An MQM-57 drone. U.S. Air Force photo For many pilotless planes, things haven’t changed much since by JOSEPH TREVITHICK A popular image of American drone bases abroad is of small, dusty airstrips and clam-shell hangars, often attached to foreign airports. In early stages of the Cold War, the U.S. Army’s first... Read more
An IRIAF F-14A as seen from a B747 tanker during in-flight refueling in mid-September 1980. Notable is lack of any other armament but an AIM-54 Phoenix missile installed under the fuselage. It was only months later that IRIAF engineers adapted AIM-9 Sidewinders and AIM-7 Sparrows to the type. Tom... Read more
The USS ‘Massachusetts’ peeks out behind the USS ‘Indiana’ as she shells the Japanese home islands. U.S. Navy photo Size isn’t everything by ROBERT FARLEY The U.S. Navy began construction of its first fast battleships in 1937, with the two ships of the North Carolina class. The restrictions of the Washington... Read more
Un figurante interpreta a un soldado romano de caballería. Foto de Codrin.B vía Wikimedia Las espadas con forma de hoz y las tácticas de guerrilla tiñeron Roma de sangre por ROBERT BECKHUSEN Antes de que surgiera el Imperio Romano, los celtas eran los guerreros más destacados de la franja de... Read more
An Israeli Shavit space launch vehicle. Photo via Wikimedia What if Israel decided to take a different path? by ROBERT FARLEY Since the early 1970s, Israel has informally maintained a nuclear deterrent. In order to prevent the activation of a variety of legal instruments that would disrupt Israeli relations with... Read more
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at left in Egypt in 2016. Pentagon photo Podcast — America loves a good foreign dictator by MATTHEW GAULT According to presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the United States is a shining “city upon a hill.” It’s a beacon of democracy... Read more
Iconic Australian weapon had humble origins by MATTHEW MOSS Evelyn Owen, the legendary Australian firearms-designer, built his ingenious first prototype submachine gun in 1938. This first prototype shared little in common with Owen’s more-refined, later submachine gun designs — and met with little enthusiasm, at first. It appears Owen borrowed the prototype’s stock and... Read more
Source To fit his gun in a pocket, L.W. Seecamp had to get creative by MATTHEW MOSS Gun-designer Ludwig Wilhelm Seecamp immigrated to the United States in 1959 and worked for Mossberg until 1971. In 1973, he and his son Lueder established L.W. Seecamp Co. Seecamp initially built custom, double-action 1911s. And,... Read more
Photo via ‘Small Arms Review’ 1945 was a bad year to offer a new weapon by MATTHEW MOSS In May 1945, Smith & Wesson submitted a prototype carbine to the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps for testing and evaluation. The prototype, chambered in nine-by-19-millimeter, fed from 32-round STEN magazines. Five years earlier in... Read more
The ‘Littorio’-class battleship ‘Roma.’ Public domain photo The ‘Littorio’ class came with drawbacks by ROBERT FARLEY Italy’s Regia Marina was one of the busiest navies of the interwar period. Four old battleships were rebuilt so completely that they barely resembled their original configuration. This helped Italy achieve what was really, by... Read more
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