Germany’s Leopard 2 Tank Was Considered One of the Best — Until It Went to Syria
Germany’s Leopard 2 main battle tank has a reputation as one of the finest in the world, competing for that distinction with proven designs such as the American M-1 Abrams and the British Challenger 2. However, that reputation for nigh-invincibility has faced setbacks on Syrian battlefields, and placed Berlin... 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 Thai Army Still Loves the Successor to the Kübelwagen
On Jan. 18, 2018, the Royal Thai Army paraded in Bangkok as part of the annual Royal Army Day. The event featured many examples of Thailand’s military hardware including tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft missile launchers and armored fighting vehicles. Riding along in the parade were odd-looking, low-profile jeeps transporting senior... Read more
The U.S. Army Needs More Anti-Aircraft Weapons — and Fast
Recent conflicts in Armenia, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine have demonstrated the widespread adoption of drones by state actors — as well as rebel and terrorist groups — for reconnaissance purposes and as improvised attack platforms carrying grenades or explosive charges. Most recently, Russian air-defense vehicles and electronic-warfare assets in Syria reportedly defeated a simultaneous... Read more
Iraq Learned Tank Lessons in the War With Islamic State
Following its success against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the battlefield Iraq is looking into the future needs of its armored forces. Baghdad has plans to purchase T-90 main battle tanks on the table and is simultaneously evaluating the feasibility of fundamentally revamping its fleet of vintage T-55 tanks... 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
The U.S. Marine Corps Is Getting a New Rifle
The U.S. Marine Corps has picked the Heckler & Koch M27 as its new infantry rifle. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller confirmed the selection in an interview with The new rifle is part of a wider overhaul of the Marines’ infantry gear. Jarheads are also... Read more
The SVT-40 Was Russia’s World War II Nazi-Killer
The United States was the first major power to adopt a semi-automatic service rifle during World War II, the M1 Garand. While most World War II infantrymen had to pull back a heavy bolt after each shot of their bolt-action rifles, a G.I. could expend a Garand’s clip as... 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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