On the battlefield, a soldier's best friends are his gun and his gear-because his life depends on them. But what will it take to fight and survive on the battlefields of tomorrow? What will those combat arenas consist of, and where will they be? And what will our nation's fighting men and women carry with them into battle?
This is a compendium of the weapons of war that may accompany our soldiers in the near and far future, as well as an insightful look at the soldier, sailor, and airman of today and tomorrow. All manner of military hardware is covered, as well as information about cutting-edge technology that will become standard in weapons to come, the possibility of robotic soldiers, vehicles, protective armor, and the prospects of fighting a war in both space and cyberspace.
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30 rounds 40 mm grenade Advanced Combat Rifle Assault Rifle assembly ball BULLET barrel Beretta blowback bolt box magazine FEED bullpup caliber carbine cartridge caseless chambered Colt combat compact developed DEVICE WEIGHT EMPTY DEVICE WEIGHT LOADED effective FEED DEVICE WEIGHT flechette forces front full automatic fire German Glock grains grenade launcher Gyrojet handgun Heckler & Koch inches iron sights Kevin Dockery laser locked M14 rifle M4 carbine magazine FEED DEVICE meters MP5K-PDW muzzle velocity OICW optical sight Ordnance OVERALL LENGTH personal defense weapon pistol grip polymer produced projectile rail range RATE OF FIRE rear receiver recoil REFERENCES—Company literature RIFLING TYPE right-hand twist rocket rpm FEED DEVICE—Removable semi semiautomatic SIGHTS—Open slide Small Arms soldier Soviet special operations standard STATUS—In production stock folded Stormer submachine gun target Taser Tavor Assault Rifle testing trigger group TYPE OF FIRE—Selective U.S. military weapons system yards