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    Post  Militarov on Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:54 pm

    "The Fort Bragg military base in the US state of North Carolina was placed on security alert on Saturday after a soldier tried to enter the base dressed as a suicide bomber for Halloween. The soldier's costume, which included a fake explosive vest, prompted a response from an explosives ordinance disposal team, Fort Bragg said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Last evening a Soldier attemped to gain access to Fort Bragg through one of our access control points. The Soldier was dressed as a suicide bomber with similated explosive vest. "The incident resulted in an emergency response, EOD clearing the entire scene and an extended closure of a gate. Although the incident remains under investigation, initial reports indicate it was a Halloween costume.



    The statement said "costumes of this sort are not allowed at Fort Bragg" and that all costumes must be "tasteful". "The senior commander of Fort Bragg further directs that soldiers not wear costumes of this sort off post and strongly encourages soldiers, DA civilians, and family members to follow the same guidance to prevent similar issues within our neighboring communities."




    Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11968345/Fort-Bragg-military-base-placed-on-alert-after-soldier-dressed-as-suicide-bomber-for-Halloween.html

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    Post  Militarov on Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:02 pm

    "Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to supply additional AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radars to the US Army. Under the $85m contract, the company will supply seven Q-53 systems to help ensure that the platform continues to keep troops safe from persistent insurgent attacks. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Q-53 programme manager Bob Stelmack said: “Soldiers can rapidly deploy the truck-mounted Q-53 and quickly determine the source of enemy fire. “The 55 systems Lockheed Martin has delivered to the US Army give troops proven, advanced protection when they need it most.” In addition, the company was also selected in June to upgrade 19 of the army’s Q-53 radars. Previously known as EQ-36, AN/TPQ-53 is a quick reaction capability (QRC) mobile radar system designed to detect, classify and track in-flight projectiles fired from mortar, artillery and rocket systems using a 90° or continuous 360° sector search.



    The radar provides target location of indirect fire systems with sufficient accuracy, enabling effective detection and counter-battery actions in the battlefield. Mounted on a 5t truck, the solid-state phased-array radar can be rapidly deployed, automatically levelled and remotely controlled with a laptop computer or from a fully equipped climate-controlled command vehicle. The Q-53 radars have been deployed by the US Army during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lockheed received the Q-53 development contract in 2007, and has since been awarded four additional contracts, for a total of 97 platforms, and claims to have delivered 55 systems on-time and on-budget to the US Army. Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at the company’s facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, US, while the delivery schedule remains undisclosed."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/us-army-orders-additional-q-53-counterfire-radars.html

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    Post  max steel on Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:43 pm

    40mm Missile Extends Grenade Launcher’s Range Beyond 2,000 Meters


    Raytheon Company successfully fired two Pike 40 mm precision-guided munitions from a standard tube grenade launcher during flight tests at Mile High Resources in Texas. Both rounds landed within the targeted impact area after flying more than 2,300 yards. (2.1 km). Weighing less than two pounds and measuring just 16.8 inches (42.6 cm) in length, Pike can be fired from a conventional, single-shot grenade launcher such as the M320 orEGLM (Enhanced Grenade Launching Module). The maximum range of M320 grenade launcher is 437 Yards (350 meters).




    Pike uses a digital, semi-active laser seeker to engage both fixed and slow-moving, mid-range targets. The missile’s rocket motor ignites eight to 10 feet after launch and is nearly smokeless for reduced launch signature. Photo: Raytheon
    “Pike uses a digital, semi-active laser seeker to engage both fixed and slow-moving, mid-range targets,” said J. R. Smith, Raytheon’s Advanced Land Warfare Systems director. “This new guided munition can provide the warfighter with precision, extended-range capability never before seen in a hand-held weapon on the battlefield. Pike will become smarter and smarter as we continue to develop its capabilities,” said Smith. “In the current configuration, the warfighter will enter programmable laser codes prior to loading Pike into its launcher. Spiral development calls for multiple-round simultaneous programming and targeting with data link capabilities.”

    Pike’s rocket motor ignites eight to 10 feet after launch and is nearly smokeless for reduced launch signature.

