It will be clear to those visiting the biennial Eurosatory land armaments show here this month (June 14-18) that the war in Afghanistan is a major factor in current defense research, development and procurement—more so, perhaps, than the war in Iraq. Reasons include geography: Weapon systems are being designed or modified to cope with hot-high conditions and dust in summer, cold and snow in winter, and mountainous terrain with steep slopes and narrow valleys. Weapons are also being adapted ...


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