In a Fight Between Abrams and T-90 Tanks, Victory Goes to the Better Crew
While the T-14 Armata might be Russia’s latest and greatest tank, it still is not ready for service. In order to bolster the capabilities of the more conventional tank fleet while the Armata is being prepared, Russia continues to modernize its current “top-tier” tanks, such as the T-90. Recently... Read more
Russia Is Making Progress on Its Abrams-Killing Tank
The T-14 Armata, Russia’s next-generation tank, is finally nearing readiness. However, information on recent development has been scarce. A recent interview in February 2018 with Vyacheslav Khalitov, the deputy director of Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, has shed some light on what progress the Armata has made since its last public display. It... Read more
Three Armies Still Upgrading Their Cold War-Vintage M-60 Tanks
The M-60 “Patton” tank is one of the most iconic tanks of the Cold War. While it did not see use in the Vietnam War, it saw extensive use by Israel and Iran in the various hot wars of the 20th century, and comprised the vast bulk of the... Read more
How the Su-27 Became China’s Favorite Fighter Jet
The Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker was never planned for export when it was originally developed, unlike its lighter cousin, the MiG-29. However, ever since being approved for export it has been one of the most popular fighters in the Asian region. The first customer for the Su-27 was China, which... Read more
The Terminator Is Russia’s Ultimate Fighting Vehicle
One of the more interesting parts of the most recent Russian “State Defense Order” is the adoption of the BMPT infantry fighting vehicle. Twelve BMPT armored fighting vehicles have been ordered, marking the first time the Russian military has actually ordered a dedicated heavily armored infantry-suppression vehicle. Such vehicles have been... Read more
West Germany’s Cold War Commando Gun
While the most famous product of Carl Walther GmbH in fiction is the PPK pistol used by James Bond, Walther actually made a line of submachine guns that were the weapon of choice of real covert operatives during the Cold War. The Walther Maschinenpistole (MP) line — in either... Read more
Los fusiles de sniper rusos han mejorado a la hora de atravesar blindaje corporal
La implicación rusa en Siria y Ucrania ha proporcionado una gran experiencia al Ejército ruso. Una de las marcas distintivas de estos conflictos es el continuo uso de tácticas de sniper. Como resultado, el sniper ruso moderno ha evolucionado mucho más allá de la tecnología relativamente primitiva utilizada durante... Read more
The Type 81 Is China’s Unique AK-47 Hybrid
In the 1980s, China’s small arms were largely inferior to the United States and Russia. The PLA was mostly armed with the Type 56 assault rifle, a clone of the original AK-47, and the Type 56 carbine, a clone of the Soviet SKS. There was an abortive attempt to... Read more
This Swedish Howitzer Could Fire Faster Than You Can Say ‘Bandkanon’
During the 20th century, Sweden developed many weapons at the top of their class despite not being a superpower. From the Swedish K SMG to the AT4, Swedish weapons have won American orders and proven themselves to be excellent in the field. However, one of the most interesting and... Read more
Russia Knows the Trick to Making an Accurate, Fully-Automatic Rifle
One of the primary differences in infantry training between NATO countries and the former Warsaw Pact was the use of automatic fire. While NATO countries train their infantry to almost always use semi-automatic fire to engage targets, the Warsaw Pact countries trained their infantry to make use of fully-automatic... Read more
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