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Weapons of the United States Military

Information and resources about weapons currently in use or being tested by the branches of the United States Military, including aircraft, ships, submarines, infantry weapons, guns, artillery, bombs, missles, and special operations weapons.
  1. Air Force Weapons (46)
  2. Army Weapons (84)
  3. Enemy Weapons (2)
  4. Marine Corps Weapons (15)
  5. Navy Weapons (36)
  6. U.S. Military Aircraft (316)

The MP5 - Elite Weapon
An article about the popular and widely used MP5 submachine gun.

Active Denial System - Future Weapon
An article about the Active Denial System and its use to help with crowd control.

Amphibious Transport Docks - Inserting Troops Into War Zones
An article about amphibious transport docks and their use by the U.S. Navy and Marines.

Armed Robots
Soldiers may have armed robots as battle buddies by early next year. The Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection System, or SWORDS, will be joining Stryker Brigade Soldiers in Iraq when it finishes final testing in the near future. Different weapons can be interchanged on the system.

ASEK Knife - Helping Soldiers Survive
An article about the Aircrew Survival Egress Knife and its use by American soldiers.

Avenger - Protection From Air Attacks
Article about the Avenger Air Defense System and its use in protecting soldiers from attacks by aircraft and helicopters. The article looks at the development and deployment of the air defense system.

Black Knight - Future Combat
An article about the development and potential of the Black Knight unmanned ground combat vehicle.

Body Armor
The Army and Marines are rushing to get enough body armor into Iraq and Afghanistan by December (2003) for everyone who needs it, as fast as it comes off the assembly line. The new body armor, which is unisex, is equipped with removable throat and groin protectors, as well as front and back removable plates, which can stop 7.62 mm rounds.

CheyTac Rifle - Accuracy From A Distance
An article about the CheyTac sniper rifle and the unique features that make it a deadly weapon of the U.S. military.

China Lake Grenade Launcher - Pump Action Weapon
An article about the China Lake Grenade Launcher and its use by U.S. Navy SEALs.

City in a Box
Hot meals, hot showers and a comfortable place to sleep are some everyday things that Force Provider, the Army's premier base camp, strives to offer troops in the field. This self-sustaining city can house up to 550 troops, covers 7 to 10 acres, and can be tailored to meet the needs of the unit and terrain.

Combat Boots - Keeping Soldiers Moving
An article about modern combat boots and their evolution with the U.S. military.

CornerShot - Targeting Enemies Around Corners
An article about the development of the CornerShot, a state-of-the-art weapon that allows soldiers to target enemies from around corners.

Do you think a Flying Humvee is a Good Idea?
Readers respond: Do you think a Flying Humvee is a Good Idea?

Dragon Fire II - Automated Mortar
An article about the Dragon Fire II, an automated mortar system that is being developed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dragon Skin Body Armor - Protecting Soldiers
An article about Dragon Skin body armor and its use in modern warfare.

DRASH Shelters - Replacing The Military Tent
An article about the DRASH shelter system and its use by the U.S. military and NATO forces around the world.

First-Aid Kits - Treating Injured Soldiers
An article about modern first-aid kits used by the U.S. military, and the evolution of first-aid kits.

Flying Humvees - Stranger Than Fiction
An article about a flying Humvee and plans to develop futuristic combat vehicles.

Future Food for Future Warriors
Combat rations and their distribution have improved considerably over the last five to seven years. The Defense Department's Combat Feeding program at the U.S. Army Soldier System Center in Natick, Mass., is a "one-stop shop for all combat-rations development, field food-service equipment and total combat feeding systems.

Grizzly APC - Future Vehicle
An article about the Grizzly armored personnel carrier and its development for use in urban combat.

High Tech Military
DoD research conducted over the past 30 years has produced innovations such as the global positioning system and stealth and night-vision devices. DOD is nows working on miniaturized unmanned aerial vehicles, improved digital communications systems, remote controlled vehicles to transport supplies, and more precise sensor systems that could be used to detect and destroy hidden surface targets.

