Published on October 11th, 2021
A soldier is any nation’s pride and strength. They are the people who tirelessly work for our better present. Our future is dependent on their actions and sacrifices. In short, they are the reason any nation can sleep soundly at night.
With such a big responsibility on their shoulders, it is logical for them to be equipped with the latest technology. In today’s swiftly progressing world, technological advancements are a norm.
Due to this, military technology is also rapidly advancing day by day. Thus, the equipment of soldiers has also kept improving and upgrading in the recent past. In the near future, a lot more advancements are to be expected.
Soldiers of advanced countries such as the US, China, and Russia are equipped with impressive technology even today.
However, in the future, even more, upgrades are expected. Concepts understudy for what the future technology that a soldier might use are straight out of science fiction.
Below in this article, we will be discussing various advancements that are expected. Or in essence what a soldier of the future may be like.
Picture a soldier in your mind. One of the first things people imagine other than uniforms is their guns. A powerful assault rifle is a trademark of any soldier. Guns have been around for a long time.
They have developed from one-shot reload guns to automatic rifles. For a long time guns such as the AK-47 and M-4 assault rifles were the best. However, with advances in technology, guns have improved too.
These days, guns are made lightweight to make carrying them easier. They also come equipped with tactical scopes. These scopes have been made so advanced that some of them are able to use heat scanning.
However, in the future guns are expected to improve even more. Concepts such as laser guns and energy weapons are the future. High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System( HELLAS) is currently under development by the Pentagon. Other than that, currently produced weapons are constantly being improved.
Transport vehicles have been a major asset to soldiers. They allow them to travel safely and swiftly to where they need to be. Currently, the only way of transport for on-foot soldiers is through trucks or motor vehicles.
However, in the future soldiers are planned to be equipped with flying motor vehicles. And No, that is not a joke.
Countries such as Dubai have already started working on such projects. In 2018 they started training as well.
Other than individual transport vehicles, group transport vehicles are always under improvement. Currently, used vehicles are made to be bulletproof and sometimes even blast proof. However, there is an ongoing effort to make them better fortified as well as more agile.
We have all seen that image once in our lives. A soldier geared up in robotic armor. Exoskeletons are the future of armor. The exoskeleton is a rigid structure that protects the inner weak or soft tissue.
Such body armor will be made bulletproof to ensure no part of the body is exposed to anything.
Armor of the future will also most certainly include military tactical eyewear. Eyewear currently being developed and produced allows soldiers to see a 3D design of the battlefield.
It is expected that this will come under use soon in the near future as well. Such technology will give an immense advantage to any soldier over the other.
Scientists have also explored and are researching the usage of nanotechnology for armor. This would allow soldiers to blend into any environment at their will due to the color-changing ability of the technology.
Such armor will also not be stationary in one form. It might change in stiffness in response to the conditions. For example, it could become flexible during running whereas it might become stiff during combat.
Another interesting question is “Will soldiers even be human?”. We have often seen in movies such as Robocop how the future will be policed by robots. To say that this will never happen might not be accurate. Humans are valuable and priceless assets, robots however are not priceless.
In the future, wars may not be fought by soldiers. but by humans controlling robots. It sounds like something right out of a science fiction novel. However, it may not be very long till we see it happen.
Another possibility is that of a “super soldier”. These are cybernetically enhanced soldiers. These cyborgs have enhanced humans because of augmentations that intend to boost their abilities.
It is a concept many thinks may still be limited to cartoons and movies. But who knows, soon it may become reality.
There is no doubt that the soldiers of the future will be much more advanced than now. Soldiers are of the greatest significance to a nation’s defense and security.
This is why they will always be under improvement. The technology used by soldiers will constantly upgrade due to the competition between countries.
In the end, regardless of what changes may take place, we can be sure of one thing. Programs such as the Future Soldier 2030 Initiative, make it certain that the Soldier Of Future will be much more advanced.