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20 of the Most Lethal Weapons in Modern Warfare

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11. MK-77
>Type: Incendiary bomb

The MK-77 is the only fire bomb still in service. It comes from a long line of incendiary bombs, such as the napalm bomb and white phosphorus bombs, which were used in the Korean and Vietnam wars to deadly effect. Fire bombs are capable of burning down forests, structures, bunkers, and everything in between.

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12. MQ-9 Reaper
>Type: Drone

Drone warfare has become increasingly prevalent – and no one does it better than the U.S. The MQ-9 Reaper is one in a series of drones, including the Hunter / Killer, that has carried out bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other places. The drone is capable of carrying up to four Hellfire II anti-armor missiles and two laser-guided bombs. These drones have proven effective at carrying out strikes and eliminating targets around the world.

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13. Nimitz-class Aircraft Carrier
>Type: Aircraft carrier

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is the crown jewel of the U.S. Navy and is arguably the most powerful water vessel worldwide. The carrier is basically a floating city of soldiers and aircraft ready to go at a moment’s notice with a crew of over 3,000 personnel operating the vessel and over 1,500 piloting and maintaining aircraft, which include fighter jets ready to deploy. It is capable of sustained bombardment and is designed to last 50 years. A new class of carriers, the Ford class, will be replacing the Nimitz class. The first of these, the USS Gerald R. Ford, was set to deploy on October 3.

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14. Ohio-class Nuclear Submarine
>Type: Nuclear Submarine

Ohio-class nuclear submarines are armed with hard hitting missiles and nuclear bombs capable of destroying whole cities. Armaments include up to 154 Tomahawk missiles, Mk48 torpedoes, and nuclear missiles (see No. 19: UGM-133 Trident II). These submarines offer the U.S. a clandestine platform to strike practically anywhere on the globe with deadly precision. The Ohio class is set to be replaced by the Columbia class starting next decade.

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15. RS-28 Sarmat
>Type: Intercontinental ballistic missile

The RS-28, also nicknamed Satan II, is a Russian intercontinental ballistic missile. It is a three-stage, liquid-fueled missile with a range of 18,000 kilometers, and it can carry a wide variety of warhead options. According to Russian media, the Sarmat can load up to 10 large warheads, 16 smaller ones, a combination of warheads and countermeasures, or hypersonic boost-glide vehicles.

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