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					The Top 5 Pieces of Special Forces Gear
for the Soldier of the Future
By: Michael Ruiz



                                                           When Bronze Age armies first laid down their
                                                           clubs and hammers to don metal armor and
                                                           swords, it was a quantum leap in military
                                                           technology. Progress in the field of war-making
                                                           has only accelerated since then, and the Special
                                                           Forces gear in use on the modern battlefield is
                                                           truly astounding.

                                                          To stay ahead of the enemy, the soldier of the
                                                          future will need the most advanced weapons,
armor, and tactical gear the military industrial complex has to offer. Let’s take a look at the top 5 pieces
of Special Forces gear for the next-generation soldier.


1. Helmet with Integrated Tactical Communications

Far from being a simple “brain bucket” like the steel helmets of the First World War, the helmet worn by
the soldier of the future will be an advanced tactical device. Constructed of high strength composite
materials, it will be capable of deflecting armor piercing rounds. Integrated into the helmet will be a fully
featured tactical communications system, complete with satellite uplink, camera for relaying real time
video, and a heads up display with friend/enemy identification system and navigation. High speed
satellite communications will allow real time communication between command centers and soldiers in
the field, increasing effectiveness and saving lives.


2. Advanced BDUs

Battle Dress Uniforms have been standard issue for all military forces for decades, but advances in
materials engineering are leading to some incredibly powerful battle suits. Advanced BDUs will be
hybrid camouflage / body armor suits. The camouflage will use digital fractal printing techniques that
allow it to be effective in desert, woodland, and urban areas. The much hyped “invisibility suit” is also
being developed, which will employ optical distortion and light bending technology to make the soldier
all but disappear. The suit will feature pockets that accept advanced composite armor plates that can be
swapped out in response to changing enemy weaponry. It will also include embedded sensors that
monitor the health of the soldier, and even integrated personal heating and cooling systems have been
proposed.


3. Drone Control Device

The power of unmanned robotic drones for both reconnaissance and assault has already been
demonstrated, and there is no question that aerial and ground robots will have a significant role in the
future battlefield. But they will still need to be controlled by a human (at least for the foreseeable
future), so the next generation soldier’s tactical gear will include a wireless robot control module. Likely
worn strapped around the forearm or perhaps integrated into the helmet, the control module will allow
soldiers to command drones in real time on the battlefield.


4. Advanced Hybrid Machine Gun

The soldier of the future will love his gun. It will be an all-in-one weapon with a modular design that
allows it to fill the role of several of today’s firearms. It will be effective in close quarters as an assault
rifle, as well as being a long range sniper rifle. And no spotter will be needed for sniping, since an
onboard computer will use a laser range finder and wind sensor to take the place of a human spotter. It
will be capable of launching grenades, smoke bombs, non lethal projectiles, and various riot control
devices. It will feature field swappable barrels, uppers, lowers and receivers, allowing it to transform in
to the weapon needed at the time.


5. Exoskeleton

On top of the advanced BDU, the future Special Forces soldier will wear a powered exoskeleton. The
exoskeleton will serve two purposes. It will be constructed of high strength composite armor materials
that will further protect the soldier from enemy fire. It will also multiply the strength of the soldier. The
concept of the “Super Man suit” has been kicked around for decades, and the technology is starting to
catch up with the fantasy. The idea is to use a battery pack to power servo motors that assist the
soldier’s movements. Depending on the power of the batteries, the exoskeleton could conceivably
increase his strength ten fold, turning him into a true super soldier.

I certainly wouldn't want to face a soldier with this kind of Special Forces gear in his arsenal. The soldier
of the future will be a total weapon, advanced in both defensive and offensive battle technology. This
kind of tactical gear may seem like science fiction, but all these items are being developed right now. Or
maybe they’re already in use and we just don’t know about them!