The 5.45x39mm ADS is the first assault rifle in the world to fire equally well both in and out of the water. Notably, it is as good as the latest models of Kalashnikov-type assault rifles, while being smaller in size.
In 2007, a Tula-based arms producer managed to produce the amphibious assault rifle, the result of nearly 6 decades of research and development.
The process was indeed a long journey. Efforts to create weapons for underwater combat personnel began as soon as the world’s navies began to deploy underwater saboteurs — in other words, during and after World War II. Only the Soviet Union, however, succeeded in creating genuine, automatic weapons and pistols capable of firing under water.
A U.S. sailor fires a GAU-17 minigun during Emerald Warrior 2012 on the Apalachicola River, Fla., March 6, 2012. Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to leverage lessons learned from Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders.
DoD photo by Senior Airman Devin Doskey, U.S. Air Force.
A watermelon blasts apart after being shot by a SEAL sniper during a capabilities demonstration at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va. on July 17, 2010. The Naval Special Warfare community event was part of the 41st UDT/SEAL East Coast Reunion celebration.
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Robert Fluegel
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Aug. 25, 2010: Panamanian marines, U.S. Navy Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3 from Yorktown, Va., and U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Fast Company from Yorktown, Va., prepare to storm the beach during the pursuit of three suspected drug traffickers during a PANAMAX 2010 riverine training exercise.
More than 2,000 civilian and military personnel from 18 countries participated in a 12-day exercise from Aug. 16-27 to train in a joint, multinational effort to respond to threats to the Panama Canal and plan for major regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie)
The Royal Navy’s next-generation helicopter, the Wildcat, has landed on a ship at sea for the first time. On 7 November, the aircraft touched down on the flight deck of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) aviation trials ship Argus off England’s south coast, at the start of four weeks of tough trials for air and ground crew.
Wildcat is the 21st century variant of the Lynx helicopter which has served the Navy since the 1970s. The landing on RFA Argus heralds four weeks of ‘operating limit trials’ for the Wildcat, which will lay the foundations for flying the new helicopter when it enters front line service.
A team from AgustaWestland, the Yeovil firm which builds the Lynx, experts from the Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre at Boscombe Down, and Navy air engineers and technicians have joined Argus for the trials.
It fell to Lieutenant Commanders Robert Dowdell and Lee Evans to make the historic flight – assisted by a Lynx Mk8 of 815 Naval Air Squadron, which will get its hands on Wildcat in a little over two years’ time.
The first deck landing of a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter is achieved on Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Argus off the south coast of England. (Picture: Lieutenant Ed Barham RN, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011)