The War Zone/Janes

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.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Sword

As Marines and soldiers redeploy to Afghanistan to provide support to coalition allies and Afghan National Security Forces, there’s one weapon system that’s remained a stalwart workhorse in the ongoing fight against the Taliban: The M252 mortar system.

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