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Will We Be the Ultimate Victims of Unmanned War Games?

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People are fascinated by weapons of war.  Sometimes we deride our leaders—as when the news media derisively called President Reagan’s proposal to “base” weapons of war in outer space a star wars plan—for their reliance on war to solve problems.  Yet, we are still enamored with war materiel.  We incorporate war into most of our games, be they digital or casino games at places like Grande Vegas online pokies casino.

Real Weapons of War

In this short blog, we’ll talk about some of the real world modern weapons that the most advanced militaries have. Of course, we can only talk about weapons that countries have announced having or have shown off in parades or other venues.

Russian Weapons

In an attempt to sell weapons to new buyers, Russia put its new generation of weapons on center stage at the Army 2018 military show at the end of August.  President Vladimir Putin told the audience at the show that the display of Russian weaponry demonstrates the potential for growth in the Russian war material industry and also that Russia seeks to increase and improve “military cooperation” with other countries.

Robotics

The newest form of weaponry is that which does not need a human to expose him or herself in the functioning of the weapon. This includes drones and other land-based weapons.

Syrian War

The Russians made the point that its newest weapons have already been battle tested in Syria and have proved themselves many times over, thus making them desirable to foreign countries that would like to buy them and that Russia is willing to work with.

The three most modern weapons are a fighter plane called the Su-57; a tank called the Armata; and a hypersonic weapon called the Khinzal.

Imagination

As imaginative as gaming weaponry is, real-life weapons add the element of genuine technology.  They represent to an amalgamation of the imagination with what science has proven is possible.

The High Cost of Weapons

President Putin has been boasting of technological breakthroughs in weapons for some time.  There is great fear that it will spark a new round of what in the United States is called defense spending.  The Cold War was fought by proxies.  That is the Russian modus operandi for showcasing weapons and forcing others to follow their lead.

The Cold War was cold because of the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction or by its acronym MAD by which each side would bluster but neither side would risk a direct confrontation.  The fear in the United States is that Russia so needs the income it can drive from the sale of super-sophisticated weapons that it will sell to countries that are not deterred by MAD.

MAD was a wartime way of thinking of people who had serious governmental and political differences but shared the Western concept of the value of life.  We have seen in the war in Syria and elsewhere that not all people share this concept.

Even weapons that are never used in war are extremely expensive to develop and manufacture.  Both the United States and Russia are in a monetary bind with high levels of debt.  The fear is that weapons need to be tried so if the Russians have successfully tried new weapons in one theater of war, the United States will need another theater of war to test its newest weapons.

American Weapons

Here are a few of the newest devices or weapons or technology that the United States is developing.

LITSABR

This is the acronym for a very long system that detects laser beams in the air before the enemy has been able to zero in on the American naval target.  The value of this technology is that it can prevent a naval disaster that might have happened in real time just a few moments hence.

It also shows how new age technology is changing the face of war.  It is no longer necessary to use large squadrons of fighter planes to damage an enemy.  A well-aimed laser can do as well.

Locust

This is drone technology in which large numbers of drones can be launched from a single location and can fly to their destination by navigating directly off the other drones’ locations.

In a sense, it’s a major step forward in what GPS was designed to do.

This technology once again shows the value of unmanned weapons and the need to constantly improve them.

Tern

This technology also involves drones.  It allows a drone to land in very turbulent conditions.  Landing at sea has always been a very tricky business even though countries such as the United States have learned over the years how to do it successfully time after time.  Tern technology takes the human element further away from the weapon as the drone is fully equipped to land itself even in highly disadvantageous conditions.

ACTUV

This is the sea-borne counterpart to the airborne drone.  It stands for Anti-Surface Warfare Continuous Trail Un-Manned Vessel.  All that means is that it’s a drone boat.  It is not yet operational but will be soon.  When it is, it will be able to detect enemy submarines and perform maneuvers to counter subs and mines.

Railgun

This is a weapon that can shoot missiles without the use of gunpowder.  It is run on electricity.  The navy will continue testing it this year.

More in the Pipeline

We’ve run out of space on this blog.  Suffice it to say that each branch of the United States Armed Forces has its own super-modern weaponry in the development stage.

The US and Russia are not the only countries working on the latest weapons technology.  What we do know is that as these weapons become better known to the general public they will enter the world of gaming.  By then the world’s militaries will already be working on ever more sophisticated and wildly imaginative weapons.

It could very well be that the ultimate digital war game will be the one unmanned weapons play on us!

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