    Additional Pike upgrades include the ability to fire it from platform-mounted launchers on small boats, all-terrain vehicles and small unmanned aircraft systems. The missile will extend the effective range of grenade launchers currently reaching 1,600 yards (1.5 km) using ballistic computing sights.



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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:15 pm

    The underside of the US Army and other branches of the US military. This is the WT part of the US MSM reporting it, not Counterpunch of VT.

    Far more military men are being raped by other men and experience other sexual traumas than is reported by the Pentagon because of the stigma attached to such assaults, says a new study released Tuesday by the American Psychological Association.

    “Rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness,” the APA said in releasing findings published in its periodical Psychological Services.

    If the survey of male combat veterans is accurate, it could mean the U.S. armed forces are dealing with an epidemic of male-on-male sex crimes.


    There is a lot more on this at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/3/gay-rape-military-underreported-pentagon/?page=all

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    Post  Militarov on Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:55 pm

    "A U.S. Apache helicopter crashed in central South Korea on Monday, killing its pilot and another crew member, police and military officials said. The attack helicopter went down in the county of Wonju in Gangwon province, the officials said.



    About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea in joint defense with the South’s forces against North Korea. The two Koreas are in a technical state of war under a truce after their 1950-53 Korean War. On Monday, South Korea’s military conducted artillery live-fire drills on islands near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, ignoring Pyongyang’s threat to fire back if any of the shells landed in its waters."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-army-ah-64-attack-helicopter-crashed-in-south-korea-2-killed.html

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    Post  max steel on Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:56 pm

    Army Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crashes on a training exercise in Texas on 2 December.

    US military loses seventh aircraft to accidents in a month

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    Post  Militarov on Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:46 am

    "The next step in the saga that is the U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance Low program has unfolded. On November 5, the Army awarded Leidos a massive $661.84 million contract in support of Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). The ARL-E project follows from the Army’s failed attempt to replace the ARL platform with the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), which was canceled in 2006.

    Under this contract, Leidos will provide the Army with ARL-E design, architecture engineering, configuration management, system integration, testing, and technical and logistics support. It is one of the first major contracts to be awarded under the ARL-E procurement, which the Army first began budgeting in its FY15 requests. The system, based on the Q400 (DHC-Cool platform, will eventually replace the older DHC-7-based ARL-M. Eight or nine ARL-Es are eventually expected to be produced, with system deliveries stretching into the early 2020s. An optimistic forecast schedule will not see the first ARL-E delivery until 2018.



    In related developments, in September, Northrop Grumman was selected by the Army to begin development of a new Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) system for the ARL-E, known as the Long-Range Radar (LRR). At the time, Steve McCoy, vice president of tactical sensor solutions at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, said, “Our low-risk, affordable solution combines mature active electronically scanned array [AESA] technology with operationally proven hardware and software to meet all-weather and long-range ISR requirements.”

    Northrop Grumman’s LRR will combine aspects of the company’s Generation 2 Vehicle and Dismount and Exploitation Radar (VADER) back-end electronics and software with a new AESA. This approach ensures that Northrop Grumman can meet the rapid pace of ARL-E platform development as currently outlined by the Army. By using the core electronics of an in-use, field-tested system in combination with a new T/R array, Northrop Grumman’s testing period will be shortened considerably. VADER’s software and hardware will only need to be calibrated or scaled to function optimally with the new array’s characteristics."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-armys-next-c4isr-platform-the-arl-e-becoming-a-reality.html

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    Post  max steel on Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:50 pm

    Obama’s Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons Gamble

    President Barack Obama will propose spending cuts for many federal programs in the 2016 budget request he’ll send to Congress on Monday, but not for nuclear weapons. Quite the contrary, Obama’s administration is proposing to go on a nuclear weapons spending spree. This is an expensive and profound mistake, and one that ignores the limited contribution that nuclear weapons make to U.S. security.The administration’s costly plan proposes to rebuild the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the warheads, and the missiles, planes and submarines that carry them. These plans will cost $348 billion over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate released last week. The National Defense Panel, appointed by Congress, found that the price tag over 30 years could be as much as a $1 trillion.

