The Case for Caseless Telescoped Ammunition
Recently, much attention has been focused on the state of the U.S. military’s arsenal of small arms. After the announcement and subsequent cancellation of the U.S. Army’s 7.62 Interim Combat Service Rifle project, many were left wondering what the U.S. Army’s actual plan was for a future service rifle. One possible... Read more
Russia’s Army Has Upgraded Its Giant 240-Millimeter Mortars
The Russian Ground Forces have taken delivery of the first batch of modernized 2C4 Tulip self-propelled 240-millimeter mortars. The 1960s-era weapons were upgraded with new datalinks, communications gear and fire control systems. Russia eventually hopes to modernize all 500 of the vehicles it has in storage. “In the course of deep... Read more
American and Chinese Troops Work Together in Oregon
“We kind of expected guys that didn’t know what they were doing,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Jason, an Oregon National Guardsman. “That proved not to be the case.” Jason had spent the previous few days at Camp Rilea on the Oregon Coast working with members of the Chinese People’s... Read more
Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups’ longstanding rivalry has continued to see blood spilled in the key trafficking region. On the surface, the state of play in Mexico’s northeast is as... Read more
The U.S. Army Is Searching for a New Light Tank
Two decades ago, the U.S. Army phased out its last light tank. Now the Pentagon has decided its infantry could use some lightweight armored firepower, and is looking to choose between at least three off-the-shelf designs by 2019. This initiative, called Mobile Protected Firepower, intends to outfit infantry brigades... Read more
Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots
The Russian military announced on Oct. 30, 2017 that it will begin acquiring the Nerekhta — a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers. Col. Oleg Pomazuev, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Department of Innovation Research, said... Read more
Russia Shows Off Its Beastly Thermobaric Launchers
Lumbering with oversized, boxy turrets, TOS-1A Buratino thermobaric rocket launchers rolled out at the Shikhany training ground in southeast Russia in late October 2017. An array of tubes mounted on a T-72 tank chassis, the 45.3-ton Buratino is hardly a new weapon but one that has become increasingly popular... Read more
Olvídate del nombre, el M1A2SEPV3 es un carro de combate totalmente nuevo
El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense acaba de hacerse con un carro de combate nuevo. Pero no podrías saberlo por la forma en la que la componente de combate terrestre llama al vehículo. El 4 de octubre de 2017 el departamento de programas para vehículos terrestres del Ejército de Tierra... Read more
What Destroyed This Abrams Tank?
On Oct. 20, 2017, the Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have destroyed an Iraqi M-1A1 Abrams tank during fighting in Kirkuk province and took grainy video footage to prove it. It was an especially noteworthy clash given that Western allies supplied many of Iraqi Kurdistan’s anti-tank missiles and Iraq’s Abrams... Read more
Meet the Koksan, North Korea’s Giant Artillery
Seoul has to cope with an unusual urban planning program for a huge, modern metropolis: the northern side of the capital lies little more than 30 miles from the border of North Korea, within range of hundreds of enemy artillery pieces — a zone that Pyongyang has threatened to... Read more