The American arm of legendary Kalashnikov Concern, the weapons manufacturer behind the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, announced on May 17 that its new AK-style shotgun has already started shipping to dealers in the states, according to Guns.com.
Dubbed the KS-12 and KS-12T, the new AK-style firearms from Kalashnikov USA are advertised as 12-gauge, semi-automatic tactical shotguns with barrels ranging between 16 and 18 inches in length. The new shotgun features a collapsible stock, handguard, Picatinny rails, and a 10-round mag — plus a bit of a price tag at $1,000.
“We have finally reached the point of being more than satisfied with the remarkable quality and reliability of these products,” Kalashnikov USA CEO Brian Skinner announced in a press release. “These firearms are truly worthy of the Kalashnikov name. We are extremely proud to introduce these to the market, and are confident of their success in the AK arena.”
Kalashnikov USA is a relatively new entrant to the American firearms market. The company split from parent, Kalashnikov Concern, as a workaround to avoid U.S. sanctions levied against Russia in response to the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea. But now, AK fans in the states are reaping the benefits. The new AK-style shotguns cement the company's switch from an importer of Kalashnikovs to a U.S.-based manufacturer.
And the company isn’t done unveiling new goodies for American shooters: This summer, the company will unveil its KR-9mm platform, a suite which will include a 9mm pistol, as well as a carbine and a rifle, notes Guns.com. We can’t wait.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.