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  • GAU-8 Avenger: The Super Cannon That Powers The A-10 Warthog

    01/19/2021 7:05:59 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 13 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/18/2021 | Peter Suicu
    The GAU-8 Avenger is one impressive weapon system and the foundation of the A-10 Warthog, despite its age, won’t go away anytime soon. Used for combat during the time of the Gulf War in 1991, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt – also known commonly as the “Warthog” – destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks, some 2,000 other military vehicles, and approximately 1,200 artillery pieces. The aircraft also reportedly shot down two Iraqi helicopters.
  • Russia’s T-14 Armata Tank Is A Modern Battlefield Warrior

    01/19/2021 6:34:52 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 20 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/18/2021 | Peter Suicu
    Developed by the Russian-based Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) and officially unveiled during the May 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, the T-14 Armata is the new generation of main battle tank (MBT). Unlike many current Russian military platforms, which are largely legacy holdovers from the Soviet era, the T-14 is truly something new. Design The outline of the tank, from its hull to its long and boxy turret, more closely resembles modern western tank turret designs and is quite the departure from past Soviet designs.
  • Saab A-36: A Supersonic Nuclear Bomber For A Russia War

    01/18/2021 7:46:09 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 17 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/18/2021 | Peter Suicu
    During the 1950s Sweden may have maintained a policy of neutrality, yet it still sought to develop a rather well-stocked arsenal of domestically-produced military hardware. From 1952-57 the Scandinavian nation even conducted a feasibility study to develop a delta-wing supersonic bomber that would have a nuclear strike capability.
  • Eisenhower’s Farewell Address At 60

    01/17/2021 9:12:35 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 9 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 1/16/2021 | Pavlos Papodoplous
    If you know one thing about Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, chances are it’s the phrase “military-industrial complex.” But the military-industrial complex was only part of his warning. Indeed, he saw that the massive military establishment and armaments industry were the results of a larger “technological revolution” that was still unfolding. Even if we were to radically cut defense spending, or somehow reconvert our permanent armaments industry to the production of ploughshares—which would themselves be hamfisted ways of correcting our policies—we would miss the root causes of these dysfunctions. Now, sixty years later, is as good a time as any to revisit...
  • 5 Main Battle Rifles Of World War II (They Changed History)

    01/17/2021 7:56:58 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 58 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/17/2021 | Peter Suicu
    Movies, TV shows and notably video games have convinced the masses that every soldier fighting in the Second World War was equipped with a submachine gun – but in fact, most soldiers carried a rifle. And in many cases, the rifles were little improved from those used a generation earlier in the First World War. Below you will find my list of the most well known and used battle rifles of World War II. Some were loved, some were hated–but all were feared, for one reason or another.
  • The U-2 Spy Plane First Flew In 1955. It Isn’t Going Away.

    01/16/2021 12:22:30 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 24 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/16/2021 | Peter Suicu
    Despite the fact that satellites and drones can provide an eagle-eyed view to remote regions of the world for the United States military and intelligence community (IC), an aircraft design older than its pilots continue to serve a crucial role in intelligence gathering. It is the sixty-year-old Lockheed U-2. Initially projected to have an operational life of just two years, this aircraft has been flying high for more than six decades and has been present in every American conflict since.
  • The Uzi Submachine Gun Is Back

    01/16/2021 8:14:52 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 31 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/16/2021 | Peter Suicu
    In the late 1940s, shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel, Major Uziel “Uzi” Gal began the development of a revolutionary submachine gun (SMG). Introduced to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Special Forces in 1954 and placed into general use with the Israeli military two years later, the Uzi was a blowback-operated weapon that fired from an open bolt. Origin Story The original weapon was just 7.72 pounds and had a rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute.
  • Why The Israeli Military Loves The Tavor X95 Rifle

    01/16/2021 7:20:48 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 29 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/15/2021 | Caleb Larson
    Tavor X95: Lightweight, long barrel length, and Israeli dependability has proven popular internationally. A Solid Weapon The Tavor X95 is a decidedly space-age looking weapon. With its bullpup-style layout and prominent handguard (on models sold in the United States), it is easily identifiable. The manufacturer, Israeli Weapon Industries, offers several X95 variants, with differing barrel lengths available, as well as several calibers, including the NATO-standard 5.56x45mm as well as the Soviet, now Russian 5.45X39mm cartridge. The X95 is even offered as a 9mm submachine gun, and more recently in .300 AAC Blackout.
  • Area 51 is All About Stealth Fighters, Not Aliens

    01/15/2021 1:06:31 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 55 replies
    National Interest ^ | 1/15/2021 | Sebastian Roblin
    Here's What You Need To Remember: Though the Pentagon admitted to the existence of a stealth jet in 1983, the secrecy surrounding the F-117 was so effective that the public never had any inkling of the Nighthawk’s true appearance, nor even its designation (widely believed to be the “F-19”) until was finally unveiled in 1988.
  • Su-57: Why Russia And India Killed Their Joint Strike Fighter Deal

    01/15/2021 10:20:07 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 6 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/15/2021 | Peter Suicu
    In August, Russia unveiled the export version of its fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft. Displayed at the Army-2020 International Military and Technical Forum, the Su-57E also took part in the arms tradeshow’s flight demonstration program. Among the nations that apparently expressed interest in the aircraft was India, which The EurAsian Times reported was “seriously considering exploring an initial batch of ‘off the shelf’ Su-57 jets from Russia to evaluate their capabilities – before entering into a contract for joint production.”
  • Golden Horde: The Air Force’s Plan For Networked Bombs

