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'Hitler's Zipper': Why Nazi Germany's MG 42 Was a Real Killer

The MG 42, possibly the best machine gun ever created, originated as a replacement for the German Army’s standard machine gun, the MG 34, which first came into service in 1936. Designed by Louis Stange of the Rheinmetall-Borsig AG (referred to simply as Rheinmetall) located at Sommerda, the MG 34, at the start of World War II, was the Third Reich’s preferred general purpose machine gun (GPMG) and was intended to replace the heterogeneous collection of automatic infantry weapons then in service as befitted the new German “one-gun-fits-all” philosophy.

CIA Analyst: China Poses a Greater Threat than Russia

A senior CIA analyst has offered a rare public glimpse into American intelligence analysis of China. Michael Collins, deputy assistant director and head of the agency’s East Asia mission center, believes more attention should be focused on China and that recent public angst about Russia is distracting America from the threat posed by China.

America Desperately Needs More Submarines (Thanks To Russia and China)

With the United States Navy increasing its stated requirement for nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) from 48 to 66, the future looks bright for General Dynamics Electric Boat division if the U.S. Congress delivers the funding needed to build those boats. Meanwhile, the company on track with the development of the Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBNs) which replace the Reagan-era Ohio-class boomers as backbone of America’s strategic deterrent.

Northrop Grumman Has a Plan to Keep the F-16 Fighting Falcon 'Fighting' For Years to Come

Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) upgrade for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon is promising to keep the venerable fighter viable as a warplane for years to come.

The new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar was recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to upgrade an initial batch of its F-16s. The Pentagon order opens the door to further domestic and international order for SABR.

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