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List of equipment of the United States Army

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The United States Army uses various equipment in the course of their work.

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Small arms


Model Image Caliber Type Origin Details
M17, M18
9×19mm NATO Pistol  United States SIG Sauer P320 – Winner of the Modular Handgun System program; replacing all M9 and M11 pistols across all branches of the US Military[1]
Glock 26
9×19mm NATO Pistol  Austria Glock 26 – limited use by special operations forces[2][3][4][5]
Glock 19
9×19mm NATO Pistol  Austria Glock 19 – widespread use in special operations forces/replacing the Sig Sauer P226 and Colt M45A1[6][5]
Glock 17
9×19mm NATO Pistol  Austria Glock 17 – limited use by special operations forces[5]
Submachine guns
B&T APC9 Pro-K
9×19mm NATO Submachine gun  United States
Used in Military Police and Security Details as Sub Compact Weapon (SCW)[7]
As of 2019 the United States has adopted a small number for use.
9×19mm NATO Submachine gun  United States Used in night operations, close quarters, hostage rescue, and escort[citation needed]
Assault rifles, battle rifles
6.8x51mm Assault rifle  United States Future standard service rifle, replacing the M4A1 for close combat forces. Winner of the NGSW program in April 2022.[8]
5.56×45mm NATO Assault rifle, Carbine  United States Standard service rifle. To be partially replaced by the XM7, winner of the Next Generation Squad Weapon Program[9]
Mk 17 Mod 0
7.62×51mm NATO Battle rifle  Belgium
 United States
Used by US Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, and Delta Force[10]
5.56×45mm NATO Assault rifle  Germany Used by Delta Force[11]
5.56×45mm NATO Assault rifle  United States Former standard service rifle. Limited use with Army National Guard and certain reserve units.[12]
5.56×45mm NATO, .300 AAC Blackout Assault rifle  United States Used by special operations forces[13][14][15]
12-gauge Pump action shotgun  United States In use[16]
12-gauge Semi-automatic shotgun  Italy In use[17][18][19]
12-gauge Modular accessory shotgun system  United States Attaches to M4 or standalone[20]
Machine guns
6.8x51mm Light machine gun  United States Future light machine gun, winner of the NGSW program in April 2022.[8]
5.56×45mm NATO Light machine gun, Squad automatic weapon  Belgium
 United States
Belt-fed, but can be used with STANAG magazines. To be replaced by the XM250, winner of the Next Generation Squad Weapon Program[21]
7.62×51mm NATO General purpose medium machine gun  Belgium
 United States
12.7×99mm NATO (.50 BMG) Heavy machine gun  United States Mounted on vehicles or tripods.[citation needed]
Designated marksman rifles and sniper rifles
Mk 14 EBR
7.62×51mm NATO Designated marksman rifle  United States Variant of the M14 rifle. To be replaced with the M110A1 SDMR[23]
7.62×51mm NATO, 6.5mm Creedmoor Semi-automatic Sniper rifle  United States KAC SR-25. Originally planned to be replaced with the M110A1 CSASS[24]
M110A1 SDMR / M110A1 CSASS
7.62×51mm NATO Designated marksman rifle, Sniper rifle  Germany Based on HK G28 (a variant of HK417). Two variants of M110A1 have been seen, M110A1 CSASS (meant to replace M110 SASS)[24] and M110A1 SDMR (meant to replace MK14 EBR)[23]
7.62×51mm NATO Sniper rifle  United States Remington 700. Reconfigured into M2010 ESR[25]
M2010 ESR
.300 Winchester Magnum Sniper rifle  United States Reconfigured M24 rifles[25]
Mk 13
.300 Winchester Magnum Sniper rifle  United Kingdom Accuracy International Chassis System version 2.0 mated to a long action Remington 700 receiver.[26]
Mk 20 SSR
7.62×51mm NATO, 6.5mm Creedmoor Tactical precision rifle, Designated marksman rifle  Belgium
 United States
Mk 21 PSR
7.62×51mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum Sniper rifle  United States Remington MSR
Mk 22 ASR / Mk 22 PSR
7.62×51mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum Sniper rifle  United States Barret MRAD
Barrett M82/M107
12.7×99mm NATO (.50 BMG) Anti materiel sniper rifle  United States


