Over the years, soldier modernization has been a prime focus of armed forces to enhance the capability of their soldiers. Advanced technology and wearables are being procured by the defense forces to enhance soldiers’ combat and survival capabilities.
The modern soldier wearable technologies have attained much attention in recent times, and thus it is expected that there will be a significant increase in research for their developments and application in the coming years. The smart soldier wearables can react, sense, and adapt themselves to the operating environmental conditions.
The integration of advanced technologies is expected to offer a unique opportunity for efficiency enhancements, usability, safety, and cost savings. Advanced wearable technologies have proven to be significantly beneficial for soldiers. Wearable technologies have the ability to augment the sensing sensitivity, enabling artificial intelligence (AI) based solutions, augmenting reality (AR), and cognitive abilities. At strategic and operational levels, such technologies have a wider impact on war fields.
5 Major future soldier wearable technologies
Some of the future soldier wearable technologies that are expected to disrupt the market include:
- Jetpacks: A jetpack is a device equipped on the back of a soldier that uses jets of liquid or gas to propel the wearer through the air. Miniaturization of electronics and the molding of advanced nickel alloys have drastically transformed key technologies desired for developing practical individual lift devices (ILDs).
- Hoverboard: A hoverboard is one of the futuristic technologies that could be used to deploy flying soldiers to the battlefields in the future. In July 2019, Frank Zapata, a French inventor, demonstrated a jet-powered hoverboard, Flyboard, during the France annual Bastille Day military parade.
- Personal Intelligent Agent Subsystem: The advancement in electronics and computer science has allowed every soldier to be equipped with a personal intelligent agent (PIA), an artificial intelligence (AI) that acts as a “digital buddy”. This AI-enabled PIA will serve a wide variety of operations, such as serving as a central node for cognitive and physiological status monitoring, facilitating data management, alerting the soldier to critical events in the environment, and providing tactical support and expert systems recommendations.
- Third-Generation Human System Integration (HSI): It is natural language interfaces for FCS autonomous systems, robotics, and data gathering applications, among others. It has a data glove and vest for gesture-based interface with Heads-Up Display (HUD) and robotics. HSI is highly flexible and lightweight with durable wrist-mounted display.
- Artificial Skin and Powdered Blood: Artificial skin is being developed that originates from a small piece of an individual’s skin. It then can be made into a huge amount and placed into a spray bottle and then the flesh haze would renew and grow as it is pragmatic to the surface of the individual’s body. In addition, researchers, doctors, and bio-technicians across the world are working on new and more efficient ways to administer blood to soldiers who are injured in the war field. Researchers are trying to develop powered artificial blood that gets reconstituted as a liquid and would save the comprehensive measures essential to keep blood viable while on the battlefield.