Tested In Battle

PopSci's Iraq tech report card. Click to launch the slideshow.
soldier pointing the M-14 sniper rifle at the ground

Old is new again with this reliable 1950s-era rifle, refurbished from existing inventories due to a pressing need for a midrange sniper rifle in desert conditions.
Pros: Better range and stopping power than the M-16 and M-4 rifles that replaced the â€50s â€relic.â€
Cons: Fires more slowly than the M-16 and M-4, and requires different ammunition.
Grade: A Courtesy David Axe

War spurs innovation, and U.S. soldiers are seeing a lot of it. How well is the new equipment performing in Iraq? Launch the Slideshow to find out.

Parked Meerkat mine detector military vehicle
AH-64D Apache Longbow military chopper in flight
soldier using the the Talon small mobile military robot
soldiers on the M1A2 Abrams battle tank in the desert
Link 16 Data Exchange System Interface
23-ton Buffalo route-clearance vehicle in a hangar
RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in flight
Remote-controlled MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in flight
Litening targeting and sensor pod on a grounded aircraft