Force fields have been a part of science fiction culture and films for many years, and most people never thought humanity would one day achieve such technology. The military has been testing a force field system that aims to deflect the shockwave caused by explosive devices, such as missiles and roadside bombs.
In tests, vehicles equipped with the technology have sensors that detect and analyze shockwaves given off by explosions. The sensors detect the location and projected impact of explosions so that they can decide when and where to deploy the force field.
Lasers mounted on the system will then rapidly fire high-powered lasers in the path of the shockwave, ionizing the air between the vehicle and the path of the explosion. The ionized air forms a plasma layer with enough density to deflect most of the blast, protecting the vehicle and those inside.
This force field technology has the potential to save many lives and change the way we think about modern warfare. While current force field technology only stops the blast and does nothing to stop projectiles, the military can supplement the system with another protective measure.
The military calls the supplemental system project Trophy. Rather than detecting the shockwave of an explosion, it works by sensing projectiles headed toward the protected vehicle and responds with a well-placed shotgun blast. The shotgun blast intercepts the missile and forces it to detonate at a safe distance, safeguarding the vehicle and its passengers from harm.
Although the military has performed most of the tests on Humvees, the technology can benefit a range of vehicles, such as boats, ships, cars, airplanes and more. Some people even speculate that they can use the force fields to protect government buildings in areas of conflict and chaos.
The latest force field advances are another example of how technology can improve our lives by reducing conflict and preventing the unthinkable. This game-changing technology can minimize the loss of life and discourage enemy forces from starting wars in the first place.