Russia’s new weapon of choice – the #Kalashnikov AK-12 – an annotated infographic

Good news – that is, if you enjoy shooting Ukrainian soldiers in the face. If that’s not your bag, the news that the Russian military has declared that the AK-12 assault rifle will soon replace the AK-74 as its new weapon of choice may largely leave you as cold as a Siberian gulag. The AK-12 will become the standard-issue infantry rifle to troops in service with the Russian military. The rifle is capable of firing both Russian and NATO-calibre ammunition. It’s nice to have that choice, really. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Russia’s new weapon of choice – the #Kalashnikov AK-12 – an annotated infographic

China dredging to reclaim land in disputed Spratly islands – an annotated infographic

China is conducting dredging operations to reclaim land at six locations in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. The largest project – begun at at Fiery Cross Reef in August – is an artificial island big enough for a 3,000-metre-long runway and harbour. The collection of approximately 45 Spratly islands and reefs have no indigenous inhabitants, but offer rich fishing grounds and may also contain significant oil and natural gas reserves. That goes more than a little way to explaining China’s tenacious interest in holding on to them, in the face of ongoing territorial disputes with Taiwan, … Continue reading China dredging to reclaim land in disputed Spratly islands – an annotated infographic