Improved Armored Vests
U.S. military members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous areas will soon receive revamped armored vests that provide more side protection. The vest changes are designed to prove effective in protecting servicemembers from shrapnel fragments, especially those who operate gun turrets atop vehicles.

Janes Defense
The definitive source for military capabilities, equipment, and personnel.

JERRVS - Transporting Bomb Disposal Teams
An article about JERRVs, special vehicles that are used to transport bomb disposal units into combat zones.

Joint Tactical Radio System - Communication In Combat
An article about the new Joint Tactical Radio System and its use with the U.S. military.

Joint-Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Stealth and Power
An article about the Joint-Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and its use by militaries around the world.

Kiowa Helicopter - Distinguished Service History
An article about the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and its operational history from the Vietnam Conflict up to present day missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kitchen in a Box and Assault Rations
Tired of cold MREs? Then you'll just love the Military's new "kitchen-in-a-box," which prepares hot meals for 18 warriors with just the pull of a tab.

KRISS Super V Submachine Gun - Power and Controversy
An article about the high powered KRISS Super V submachine gun and the controversy it has attracted.

M-777A1 Howizer
A joint-service program office at Picatinny Arsenal has completed development and is managing the purchase of 589 new lightweight 155mm howitzers for the Army and Marine Corps. The M-777A1 will replace all of the corps’ current M-198 towed howitzers and will be the artillery system for the Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

M14 Rifle - Deadly Accuracy
An article about the M14 rifle - its use and development with the U.S. military.

M16A2
Fact sheet - The characteristics of the M16A2 combat rifle.

M202 FLASH - White Hot
An article about the M202 FLASH, a rocket launcher that fires an incendiary agent and burns anything it touches.

M234 Lanucher - Non-Lethal Force
An article about the M234 Launcher, a non-lethal weapon used for crowd control and to break up riots.

Mattax - Digging Tool Used By U.S. Soldiers
An article about the Mattax tool and its use by U.S. soldiers.

Metal Storm - Deadly Weapon
An article about the Metal Storm Stacked Projectile, one of the world's most lethal weapons.

Military Binoculars - Locating The Enemy
An article about modern military binoculars and the evolution of this piece of equipment since the Second World War.

Military Rations - Feeding Soldiers In Combat
An article about modern military rations and the evolution of food given to soldiers in the field.

Military Robots of the Future
A study by USJFCOM's Project Alpha is currently testing the viability of what used to be a fanciful notion but is now bordering on reality -- robotic warfare. By as early as 2025, autonomous robots on the battlefield might not be just a notion, but a norm.

Military Weapons
FAS has the descriptions and specifications for pretty much every U.S. Military weapons system in use.

MK-12 - Special Purpose Rifle
An article about the MK-12 Special Purpose Rifle and its use in modern combat operations in Iraq.

Modular Sleep System - Keeping Soldiers Warm and Dry
An article about the U.S. military's Modular Sleep System, which protects soldiers from the extreme cold.

MULE - Supporting Soldiers In Combat
An article about the MULE unmanned vehicle and its role in modern warfare.

Non-Nuclear Bombs and Missiles
Those big explosions you are seeing on TV are from America's extensive arsenal of non-nuclear missiles and bombs. Part 2 of our Weapons of War series takes a close look at some of these systems.

Nuclear Missile Defense
The fifth test flight of the prototype National Missile Defense system ended in failure early July 8 when the "bullet" and booster rocket stages didn't separate.

Oshkosk M-ATV - Speed and Protection
An article about the Oshkosh M-ATV armored vehicle, which has been earmarked as a potential replacement for the military Humvee.

Pandur APC - Diverse Roles In Combat
An article about the Pandur armored personnel carrier and its many roles and uses in combat zones.

Radar Scopes
Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building.

Smart Weapons
Article on the use of smart weapons in the military by your About.com Guide on Artificial Intelligence.

Strider SMF Knife Is Used By A Specific Branch Of The U.S. Marine Corps
Strider SMF Knife Is Used By A Specific Branch Of The U.S. Marine Corps

T-13 Beano Grenade - War and Baseball
An article about the T-13 Beano Grenade, a rare and experimental weapon developed during the Second World War.

