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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brogen Hohnholt, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, fires a M2 .50 Cal. machine gun during live-fire unknown distance range in Southwest Asia, March 17, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Justin Huffty)
There's a bit of good news for Marines grunts tasked with rocking the iconic M2 .50 caliber machine gun: your loads are about to get a little bit lighter.
An A-10 from the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., delivers a volley of 30mm rounds to a stationary ground target during the Hawgsmoke A-10 gunnery and bombing competition at the Barry Goldwater Range complex in Arizona. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte)
There are few sounds more welcome to U.S. military personnel than the sound of an A-10 Thunderbolt II's GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm autocannon raining down a hail of lead on an unsuspecting enemy force.
But here's a question: How the hell do you actually spell (and, in turn, pronounce) that sweet, sweet sound of freedom?
An artist's depiction of the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) in action. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
The Navy plans on slapping a laser weapon on a littoral combat ship for the first time in the next year amid increased efforts to field high-energy laser systems aboard surface warships, USNI News reports.