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Military invention

A military invention is an invention that was first created by a military. There are many inventions that were originally created by the military but are now used by civilians.

Military inventions

Name Date invented Invented by Original purpose Civilian uses
Columbiad cannon circa 1811 United States
by George Bomford
Coastal defenses Obsolete; Led to enhancements such as the Rodman Gun and modern breech loading guns
Aircraft tracking radar mid-1930s Royal Air Force Early warning radar, air defence systems Microwave oven, air traffic control systems
Walkie-talkie 1930s Canada Portable two-way radio communications system for military Portable radio communications - business, military, public safety, marine communications, amateur radio, CB radio, outdoor recreation, toys
Night vision 1939 - 1940s United States Visibility for military personnel in low light situations Low light photography, surveillance.
Duct tape 1942 United States Sealing ammunition cases Multiple uses
Ballistic missiles 1940s Nazi Germany Long range attack Space exploration, launch of communication, weather and global positioning satellites
Nuclear technology 1940s United States Nuclear weapons, large scale destruction Nuclear medicine, nuclear power
Jet engine 1940s Royal Air Force

Nazi Germany

Jet fighters, jet bombers Airliners
Digital photography 1960s United States

Soviet Union

Spy satellites, eliminated the need to recover deorbited film canisters Cameras
Internet 1960s[1] United States Reliable computer networking Led to the World Wide Web. Corporate websites, electronic commerce, e-mail, widespread availability of information, scientific and otherwise, forums, bulletin boards, social networking/blogging, collaborative encyclopaedias, media (sound, picture and video) sharing, peer-to-peer networking, widespread software distribution
GPS 1970s United States Navy, United States Air Force

Soviet Union

Nuclear weapons force multiplier, increased warhead accuracy through precise navigation Navigation, personal tracking
Swedish Firesteel 2000s Swedish Ministry of Defence


The Swedish Ministry of Defence needed something that could make a fire even in an extreme climate Used to easily ignite a campfire regardless of weather

See also


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2. Don-Hings-Walkie-Talkie-Development.PDF

3. Donald Hings

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