first published on March 11, 2016 by Josh
If you’re a fan of science fiction, then you’ve thought about how cool a plasma rifle would be. Here’s 5 weapons from Science Fiction that actually exist.
The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (or EXACTO) round is a fire and forget projectile used in sniper rifles. It has been in development since 2008 under DARPA, and has produced consistent results tracking targets.
“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager.
The continuous high average-power microsecond pulser (CHAMP) ion accelerator is a weapon that is straight from science fiction. This weaponized plasma concept is being developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and it aims to build a weapon that focuses plasma into a deadly projectile. Most information about this device is still classified, however there have been a few reports released.
Revolutionizing naval warfare has been the mission of BAE systems for a very long time. The Rail Gun is a weapon system that intends to do just that. This artillery sized weapon platform electromagnetically accelerates a projectile, and fires it at incredible speeds over very long distances.
“We’re committed to developing this innovative and game changing technology that will revolutionize naval warfare,” said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “The Railgun’s ability to defend against enemy threats from distances greater than ever before improves the capabilities of our armed forces.”
In July of 2010 DARPA created the Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. The intent of this program was to revolutionize the way close air support is conducted in combat to reduce instance of blue on blue. It gives greater control of air support platforms, and minimizes the amount of time required to get accurate effects on target.
The device works by giving specific suites to both the aircraft, and the air controller on the ground. These suites talk to each other automatically, and feed the pilot information directly from the air controllers device and inputs. This system has already been fielded in Afghanistan with success.
Probably the most outlandish weapon on this list is the Kosmos 2499 satellite. On December 25, 2013 at around 4:30 am Moscow time, a rocket was launched into space. This rocket had a routine payload of what was supposed to be 3 satellites. Upon further investigation a fourth piece came off of the rocket once it entered orbit. For a while this was tracked as space debris, until someone discovered it was actually a satellite itself that had changed orbit.
A lot of mystery surrounds this Russian satellite, but many believe it is a secret device being used either to spy on the enemies of Russia, or that it may possibly be turned into a weapon to launch attacks from space. Others believe that the device is a satellite killer, that can plant explosives on American satellites.