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The evolution of war
War has a long history that dates back to the dawn of civilization, but armies have come a long way since the spear, or the bow and arrow. Advances in technology have led to faster airplanes, laser-guided weapons, and unmanned, bomb-carrying vehicles.
Here are seven technologies that have transformed warfare.
DronesSlide 2 of 15
Combat drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, enable troops to deploy weapons in war while safely remaining thousands of miles away from the front lines of the battlefield. As such, the lives of drone pilots are not in danger, which helps the military limit the number of combat fatalities.
In the U.S. military, the use of drones is expanding across all branches of operational forces.Slide 3 of 15
Fly-by-wire technologySlide 4 of 15
Fly-by-wire technology replaces manual flight controls with an electronic interface that uses signals generated by a computer and transmitted by wires to move control mechanisms. The introduction of fly-by-wire systems in aircraft enabled more precise computer guidance and control. For instance, fly-by-wire systems could automatically help stabilize airplanes, without relying on manual inputs from the pilot.Slide 5 of 15
SubmarinesSlide 6 of 15
Submarines revolutionized naval warfare by introducing underwater vessels capable of attacking enemy ships. The first successful submarine attack on a warship occurred during the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. In February 1864, the Confederate submarine CSS H.L. Hunley sank the USS Housatonic in the waters off South Carolina.
Today, the military uses submarines to carry missiles, conduct reconnaissance, support land attacks, and establish blockades.Slide 7 of 15
Tomahawk missilesSlide 8 of 15