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.

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.

18+ Part.1 RAW Tank Battle in Syria - 150 Dead FSA Terrorists 14.07.2013

→ http://youtu.be/nOJngMpIQmE

Combat in the streets of Damascus. Pretty solid armor mechanized armor tactics, I have to admit.

Serbian Insurgent using StG.44
The Serbian-Bosnian conflict was known for its heavy use of non combatant militia units. My sources on the photo list the man above being a Serbian militant, but it doesn’t list the location of the shot, nor the date. So I’m somewhat skeptical, but I’m not one to doubt that Serbians would have StG.44’s after inheriting German firearm technology during WWII.

Serbian Insurgent using StG.44

The Serbian-Bosnian conflict was known for its heavy use of non combatant militia units. My sources on the photo list the man above being a Serbian militant, but it doesn’t list the location of the shot, nor the date. So I’m somewhat skeptical, but I’m not one to doubt that Serbians would have StG.44’s after inheriting German firearm technology during WWII.

Serbian rifleman with Rifle grenades.

Serbian rifleman with Rifle grenades.

Czech Infantry

Czech Infantry with their CZ 805’s practice infantry movements through an abandoned field.

Recon underway.

A platoon sized force of French air cavalry stationed near Cameroon embark on a recon mission to Bouar in the Bangui provinces.