    What will taxpayers get for that money? Not much. Nuclear weapons do precious little to address the real threats we and our allies face today, and do nothing to address the threat of terrorism. Nothing to counter Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. Nothing to counteract the growing risk of cyber attack.

    And, while recognizing the very problematic behavior of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the truth is U.S. nuclear forces did not stop the Russian military from invading Ukraine either. Spending more money on nuclear weapons would not turn them back. The conventional forces that the United States and its allies have at their disposal are more than sufficient to respond to any Russian provocation, should policy makers decide to use them.

    This is not to say U.S. nuclear weapons have no role. Their job is to deter a nuclear attack on us and our allies. Today, the United States has some 2,000 deployed nuclear weapons and more than that in reserve. The New START agreement with Russia will reduce the number of long-range warheads each country deploys to 1,550 by 2018. Yet the U.S. military has already concluded that the United States does not need more than 1,000 such weapons.

    In fact, the United States could maintain a fully capable deterrent without the unnecessary and redundant weapons or spending. No current or conceivable future threat requires the United States to maintain more than a few hundred survivable warheads. As a first step in this direction, the Obama administration should limit its total nuclear arsenal to 1,000 weapons, including both long- and short-range weapons, deployed and reserve.

    Not only would reducing our bloated arsenal save U.S. taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, it would make us safer. Nuclear weapons are the only threat to the survival of the United States. By reducing the role they play in global affairs, we increase our security. Specifically, U.S. reductions also enhance our efforts to eliminate North Korea’s limited arsenal, head off potential increases in China’s stockpile and limit Iran’s potential program. As they have in the past, U.S. cuts could prompt Russia to reduce its stockpile, particularly as the tumbling price of oil wreaks havoc on its economy. Even Putin’s decision to end cooperative programs to lock down Russian nuclear material and U.S. statements that Russia has violated the Intermediate Forces Treaty do not rule out such an outcome.

    The Obama administration plans to develop and build new kinds of warheads rather than refurbish and rebuild the ones we already have. Again, not only is this an unnecessary expense, it undermines national security. The United States can maintain an effective and reliable arsenal at a reasonable cost, for as long as needed. But spending money on new types of warheads undermines efforts to stop additional countries from pursuing these weapons. Rather than an asset that increases national security, nuclear weapons are now our greatest security liability.

    It is too late to improve this budget request. And sadly, this Congress is unlikely to make sensible changes to it. But as the limited value of nuclear weapons becomes clearer, smarter budgeting will involve budgets with smaller, more reasonable investments in our nuclear arsenal.



    This Is a Pivotal Moment for the US Nuclear Arsenal

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    Post  max steel on Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:56 pm

    These Are the New Weapons the Pentagon Chief Wants for Tomorrow’s Wars

    Smarter smart bombs, mini railguns, and swarming robot boats to watch man-made islands are a few of the key technology areas that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sees as vital to U.S. military superiority in the next decade. In a preview of the Pentagon’s upcoming 2017 budget request, Carter said military research and development spending would rise to $71.4 billion from last year’s $71.3 billion request.) Carter also listed areas where the Defense Department was already seeing “returns” on R&D spending through the Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO.

    “I’d like to tell you about a few projects SCO has been working on that we’re funding in the budget,” he said. “Some you may have heard of, and some we’re talking about here for the very first time” he said.

    Sending Swarmboats to Watch Manmade Islands


    Robotic autonomy is critical to the Pentagon’s ambitions to be in more places at less cost. Carter today highlighted “swarming, autonomous vehicles in all sorts of ways, and in multiple domains.

    Many military technologists such as Center for a New American Security senior fellow Paul Scharre and New America’s Peter Singer see robotic teaming, or swarming, as a game-changing capability on the battlefield. The military has been researching swarmbots large and small, for years.

    Swarming robots aren’t just in the air but also on the water. In 2014, on Virginia’s James River, the Office of Naval Research staged a key demonstration of the Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, or CARACaS, system in which 13 self-driving boats conducted highly coordinated maneuvers.

