FedEx CEO Fred Smith sees unmanned drones as useful for more than just recon and tactical strikes. Not long from now, robotic aircraft could deliver packages all over the world, and, thanks to some new military tech, take off from airports just like passenger planes.
Defense contractor Raytheon is on a roll lately. First the company demos that powerful laser cannon we showed you earlier, and now Raytheon is showing off a monocle-like helmet attachment that'll have pilots killing with a glance.
As smartphones get more versatile by the day, they're getting attention from unexpected places. Case in point: a defense contractor is working with Google to develop a device for soldiers that would display real-time battlefield intel — powered by Android.
Finally, we are living in a world where gigantic lasers can shoot down planes. It's been a sci-fi dream for ages, but now, Raytheon has a functioning anti-aircraft laser that can actually take planes out of the sky.
Did you know that to communicate effectively, submarines have to rise up to periscope depth? The dangers are obvious, but moreover it's just surprising that in this day and age a better solution doesn't exist. Lockheed Martin reckons its got the answer with a new buoy.
Not too long ago DARPA put out a call for a flying car, wanting something that had all the versatility on land as a Humvee, but also had Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. Texas-based AVX Aircraft is stepping up to the plate, and its concept looks pretty close.
No, this isn't a Cylon Raider. But it's not that far off, either.
Everybody is familiar with the unmanned Predator drone aircraft the US military has been using in Afghanistan, but now there are plans to replace ground support troops with a fancy upgraded golf cart called GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate).
It seems like airships are the new hot vehicles for the U.S. military. Amazingly efficient, they're able to stay in the air at lower altitudes for longer than any traditional plane, making them perfect for specialized missions that require long periods of aerial observation.
Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, are a huge problem in Iraq and Afghanistan. How should the military take care of them without damaging any people or equipment? The new strategy: microwaves.