Apr 8, 2012

Ultimate Weapons: Artillery (Part 1)

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In the West, the sophistication of martial arts has exploded with the use of science and technology in weaponry. Over the next few posts, we will take a look at latest developments in modern weaponry and armaments with clips from the Discovery channel's Ultimate Weapons documentary.

We start off where we left off from the previous post. The Coast Guard's 25mm gun wasn't quite the best weapon to sink a 164 ft (50 metre) fishing vessel. It was reported it took more than four hours to get the job done, and only after a larger caliber gun was brought to bear. This larger gun would likely be the 57mm MK 110 Naval Gun.

We thus kick off this Ultimate Weapons series the MK 100 and three other artillery systems:
  • MK 110 Naval Gun: The MK 110 delivers high rates of fire with extreme accuracy against surface, airborne and shore-based threats.
  • Archer Artillery System: Unloading 20 rounds in 2.5 minutes Swedish designed Archer is designed to work at all hours in all weather conditions.
  • M777 Howitzer: Weighing in at 4.7 tons , the M777 gives the military a lighter artillery weapon to be transported around the battlefield.
  • Dragon Fire II: Capable of firing at a target within 18 seconds in any direction, it is no wonder why the Dragon Fire II heavy mortar was designed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Picture Credit: Wikipedia

MK 110 Naval Gun

Archer Artillery System

M777 Howitzer

Dragon Fire II Mortar System

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