Model Image Caliber Type Origin Details
Grenade-based weapons
Mk 19
40mm Automatic grenade launcher  United States Belt-fed.[28]
Mk 47 Striker
40mm Automatic grenade launcher  United States Equipped with fire-control system
40mm Grenade launcher  United States Single-shot underbarrel grenade launcher[29]
MK 13 EGLM 40mm grenade launcher  Belgium
 United States
Single-shot underbarrel or stand-alone grenade launcher, notably compatible with the MK 17
40mm Grenade launcher  Germany
 United States
Single-shot underbarrel or stand-alone grenade launcher, notably compatible with the HK416
Fragmentation grenade  United States
Scalable Offensive Hand Grenade Modular fragmentation grenade  United States The Army awarded a contract for 76,935 of the scalable grenades in 2023.[30]
Smoke grenade  United States
Flashbang  United States
Portable anti-materiel weapons
M136 AT4
84mm Anti-tank weapon  Sweden
83.5mm Anti-fortification  United States Single-shot shoulder-launched weapon designed to defeat hardened structures. Based on the SMAW.
66mm Anti-tank weapon  United States
84x246mm R Anti-tank recoilless rifle  Sweden [31]
152mm Wire-guided anti-tank missile  United States
FGM-148 Javelin
127mm Fire-and-forget anti-tank missile  United States
FIM-92 Stinger
70mm Anti-aircraft missile  United States 471+[32]


Model Image Caliber Type Origin Numbers Notes
Self Propelled Artillery (731)
M109A6 Paladin
155 mmL/39 Self-propelled howitzer  United States 500 500 are in service
155 mmL/39 Self-propelled howitzer  United States 231 231 M109A7 Paladins in active service as of November 12, 2023.
155 mmL/58 Field artillery ammunition supply vehicle  United States 48 [33]
Towed Artillery (668)
105 mmL/30.5 Towed howitzer  United Kingdom
 United States
417 M119A2/3
155 mmL/39 Towed howitzer  United Kingdom
 United States
251 M777A2
Rocket Artillery (458)
227 mm

240 mm 610 mm430 mm (future)

Multiple Launch Rocket System  United States 188 M270A1/A2. Armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher.
227 mm

610 mm 240 mm (future) 430 mm (future)

Multiple Launch Rocket System  United States 270 M270 pod mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.
Air defense & Mortars
81 mm/120 mm Recoil mortar system,

Mortar Carrier

 United States
320 Mounted on Stryker[34]
M1287 Mortar Carrier Vehicle
120 mm Mortar Carrier  Israel
 United States
386 [35][36]


System mounted on AMPV, replacing the M1064, 69 rounds in storage [37]
120 mm Mortar turret module  United States 20 [38]
60 mm Dismounted mortar  United States Unknown
81 mm Dismounted mortar  United Kingdom 990 [40]
120 mm Dismounted mortar /

Mortar carrier

 Israel 1,076 [40] Includes the M1064, 81 mm equipped
20×102 mm C-RAM with rotary cannon system  United States Unknown Trailer-mounted version of the Phalanx CIWS
70 mm Self-propelled SHORAD  United States 453 [32] System mounted on HMMWV
180 mm

70 mm 30×113 mm, 7.62×51 mm NATO

Self-propelled SHORAD  United States
144 [42] System mounted on Stryker A1, system made by Leonardo DRS.[43]

Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) equipped with:

410 mm Mobile, long-range surface-to-air missile with anti-ballistic missile capability  United States 480 [32]
340 mm /

370 mm

Mobile, long-range anti-ballistic missile  United States 42 [32]


Name Image Origin Type Caliber Quantity Details
Tanks (2,657)
M1 Abrams
 United States Main battle tank 120 mm 2,645 2,645 total, 540 M1A1 SA, 1,605 M1A2 SEPv2, about 500 M1A2 SEPv3.
M10 Booker
 United States Light tank/assault gun 105 mm 12 prototypes
  • First of 96 M10 ordered delivered in April 2024.[45]
  • 504 M10 planned in total. [46]
  • To enter active service in summer 2025.[47]
Infantry Fighting Vehicles
M1120 Stryker
 Canada /  United States Armored personnel carrierinfantry fighting vehicle hybrid 4,169 100 Stryker MGS / 545 Stryker RV / 83 Stryker Dragoon / 7 Stryker MCWS / 1,789 Stryker ICV / 348 Stryker CV / 188 Stryker FSV / 304 Stryker MEV / 168 Stryker ESV / 234 Stryker NBCRV / 133 Stryker ATGM/441 Stryker MC / 18 M-SHORAD 169 donated to Ukraine [32]
M2 Bradley
 United States Infantry fighting vehicle 25 mm/152 mm Active: 2521[48] 2,500 M2A2/A3 and 21 M2A4[48]