TALON - Multipurpose Robot
An article about the TALON robot and its use in combat scenarios around the world.

Tear Gas and Pepper Spray - Non-Lethal Force
An article about the use of tear gas and pepper spray in modern military operations.

Tomahawk - Ancient Weapon Used In Modern Combat
An article about the Native American Tomahawk and its use with the U.S. military in modern combat operations.

U.S. Military Chemical Warfare Protection
Many nations have a considerable variety of lethal and incapacitating chemical agents and the means to deliver them. Here's how the United States Military protects against chemical and biological attacks.

UAV - General Information
General information and descriptions of UAVs used by the United States Military.

UAVs of the Future
Unmanned aerial vehicles have been stars in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. A recent show at Miramar Naval Air Station in California, displayed what the future may entail for UAVs.

Ultra Armored Patrol Vehicle - The Future Is Now
An article about the futuristic Ultra Armored Patrol vehicle and its potential use by the U.S. military.

Uniforms of the Future
Tomorrow's warfighters will wear uniforms with built-in chemical- biological protection, embedded with electric wires and fiber optics that give sophisticated battlefield capabilities. Uniforms will be waterproof and flame- resistant, with built-in insect repellent, antibacterial agents that help stop open injuries from getting infected, and even antimicrobial agents that keep odor in check.

V-40 Mini-Grenade - Small Weapon, Big Impact
An article about the V-40 mini-grenade, a golf ball sized weapon that was used by the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Vehicle Identification Charts
Charts (with photos) which can help you identify different types of military vehicles.

Vehicle Reference Books & Manuals
Information on obtaining reference books and operator manuals for military vehicles.

Vehicle Technical Reference Downloads
Downloadable information for a variety to technical issues with military vehicles.

Water Canteens and Hydration Systems
A look at the increasing importance of water canteens and hydration systems to soldiers fighting in hot, dry desert environments. The article explores the evolution of canteens from aluminum ones used in the First World War to modern hydration packs that can carry several liters of water on a soldier's back.

Weapons of the Infantry and Special Ops
Part 1 of our Weapons of War Series, which examines the weapons and equipment being used by our deployed forces. In part 1, an extensive look at weapons and equipment used by our Infantry and Special Operations units.

West Point Cadet Sword - Ceremony and Tradition
An article about the ceremonial cadet swords issued at the prestigious West Point Military Academy.

XM25 - Future Grenade Launcher
An article about the XM25, a new grenade launcher that is starting to enter service with the U.S. military.

AT4 - Targeting Armored Vehicles
An article about the AT4 anti-tank weapon that is used by the U.S. military.

Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle - Long Serving Weapon
An article about the popular and long serving Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle.

M32 - Multi-Shot Grenade Launcher
An article about the popular and widely used M32 multiple grenade launcher.

M40 Sniper Rifle - Long Serving Weapon
An article about the long serving and popular M40 sniper rifle.

EX-41 - Experimental Weapon
An article about the EX-41 grenade launcher, which was developed and then abandoned by the U.S. Defense Department.

M-45 Pistol - Weapon of U.S. Marines
An article about the long serving M-45 pistol and its role with the U.S. Marine Corps.

White Smoke Grenades - Helping Aircraft Land In Combat
An article about the use of white smoke grenades on battlefields.

AMRDEC - Building Missiles
An article about AMRDEC, a unique military research and development center that is focused on missile technology.

AN / PEQ-2 - Military Laser Sight
An article about the AN/PEQ-2 laser sight and its use by the U.S. military.

Thermite Grenades - Intense Heat
An article about the destructive nature of thermite grenades.

Army Combat Shirt - Cool and Safe
An article about the Army Combat Shirt and its use by the U.S. military.

Boonie Hats - Shade in the Desert
An article about Boonie Hats and their use by U.S. soldiers in places such as Iraq and Afghainstan.

Thin Man - Experimental Nuclear Gun
An article about the attempted development of a gun capable of firing a nuclear bomb.

HARM Missile - Targeting Radars
An article about the HARM missile and its use against enemy radars.

Bunny Boots - Keeping Soldiers' Feet Warm and Dry
An article about "Bunny Boots" and their use in extremely cold weather conditions.

