Type 73s appear on battlefields from Iraq to Yemen by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Between February and March 2016, Australian and French sailors in the Arabian Sea seized small ships — or dhows — smuggling weapons, most likely to militants in Somalia and Yemen. These caches aboard the dhows included examples of one particularly rare firearm,... Read more
A JGSDF soldier fires his Type 89 during training in California in 2014. Photo via Wikipedia Such as a separate, three-round burst mechanism by MATTHEW MOSS In the late 1980s, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force decided to replace its aging 7.62-by-51-millimeter Howa Type 64 battle rifles. The JGSDF selected a... Read more
La solución del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense a los problemas de la Guerra Urbana: utilizar bazookas Los soldados prueban un nuevo modelo del Carl Gustaf por ROBERT BECKHUSEN En 1946 dos suecos llamados Hugo Abramson y Harald Jentzen diseñaron el Carl Gustaf, que en aquel momento no parecía más que otro... Read more
A Panzerfaust warhead. GrizzleStudios photo via Flickr British armor met anti-tank weapons at close range in Gheel by ROBERT BECKHUSEN To Allied tank crews during World War II, the Panzerfaust was one of the German army’s deadliest weapons behind the static 88-millimeter cannon, the rocket-propelled Panzerschreck and — most of all — other tanks. The shoulder-launched... Read more
A T-14 Armata in May 2016. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo It’s pretty good, but beware hyperbolic claims by DAVE MAJUMDAR A British Army intelligence report offers an alarmist assessment of Russia’s new T-14 Armata main battle tank. Most U.S. defense analysts, however, are much more measured in their analysis of the... Read more
The U.K. is still tight-lipped about the “Exactor” by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN In 2011, the second episode of the BBC documentary series Bomb Squad showed a missile strike obliterating a team of Taliban fighters laying improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Afterwards, the film crew captured bomb disposal specialists discussing on... Read more
U.S. Army says new complex would mirror secretive “Site 911” by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Over the course of his election campaign, president-elect Donald Trump went back and forth on the idea of making American allies — even Israel — give more in return for military aid. Until those policies actually take shape, the Pentagon looks... Read more
An LK II at the German Tank Museum in Munster. Huhu photo via Wikimedia Joseph Vollmer’s LK II wasn’t very good, but still a better idea than the A7V by ROBERT BECKHUSEN When the German army’s first domestically-built tanks rolled into combat in March 1918 at St. Quentin Canal, the... Read more
Soldiers test a new Carl Gustaf by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In 1946, two Swedes named Hugo Abramson and Harald Jentzen designed the Carl Gustaf, which at the time appeared to be just another recoilless rifle. Many of these weapons fell out of use in the following decades as anti-tank missiles took over.... Read more
A U.S. Marine Corps Abrams tank fires its main gun during a training exercise in 2016. Marine Corps photo Proposal follows years of strong military ties between Washington and Oslo by KEVIN KNODELL Dozens of U.S. Marines may soon be getting a new home in Norway. If the two countries finalize the... Read more
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