It is already a given that the U.S. Navy SEALs are the best of the best – which is why the team has already been branded as the Navy’s elite. While their courage, intelligence, and skills are a given, they are also provided with the latest and advanced technology to support them as they go on difficult and complicated missions, such as the recently-concluded operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. More often than not, these equipment and devices are re-engineered or customized according to the specifications and special requirements of the SEALs.
A feature on The Telegraph shared some of these technologies.
Customized Blackhawk helicopter. No one outside of a tightly-knit group of people will have access to the blueprints of the Blackhawk helicopter used by the Navy SEALs, but suffice it to say that theirs is not a Blackhawk that conformed to the standard design. Some modifications may include extra blades in the tail rotor, which would have made it quieter, and a “silver-loaded” paint job that would have made it difficult for infra-red sensors to detect it.
Recon Scout Throwbot. This is a robot the size of a beer can, which is fitted with an infra-red camera that enables seeing in the dark, as well as a wireless transmitter that beams video images to the operator’s handset.
Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear. The first 30 pairs of FTPEs were received by the Navy SEALs in January, according to the Office of Naval Research. FTPEs eliminate the need for SEALs to switch colored lenses in order to accommodate changing light levels; these are fitted with lenses that change color faster than other transitional lenses that are available in the market.