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Afghan bodyguard seems like real straight-shooter

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan bodyguard seems like “a real straight-shooter,” sources reported today, adding that the professional guardian’s steely-eyed, thousand-yard stare brings a tide of warmth and comfort to the officials he protects....

Book Review: V10N6

A History of South African Firearms South Africa has a rich history evident in its firearms, but this is a story that is seldom told outside of Southern Africa and certainly the lore that...

Show Report: Eurosatory 2018

ABOVE: The KMS+Nexter Defense Systems outdoor pavilion. The gate guardian is the European Main Battle Tank (EMBT), a new concept launched at Eurosatory 2018. The EMBT comprises the chassis of the German Leopard 2...

Show Report: Eurosatory 2018

ABOVE: The KMS+Nexter Defense Systems outdoor pavilion. The gate guardian is the European Main Battle Tank (EMBT), a new concept launched at Eurosatory 2018. The EMBT comprises the chassis of the German Leopard 2...

Netherlands qualifies Excalibur precision-guided round

The Royal Dutch Armyʼs Excalibur 155 mm precision-guided artillery rounds were qualified for use during the week of 15 October after several were fired by Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers during exercise ʻDragon Supremacyʼ...

Lithuania buys more G36 assault rifles

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a follow-on order for G36 assault rifles from Heckler & Koch, the company announced on 16 October. The order is for a modified version of the rifle,...

RG31 gets TRT-30 weapon system

South Africa’s Denel Vehicle Systems has developed, using internal research and development funding, a new version of its RG31 Mk5 4×4 mine protected vehicle as a mobile gun platform called the Ibululu. The baseline...

Rheinmetall and NIOA team up for Australian munitions investment

Rheinmetall said on 19 October that it will establish an artillery manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia, in partnership with local company NIOA and the Australian government. Under an agreement between Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA)...

Can Trump Rebuild The Military As Deficits Balloon?

President Trump, clearly feeling some heat after the Treasury Department noted the national debt ballooned 17 percent to $779 billion this year, announced yesterday that the defense budget would drop to about $700 billion...

Latvia receives final self-propelled howitzer from Austria

The Latvian National Armed Forces have received into service its final batch of the M109 series 155mm self-propelled artillery system, according to the country’s Ministry of Defence Republic. Ministry of Defence Republic on 18...

U.S. Army Reserve preparing to fight on a new battlefield

The U.S. Army Reserve, alongside the Active and National Guard components, is preparing to fight and win America’s future wars, according to Chief of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey “We’ve been...

Declassified photo shows Russian experimental tank

Russian well-known military expert Alexey Khlopotov has released a new photo of ‘Object 195′ experimental tank which remained a secret for 20 years. The image shows the Russian fourth-generation tank, also called the T-95,...

Latvia receives first Polaris MRZR and all-terrain vehicles

Under a $500,000 US Foreign Military Sales contract, the Latvian National Armed Forces received the first 18 Polaris tactical vehicles. “I am pleased that the vehicles of Polaris will significantly strengthen the tactical mobility...

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