posted on May, 1 2007 @ 04:32 AM
Now I know every one has there own thoughts on the future of weaponry but these are mine:
In the short term the militaries of the US and western allies are moving towards a fully integrated combat suit, like that found within Halo, Storm
troopers in star wars etc. The main factor stopping the development of these suits is the need to find a lighter material then Kevlar but as soon as
they do (and research is nearing completion) full body combat suits will begin to become available. The advantages of these are considerable, not only
will it offer increased protection to the entire body but it can also be used to integrate a Nuclear Biological Chemical suit and optics,
In the long term combat armour as found in warhammer 40k etc extremely heavy mechanically aided armour. This is already being researched by the US in
collaboration with some Japanese robotics companies. They are merely waiting for the technology to catch up with the ideas. The advantages of this
over light weight body armour are not only increased protection (particularly from explosives) but the ability to carry heavier weapons due to the
In my opinion if America develops this heavy combat armour they have the potential to retain or recover a large amount of there military power
Each of these suits would inevitably be expensive putting them out of the reach of LEDC countries (third world)
Each of these suits would be near impenetrable to small arms fire (AK47, RPG’s mortars etc) giving them invaluable potential in terms of
peacekeeping and frontline combat.
Each of these suits would be exponentially harder to pierce with conventional arms then standard military kit, necessitating the development of
expensive counter suit weapons out of the reach of LEDC countries budgets.
Consider the growth of American power post WWII with the development of the nuclear bomb, the Truman doctrine, Korea etc and consider the only thing
which weakened this military power was Americas increasing difficulty in pacification (Vietnam) and peacekeeping (Iraq, Afghanistan) consider then the
potential resurgence in power for a country which developed a near impenetrable combat armour and turned it on the world.
My opinion but any thoughts?