Iranian RU-Series Thermal Weapon Sights in Syria

Sadad 102 thermal imager. In August 2015, ARES documented the appearance of Iran’s RU-series thermal weapon sights on the Iraqi battlefield and their use by…

The French Army’s Next Standard Assault Rifle: The Contenders

The question in June 2016 was “Who will supply the French Army’s next assault rifle?” The French Army’s standard assault rifle, the bullpup 5.56 mm…

The Ultimate CQB big-bore–Russian ASh-12 Assault Rifle

ABOVE: ASh-12 rifle with tactical sound suppressor and 10-round magazine. Photo: KBP, Russia ASh-12 assault rifle is one of the most mysterious Russian small arms…

Father of Modern Wound Ballistics

The Vietnam War witnessed new weapons and munitions on the battlefield, such as U.S. cluster bombs and its small caliber high-velocity (SCHV) 5.56×45 mm M16…

International Legal Affairs: V9N3

Exporting by Hand–Moving Controlled Items in Person Major imports and exports typically take place via ocean or air cargo. Shipping a container of goods between…

Sig Sauer’s MHS Win

ABOVE: A soldier fires his issued M9 handgun while in training in the United States. Throughout the Gulf War to the current operations in Iraq…

Firearms Lubrication: Do’s & Don’ts

All one needs to do to suffer complete confusion is walk down the aisle of any gun store where the gun lubricants are shelved. Then…

FÉLIN —Future Infantry Soldier System, France

ABOVE: A combat group of 2e Régiment d’Infanterie de Marine (2e RIMa) equipped with FÉLIN. The 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment (2e Régiment d’Infanterie de Marine,…

Belgian FN Herstal FN – CAL Rifle in Gaza

At far right, the image above appears to show a Belgian FN CAL (Carabine Automatique Légère; Light Automatic Carbine) rifle in the hands of fighters…

MSPO 2016: A Year Before the Silver Jubilee

ABOVE: Modular turret weapon station from Dillon, the MMC-R.(Multi-Mission Compatible Rapid) The 24th MSPO (International Defense Industry Fair) in Kielce, Poland was as large as…

US M240 GPMG seen with Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria

An image posted to Twitter on October 20, 2015, appears to show a Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria wielding a United States-made M240 series general-purpose…

The New 84mm AT4

ABOVE: The AT4 CS HE with Aimpoint FCS51. With regards to impact/airburst: The gunner chooses impact or airburst on the sight with 1 button. Photo:…

New Products: V9N3

FN USA INTRODUCES NEW FN M249S™ PARA The FN M249S™ Para, a semi-automatic version of the M249 Para light machine gun, was originally developed by…

Industry News: V9N3

Case of Mistaken Identities? Following Iran’s ballistic missile test, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new sanctions on Iran. The sanctions targets, Abdollah…

NDIA 2017 Awards

2017 Chinn Award goes to E. Daniel Shea On December 7th, 2016, just outside of Washington DC, members of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)…