2,000 more in store

M3 Bradley
 United States Reconnaissance infantry fighting vehicle 25 mm/152 mm Active: 1,200

Reserve: 800

1,200 M3A2/A3

800 M3A2/A3 in store[32]

Armoured Personnel Carriers
Armored Ground Mobility System  Austria Armored Ground Mobility System Used by Delta Force
Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
 United Kingdom
 United States
Armored personnel carrier 276[49] 2907 planned in all variants [36]
  • 522 M1283 General Purpose
  • 790 M1284 Medical Evacuation
  • 216 M1285 Medical Treatment
  • 993 M1286 Mission Command
  • 386 M1287 Mortar Carrier
 United States Armored personnel carrier 4800[48] 8,000 more in store[48]
M1117 Guardian
 United States Internal security vehicle 2900 [48]
M1200 Armored Knight
 United States Armored reconnaissance vehicle 465 [32]
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles
International MaxxPro
 United States Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle 2,934 [32]
 United States Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle 5,641 [32]
 United States Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle 650 [50][citation needed]
 South Africa Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle 516 operated by the army[51] 1,679 under MRAP procurement and 570 ONS Army; at least 894 Mk5E are required for conversion into MMPV Type II by the Army[51]
 South Africa Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle 2,386 (all services)[51] 712 will be retained by the Army as MMPV Type 1.[51]
Light Vehicles
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
 United States Light utility vehicle ~125,000 Around 40% of those remaining in service are armored; the armored HMMWVs in service are to be replaced by the JLTV.
Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle
 United States Light utility vehicle 12,500[32] Will partially replace the Humvee. Oshkosh Defense was awarded JLTV contract on 25 August 2015 for up to 16,901 JLTVs. The procurement objective is a total of 53,582; 49,099 for the U.S. Army and 4,483 for the U.S. Marine Corps.[52]
M1288 GMV 1.1
 United States Light utility vehicle Replaces the Humvee-based Ground Mobility Vehicle in USSOCOM
M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle
 United States Light utility vehicle
M1301 Infantry Squad Vehicle
 United States Light utility vehicle 649 (procurement objective) Based on Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 platform. Designed to provide greater mobility to Infantry Brigade Combat Teams.[53]
Ranger Special Operations Vehicle
 United Kingdom Light utility vehicle 60 (delivered)
Logistics Vehicles
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
 United States Military truck 108,800 (Active in all services) Oshkosh Defense – >23,400 trucks/>11,400 trailers (current manufacturer). 74,000 trucks and trailers by legacy manufacturers. Figures include National Guard and Air Force.[54]
Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck
 United States Military truck >27,000 (new build and remanufactured)[55] Figures include National Guard and Air Force
M1070 Heavy Equipment Transporter
 United States Military truck 4,079 (delivered; not all remain in service)[56] 2,488 M1070A0 tractors and >2,600 M1000 trailers delivered of which at least 1,009 tractors and >1000 trailers have been Reset. 1,591 M1070A1 delivered. Figures include National Guard and Air Force.
M939 series 5-ton 6×6 truck
 United States Military truck 25,000[54] Intention is to replace with the Oshkosh FMTV. Figures include National Guard and Air Force.
Palletized Load System
 United States Military truck
Small Unit Support vehicle
 Sweden All-terrain vehicle
Engineering Vehicles
M88 Hercules
 United States Armored recovery vehicle Active: 1,274

Reserve: 1,000

914 M88A2 / 360 M88A1

1,000 M88A1 in storage[32]