Night Camouflage - Hiding Soldiers In The Dark
An article about the use and problems of night camouflage.

Rubber Ducks - Training Military Recruits
An article about the use of fake weapons during basic training to teach new recruits how to safely handle a firearm.

M84 Stun Grenade - Disorienting The Enemy
An article about the M84 stun grenade and its use in combat.

HH-60 Jayhawk - Search and Rescue
An article about the HH-60 Jayhawk search and rescue helicopter.

AN/TPS-58 Radar - Detecting Enemy Fire
An article about the AN/TPS-58 radar and its use in combat zones.

MaxxPro Fighting Vehcile - Protection Against Mines
An article about the widely used MaxxPro armored fighting vehicle.

M49 Telescope - Targeting Enemy Positions
An article on the M49 telescope and its use with the U.S. military.

HOOAH! Bars - Energy Boost
An article about the HOOAH! Bar that provides an energy boost to U.S. soldiers.

Interceptor Body Armor - Protecting Soldiers In Combat
An article about Interceptor Body Armor and its use by the U.S. military.

T-11 Parachute - Military Insertion
An article about the T-11 parachute, the first new parachute to be used by the U.S. military in more than 50 years.

Mess Dress - Formal Military Wear
An article about mess dress and the role it plays in military life.

R-11 Truck - Refueling Military Aircraft
An article on the role R-11 trucks play with the U.S. military.

M82 Rifle - Versatile Weapon
An article about the M82 rifle and its use with the U.S. military.

Patrol Caps - Covering Soldiers
An article about the use of patrol caps by U.S. soldiers.

Hellfire Missile - Tank Buster
An article about Hellfire missiles and their role with the U.S. military.

M141 Munition - Bunker Buster
An article about the M141 munition against enemy bunkers and other structures.

Milstar - Secure Communications
An article about the Milstar satellite system and its role in providing the U.S. military with secure communications.

Chipped Beef - Military Delicacy
An article about the role chipped beef has played in U.S. military diets.

Ruger Mark III - Modern Sidearm
An article about the Ruger Mark III pistol and its role in the U.S. military.

Ocean Sentry - Search and Rescue
An article about the HC-144 Ocean Sentry and its role in search and rescue operations.

Advanced Bomb Suit - Protection From Bombs
An article about Advanced Bomb Suits and their use in disarming explosive devices.

Army Aircrew Combat Uniform - Protecting Soldiers
An article about the Army Aircrew Combat Uniform and its purpose in protecting soldiers who are flying dangerous missions.

Army Recipes - Feeding The Masses
An article about the use of military recipes outside the Armed Forces.

AIM-120 Missile -- Deadly Missile
An article on the AIM-120 air-to-air missile and its use by the U.S. Air Force.

Military Weapons
A description of the weapons used to train United States Military memebers during basic combat training and boot camp.

FN-303 - Non-Lethal Weapon
An article about the use of the FN-303 weapon in cases that call for non-lethal force.

Coast Guard Cutters - Backbone of the Fleet
An article about the role played by Cutters in the U.S. Coast Guard.

North Warning System - Protecting North America's Backdoor
An article about the North Warning System and its use in protecting the Arctic territory against foreign threats.

Mountain Combat Boots - Hiking In Afghanistan
An article about Mountain Combat Boots and there use by soldiers in Afghanistan.

Chocolate - Energizing Soldiers
An article about the use of chocolate with U.S. soldiers.

Harpoon Missile - Versatile Weapon
An article about the widely used Harpoon missile.

Enhanced Tactical Computer - Connecting Soldiers
An article about the use of the Enhanced Tactical Computer (ETC).

Improvised Vehicle Armor - Added Protection
An article about how U.S. soldiers use improvised armor to give their vehicles added protection.

First Strike Ration - Keeping Soldiers Moving
An article about the First Strike Ration and its use by U.S. soldiers during combat operations.

Position Reporting - Locating Soldiers
An article about the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System, and its use in field combat.

SR-25 Sniper Rifle - Used Around The World
An article about the long-serving SR-25 sniper rifle and its use with militaries worldwide.

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