    01/15/2021 7:20:56 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 11 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Caleb Larson
    Imagine this scenario: A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot races toward a target on the ground and when within striking distance, drops a pair of GPS-guided precision bombs. As the bombs fall from the sky, they themselves notice another, higher-priority target elsewhere on the ground. While one of the bombs stays on course, the second adjusts its trajectory, aiming directly at the second, higher-priority target. Both bombs hit their marks — and all the F-22 pilot had to do was fly them out and release them.
  • Iran Just Turned An Oil Tanker Into A Navy ‘Mothership’

    01/15/2021 6:10:49 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 32 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Caleb Larson
    There’s no doubt that this is the largest Iranian warship to ever sail. But what is it for? Meet the Markan. What Iran Is Doing Iran recently commissioned what is by far their largest ship ever, the Makran, a former oil-tanker-turned-warship. The Islamic Republic calls the Makran a forward operating base ship, intended to extend Iranian reach farther out to sea by acting as a do-it-all launchpad that can keep helicopters and drones fueled and supplied, especially in the shallower littoral waters to the country’s southwest.
  • No, We’re Not Going to War with Iran

    01/15/2021 4:56:47 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/2021 | Isaac Schorr
    Ayear after a U.S. military operation rid this world of the Iranian terrorist-general Qasem Soleimani, the same tired voices are repeating the same tired message, even on the eve of their return to power: “The Trump administration is on the brink of war with Iran!” “Trump is a very wounded and very cornered animal in an end-game scenario. He’s got a few weeks left, and we know that he is capable of extremely erratic behavior,” says Professor Danny Postel of Northwestern University. After the events of last Wednesday, it’s hard to argue with Postel’s assessment of the president’s psyche. But...
  • SR-71 Blackbird: Why The Fastest Plane Ever Was Grounded

    01/14/2021 8:53:20 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 55 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Peter Suciu
    No other U.S. Air Force aircraft could fly faster or higher than the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird,” and on its final flight, it set a truly impressive record. The reconnaissance aircraft flew from the west coast of the United States to the east coast – some 2,404 miles – in just 68:17 minutes. During that flight, it traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio, a distance of 311 miles in about eight and a half minutes.
  • Why The U.S. Military Loves Heckler & Koch’s MK23 .45 ACP

    01/14/2021 7:29:27 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 37 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Caleb Larson
    The best defense is a good offense: a role the Heckler & Koch MK23 filled with ease. The story of the MK23 begins in 1991, with the Offensive Handgun Weapons Program. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) wanted to find an accurate, reliable sidearm that could provide more stopping power than the newly-adopted Beretta M9 pistol. Though the M9 was not an ineffective sidearm, its 9mm pistol ammunition afforded considerably less stopping power than the M1911A1 it replaced.
  • U.S. Navy Destroyers Could Soon Get Laser Weapons

    01/14/2021 5:59:19 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 22 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/14/2021 | Caleb Larson
    Long the provenance of science fiction, laser weapons are quickly becoming the new norm. At the forefront? U.S. Navy destroyers. Coming to a Destroyer Near You It almost sounds like something from a sci-fi plot or Star Trek: A U.S. Navy destroyer is underway in the Arabian Sea, full steam ahead toward the Gulf of Oman. Meanwhile, a group of Iranian fast-attack boats approaches, disregarding calls from the destroyer to change their course. They’re armed with various anti-ship missiles and are ready to blow an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer out of the water. But before they’re able to lob their missiles...
  • Russia’s Stealth Su-57 Felon Fighter Jet: An F-22 Killer?

    01/13/2021 11:47:41 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 28 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Peter Suicu
    On Christmas Day last month, it was announced by Russian state media that a regiment in the Russian Southern Military District received quite a notable “present” – it was the first batch-produced Sukhoi-57 Felon multi-role fifth-generation fighter jet. At least another four of the jets could be provided to the Aerospace Force this year. “The Aerospace Force has obtained the first batch-produced Sukhoi-57 plane,” a source in the defense industrial complex told Tass. “It was delivered to a regiment in the Southern Military district.”
  • Barrett’s MRAD: The Best Sniper Rifle To Ever Fire A Shot?

    01/13/2021 9:30:49 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 37 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Caleb Larson
    Why everyone loves Barrett’s MRAD sniper rifle: It is incredibly light-weight, offers excellent accuracy, and most importantly: can be chambered in several calibers. American-Made Precision Barrett Firearms‘ status within the United States military is solid. The Tennessee-based firearm manufacturer has designed and built several extremely long-range sniper and anti-materiel rifles chambered in the .50 BMG heavy machine gun cartridge, as well as other larger diameter precision cartridges.
  • Israel’s F-35I Adir Stealth Fighter: Best Fighter Jet On Earth?

    01/13/2021 8:11:42 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 19 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Peter Suicu
    In August 2020, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced that the second F-35I Adir squadron, the 116th Lions of the South based out Nevatim in the southern of the Middle Eastern nation, became operational six months after being formed. The squadron underwent an operational fitness inspection, during which its members were reportedly tested on various scenarios. More of a Good Thing Israel is now looking to add a third squadron of the domestically-modified Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In early January, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told the Ynet news that he hoped Israel could conclude a weapons deal...
  • Gotland: Sweden’s Stealth Submarine That “Sunk” A Carrier

    01/12/2021 7:04:09 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 39 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/12/2021 | Peter Suciu
    In December, Saab announced that it delivered the second Gotland-class submarine to the Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) after a mid-life upgrade. Along with the lead boat of the class, the Swedish Navy operates three of the diesel-electric submarines, which were designed and built by Kockums shipyard. Designed as a multirole submarine, the Gotland-class could be used in anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), collection of intelligence including communications intelligence (COMINT) and electronic signals intelligence (ELINT), as well as forward surveillance, special operations and mine laying – the submarines have proven to be well-suited to each. Why So Special? The...