8 mind-blowing technologies that will soon make armies fight like Marvel superheroes

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  • Militaries and private companies are developing super futuristic technologies intended to make troops able to fly around battlefields in automated and armored suits.
  • Jet suits, hoverboards, and miniature drones all seem like fodder for a sci-fi movie, but militaries around the world are looking to employ these technologies.
  • From enhanced night vision goggles to motorized body armor, INSIDER found the most futuristic military technology in development - or already on the battlefield.
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Militaries and private companies around the world are developing new technologies that turn warfighters into super soldiers. Jet-powered suits that allow the wearer to hop between boats moving at 20 knots and flying hoverboards are just the start of it.

The Russian military is developing motorized body armor that looks like it belongs on "Star Wars'" Boba Fett. And the hoverboard isn't just something from "Back to the Future," it's a real invention that France's Franky Zapata successfully used to cross the English Channel this week.

The Russian military, as well as the US, France, and Great Britain, are all developing futuristic technologies that seem like something straight out of a Marvel blockbuster. But these technologies aren't far off in the future; many are already in testing phases - or in use on the battlefield.

Read on to see some of the most wild, futuristic military tech out there.

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French inventor Franky Zapata's high-flying hoverboard made it all the way to France's Bastille Day celebrations this year. French President Emmanuel Macron was so enamored that he tweeted a video of it, suggesting that the French military might use them in combat one day.

French inventor Franky Zapata's high-flying hoverboard made it all the way to France's Bastille Day celebrations this year. French President Emmanuel Macron was so enamored that he tweeted a video of it, suggesting that the French military might use them in combat one day.

"Proud of our army, modern and innovative," Macron tweeted during the Bastille Day festivities.

Zapata's Flyboard Air can fly at speeds up to 190 km (118 miles) per hour, according to The Guardian.

Source: INSIDER

The US Army is in the final testing stage for its Enhanced Night Vision Goggles-Binocular (ENVG-B), which will allow soldiers to accurately shoot from the hip and around corners. They also provide improved situational awareness, thermal imaging, and better depth perception.

The US Army is in the final testing stage for its Enhanced Night Vision Goggles-Binocular (ENVG-B), which will allow soldiers to accurately shoot from the hip and around corners. They also provide improved situational awareness, thermal imaging, and better depth perception.

The new goggles have dramatically improved marksmanship, Lt. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commander of Army Futures Command, recently told Congress.

The goggles can display the weapon's aim point, and can be linked to see video or virtual feeds from other positions, allowing troops to accurately shoot around corners without exposing their head.

An armored brigade combat team deploying to South Korea will reportedly be the first to use the new goggles.

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The FLIR Black Hornet III is a pocket-sized drone will perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in combat. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division already has the drones, which come in a pair — one for daytime and one enabling night vision. The drones are about six inches long and can fit on a soldier's utility belt. The Army hopes to equip every soldier with the drones in the future.

The FLIR Black Hornet III is a pocket-sized drone will perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in combat. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division already has the drones, which come in a pair — one for daytime and one enabling night vision. The drones are about six inches long and can fit on a soldier's utility belt. The Army hopes to equip every soldier with the drones in the future.

Source: INSIDER

According to Russian state media, the Russian military is developing the D-14 Shelest parachute system, which will allow soldiers to access their weapons and begin firing immediately after they jump out of a plane.

According to Russian state media, the Russian military is developing the D-14 Shelest parachute system, which will allow soldiers to access their weapons and begin firing immediately after they jump out of a plane.

Russia's TASS news agency reports that the parachute system will allow paratroopers to have small arms strapped to their chests, and the new technology will be tested at the Research Institute of Parachute-Making soon.

Source: TASS

Russia's infantry could soon be wearing the Ratnik-3 exoskeleton armor that reportedly allows soldiers to fire a machine gun with one hand. It has integrated electric motors — an improvement over the Ratnik-2 version, which was not motorized. It's in testing.

Russia's infantry could soon be wearing the Ratnik-3 exoskeleton armor that reportedly allows soldiers to fire a machine gun with one hand. It has integrated electric motors — an improvement over the Ratnik-2 version, which was not motorized. It's in testing.

The US had a similar suit in development, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS. However, we're not likely to see the TALOS in combat any time soon, Task & Purpose reported earlier this year.

Source: TASS

Inventor and former Royal Marine Richard Browning tested his Jet Suit over the English Channel this week, using the five-turbine suit to move back and forth with ease between Royal Navy boats.

Inventor and former Royal Marine Richard Browning tested his Jet Suit over the English Channel this week, using the five-turbine suit to move back and forth with ease between Royal Navy boats.

"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Rocket Man! Inventor, pilot and former Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning, along side HMS Dasher, tested his jet-powered body suit over the water of the Solent for the very first time," the Royal Navy tweeted on Tuesday.

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The Army is developing a 50 kilowatt laser cannon, the Multi-Mission High Energy Laser (MMHEL) to be mounted on Stryker combat vehicles. It's designed to shoot drones and explosives out of the sky, and the Army plans to roll it out in the next four years.

The Army is developing a 50 kilowatt laser cannon, the Multi-Mission High Energy Laser (MMHEL) to be mounted on Stryker combat vehicles. It's designed to shoot drones and explosives out of the sky, and the Army plans to roll it out in the next four years.

The Army accelerated the development and deployment of the MMHEL. "The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield," Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, said in a statement.

Source: Task & Purpose

The Army is testing goggles that employ facial recognition, as well as technology that translates written words like road signs. The goggles may even be able to project visual data from drones, right in front of soldiers's eyes. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) is a modified Microsoft HoloLens technology and is expected to go into wide use in the mid-2020s

The Army is testing goggles that employ facial recognition, as well as technology that translates written words like road signs. The goggles may even be able to project visual data from drones, right in front of soldiers's eyes. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) is a modified Microsoft HoloLens technology and is expected to go into wide use in the mid-2020s

"We're going to demonstrate very, very soon, the ability, on body — if there are persons of interest that you want to look for and you're walking around, it will identify those very quickly," Col. Chris Schneider, a project manager for IVAS, said at a demonstration of the technology recently.

Source: Defense One

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