Defense: Weapons for Present & Future

Even as the nation custom tailors new weapons for the particular problems of war in Viet Nam, armament engineers are busily fashioning others to help deter future conflicts. Last week the Pentagon showed off the latest results of both efforts.

For Viet Nam. The AH-1G Huey-Cobra, a waspish two-man whirlybird with a top speed of 219 m.p.h., can pack a 4,000-round-per-minute machine gun, a grenade launcher and 76 air-to-ground 2.75-in. rockets. Faster and deadlier than any other helicopter in use in Viet Nam, the Cobra is also far safer for pilots. For Viet Cong gunners it is a tough...

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