Future Fighting Machines Documentary Series Overview (2000)


Future Fighting Machines was a TV programme which examined the latest innovations in military hardware and military technology.


Holographic soldiers, multi-task tanks, E-bombs, mission-tailored computer software, modular body armour, weapons with laser range-finders, wearable computers, unmanned combat fighters, heat-seeking missiles, tele-operated weapons, micro-robots, sophisticated robot attack planes, and intelligent textiles…

Future Fighting Machines examines the latest innovations in military hardware: the gadgets; the wizardry of military weapons manufacturers; and the unstoppable ambition of weapon developers worldwide to make soldiers less and less vulnerable. Witness the invention of weapons which strike more accurately, and the development of tanks and vehicles which can be operated by robots and computers.

A documentary for those who want to be stunned by technology and see the fiction of films, such as Robocop and Total Recall, brought to life!

The programme shows the ambition of weapon developers worldwide to make soldiers less vulnerable and more lethal. It also looks at (then) new weapons that strike more accurately and unmanned vehicles run entirely by computers. The programme made comparisons between rival weapon systems of different countries, showing advantages and disadvantages of weapons. There was also a profile of a different special forces unit in each episode.

Future Fighting Machines Series

  • Camouflage technology.
  • Virtual reality training for soldiers.
  • The future of warfare.
  • An American warship.
  • Methods of destroying tanks.
  • Unmanned underwater vehicles.
  • America’s latest amphibious assault vehicle.
  • The Apache Longbow helicopter.
  • The world’s largest unmanned spy plane.
  • The Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Mine warfare technology.
  • A new flying petrol station.
  • The dangers of future urban combat.
  • A portable missile launcher.
  • A trimaran warship.
  • A missile defence system.
  • Amphibious landings and missiles.
  • The LLP parachute.
  • Britain’s navy destroyers.
  • Sub-machine guns.
  • The world of the sniper.
  • An electronic bullet system.
  • The B1B Lancer.


  • The above episodes may or may not be in the correct order.
  • There were two seasons with a total of 23 episodes (season 01 had 13 episodes and season 02 had 10 episodes).

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
  • Producer(s):
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Tiger Aspect Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Discovery Channel.
    • TechTV.
    • UKTV History.
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 2000.
    • Series 02: 2000.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode) and 360 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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