wrong direction IMO. Military tactics have always centered on a squad, even the most advanced
special forces operatives very rarely operate alone. Yet these programs seem to aim at creating the perfect one man army. The problem is that even the
fanciest GPS technology or night vision wont keep the soldier alive while he is alone in a crossfire.
And a good part of the tech they want to implement has not yet been approved, been tested thoroughly or even been properly invented yet. Thats the
problem with most of the current "future soldier" programs by several countries. The only exception I know of is the german version, the IdZ -
Infanterist der Zukunft (infantryman of the future) program. This is based on a group of five to ten, and noone is expected to do it the "Lone
Ranger" style. In this group there will be distinct specialties in training and equipment (two dedicated LMG gunners are planned).
It is also planned to have a combination of systems at work, with a very clear chain of command of actions. Recon and initial mission planning will be
done by the new "Fennek" Recon vehicle.
This will show up on the IdZ personal computer and command Interface
. The "group" is
planned to operate from sort of a mothership, the yet-to-be-implemented "GTK Boxer".
The Cargo pods in the back of the "Boxer" are intechangeable within minutes, so every group will always operate from the same pod, but maybe the
"Boxer" that carries them will change. In the pod they will have a small HQ, and their own weapons cache to equip and resupply from.
The IdZ program is also, AFAIK, the only of these programs that already entered service (in a reduced version) in Afghanistan. More features and
equipment are planned to be added as soon as they are perfected.
More IdZ equipment pics
[edit on 28/8/2005 by Lonestar24]