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Russian Special Operations Forces Are Getting A 'Silent' Mortar System
Russian special operations forces are adding a silent-but-deadly new weapon to their arsenal. According to a report from Jane's 360, the Russian Ministry of Defense plans on acquiring new "silenced" mortar systems to help its commandos remain undetected downrange.
The Jane's report, published during Russia's Army 2018 defense expo at the end of August, indicates that Russia's spetsnaz special operations forces will get their hands on "several dozen" 2B25 “silent” 82mm mortar system designed by the Burevestnik Institute in the coming months.
According to Jane's source, the 2B25’s noise level "does not exceed that of a Kalashnikov AKMB assault rifle fitted with the PBS-1 silencer," while the system itself "produces almost no muzzle flash or smoke.” Here are some of the technical details, per The War Zone:
From the outside, the 30-pound mortar doesn't look out of the ordinary and it functions in the same way as many other modern types. An individual inserts the mortar bomb into the tube and then pulls a handle-shaped trigger to fire it. The shooter aims the weapon by using an optical sight and adjusting the angle of the barrel.
Where the 2B25 is special is in its 3VO35 82mm ammunition. A traditional mortar bomb has a propelling charge in its tail and troops can generally attach supplemental charges to increase its range. The detonation of these explosives forces the projectile out of the barrel and sends it down range.
While the details remain scant beyond The War Zone's excellent analysis (seriously, read it), a mortar system with the sound level of a suppressed AK-47 would prove a major boon to special operations forces by reducing the visual and auditory indicators that might give away their firing position.
At the same time, it's no big whoops in terms of technological advances. A report from the Defense Technical Information Center from way back in 1991 revealed that the U.S. Army had some unconventional suppressor systems of its own — namely for 105mm and 120mm howitzers used at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Look at this fucking thingU.S. Army photo via The Firearm Blog
But in the Army's case, the "howitzer silencer" wasn't developed for strategic reasons. As We Are The Mighty observed, the system was intended to reduce the disruptive boom of artillery fire so taxpayers in neighboring communities could go about their lives in peace.
With silenced mortar systems on the horizon, perhaps the Pentagon should consider dusting these bad boys off — just in case.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.