    Carter alluded to the demonstration in his Tuesday speech: “And for the water, they’ve developed self-driving boats, which can network together to do all sorts of missions, from fleet defense to close-in surveillance – including around an island, real or artificial, without putting our sailors at risk,” a clear (if indirect) reference to China’s man-made islands in the Pacific.

    Smaller Railguns

    The high cost of advanced ballistics is driving the military toward cheaper alternatives like direct energy and electromagnetic railgun that hurl shells at hypersonic speeds. The Navy is planning an at-sea demonstration of a BAE designed railgun that can hurl 44-pound shells.

    But Carter wants to shrink railgun technology until it can fit into “the five-inch guns at the front of every Navy destroyer, and also the hundreds of Army Paladin self-propelled howitzers. This way, instead of spending more money on more expensive interceptors, we can turn past offense into future defense – defeating incoming missile raids at much lower cost per round, and thereby imposing higher costs on the attacker,” he said.


    He noted a January demonstration that equipped a Paladin with railgun capabilities.

    Smarter Smart Bombs

    Helping bombs find their targets without relying on outside communications (or worse, dumb luck) could decrease errant strikes and save lives. Carter highlighted advanced navigation projects that would use “the same kinds of micro-cameras and sensors that are littered throughout our smartphones today, and putting them on our Small Diameter Bombs to augment their targeting capabilities. This will eventually be a modular kit that will work with many other payloads – enabling off-network targeting through commercial components that are small enough to hold in your hand.”

    DARPA’s program in micro-technology for positioning, navigation and timing exemplifies this long-standing,growing research effort

    Arsenal Planes

    And where will these smarter smart bombs descend from?

    Carter said the Pentagon is working to turn “one of our oldest aircraft platforms” — understood to be the B-52 bomber — into “a flying launch pad for all sorts of different conventional payloads. In practice, the arsenal plane will function as a very large airborne magazine, networked to 5th-generation aircraft that act as forward sensor and targeting nodes – essentially combining different systems already in our inventory to create wholly new capabilities.”

    Here’s what that might look like in a real-world mission. Next-generation stealth fighter jets like the F-22 and the F-35 would take the lead in a strike, slipping through and disabling enemy radar and electromagnetic weapons. The arsenal planes would follow to finish the job.

    Fifth-generation fighter and older craft have difficulty communicating, which some have highlighted as a critical oversight in planning. Carter today acknowledged that fixing the problem is going to be key to keeping older aircraft relevant.

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    Post  Militarov on Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:51 pm

    "Avon Protection has received an order for 166,623 M50 respiratory protection mask systems from the US Department of Defense (DOD). The $42m order demonstrates the US DOD’s continued confidence and reliance on Avon to supply product of the highest quality and performance to protect its war fighters. With over 1,500,000 Avon M50 mask systems delivered to date to US military personnel, Avon is the dominant supplier of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear respiratory protection masks to the US military.

    Gary Dunn, VP Business Development at Avon Protection, commented, “We are proud that the US DOD continues to choose Avon to provide the best CBRN protective equipment for their troops. The M50 mask system delivers state-of-the-art protection against the changing threat environment we now have – from battlefield concentrations of CB agents, through to toxic industrial materials, toxic chemicals and particulate matter.” He continued, “The streamlined design offers a high degree of flexibility and comfort for extended use. The unique twin low-profile filters reduce breathing resistance and improve weapon sighting and weight distribution, all of which enable the troops to perform optimally in their roles”.



    The design and development by Avon of the M50 mask has resulted in the most advanced general service respiratory protection mask to date, offering significant improvement in comfort, usability, operational effectiveness and protection. A revolutionary cast flexible visor offers wide, optically correct vision together with being impact and scratch resistant. Close fitting, curved conformal filters offer improved weight distribution and reduced breathing resistance, as well as enhanced protection against toxic industrial agents. An integrated Electronic Communication Port allows for an internal microphone for communication systems. In addition, a high flow hydration connection enables quick and easy fluid intake."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/avon-protection-receives-order-for-m50-respiratory-protection-mask-systems.html

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    Re: U.S. Army News:

    Post  Militarov on Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:47 pm



    CAD model of already proposed Stryker firepower increase and modernisation package.

