One of the World’s Oldest Military Ships Is Sailing Down a River in Brazil
There is something beautiful about old ships and the sheer mechanical ingenuity to keep them working. In the U.S. Navy, the average ship lifespan is currently 18.2 years, with 36 years being the generally accepted maximum service life, although some ships will sail longer. Globally, the average commercial ship... Read more
Slovakia’s Unusual Artillery Is Among the Most Advanced in the World
When the DANA began rolling off Czechoslovakian assembly lines in the late 1970s, there wasn’t much else like it. The enormous, 152-millimeter self-propelled howitzer had eight road wheels instead of tracks. Most mobile artillery pieces at that time were tracked, like tanks, and the DANA was the first gun... Read more
Vietnam’s Plan to Counter China Is a ‘People’s War’ at Sea
Vietnam has reason to worry about China — particularly China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea complete with air bases on artificial islands and a massive maritime militia comprised of fishing boats, with crews answering directly to the People’s Liberation Army. Vietnam has its own claims in the... Read more
M-41 Tanks Are Museum Pieces … And Still in Service
The U.S. Army never really liked the M-41 Walker Bulldog. A light tank designed in 1949 and produced between 1951 and 1954 to replace the M-24 Chaffee of World War II fame, the M-41 was too light to handle beefed-up communist armor coming off Soviet assembly lines — namely... Read more
Algeria Is the Latest Country to Field Russian Themobaric Rocket Launchers
Russia’s unusual thermobaric rocket launcher has proliferated to another country. In use in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Syria — the enormous tracked launcher is now in service in Algeria, according to imagery revealed on Algerian television. The TOS-1A Buratino is named after a Tolstoy adaptation of “Pinnochio,” given... Read more
How Taiwan Defends Itself From Decapitation Strikes
In military terms, a “decapitation” strike refers to the practice of targeting a country’s top leadership in the opening hours of a war — cutting off the head of an enemy army and its political system. Taiwan, situated close to China with its many ways of carrying out such... Read more
Libyan Strongman Rolls Out the Vintage Military Hardware
Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar wants the world to know he has weapons. They’re vintage weapons, true, but in combination makes for a substantial arsenal. Since seizing control of Benghazi four years ago, Haftar’s forces — under the political framework of the House of Representatives — have expanded to... Read more
A German Tank Battalion Fought to the End in the Icy Hell of Stalingrad
The Panzer-Abteilung 129, a tank battalion serving with the German 6th Army, fought its way into the Soviet city of Stalingrad in late 1942 only to find itself pinned down during winter. A a million-man Red Army counter offensive, attacking in two giant pincers, surrounded the Germans that November.... Read more
Los comandos rusos van por ahí en todoterrenos, armados con minas
El Ejército ruso se apoya en la disrupción y decepción para vencer a un enemigo que pudiera estar más avanzado tecnológicamente ─una práctica que se remonta a antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial─. Actualmente el Ejército ruso está aumentando su adiestramiento en el antiguo arte de plantar minas tras... Read more
A Giant Crane Fell on an Indian Stealth Ship
Disaster struck the first of a new class of Indian frigates in late April 2018 when a towering, 250-ton crane came toppling down onto the vessel during heavy winds as she sat in dry dock. The vessel — which is under construction — was not damaged, according to the... Read more

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