Weapons

  • The ability to fly at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound holds the promise of reaching to the antipodes in hours, it also makes possible deadly weapons that can penetrate any defenses now available. So what is hypersonic flight and does it pose a promise or a threat?
  • ​Two years ago, an open letter was presented to the UN urging a ban on weaponized artificial intelligence. Now a second open letter has been released co-signed by over 100 founders of robotics and AI companies from around the world, and it demands the UN stop delaying its talks and take action.
  • In 2015, video of a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built drone went viral. Now a Florida-based startup has unveiled the TIKAD, a custom-built multirotor that can carry and fire various military weapons, including semi-automatic rifles and grenade launchers.
  • ​The US Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has successfully fired the first 3D-printed grenade from a 3D-printed grenade launcher called RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance).
  • Soldiers are often forced to choose between a close quarter or a magnified sight for their assault rifles. Raytheon's answer is its ELCAN Specter dual-field-of-view rifle sights that can switch between magnifications and now includes a next-generation digital fire control system.
  • ​After unveiling it in February, Milrem and ST Kinetics have conducted the first live fire tests of their weaponized UGV, the THeMIS ADDER. Armed with a heavy machine gun, the UGV aced the tests, paving the way for robots that may eventually support or even replace ground troops on the battlefield.
  • ​The US military is getting its first new hand grenade in 40 years as engineers at ARDEC work on a safer multi-purpose design. Called the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) hand grenade, it will allow soldiers to choose between concussive or fragmentation blasts with the flip of a lever.
  • From the bow to the bunker buster to the the hydrogen bomb, new technologies have changed the face of warfare, and 3D printing looks set to be just as revolutionary.
  • ​BB guns and crossbows are two different things … right? Well, not if you're German weapons-tinkerer Patrick Priebe. Drawing on the design of his previously-made DIY airsoft rifle, he has now created a crossbow that shoots BBs.
  • In an underground battle event in Wellington, New Zealand, UWM revealed its latest intelligent Lorica armour and pitted six combatants from around the world against each other in full contact weapon combat.​
  • A presentation pair of pistols given by General Marie Paul Joseph Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, to Simon Bolivar, will go under the hammer on April 13, with estimates putting the price at a record-setting level of between US$1.5 million and $2.5 million.
  • Batman v Superman is due to hit theaters soon, and is so often the case with upcoming superhero movies, it's inspired German cyberweapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe to make something – a weaponized Batman gauntlet.​