U.S. Marines with HK416s. U.S. Defense Department photo German HK416 replacing old French FAMAS by MATTHEW MOSS In 2017, the French military should begin taking delivery of a new individual weapon to replace the aging FAMAS rifle. The Direction Générale de l’Armement — the French defense procurement agency — announced in September 2016 that it... Read more
A Turkish M-60 tank and ACV-15 armored vehicle. Turkish army photo Rebels armed with guided missiles punish Ankara’s tank force by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Ankara’s tanks have been in the news a lot this year, whether prowling the streets of the Turkish capital in a failed coup attempt, or taking missile fire... Read more
A soldier tosses a training grenade at Fort Harrison, Montana. U.S. Army Reserve photo ET-MP is a frag-concussion twofer by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Hand grenades are an ancient weapon but hardly irrelevant. There are few devices as brutally effective at killing inside enclosed spaces, such as caves or rooms, than a... Read more
A British soldier on operations in Afghanistan in 2014 with the current L85A2 with an attached L123A2 under-barrel grenade-launcher. Source SA80A3 offers some improvements over its lackluster predecessor by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army could be getting a new rifle. The SA80A3 is an upgraded version of a weapon that,... Read more
The SVK with an add-on night scope. Photo via 4chan Does this mean no more Dragunovs? by ROBERT BECKHUSEN For more than 50 years, the Russian army has fielded a beastly semi-automatic sniper rifle called the Dragunov. Now the rifle’s developer has pulled back the curtain from its potential replacement,... Read more
Modified vehicles are the bad guys in war games by JOSEPH TREVITHICK When soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment take the field at the National Training Center in California, their job is generally to play one of the enemy during war games. To help complete their new look,... Read more
Source Bullpup machine gun proved to be unreliable by MATTHEW MOSS In 1970, the British Army began to develop its next generation of infantry small arms. The Enfield Weapon System project aimed to produce a five-millimeter bullpup rifle and a light machine gun. The Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield got... Read more
Un soldado de infantería mecanizada de Lituania sale de un vehículo blindado de personal M-113 en 2015. Lleva un fusil G36. Foto del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense. El G36 todavía tiene clientes a pesar del escándalo que supuso la revelación de sus problemas de sobrecalentamiento por ROBERT BECKHUSEN El... Read more
A Lithuanian mechanized infantry soldier exits an M-113 armored personnel carrier in 2015. He carries a G36 rifle. U.S. Army photo The G36 still has customers despite a scandal and revelation of overheating problems by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The German army will begin replacing its G36 battle rifles — entirely — in 2019 because of... Read more
As Other Countries Build Better Tanks, Britain’s Challenger 2 Falls Behind
The British Challenger 2 tank is becoming obsolete in the face of new threats such as the Russian T-14 Armata. But the United Kingdom is preparing to embark on an upgrade program to keep up with advances in armored warfare. Britain doesn’t have many other options. For one, the Challenger... Read more
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