Special Report

20 of the Most Lethal Weapons in Modern Warfare

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1. AA-12
>Type: Shotgun

The AA-12 shotgun is a tactical shotgun with a magazine capacity of up to 32 rounds originally designed in the early 1970s. The automatic gas-powered shotgun was designed for short-range situations, whether in city streets or jungles. The AA-12 is regularly used in close-quarters combat.

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2. AC-130
>Type: Gunship

This gunship’s primary missions are close air support and armed reconnaissance. The aircraft incorporate side-firing weapons with armaments including 40mm, 105mm cannons, and 25mm gatling guns. The AC-130 circles battlefields, attacking targets with heavy fire.

3. AH-64 Apache
>Type: Helicopter

According to its manufacturer Boeing, the Apache helicopter is the world’s most advanced attack helicopter. The attack chopper was originally developed in 1984, and newer iterations have come since. These have been flown all over the world in U.S. military operations to deadly effect. Its ordnance includes 16 Hellfire missiles, 76 2.75-inch rockets, and a 30 mm chain gun capable of firing over 600 rounds per minute.

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4. AN/SEQ-3
>Type: Laser weapons system (LaWS)

Laser weapons, which have been common in science fiction works, are now a reality. This laser weapons system can be mounted on U.S. naval vessels, and is capable of shooting a concentrated laser with the power of up to 30,000 watts. Such a laser would be capable of shooting down UAVs and other fast moving targets at sea. The LaWS is also powerful enough to ignite and detonate explosives and armaments on other enemy vessels with devastating force.

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5. Cluster bombs
>Type: Bomb

Cluster bombs are so lethal in the battlefield the Oslo Convention in 2008 banned them. The international ban came into force in 2010. Basically, these bombs, which are dropped from aircraft or fired from the ground or sea, release tens of hundreds of submunitions capable of covering several football fields. Despite the ban, many militaries still have them in their arsenal. Russia has reportedly been using them recently in Ukraine.

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