Operators Operating Operationally.

This is a military blog that features pictures and videos of weapons, vehicles, and the individuals who use them on a daily basis.
I find a portion of these pictures from military_armies. Thanks to him for letting me use so many of his great photos.
Enjoy.

The IDF

Known for their ferocious fighting capabilities and skillful tactics, IDF soldiers are a diverse group, with soldiers from all sorts of ethnicities, religions, and genders. With their history of constant anti-insurgent operations within their own borders, the IDF is considered by many to be the elite in terms of urban conflict and anti-insurgency tactics.

Legionnaires from the French Foreign Legions 2REG (2e Régiment étranger de génie) during training while on deployment to Djibouti – 2014

Preparing for Intervention.

Some 850 troops from 5 South African Infantry Battalion underwent jungle warfare training in the Port St Johns area March 3-21, 2014, in preparation for deploying to the Force Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May.

Austrian firing his G3.

Austrian firing his G3.

American GI in Vietnam with experimental AN/PVS-2 Night Vision Scope.

American GI in Vietnam with experimental AN/PVS-2 Night Vision Scope.

In the bush.

Belgian Special Forces operatives train in Benin.

A Syrian soldier aims his PKM machine gun from a foxhole during a firepower demonstration.

A Syrian soldier aims his PKM machine gun from a foxhole during a firepower demonstration.

The M163
Because when your APC’s start to go obsolete, why not just fill the crew compartment with huge stashes of ammunition for a 20mm Vulcan gatling cannon? 
All jokes aside, the M163 was designed to be a competitor to the ZSU-23-4, AKA the “Shilka”. They were used to support ground units from aerial attacks, but were also used as indirect support weapons, firing on anything they could depress their guns far enough to shoot. Overall, the M163 “VADS” had an unimpressive career as mobile AA. It was later replaced by the M1097 Avenger and the M6 Linebacker.

The M163

Because when your APC’s start to go obsolete, why not just fill the crew compartment with huge stashes of ammunition for a 20mm Vulcan gatling cannon? 

All jokes aside, the M163 was designed to be a competitor to the ZSU-23-4, AKA the “Shilka”. They were used to support ground units from aerial attacks, but were also used as indirect support weapons, firing on anything they could depress their guns far enough to shoot. Overall, the M163 “VADS” had an unimpressive career as mobile AA. It was later replaced by the M1097 Avenger and the M6 Linebacker.

Practice makes perfect.

Latvian Soldiers from a 160 strong Infantry Battle Group during field training exercises for future deployment with the Swedish led EU Battle Group.

Iraqi police posing with a khyber pass AK.

Iraqi police posing with a khyber pass AK.

MARSOC

MARSOC

East German T-72

East German T-72

Dragon in the Skies.
The unique Saab 35 “Draken”, designed during the cold war to act as a High speed bomber interceptor and fighter was adopted by several countries for its unique ability to operate off of reinforced roads. Its design incorporates a very distinctive “double delta”, which gives it superior maneuverability at low speeds. And though it was never designed to be a fighter aircraft, its double delta design had helped it to become a capable dogfighter.

Dragon in the Skies.

The unique Saab 35 “Draken”, designed during the cold war to act as a High speed bomber interceptor and fighter was adopted by several countries for its unique ability to operate off of reinforced roads. Its design incorporates a very distinctive “double delta”, which gives it superior maneuverability at low speeds. And though it was never designed to be a fighter aircraft, its double delta design had helped it to become a capable dogfighter.

Bombs away.
An F4 Phantom drops its bomb load during the Vietnam War.

Bombs away.

An F4 Phantom drops its bomb load during the Vietnam War.

Navy SEAL Commando in BUD/S, circa 1980’s.

Navy SEAL Commando in BUD/S, circa 1980’s.