London: Military bosses have tested out 100 high-tech inventions including a machine that uses air to make water and a tiny drone the size of a credit card.
The gadgets, which wouldn’t look out of place in a James Bond film, were shown to high-ranking NATO and British officers at the UK Army Warfighting Experiment show in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The inventions were trialled over six weeks by 200 soldiers on Salisbury Plain in a bid to find innovative ways to help soldiers.
The light-weight Personal Reconnaissance Unit could be used to help recover hostages and can fly up to 400 feet.
It was designed by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics, who design some of the worlds smallest drones.
A hands-free abseiling equipment allows soldiers to shoot at enemies, while a machine can make 1,000 gallons of water a day out of air.
Other inventions include a special sensor, which can locate a sniper within seconds of firing and an armoured buggy.
A self-sterilizing water bottle and a 56 foot ‘EasiBridge’ was also selected for the project. Inventor and ex-serviceman Paul Bateman has developed a two-part lift and pulley system to help get casualties out of warzones.
He said: ‘I have set the system up in the office and tested it with my wife lifting my weight. I have also used it in a mocked up vehicle but the AWE has given me a unique opportunity to get my product tested in the field.’
James Morris, Land Section Head with the DE&S technology office said: ‘AWE has been a huge success and hopefully what we have learnt will be offered up to inform future procurement activities.’