Korea Remakes the Soldier of the Future
"The agency has completed studies on the concept of the future combatant uniform and equipment... From next year, we plan to begin developing related technology and equipment after getting approval from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.'' -- Unnamed official
|Credit: The Korea Times|
The second phase of equipment development will add automatic temperature adjustment to the BDU as well as protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons. The helmet will also be improved with NBC protection.
While Korea develops the BDU and equipment for the soldier of the future, much of this technology already exists today. The NBC protection and temperature control are not too different from what today's astronauts wear in space. Of course, today's pressurized spacesuits are too heavy and bulky to have any practical application on the battlefield, but advances in materials and fabrics development might offer an effective solution. The XK11 rifle concept also bears striking similarity to the U.S.'s own developmental, Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW). HUDs are nothing new (not even in helmets) and neither is the concept of carrying around a "Personal Command/Control System"--many of us are already performing a lower-tech version of this with our iPhones and Bluetooth headsets. See you on the battlefield!