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    Re: U.S. Army News:

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:22 am

    Militarov wrote:

    CAD model of already proposed Stryker firepower increase and modernisation package.

    Gee Wiz a 30mm gun upgrade... Rolling Eyes 1980's USSR called, they want their swag back... Razz


    Sleep ....Wake me up when they upgrade to a 40mm autocannon similar to this:


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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:57 am

    Militarov wrote:

    CAD model of already proposed Stryker firepower increase and modernisation package.

    Wait doesn't GDLS have a cleaner design already tested?



    Modified Stryker.



    Clean slate Stryker 30.

    Yeah...looks like shi*

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:04 am

    KoTeMoRe wrote:
    Militarov wrote:

    CAD model of already proposed Stryker firepower increase and modernisation package.

    Wait doesn't GDLS have a cleaner design already tested?



    Modified Stryker.



    Clean slate Stryker 30.

    Yeah...looks like shi*

    But the main issue is that the Stryker is upgrading to 30mm autocannon when it's well known to experts and average joes alike that virtually all modern APC/IFV's are basically immune to 30mm shells from the front....I mean for FFS the whole selling point to the upgrade was Russia introducing Kurganets-25, bare minimum they would need to introduce a 40mm autocannon to be even semi-effective. Even the Epoch-size-small turret for K-25 is basically the intermediate for the Epoch-57mm turret.

    As demonstrated by Thales, 40mm autocannon with the help of a auto-tracker will give you an additional bonus of having a limited PGM engagement capability.

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    Re: U.S. Army News:

    Post  max steel on Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:34 am

    afro afro Raytheon Company Plans to Offer Updated Long-Range Missile to US Army





    Raytheon made an up-to-date missile involving latest technology. It is opting to offer these LRPF missiles to US Army. Today, Raytheon Company announced its intentions to offer a new missile design to the US Army. This missile contains the capability to meet the Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) requirements. In this manner, the army is likely to get the opportunity to replace aging tactical missile system weapons.

    Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems Vice President Dr. Thomas Bussing said on the occasion: "Our LRPF design will provide the U.S. Army with double the combat power of its ground launchers by utilizing a new design that fits two missiles in a single launcher pod -- increasing effectiveness at a fraction of the cost of the current weapon." He further added: "Advances in propulsion will enable LRPF to fly faster over longer distances -- approximately 500 kilometers -- to defeat fixed land targets. This is the definition of overmatch against future threats."

    The company is intended to integrate these missiles with the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers. It claims the missiles to have the capacity to reach targets over vast geographical territory in a high-threat environment.

    The US Army is soon to field a missile that will out range the current ATACMS (which can reach 300km)! Quite honestly this is moving into deep strike territory! Who needs to do interdiction with aircraft when you can reach out and touch the enemy with long range precision fires?

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:15 am

    Wow... that is amazing.... they are developing Iskander...


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    Re: U.S. Army News:

    Post  sepheronx on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:18 am

    GarryB wrote:Wow... that is amazing.... they are developing Iskander...

    Probably not nearly as good either as it is most probably flying a typical trajectory.  Iskander flies a quasi ballistic path.

    USA is late to the table.

    They probably have seen how both Iskander itself has been very successful system, and Yemen has proven that such missiles are very important as they have been used with quite high success against Saudi forces.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:31 pm

    The Department of Defense announced that the US Army has awarded Boeing a nearly $185 million contract to produce an undisclosed additional number of heavily-armoured Apache AH-64 attack helicopters.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160322/1036706522/boeing-wins-apache-contract.html#ixzz43dsqNWL0


    The US Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a nearly $200 million contract to modernize and renovate an undescribed number of five-ton, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160322/1036706075/oshkosh-recapitalize-usa-army-trucks.html#ixzz43dsuTSVh


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    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:13 pm

    US Army Fires Stinger From Multi-Mission Launcher in Test

    The US Army announced that it fired a Stinger missile from its self-built Multi-Mission Launcher on Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

    The missile test was part of a demonstration of the service’s new ground-based Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) system to defeat unmanned aircraft systems, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars.

    IFPC Inc 2-I will also use the Sentinel radar and the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) for its command and control which will reach initial operational capability in fiscal 2019.

