Weapons being developed for the battlefields of the future have some incredible capabilities. From "ray guns" to guns accurate up to two miles here's a look at five weapons that are being put through their paces. Who knows? Perhaps some of these weapons will make their way into Red Jacket Firearms for fine tuning in years to come!
#5) Rail Gun:
Literally faster than a speeding bullet, the US Navy plans to roll the Rail gun into service in the 2020s and revolutionize tomorrow’s naval bombardment. It’s capable of firing a seven pound shell from a destroyer at seven times the speed of sound across 200 nautical miles, turning a simple hunk of metal into the force as destructive as a Tomahawk missile.
#4. M27 Assault Rifle
The M27 is a lightweight, magazine-fed 5.56mm weapon being field tested today by the United States Marine Corps ready for the asymmetric wars of tomorrow. It’s light and gives the rifleman more maneuverability in combat than previous assault rifles.
#3. AS50 Anti-Material Sniper Rifle
#2. M72 Anti-Structure Munition
The M72 has been around since the Vietnam War and has just received a 21st century upgrade. It has re-calibrated the fire and throw-away 66mm launcher to take a 42mm time fuse rocket with a short or long delay. Designed to penetrate structures or vehicles, it does not discharge explosively propelled fragments it helps troops reduce the risk of collateral damage in close combat.
#1. Active Denial System (The "Ray Gun")
The Active Denial System is a non-lethal directed-energy weapon that turns electricity into millimeter wave radio frequency which heats the surface of targets – including the skin of human subjects. Those who have felt it in action report it feels like getting hit from a steam blast before having to move out of its way. It was developed by the U.S. Military for area denial and crowd control. While it was deployed in 2010 in Afghanistan, it did not see combat.