by David Crane
The U.S. milityary and several large military defense/aeorospace companies (i.e. major military defense contractors) have recently expressed a significant level of interest in the DREAD Centrifuge Weapon System (centrifuge gun) technology that DefenseReview wrote about, back in June (2004).
DefenseReview isn’t surprised. It seems like a no-brainer, really. The DREAD Centrifuge Weapon System tech appears to be ideally suited to…
multiple multiple net-centric warfare/urban warfare applications, including:
1) Ground Vehicle Armamant, including up-armored military Humvees (HMMWVs), armored personnel carriers (APCs), etc. for both lethal urban warfare and less-lethal/non-lethal peacekeeping operations. A short while back, we wrote about the Ibis Tek armed/armored stealth vehicles for urban warfare applications. The Ibis Tek system would seem to be another perfect mounting platform for the DREAD Centrifuge Weapon System tech.
2) Remote-Controlled mobile and stationary robotic platforms. This includes the Armed/Weaponized Talon Robot / SWORDS UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), made by Foster-Miller, we recently wrote about. The Foster-Miller Weaponized Talon Robot/SWORDS would seem to be an ideal mounting platform for a lightweight, high-volume weapon system of this nature. Stationary robotic weapons pods would also be viable mounting platforms for the DREAD centrifuge gun.
3) Manned Aerial Vehicles, like the AH-64D Longbow Apache Attack Helicopter, for instance.
5) Satellite Defense/Space Defense Systems. Since the centrifuge weapon system doesn’t generate any recoil impulse or gyroscopic effect, it can be fired from a satellite at various types of targets without throwing the satellite off it’s orbital path. Theoretically, the centrifuge weapon system could be mounted on and employed by space vehicles as well, for the same purpose.