M9 Armored Combat Earthmover
 United States Combat engineering vehicle 250 [32]
 United States /
Armored bulldozer
M60 Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge
 United States Armored vehicle-launched bridge 230 [32]
M104 Wolverine
 United States Armored vehicle-launched bridge 40 [32]
M1074 Joint Assault Bridge System
 United States Armored vehicle-launched bridge 93 [32]
M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle
 United States Mine-clearing vehicle 149 [32]
Aardvark JSFU
 United Kingdom Mine-clearing vehicle 3+ [32]
Husky VMMD
 South Africa Mine-clearing vehicle [32]
Hydrema MCV 910
 Denmark Mine-clearing vehicle 3 [32]
M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge
 United States Mine-clearing vehicle [32]

MRAP vehicles

The Pentagon bought 25,000 MRAP vehicles since 2007 in 25 variants through rapid acquisition with no long-term plans for the platforms. The Army plans to divest 7,456 vehicles and retain 8,585. Of the total number of vehicles the Army is to keep, 5,036 are to be put in storage, 1,073 used for training and the remainder spread across the active force. The Oshkosh M-ATV will be kept the most at 5,681 vehicles, as it is smaller and lighter than other MRAPs for off-road mobility. The other most retained vehicle will be the Navistar MaxxPro Dash with 2,633 vehicles and 301 Maxxpro ambulances. Other MRAPs such as the Cougar, BAE Caiman, and larger MaxxPros will be disposed.[57]

Vehicle-mounted weapons


The U.S. Army operates some fixed-wing aircraft and many helicopters.[58]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Introduced Version Quantity Note
Fixed-wing aircraft
C-12 Huron
 United States Cargo/Transport 1972 C-12
C-20 Gulfstream
 United States Cargo/Transport 1992 C-20H 1[59]
Gulfstream C-20
 United States Cargo/Transport 1997 C-20H 1[60]
C-26 Metroliner
 United States Cargo/Transport 1980s C-26E 12[59]
C-27J Spartan
 Italy Cargo/Transport 2008 C-27J 7[59]
 Spain Cargo/Transport 2002 C-41A 5[59]
 Canada Reconnaissance 1975 EO-5C 3[59] Previously designated as RC-7B
G 120TP
 Germany trainer 6[59]
RC-12 Huron
 United States Reconnaissance 1974 RC-12D
 Canada Reconnaissance 2020 RO-6A 11[59]
Cessna UC-35
 United States Utility aircraft 1987 UC-35A
AH-6 Little Bird
 United States Attack helicopter 1980 MH/AH-6M 47[59] 74 on order[59]
AH-64 Apache
 United States Attack helicopter 1986 AH-64D
824[59] 15 on order[59]
CH-47 Chinook
 United States Cargo helicopter 1962 CH-47D
EH-60 Black Hawk
 United States Electronic-warfare helicopter 1979 EH-60A 64
MH-47 Chinook
 United States Multi-mission helicopter 1962 MH-47G 36[61]
UH-60 Black Hawk
 United States Utility helicopter 1979 UH-60A
1227 planned
UH-72 Lakota
 United States
 European Union
Utility helicopter 2007 UH-72A 470[59] 38 on order[59]

87 used for training.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
AeroVironment Switchblade
 United States Loitering munition 2012 4400+
RQ-11B Raven
 United States Hand-launched UAV 2003 5000
Prioria Robotics Maveric
 United States Hand-launched UAV 36 [64]
RQ-20A Puma
 United States Hand-launched UAV 2007 325
RQ-7B Shadow
 United States Reconnaissance UAV 2002 236
MQ-1C Gray Eagle
 United States Extended-Range Multi-Purpose UAV 2009 204 [65]
CQ-10 SnowGoose
 United States 28 [65]
XPV-1 Tern
 United States 15 [65]
XPV-2 Mako  United States 14 [65]
  • (numbers as per individual articles)

Number of aircraft

As of 4 April 2019, the Army has;

  • 193 – Fixed-wing/STOL aircraft +
  • 3,372 – Rotary-wing/helicopters =
  • 3,565 – Total crewed aircraft +
  • 10,441 – UAVs/UCAVs/drones =
  • 14,006 – Grand total of aircraft


The Army also operates several vessel classes.[66]

Class Image Type Versions Quantity
General Frank S. Besson Class
Logistics support vessel 2[clarification needed] 8
Stalwart Class
Ocean surveillance ship 1
Runnymede Class
Landing craft utility 35
MGen. Nathanael Greene Class
Large tug 6


