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The AML is a reconnaissance vehicle of French origin. It was developed in the 1950\'s to replace the British Ferret in French service. In line with French doctrine it is fitted with the most powerful armament the chassis is able to handle. This allows it to be used in a fire support role.

BM-21 Grad

The BM-21 is a multiple rocket launcher of Russian origin. It was developed in the 1950\'s to replace older World War 2 era multiple rocket launchers. The BM-21 is the world\'s most widely used multiple rocket launcher. Its 122mm rocket and launcher design are employed on many foreign weapon systems. The nickname Grad is Russian for hailstorm.

PzH 2000

The PzH 2000 is a modern self-propelled howitzer of German origin. The PzH 2000 was developed at the request of the German military following the cancellation of the SP-70 project. PzH 2000 stands for Panzerhaubitze 2000, or self propelled gun 2000 in English. Two consortia set out to develop prototypes in 1986. The first consortium was headed by Krauss-Maffei and the second by Wegmann. In 1990 the contract was awarded to Wegmann and testing and improvement lasted until 1996.

RSD-10 Pioner

The RSD-10 Pioner is a Cold War era intermediate range ballistic missile system with nuclear warheads of Soviet origin. In the West it is known by the NATO reporting name SS-20 Saber and it is also known as the RT-21M. The name RSD-10 Pioner stands for Raketa Sredney Dalnosti \"Pioner\", which is Russian for Medium-Range Missile \"Pioneer\". The RSD-10 was developed concurrently with the longer range RT-21 Temp-2S (SS-16) and shared a similar first and second stage. The RSD-10 was notable for two reasons. First, it was the first Soviet solid fuel nuclear missile, thus providing a true road mobile fast reaction system. Second, it was a move away from the strategy of mutually assured destruction towards smaller yield pinpoint strikes.

M163 Vulcan

The M163 Vulcan is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun of US origin. Also known as the Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS), it was developed to replace the M42 Duster in US service. The M163 was complemented by the Chaparral self-propelled surface to air missile system in US service. The M163 packs powerful armament that is only of limited use against aircraft due to the lack of automated fire control.