In the 1980s, the Cold War was still at its height, and both the former Soviet Union and the United States struggled to locate threats (real or imagined) that could compromise their national security. Under these lines you have ten alleged technologically advanced weapons that the US Defense Intelligence Agency believed possible at that time.
To give more emphasis to their reports, the DIA, which at that time reported directly to the CIA, hired a team of illustrators to face these terrifying weapons of the future past.
Between 1965 and 1989, different artists created more than 1,000 works that illustrated supposed weapons. For a long time, those drawings were considered top secret. Today they belong to the military art archive of the DIA, and represent the technological demons of a very different era from today. The rest of the works can be seen in the DIA museum in Washington, or in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Soviet strategic defense system, by Ronald C. Wittmann, 1987
Although publicly opposed to the strategic defense initiative of Ronald Reagan baptized as “Star Wars,” the Soviet side worked on similar projects or so they believed, at least, in Washington.
Space particle cannon, by Ronald C. Wittmann, 1987
The Soviets experimented with different weapon systems that, theoretically, could be mounted on satellites in order to shoot down enemy satellites. None was launched into space.
Helicopter MI-24 HIND releasing chemical agents, by Edward L. Cooper, 1986
Nicknamed the “flying tank” by the Soviet troops, the MI-24 is already an imposing weapon (and very real) by itself. One of the most common fears of the intelligence agencies of the time was that it could be equipped with chemical weapons.
Ferry and Soviet Space Station, by Brian W. McMullin, 1986
The MIR was not the only concern of the Americans. The idea of a space station designed solely for military purposes was also being considered.
Airplane effect ground, by Brian W. McMullin, 1988
The ekranoplanos or ground effect aircraft really existed. They flew low on an air cushion that they themselves created, and were thought of as a rapid transport system for troops, assault on targets on the ground or even launching missiles. The budget cuts ended the project.
Base of submarines for ballistic missiles, by Brian W. McMullin, 1986
The former Soviet Union considered for a long time the idea of establishing permanent bases for its Typhoon and Delta IV submarines, capable of launching ballistic missiles.
Armored armored vehicles for anti-aircraft defense, by Edward L. Cooper, 1987
Laser anti-aircraft guns have been the subject of investigation on both sides since the Cold War. In the USSR several prototypes were built, but none obtained the green light of the high command.
Pushinko ABM, by Ronald C. Wittmann, 1983
The Pushinko ABM was a missile designed to destroy ballistic missiles. It was the first of its category and only one was made. Years later the system was replaced by another more efficient one called Gazelle.
Satellite Cosmos 389 ELINT, by Brian W. McMullin, 1982
In the early 70s, Russia launched the Cosmos 389, a satellite designed to intercept radio and radar emissions, and thus monitor the movements of enemy troops.
Laser cannon, by Edward L. Cooper, 1986
Throughout the decade of the 80s, the Russians investigated the possibility of creating laser cannons with which to shoot down enemy satellites. Although some prototypes were built, none of them reached their function.