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The Definitive TV Series of Modern High-Tech Weaponry.
On these two DVDs all four dramatic, fast-moving episodes depicting the development of ground forces, from past failures and successes, to the state-of-art equipment and forces at the heart of today's mechanized battlefield.
The combat capability of the modern army depends on a careful balance of many types of advanced weapons, all of them fast moving, all of them deadly. This episode will show you an example of how today's armies are organized to optimize their effectiveness. The most lethal of mobile units used today is the Heavy Maneuver Division, exemplified by the US Army's 24th Infantry Division. The key combat elements of the division - tanks, infantry, artillery and army aviation - are examined. See how they interact to maximize combat power on the battlefield. Featured equipment includes the M1 Abrams main battle tank, infantry vehicles such as the M2 Bradley, artillery systems including the M109 self-propelled howitzer, and close-air support vehicles such as the AH-64 Apache. Discover how modern armies translate tactics and technology into war fighting capability.
In this high-tech age of precision-guided missiles, the modern tank evokes an image of a bygone era of land warfare. But the thick armor of today's tanks conceals space-age ballistic computers, laser range finders and sophisticated electronics allowing survival on the battlefield. Examine the origins of the tank as a means to overcome the stalemate of trench warfare in World War I. Trace the path of tank evolution by several of the major tank developing countries including Britain, France, Germany, and the United States. The latest vehicles - the British Challenger, French Le Clerc, German Leopard and the American Abrams - represent the latest in Heavy Metal.
Cavalry has been the mobile shock force of all successful armies since antiquity. The horseback cavalry has faded away, replaced with shock forces of modern technology: armored cavalry, attack helicopters, and the airborne assault forces. Examine high-speed armored cavalry vehicles, from South Africa's remarkable Rooikat, to Canada's widely used LAV. Trace the evolution of the airborne forces, such as the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, and take a seat in one of the most lethal weapons on the modern battlefield, the attack helicopter, including the American Apache and South African Rooivalk.
With the Cold War over, Middle Eastern nations can now forego political alliances when pursuing military technologies, and may buy whatever weaponry is affordable. As domestic needs for military hardware shrink, industrial countries now have a new market to pursue. Take an insightful and informative look at the new weapons systems that compete for Middle Eastern currencies. Witness the powerful arsenals of weaponry offered for sale by countries of the former Soviet Union, France, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Experience first-hand, the explosive power delivered by the world's most fearsome armored vehicles, such as the powerful T-90 main battle tank, air defense systems such as the 2S6 Tunguska and the Ka-50 Black Shark attack helicopter.
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