Current attire
Name Pattern name(s) Pattern Image Notes
Army Combat Uniform (ACU) Operational Camouflage Pattern
The OCP uniform was originally codenamed Scorpion W2 in the early 2000s. In response to soldiers' complaints about the ineffectiveness of the Universal Camouflage Pattern that had been in service for the past decade, the army conducted a program between uniform manufacturers in 2015 to find a replacement. The OCP pattern was declared the winner and began to be rolled out in June 2015 and became mandatory in September 2019.[67]
Army Combat Shirt (ACS) Operational Camouflage Pattern
Army Aircrew Combat Uniform (A2CU) Operational Camouflage Pattern
A2CU replaces the Improved Aviation Battle Dress Uniform.
ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System / Extended Climate Warfighter Clothing System) Operational Camouflage Pattern
Physical Fitness Uniform

The standard garrison service uniform is known as "Army Greens" or "Class-As". The "Army Blue" uniform, is currently the Army's formal dress uniform, but in 2009 it replaced the Army Green and the Army White uniforms (a uniform similar to the Army Green uniform, but worn in tropical postings) and became the new Army Service Uniform, which functions as both a garrison uniform (when worn with a white shirt and necktie) and a dress uniform (when worn with a white shirt and either a necktie for parades or a bow tie for "after six" or "black tie" events). The Patrol Cap is worn with the ACU for garrison duty; and the beret with the Army Service Uniform for non-ceremonial functions. The Army Blue Service Cap, is allowed for wear by any soldier ranked CPL or above at the discretion of the commander.

Body armor

Name Pattern name(s) Pattern Image Notes
ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet)
MICH (Modular Integrated Communications Helmet)
ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet)
FAST (Future Assault Shell Technology)
IHPS (Integrated Head Protection System)
Body Armor
Name Pattern name(s) Pattern Image Notes
IBA/OTV (Interceptor Body Armor / Outer Tactical Vest)
IOTV (Improved Outer Tactical Vest)
MBAV (Modular Body Armor Vest)
SPCS (Soldier Plate Carrier System)
MSV (Modular Scalable Vest)

Field equipment

Modular sleep system

A Modular Sleep System in use

The Modular Sleep System (MSS) is a sleeping bag kit part of the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (Gen I to Gen III) used by the United States Army and manufactured by Tennier Industries. It consists of a camouflaged, waterproof, breathable bivy cover, a lightweight patrol sleeping bag, and an intermediate cold-weather sleeping bag (note that the color differs depending on the vintage of the gear). Compression sacks are included to store and carry the system. The MSS is available in a variety of camouflage patterns. The patrol bag provides weather protection from 35–50 °F (2–10 °C). The intermediate bag provides cold weather protection from −5–35 °F (−21–2 °C). Combining the patrol bag and intermediate bags provides extreme cold weather protection in temperatures as low as −30 °F (−34 °C). The bivy cover can be used with each of three MSS configurations (patrol, intermediate, or combined) to provide environmental protection from wind and water. The sleeping bags are made of ripstop nylon fabrics and continuous-filament polyester insulation; the camouflage bivy cover is made with waterproof, breathable, coated or laminated nylon fabric; the compression sacks are made with water-resistant and durable nylon fabrics.[68]

3D printing

In November 2012, the U.S. Army developed a tactical 3D printing capability to allow it to rapidly manufacture critical components on the battlefield.[69] Additive manufacturing is now a capability at Rock Island Arsenal[70] where parts can now be manufactured outside a factory including:

  • M1A1 Abrams tank turret[70]
  • 40 mm grenade launcher[70]

Future acquisitions

The U.S. Army has announced plans to replace numerous weapons in its arsenal, such as the M4 Carbine and M2 Bradley IFV.

Future Acquisitions
Small Arms
Name Image Type Origin Notes
Next Generation Squad Weapon[71]
Assault Rifle, Support Weapon  United States The Next Generation Squad Weapon Program is a United States military program created to replace the M4, M249, M240, and 5.56mm round, as well as provide new digital rifle optics.[72][73]
Personal Equipment
Integrated Visual Augmentation System[74]
Augmented Reality Headset, Personal Equipment  United States The Integrated Visual Augmentation System is a military development of the Microsoft Hololens 2 headset. It provides new sensor and communication capabilities to individual soldiers.[75]

See also


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