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
Paladin M109A7 PIM. U.S. Army photo Lack of fire suppression is one problem with the M109A7 Paladin by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The U.S. Army in the coming years will build hundreds of new mobile howitzers, and largely, the project has been a success. Except there will be a problem if the self-propelled... Read more
A scale model of the Maus with a human figure for scale. Photo illustration via Wikimedia The Maus was an enormous waste — and not the war-winning weapon the Nazis hoped it would be by ROBERT BECKHUSEN By the time the super-heavy Maus tank rolled out for its first tests in January... Read more
The Eitan armored personnel carrier. Israeli Ministry of Defense photo The Eitan is a response to deadly failures in Gaza by ROBERT BECKHUSEN On the morning of July 19, 2014, an M-113 armored vehicle belonging to the Israeli army’s Golani Brigade crept into one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in... Read more
The 999th in Korea. U.S. Army photo The 999th Armored Field Artillery fought through a bloody ambush by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN In April 1951 the African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 999th Armored Field Artillery charged their ungainly self-propelled howitzers past a hundred Chinese infantry waiting in ambush. Thanks to the interviews of... Read more
Pripyat, Ukraine in 2006. Kadams1970 photo via Wikimedia Wildlife returns to the wasteland by BECKY FERREIRA The name “Chernobyl” has become synonymous with the eerie, urban ruins left in the wake of devastating nuclear fallout. But a new legacy has begun to blossom from the ashes of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone... Read more
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