What types of gear, ammunition, craft (air, land, sea, space) and weapons can be expected to be seen?
And could any of these examples account for the following:
gravitational effects if/where necessary
both reliably and predictably functional in atmospheres or in voids
- alternatives to, or advancements over conventional munitions (lasers instead of projectiles)
- alternatives to, or advancements over conventional chemically based weaponry and ammunition
- self-replenishing ammunition (especially in the case of hand-held
With likely exceptions to any of the aforementioned points above, realistic and practical depictions of how military operations and weapons could change and improve, in a century or more to come, are anticipated.
Projected technological advancements shouldn't be disregarded, so long as the concepts in question are definable and understood within the capacities of our current understanding of technology and science. Possibilities of theoretical breakthroughs and scientific discoveries that could necessitate or impel novel developments should be considered and explored as well.
Any type of munitions may apply:
- from infantry weapons to heavy ordinance
- from drone to carrier
- from man to machine
- from sea to air, or land, to space and back again
- from solid to gas and even liquid
- from guns, to germs, steel and now binary
- from micro to macro
- anything that is not feasible based on our current understanding of technology, engineering, natural sciences and theoretical sciences. Are lightsabers even theoretically possible? Cloaking or quantum camouflaging, AI or nueromorphic drones, even plasma force fields might be considered more feasible.
- anything that is not practical in a logical or conventional sense. 30 foot robots are cool and all, but are we really going to need them for any sort of conventional warfare we can expect or anticipate in future? Exoskeletons might be more practical.
- anything that is not achievable in the near or far future. If it's only a matter of time and/or resources then it should apply, but if it's a matter of suddenly and inexplicably stumbling across "alien tech" then, cool, but... uh, no (we can't prove they exist yet and we may never be able to, so no alien help - we humans need to manage this one ourselves).
No sci-fi stuff!
Although - I am a sucker for a great sci-fi concept, especially one you don't hear of very often. So if you are too, and you happen to have one of those "concepts" that you'd like to share, feel free to do so. Just be sure to make that distinction clear, it may not go without saying. It wouldn't be considered an answer, but it could still be appreciated.