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20 of the Most Lethal Weapons in Modern Warfare

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6. F-22 Raptor
>Type: Fighter jet

The F-22 Raptor is perhaps the most technologically advanced fighter jet. It can be configured multiple ways depending on the deployment, whether it is air-to-air combat or air-to-ground attacks. The craft is outfitted with numerous bombs, laser-guided missiles, and more. The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine and are capable of cruising at supersonic speeds without using afterburner.

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7. Fire Scout
>Type: Helicopter drone

The Fire Scout is a helicopter drone made by Northrop Grumman. This drone is equipped with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, which consists of Hydra 70 unguided rockets with a laser guidance kit. The drone has over 10 hours of endurance and a range of over 1,000 nautical miles. The Fire Scout has seen thousands of hours in real-world operations.

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8. M1A2 Abrams
>Type: Tank

The M1A2 Abrams tank was approved for production in 1990 and is the most modern battle tank in the world. This tank is armed with a 120 mm Smooth Bore Cannon, coaxial machine guns, and a 50 cal M2 machine gun. The original iteration of the modern M1 Abrams was capable of accepting different caliber rounds for its turret, including the DU penetrator M833 round (105 mm), which was capable of penetrating 420 mm of rolled homogeneous armor at 2,000 meters. These tanks have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

9. M3E1
>Type: Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS)

The M3E1 is capable of destroying lightly armored targets at ranges out to 500 meters and soft targets out to 800 meters. The ammunition is highly explosive and can be used against vehicles, structures, and everything in between.

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10. MK-19
>Type: Grenade launcher

This machine gun is for grenades. Historically, machine guns have been used for sustained direct fire, providing suppressive fire among other functions. The grenade machine gun is capable of laying down suppressive fire in both offensive and defensive roles, such as defending against helicopters, destroying lightly armored vehicles, and providing high-volume fire with explosive payload.

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