The military has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. Some of our best household items started as a means of aiding the military, like the microwave, which was famously invented by Percy Spencer from radar technology intended for use in World War II. So, it makes sense then that some of our military’s most impressive advancements come from the most cutting edge of technology.
A lot of them you might have even heard of, and even might have used, but their use in the military might surprise you. If you’re interested in what is the most advanced tech in the military, then read on. In this guide we will be covering ideas like Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Military Things, Virtual Reality, and the Elbit UK system that are all making waves in the new military landscape.
The Israeli-founded Elbit system has recently integrated with the UK Military of Defence, signing new contracts in 2022 to combine resources with the military and navy.
Among the many shared battlefield technology options from Elbit is the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered assault rifle. Intended for future infantry soldiers, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System (known as ARCAS) uses a headpiece mounted on the helmet to interface with an electro-optical sight on the weapon to gain combat information in real time to improve awareness, survivability, and lethality.
And, this is far from the only use of AI on the battlefield. AI is used in a variety of situations in order to gain information and make more informed decisions. It also helps to lower soldier casualties by allowing for better equipment safety and creating better autonomous weapons.
Internet of Military Things
Smart tech has come to the military, and it makes sense. Civilians can appreciate the ability to simply voice command or control all their interconnected electronics through their phones, so imagine the use it can have in a combat setting.
Military technology – such as ships, planes, tanks, drones, and even individual soldiers themselves – can all be connected via the Internet of Military Things for use and control. It enables soldiers to maintain a distance from potential data and instead scope out the situation from remote locations with other tech feeding information to them. The advanced perception, situational awareness, understanding of the field and improved response times all work towards a strengthened command and control structure, and great effectiveness in the battlespace.
Today, before soldiers have even boarded their flight for the combat zone, they are getting to know modern military tech intimately.
Virtual reality (VR) has been used for a great number of concepts, including tourism, gaming, but more vitally, training. VR is being used in various industries as a training tool to allow workers who would otherwise be performing in a dangerous situation to earn hands-on experience without the danger element.
VR enables military personnel, whether mechanics or pilots, to train in a safe and realistic environment, which also offers timely feedback and endless replay.
The above three advancements are not new, but they are now coming into their own (and more acceptable) in the military environment. Combined, they enable personnel to train more safely, cost-effectively, and in a more synergistic manner whilst on operations.