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First up is the XM25 Smart Grenade Launcher, also known as The Punisher. An airburst grenade launcher created for the US troops in Afghanistan in 2010, this is a gas-operated, semi-automatic weapon featuring a ballistic computer, a digital compass and environmental sensors. The launcher carries four tiny warheads, and can fire 25mm shells up to 2300 feet. It includes an innovative feature that enables the soldier to program the shells to explode at any given point, giving the soldiers total precision and control. The Punisher supports different sensor, laser and sight functions, as well as a short barrel resembling a cannon.
A so-called smart bullet is a type of bullet that does something other than following the given trajectory: it can turn, speed up, slow down or send data. The US Sandia National Laboratories developed a type of smart bullet which enables anyone to make a professional shot. The projectile is four inches long and features small fins on its tail, similar to a dart, which steer it towards a particular target. The shooter is required to shine a laser beam on what they want to hit, and the sensor on the bullet’s nose is able to follow it. The bullet is not deterred by strong winds and can reach a target up to a mile away.
During World War II, the Nazis were dedicated to inventing so-called super weapons. Many projects were proposed, but only a few ever saw the light of day. One of these projects was the Gustav Dora Cannon. The Schwerer Gustav Railway gun, weighing 2.7 million pounds itself, could fire shells weighing 14,000pounds to a range of 90 miles. When the gun was to be used in Crimea, it took a mile-long train to carry it to its destination. The Dora Cannon is the second version of the gun, and it was used against Stalingrad. The Nazis wanted to incorporate these guns into creating what they named the Landkreuzer P. 1500 Monster. This huge tank was supposed to be a mobile platform for the gigantic guns, and the project was approved by Hitler, but luckily actually never came to be.
Supported by the Navy, a company called Invocon was working on a special project: a non-lethal weapon known as the so-called vomit gun. Using beamed radio frequency energy, they would create a gun which would be able to penetrate walls in order to reach its victims with invisible rays. When hit by the beam, the person would lose balance, become dizzy, very likely experience the urge to vomit, and thus be rendered incapable of any action. The company states that the benefits of such a weapon lie in the fact that hostile forces could be stopped without bloodshed. The US Military eventually abandoned the project, but two amateurs created their own version of the vomit gun for less than $250, using spare computer parts and adding pulsing LED lights.
The US Department of Defense developed a prototype non-lethal laser dazzler called the PHASR – Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response Rifle. The light-based gun was designed to be used by soldiers and law enforcement officials in hostile situations, without the threat of casualties. The low-intensity laser is supposed to temporarily blind enemies. The two-wave laser is equipped with a range-finder, allowing the laser to be calibrated at the correct value in order to prevent permanent damage to the victim. The two lasers disorient people when they look into the light, causing them to lose all combat effectiveness, eventually leading them blinded for a short amount of time.