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CURRENTLY IN USE IN AFGHANISTAN (AND IRAQ?) The U.S. Army is using a humvee, equipped with a laser gun turret, called the Zeus-HLONS (HMMWV Laser Ordnance Neutralization System) in Afghanistan. They are using it over there to clear roadside bombs, as it is a lot safer to shoot the mines with the Zeus laser, than setting explosives beside un-exploded munitions, which they would normally have to do. As you can see from the picture, above, this kind of weaponary is highly mobile, can reach fast speeds, and the damage it can cause, when developed, can easily out-do the biggest of missiles. Oh, and each subsequent show costs very little. Taking all these facts into consideration, even the most powerful and up to date tanks must now look like pussycats. There are reports going around that Zeus may be being used in Iraq too, as locals there have described a strange looking tank, similar to the Zeus. Image: Public Domain
Talon is a remote controlled robot and part of the new Talisman suite of vehicles to counter the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan.Talisman is the latest weapon to help counter the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and mines.The suite of vehicles to be operated by the Royal Engineers clears routes of IEDs and mines. It was bought as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) worth more than £180M.Each Talisman system consists of:•A Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle•A Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle with a rummaging arm•A JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator•A T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle•Talon tracked Remote Control Vehicle
The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (originally the Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for use by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the CIA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force. The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) by the U.S. Air Force to indicate their human ground controllers. The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance...