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By Erik Pineda |
As reports continue to pour in that Russia is battle-ready and raring to take on the United States and its NATO allies boasting of tactical nuclear advantages and secret weapons, America is making sure that it has its share too of ready-to-unleashed hidden killers if World War III goes off.
President Vladimir Putin, according to recent reports, is planning to deploy nuclear train missiles and attack nuclear submarines that also serve as platforms for battle robots and underwater drones. Such fresh line up of weaponries is seen to further increase the lead that theRussians already enjoy in the event an actual nuclear showdown with the U.S. happens.
Washington, however, is not about to concede. While in terms of current military assets it remains relatively superior, America plans to further pad up its existing weapons arsenal with high-tech and efficient killers – a laser-guided bullet that changes direction mid-air to ensure that it will not miss its target and an unmanned long-range nuclear bomber.
Nuclear bomb delivery on a drone
The U.S. Air Force, according to Popular Science, is developing the top-secret Long Range Strike Bomber that theWhite House can dispatch on missions to wipe out a target location from the map with bombs weaponised by nuclear warheads.
While this bomber squadron operates with pilots on board the cockpit, plans are in consideration to reconfigure some of the units to act as drones. That means a future sortie will come that involves nuclear payloads and the attack will be launched and completed remotely. The pilots sits safe and sound in a commend centre while delivering death and conflagration from the sky.
The Pentagon, however, has one valid reservation in actually permitting a drone nuclear bomber in action – that there is a chance it would be captured by the enemy, which translates into a definitive military disaster for the U.S. in the form of ‘giving away’ prized war materiel and technology. This has happened before, Popular Science noted, when Iran seized the U.S. RQ-170 surveillance drone in 2011 using “a combination of jamming its communications and feeding it false coordinates.”
Sniper bullets with optic sensor
In the same time that the Pentagon is enhancing its nuclear delivery system, it is also providing ground troops the equipment that makes them better warriors. Soon enough, American combat snipers will be firing off with a .50 calibre slug that makes use of laser and optical sensor technologies to zero in on a target with optimal precision.
The new bullet, according to The Daily Mail, is past the test stage and is already in the refinement phase, hinting that the close-combat weapon could be ready for use soon.
In a video released by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the 4-inch self-guided bullet’s behaviour was detailed following its departure from a sniper’s rifle. To accurately hit a mark, the bullet is programmed to follow the path of a laser-pointer then adjust accordingly as the target moves.
This is made possible by the optical sensor embedded with the slug. With the help of an actuator, the sensor interprets the data fed by the sniper the bullet, designed with small fins, alters its trajectory for an accurate impact with the targeted location.
The data feeds are actually the laser movements that the bullet can process at a speed of approximately 30 real-time revisions per second, The Daily Mail report said.
It is envisioned that with a bullet boosted by a top-secret technology and can change direction mid-air, American snipers will enjoy a huge advantage over their foes, short of becoming invincible when facing their Russian counterparts, for instance.