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
An M10 tank-destroyer in action near St. Lo in June 1944 Lightly-armored and heavily-armed, tank-destroyers proved effective against panzers by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN During the 1940s, the U.S. Army developed a special weapon to counter the tanks of the German Wehrmacht. Most of these vehicles had the hull of a Sherman tank... Read more
American troops fire an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi forces at Kara Soar Base in Iraq on Aug. 7, 2016. U.S. Army photo U.S. troops are prepping the battlefield around Mosul by KEVIN KNODELL It was a chilly and damp autumn day on Nov. 9, 2015, as members of... Read more
Iran’s new tank doing donuts. Iran T.V. capture The armored beast looks like a Russian T-90MS — but be skeptical by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In March, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan — Iran’s defense minister — claimed that a new, unseen Iranian tank called the Karrar “is one of the most advanced tanks in the world.” He further suggested... Read more
A U.S. Marine plays Virtual Battlespace 3 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in May 2016. U.S. Marine Corps photo But the military version of ARMA is really good by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Army sees itself in a transitional period. Unlike a decade ago, soldiers are training less today on how to... Read more
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