"Smes" flamethrowerRussian Defense Ministry
Lessons from various modern military engagements were used in developing the
The new weapon will be used at distances of up to 30 meters and in situations “when militants need to be ‘smoked out’ of their hideouts”, Safonov added.
It is also thought that the new flamethrower deals away with the problems faced by older models: “Since the days of the First World War, the flamethrower has been a very dangerous weapon not only for the
Another curious invention of the Russian army is the “masking box” for its “Kalibr” and other sea-based missiles.
The weapon is called the “Russian Klub-K container complex”, and will be used for both sea and land-based targets. It will be stationed aboard destroyer-class ships masquerading as long-haul tankers.
The project is still at the concept stage - there are no actual “Kalibr boxes” aboard Russian vessels at this moment in time.
The weapon was inspired by the universal launch module for sea-based missiles, which carries the shape of a 20-40 foot shipping container, rather than using an internal launch mechanism. The “boxes” are capable of carrying payloads of up to four missiles.
The weapon has been outfitted with radio-electronic detection, which searches and locks on to an enemy target. Club-K can also interface with other systems, and receive data from planes, satellites and other weapons complexes.
The yield and effectiveness against
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