Written by: Paul Minor
What follows is a sampling of some of the latest weapons and
in use by CT teams, SWAT teams and other specwar organizations in 2020.
This article is meant as a companion to Techno
Jihad. So, if any of the groups, terms or tactics mentioned in this
work seem confusing, reference Techno Jihad first. As implied by the
this work looks at weapons and equipment used primarily in the field of
counter-terrorism. However, much of this equipment is useful outside of
that field, and can easily be integrated into any campaign. Just as a
note: SCUBA equipment for use with SEAL teams will not be covered here,
since Morninman has already written an excellent article called Oceanpunk,
which covers SCUBA equipment thoroughly. Enjoy!
|Heckler & Koch MP-2013SD: 600eb
The MP-5 series of sub-machineguns has seen more counter-terrorist
the world over than any other weapon. It is only natural that it's
descendent, the MP-2013, carry on the tradition. The MP-2013 differs
from the original MP-5 in design, except that it has been chambered for
10mm rather than 9mm. Some of the MP-2013's improvements are it's
plastic body and integral silencing. The most common model used in
forces is the MP-2013SD. The SD's main difference is that it includes a
flash suppressor and an improved silencer (cannot be heard without
This makes the weapon slightly longer than normal, and also decreases
weapon's range by about 50m. The flash suppressor is a great asset to
ops units raiding buildings where any spark might send the structure
high (drug labs, chemical storage dumps, bomb making facilities, etc).
The MP-2013SD can be seen in service with the SAS, SBS and GSG9 as well
as with the DEA, and SWAT teams around the world.
|Heckler & Koch OHWS Mk 30: 600eb
In August 2020, Heckler & Koch, Inc. was awarded its third
consecutive contract with the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
the development of the Offensive Handgun Weapon System (OHWS).USSOCOM
the activities of some of America's most elite military units,
the Navy SEALs, Air Force Special Operations Wing, and the Army Green
Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation. The "OHWS" consists of three
components: a .45 caliber pistol, a laser aiming module (LAM), and a
and flash suppressor. The laser-aiming module can be switched to
mode at the touch of a button. The pistol also includes a separate
and decocker lever that allows silent decocking.
Colt AR-23 Multi-Envirnoment Assault Weapon:
Manufactured by Colt exclusively for Navy SEAL team 6, the AR-23 is
designed to function perfectly and accurately even under extreme
such as prolonged immersion in water, mud, sand, and other substances
corrosive ones). The design of this assault carbine is somewhere
an assault rifle and a SMG, resembling a short, bullpup configured
The AR-23 features Colt's new Advanced Loading System (ALS) which uses
a special "self-sealing" magazine that can be loaded in various
even while still underwater. Other features of the AR-23 include: A
electronic sight, an integral silencer / flash suppressor, a collapsing
stock, and even ergonomic rubber grips for extra control.
|FN P-96S: 600eb
The FN P-96S is the direct descendent of the P-90 "personal weapon."
The original P-90 was actually designed for vehicle crews and other
who did not have a use for a full size assault rifle. As it turns out
P-90 became an excellent choice for security forces, who could pack a
of punch with a relatively compact weapon. The updated version of this
weapon, the P-96S, has become the weapon of choice for GIGN agents
of its compact size and versatility. The "S" designation indicates the
Special Forces version, which includes an integral silencer and a laser
Flash-Bang / CS Gas Grenade: 25eb
This grenade, which has been used widely by the SAS for years,
the effects of a flash-bang grenade and a tear gas canister. The
goes off with a bright flash and a deafening bang (stun save at -3 to
being blinded and deafened for 40 seconds) while simultaneously
CS tear gas into the area. This grenade is often used in hostage
allowing the counter-terrorists to stun their target for a split
so that the threat can be eliminated before causing any harm to the
(Unfortunately the hostages usually have to suffer the effects of the
too, but hey, nobody is perfect.). This combination of the flash-bang
and tear gas can effectively create chaos among its targets, allowing a
well organized team to easily eliminate the threat.
IEC Advanced Air Filtration Unit: 500eb
This gas mask integrates the best in toxin removal technology with
end SmartGoggles resulting in the best mask on the market today. The
design incorporates streamlined, nanoid saturated filters, for
effectiveness (over 95%) against breathable toxins. This design also
the elimination of bulky canisters from the front of the mask,
comfort and mobility. The mask also evaluates the air being breathed by
the wearer, analyzing its chemical makeup, toxicity, etc. This
is displayed, along with relevant warnings, to the wearer via a Times
system in the SmartGoggles. The goggles also feature full-spectrum
a smartgun link and a targeting scope.
Waterproof Digital Infrared Camera: 1100eb
Designed for the Navy SEALs, this digital camera can be used
down to 166 feet. The camera can be set to either IR or normal
and can be switched between single frame or video mode. The user
the camera to a specially modified diving mask (100eb for the
allowing HUD style viewing. The camera also has a standard 10x
option, a wide-angle option and fiber optic flexi-lens attachments. It
can store up to 30 min of video, or 500 still images.
Navy Mark-XII Advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicle:
The Mark-XII ASDV is a submersible that carries combat swimmers and their cargo inside a fully flooded compartment. The vehicles launch and return to dry-deck shelters installed on host submarines. Inside the submersible, the pilot can jack in to the standard cyber-linkage system and can take advantage of a variety of sensors, including sonar, IR, UV and thermal imaging. Navigation is provided by the MUGR, a Miniature Underwater GPS Receiver. The Mark-XII is used by all Navy SEAL teams as well as by the British SBS, the French GIGN and covert teams around the world.
|Top Speed:||20 mph||Acc/Dcc||5/15|
|Mass:||3 Tons||Cost:||1.2 million|
Daimler Benz GS-182 Snowmobile
The GS-128 has become the industry standard for European Special Forces units operating in arctic climates. This high-speed military snowmobile can blaze over the roughest terrain at over 60 mph with one passenger. The GS-182 uses a CHOO2 burning system, but can be switched to a high output electric motor for quiet running. This snowmobile comes with a standard radio and ECM system. It is common practice to mount two people per snowmobile: one man driving and one man with his SMG ready.
|Top Speed:||65 mph||Acc/Dcc||18/30|
|Mass:||140 kg||Cost:||12,000 eb|