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AS Val

The AS Val is a silenced assault rifle of Soviet origin. It was developed in the 1980\'s to be used in urban combat and the reconnaissance role. The name AS stands for Avtomat Special\'nyj, which is Russian for special automatic rifle. The nickname Val means shaft and refers to the prominent silencer. The AS Val stems from the VSS Vintorez silenced sniper rifle and has a 70% parts commonality.

127mm Compatto

The 127mm Compatto is a naval gun turret of Italian origin. It was developed in the late 1960\'s by OTO Melara at the request of the Italian navy. The Compatto design uses many technologies and principles found as found in the 76mm OTO Melara cannon. Recent upgrade plans include a longer 62-caliber barrel that may fire guided rounds at distances of over 100 km.

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.

P-120 Malakhit

The P-120 is an anti-ship missile of Soviet origin. It was developed in the 1960\'s as a replacement for the P-5 Pityorka (SS-N-3 Shaddock) missile. The design is based on the P-70 Ametist (SS-N-7 Starbright). Unlike the P-70 the P-120 can be launched from both surface vessels and submarines, making it a multi-purpose missile.

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.