Today the U.S. Army has
no shortage of lethal weapons. Some of them are expensive. Some of
them are very complex. Others are praised by politicians, or defense
contractors. However not all of the weapons in the U.S. Army's
inventory are desired by the troops in the field.
five of the best U.S. Army weapons:
The best weapon in the
U.S. Army inventory is the Apache helicopter. It might sound ironic
that an aircraft is the best weapon of the land forces. However
airpower is the most decisive factor in the conflicts where the U.S.
military has recently thought. Most likely that the AH-64 Apache and
its variants will remain the most decisive factor on the battlefield
for many years to come.
helicopter is armed with a 30-mm cannon,
Hellfire missiles and
state-of-the-art sensors. This machine has the firepower, speed and
range to hit the enemies long before the contact with the U.S.
ground troops. The Apache helicopter proved itself well during the
Operation Desert Storm and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This
machine can easily destroy armored columns or hunt down insurgents.
ground troops can call in their own air support. They do not have to
rely on the U.S. Air Force, or the U.S. Navy aircraft. And the
ground troops appreciate the support the Apache can provide.
The M1A2 SEP is a successor to the
Abrams. It is one of the best main battle tanks in the world.
This mighty machine forms a backbone of the U.S. armored forces.
Abrams has been around since the 1980s. During the Operation
Desert Storm it decimated Iraq's Soviet-made armor. It has seen
combat during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To
date very few Abrams tanks have been destroyed.
M1A2 SEP is the latest upgraded version with improved armor and a
number of other improvements. This tank has incredible
technology and depleted-uranium armor. Even though it weights over
60 t, this tank has a top speed of nearly 70 km/h due to its complex
gas turbine engine. Its powerful 120-mm gun packs a formidable
punch. It can knock-out the Russian
planned that the Abrams tanks will remain in service with the U.S.
Army beyond 2050.
Paladin is the current version of the venerable
howitzer. The original M109 was adopted by the U.S. Army in the
early 1960s. It saw its combat debut during the war in Vietnam. It
was used during the Gulf War and during recent wars in Iraq and
hard-hitting artillery system
fires 155-mm projectiles. With a rocket assisted projectile it can
reach targets at a range of 30 km. The
Paladin can also fire GPS- or laser-guided Excalibur rounds.
On the battlefield this artillery system takes a back seat. However
it is one of the most devastating weapons of war.
M109 ha been upgraded a number of times. The
M109A7 is the latest version of the Paladin. It has been ordered by
the U.S. Army. First deliveries were planned to begin in 2015
and full-rate production is planned to begin in 2017.
Russians seem to be the kings in anti-tank missiles it is easy to
forget that the USA is not a loser either. The TOW anti-tank guided
missile is still strong after nearly 45 years of service. It proved
itself a very effective weapon. The TOW has destroyed many tanks,
mostly Russian. It was used during the war in Vietnam.
missiles are typically used by separate anti-tank companies for
heavy anti-armor work. But once this missile hits, it can knock-out
even the most protected enemy tanks.
missiles are carried by a number of U.S. Army vehicles, such as the
Bradleys. Also the army has an
M1134, a dedicated anti-tank missile carrier, based on the
of this anti-tank guided missile continues to this day and new
versions appear. There are top-attack missiles, that explode above
the thin top armor of the tank. Also there is a bunker-busting
version of the TOW, that is used against buildings and
M2 heavy machine gun is one of the Army's best weapons. It was
designed by the famous John Browning towards the end of World War I.
It entered service with the U.S. armed forces in 1933. The M2 has
seen action during countless wars. Until recently The M2HB was the
standard infantry version, that was also used on armored vehicles,
tanks and helicopters.
remarkable weapon proved to be extremely successful. It is highly
effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles,
boats, light fortifications and helicopters. It terms of firepower
this heavy machine gun is closer to a small cannon.
it is more than 80 years old, the M2 is still in service with the
U.S. Army. The recent M2A1 has only minor improvements. Since 2011
all 45 000 M2HBs are being upgraded to the M2A1 standard.