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3 Reasons Israel Would Start a Nuclear War

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the worst-kept secret in international relations. Since the 1970s, Israel has maintained a nuclear deterrent in order to maintain a favorable balance of power with its neighbors. Apart from some worrying moments during the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli government has never seriously considered using those weapons.

5 Most Revolutionary Guns on Planet Earth

The field of military small arms is an underappreciated but important one. Although not as sexy as nuclear weapons, fighter jets or tanks, battle rifles, assault rifles, and machine guns have killed far more people and been involved in the forced transfer of more real estate than any other weapon—particularly in the so-called Third World.

China's Laser Guns: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Them

The Pentagon announced earlier this month that it had issued a diplomatic demarche in response to multiple incidents in which Chinese personnel had directed high-power “military grade” lasers at U.S. aircraft operating around Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, which is located less than a mile away from a new Chinese base. One of the attacks had caused “minor eye injuries’ to two C-130 Hercules transport pilots, who experienced dizziness and continued to see ‘rings’ well after they had landed. A new policy requires pilots wear protective eyewear while approaching the base.

How the Allies Bombed Nazi Germany Back to the Stone Age

Behind the strategy that governed the American air war in Europe during World War II lay events and ideas that dated back to World War I and the 1920s. The first strategic bombing raid in 1915 deployed not airplanes but German Zeppelins, rigid airships that dumped ordnance on the east coast of Great Britain. Two years later Germany’s Gotha bomber, a machine capable of a round trip from Belgian bases, struck at Folkestone, a port through which British soldiers embarked for the front. This raid killed 300 people, including 115 soldiers.

The U.S. Army Is Testing a Bigger (And Deadlier) Bullet

The round itself is not the biggest technical hurdle to be overcome, Donahue said. Both the automatic rifle that will replace the SAW and the new carbine will have increased chamber pressure and digital sights that “are probably a bigger deal” than the bullet that they will chamber.

For decades the U.S. military’s rifles and machine guns have chambered either 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. Now, the Army’s newest weapons are being tested to fire a new caliber bullet that’s faster and more accurate to give soldiers an edge over their adversaries.

5 Worst Military Rifles on the Planet

Military rifles were for decades the primary weapon of an army. Wielded by the largest fighting branch, the infantry, rifles were used in both attack and defense. Because of their importance and the slow march of technological innovation, rifles were upgraded conservatively, with some armies, such as the the German and British armies, using the same rifle for fifty years or more. Rifles simply had to work, and it was better to stick with an older one that was a sure thing than a newer rifle that was less than perfectly reliable.

Russia's Most Deadly Fighter Ever Is Ready for War (In China's Air Force)

China has officially commissioned its most advanced Russian fighter jet into service.

Late last month, Chinese state-run media, citing Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, reported: “The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has commissioned Su-35 fighter jets.” Wu added: “As a multi-role fighter jet, the Su-35 is capable of precision strikes on ground and sea targets.”

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