by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com October 26, 2022 DefenseReview’s (DR) published a lot of information about Vortex Optics combat optics and scopes AND fire control systems/smart scopes in general (see “Related Articles” below for both). However, to date, we haven’t done a piece on the US Army’s new smart scope, the Vortex Optics XM-157 Next Generation Squad …Read More »
Aevex Aerospace Phoenix Ghost: ‘Secretive Suicide/Kamikaze Drone’ Aircraft being Shipped to Ukraine to Help Fight the Russians
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com April 30, 2022 Image(s) Credit(s): AeroVironment (AV) An interesting company called Aevex Aerospace out of Solana Beach, California is making a very interesting “secretive suicide/kamikaze drone” aircraft, or armed/weaponized UAS/UAV called the “Phoenix Ghost“, and they’ve reportedly started shipping them to Ukraine to help battle the Russians. Specifically, they’re sending 121 Phoenix …Read More »
Pulsar Proton FXQ30 Thermal Imaging Front Attachment Kit: Instantly Turns Your Daytime Combat/Tactical Rifle Scope into a Thermal/IR (Infrared) Scope!
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com February 10, 2022 As long as we’re still on a (latest and greatest) riflescope binge, we might as well also mention the rather interesting and nifty Pulsar Proton FXQ30 Thermal Imaging Front Attachment Kit that instantly transforms your daytime combat/tactical rifle scope into a fully functional thermal/IR (InfraRed) scope. Not only is …Read More »
True Velocity Acquires LoneStar Future Weapons for $84M: Are the GD-OTS RM277-R and RM227 AR 6.8mm TVCM Bullpup Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) Going Commercial Soon?
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com November 10, 2021 Back in May of last year (2020), DefenseReview (DR) published a quick heads-up piece on True Velocity lightweight, polymer-cased rifle ammo, since we found it intriguing. Well, cut to 2021, and it looks like True Velocity’s driving full-bore into the tactical firearms game. To wit, they’ve acquired Texas-based LoneStar …Read More »
Chinese Military Mounting ‘Laser Guns’ to Hypersonic Vehicles (Aircraft and Missiles) to Increase Speed and Range
By David Crane Image Credit: The U.S. Sun July 27, 2021 Well, this isn’t good. Apparently, they’ve been busy little beavers over there at Beijing’s Space Engineering University, developing a “powerful laser gun” mounted onto hypersonic missles and aircraft to increase speed (and obviously range) by cutting air resistance by 70 percent (70%) or more. According to the Chinese laser …Read More »
DefendTex Drone40 40mm Autonomous Mini Quadcopter UAS/UAV Drone Munition: Infantry Warfare Game Changer?
By David Crane Photo(s) Credit: British MOD/Crown and UASVision.com July 12, 2021 A very interesting Melbourne, Australia-based company called DefendTex is making an equally interesting quadcopter-type UAS/UAV (Unmanned Aerial System/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) munition called the Drone40 that, in DefenseReview’s (DR) opinion, has the potential to be a real game changer for infantry warfare operations, due to its payload modularity and …Read More »
BDT/GD-OTS RM277-R (Rifle) and RM277-AR (Automatic Rifle) 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) Systems with Delta P BREVIS II Suppressor and True Velocity Polymer-Cased Ammo for Future Infantry Warfare! (Video!)
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com January 21, 2021 Last updated on 1/22/21. “Maximum lethality with minimum burden to the US Warfighter.” That’s the basic goal of the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program. It’s certainly a nice goal to strive for, and two of the companies striving for it are Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) and …Read More »
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon ‘Raptorsky’ 5th-Gen Low-Observable/Stealth Air-Superiority/Multi-Role Fighter Jet Aircraft Goes Live: Is it Really a Raptor Killer?
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: The Russians, and The Aviationist December 31, 2020 Last updated on 1/01/21. Six days ago, RT posted an interesting video (see first/top embedded video below) on the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon “Raptorsky” 5th-generation low-observable/stealth air-superiority/multi-role fighter jet aircraft going into serial production, so DefenseReview (DR) thought it would be nice to …Read More »
True Velocity Polymer-Cased Rifle and Machine Gun Ammo: Less Weight and Heat Transfer, More Accuracy! (Video!)
By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com May 18, 2020 DefenseReview’s (DR) been interested in polymer-cased rifle and machine gun ammo (ammunition) for many years now, and in True Velocity ammo, specifically, for the last few years. So, we were very happy to finally get a chance to talk to one Patrick (Pat) Hogan about their ammo’s attributes, which …Read More »
TactiSMART at the Movies: James Bond 007 ‘No Time to Die’ (Bond 25) Movie Trailer Analysis and Commentary
By Mike Sparks January 14, 2020 Title Image Credit: Eon Productions It’s the best movie trailer, ever. It opens with Daniel Craig’s James Bond and his newly married wife Dr. Madeline Swan running for their very lives in mountainous Italy. Will this be her “swan” song? How did they get to this point? WHO is after them? Didn’t they retire …Read More »