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Wyatt Collins
Wyatt Collins

Lethal Weapon(1987)

In this classy all-action thriller, Mel Gibson oozes charm the way his victims ooze blood. As a Vietvet-turned-cop, his only talent is for killing: since his wife's death in a road accident, he's known to his LAPD colleagues as a man with a death wish. After a Kim Basinger lookalike walks off the top of a multi-storey block, investigating detective Glover - a family man, just turned 50 and keen to see 51 - is given the dubious pleasure of having Gibson as his new partner. However, he soon comes to appreciate the virtues of having this 'lethal weapon' at his side when the two unlikely buddies are faced with a murderous gang of ex-CIA trained killers running a massive drugs syndicate. Stylish and brutally violent, the film escapes the usual clichés of the ex-soldier fighting a war back home by virtue of Gibson's blue-eyed smile.

Lethal Weapon(1987)

I love that it's largely Murtaugh's story. He's the main character; Riggs is inflicted on him. Roger's never a mystery to us and Riggs is entirely unpredictable, not just the titular lethal weapon, duh, but truly an unstable danger. It's hard to remember that this collection of what would become laughable tropes was itself a response to same. It's like if someone with a DSM-IV and a shitty attitude got a look at Paul Kersey. Throw in Roger & Martin's (vaguely implied) shared but vastly different experiences of Vietnam and you got yourself a stew.

Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is an LAPD cop who prefers to play by the rules, cares for his family, and worries about getting too old (for this shit). He gets partnered with Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), a suicidal narcotics cop still grieving the recent death of his wife, and is also well versed with both martial arts and gunplay which, added to his berserker tendencies, make him a candidate to be registered as a lethal weapon. They start tracking down the Big Bad of the film, a major drug dealer who has ties within the military.

The Army Staff recently concluded a brief study that identified those warfighting capabilities that are required to fight and win on any battlefield. The study established priorities for the Army's acquisition of weapons systems; identified the programs and technologies necessary as basic operational requirements to determine essential weapons systems, programs and technologies in accordance with the annual program, planning, budgeting, and execution cycles. Army leaders concluded that the essential operational capabilities for warfighting are reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; command, control, and communications; battlefield lethality; battlefield sustainment; and soldier and unit performance enhancement. Based on this study, the Army developed

This year the Bradley underwent a major modification to add the more lethal TOW-2 missile system into models M2A1 and M3Al. To date, Bradleys have been delivered to the 2d Armored Division and the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas; the 3d Infantry Division; the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany; and two ARNG battalions.

The attack helicopter is another essential element of the U.S. Army combat capability. First used in force by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, Army helicopters are now advanced sufficiently to provide a highly mobile, long-range, day/night lethal anti-armor fire capability that is coupled with the use of cannon and 2.75-inch rockets. Helicopters also offer heretofore undreamed of battlefield mobility. They assume increasing importance because of their ability to rapidly transport troops in Europe from one point to another in response to a potential Soviet attack as well as in inaccessible areas determined by contingency requirements.

Initially the ground laser designator was designed for use on a stationary tripod; however, lasers have been gaining mobility since their incorporation into the Army's fire support vehicles, where these highly mobile forward observers can direct the Army's second category of Hellfire missiles, which consist of modular laser equipment. To date these Hellfire missiles have been used exclusively by the Marine Corps. Hellfire's greater lethality, increased firing rates, improved range, versatility, and greater speed make it a marked advancement over the older TOW missile.

The Lightweight Multipurpose Weapon M136 (AT4) is a portable, short-range assault weapon that fires an 84-mm. cartridge from an expendable tube that also serves as the weapon launcher. It is a Swedish-manufactured shoulder-fired recoilless weapon used against light armor and materiel targets. It incorporates a disposable launcher and a cartridge case that contains a fin-stabilized, high-explosive, shaped-charge projectile. The weapon weighs 14.6 pounds and has a lethal effective range of more than 300 meters. It replaces the less powerful and shorter range Light Antitank Weapon (LAW) M72. Production is under way in Sweden, and initial fielding to U.S. Army units began in early 1987. Production in the United States is expected to commence during FY 1988.

This year the Army fielded the 120-mm. mortar program as a non-developmental (procured off the shelf) item to replace the obsolete M30 4.2-inch mortar system. The 120-mm. will be added to the 60-mm. and 81-mm. mortar systems currently in units. The 120-mm. mortar system will be available in both a towed carriage and in a carrier version. The system improves range, weight, mobility, smoke and illumination performance, and high explosive lethality. Total procurement will be slightly over 2,600 weapons. Fielding this program includes development of an enhanced family of 120-mm. mortar ammunition.

The United States and the United Kingdom agreed to collaborate in producing an improved version of the M252, 81-mm. mortar system for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. The M252 provides indirect fire capability for armor, mechanized infantry, airborne, and light infantry forces. Most notable are its increased range and greater lethality compared to the older M29 system, 81-mm. mortar. Nevertheless, recent reductions in the Army budget may prevent the service from meeting its agreement with the British to purchase 4,000 mortars and 2.1 million high explosive rounds or their monetary equivalent for use in establishing a domestic production base. Procurement delays will deny the Army indirect fire support at the company level in standard and mechanized infantry units in the new light infantry divisions. Since training exercises at the present rate will deplete war reserves by the next fiscal year, the effect of the delayed production cycle is expected to retard significantly both training and combat readiness.

The U.S. had halted the production of chemical weapons in 1969, but on 22 May 1987, NATO defense ministers approved a U.S. plan to resume the production of chemical weapons. The binary weapons are composed of two chemicals that are nontoxic by themselves but, in combination, create a lethal nerve gas for bombs or artillery shells.

its weapons to equip its personnel with state-of-the-art weaponry. Thus, the Army has improved the lethality, mobility, surveillance, and target acquisition of its weapons and, in the process, has moved toward an electronic battlefield that demands that the individual soldier's responsibilities increase together with a greater, yet more effective, span of control. 041b061a72


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