    Stingers were developed as a man-portable air defense infrared homing surface-to-air missile, but has been “adapted to fire from a wide variety of ground vehicles,” the Army said in a statement released Thursday.

    The MML is also able to fire Raytheon's AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and Lockheed Martin's Longbow Hellfire missiles.

    Other types of missiles will be tested at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, as part of an IFPC Inc 2-I engineering demonstration “in the coming weeks,” the Army said.

    There are two prototypes of the MML which represent the first development of a major program by the government industrial base in more than 30 years, according to the statement.

    The Army spent $119 million to build the prototypes, which includes owning the technical data rights. The cost of developing the system outside of the Army would have been about three times as much, according to information obtained during a tour with the acting Army secretary last week of the Aviation & Missile Research and Engineering Development Command (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where one of the MMLs was on display.

    The IFPC Inc 2-I is a joint effort between AMRDEC and the Army’s Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space’s Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) project office.

    The Army plans to build six more MMLs in the engineering and manufacturing development phase at Letterkenny Army Depot.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:17 am

    US Army Orders More Apache Combat Helicopters

    The US Army has awarded Boeing a contract to buy 117 new Apache tactical ground support helicopters.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Army has awarded Boeing a more than $900 million contract to buy 117 new Apache tactical ground support helicopters, the Department of Defense announced.

    "Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922.6 million… contract for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters," the announcement stated on Thursday. "Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018."

    In March, the Defense Department announced that the US Army had awarded Boeing an earlier nearly $185 million contract to produce an undisclosed additional number of heavily-armored Apache AH-64 attack helicopters.

    The Apache AH-64 has been described as a flying tank. It is a helicopter designed to survive heavy attack and inflict massive damage on ground forces.

    The AH-64 is designed to attack day or night, including in unfavorable weather and visibility.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160408/1037669382/pentagon-orders-more-apache.html#ixzz45DlUwrnF


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    Re: U.S. Army News:

    Post  Werewolf on Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:34 pm

    Flying tank here, flying tank there...those journalists. There is only one flying tank.

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    Post  Militarov on Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:01 pm

    "Saber Junction 16 is U.S. Army Europe's annual combat training center certification exercise designed to evaluate the readiness of one of its two combat brigades to conduct unified land operations (a simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability missions), with an emphasis on tactical interoperability among allied and partner-nation forces. This year the exercise will focus on the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

    Saber Junction 16 will include nearly 5,000 participants from 16 allied and European partner nations on the Army's Hohenfels Training Area in southeast Germany, March 31-April 24.

    In addition to the 173rd, Saber Junction 16 will feature units from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as a variety of enabling units from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in Europe.

    Saber Junction 16 will feature a multi-battalion, multi-national airborne jump near Hohenfels, followed by several days of air-land operations on the Hohenfels Training Area's Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) air strip. While Saber Junction will take place primarily in Germany, the exercise's main airborne assault force will stage near the 173rd's homebase of Vicenza, Italy, and depart on aircraft from nearby Aviano Air Base. In addition, several allied units will digitally-connect to the scenario through simulations in Lithuania and Romania."



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    Post  sepheronx on Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:17 pm

    Russia will have to keep an eye on Armenia. They are getting too close to USA even if they are a CSTO member.

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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:43 pm

    Only partially Army but a fun size comparison of US military gear


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    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:21 pm

    Army developing new air defense system

    The U.S. Army has been conducting a series of tests on the capabilities of a new air defense system in development.

    The system is called the Integrated Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, or IFPC Inc 2-I, which is to protect soldiers from aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, and artillery weapons, including rockets and mortars.

    "If you go back and take a look at what has happened in terms of the threat over the last couple years you'll find that UAS systems and cruise missiles have really become a problem," said Col. Terrence Howard, program manager for Cruise Missile Defense Systems. "So we've got to introduce materiel solutions that can address multiple threats."

    The IFPC Inc 2-I system under Army development is to integrate into the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense system, or AIAMD, a networked air defense control system also currently going through testing at White Sands Missile Range in N.M., for a plug-and-fight capability using multiple systems and radars on a network to address whatever threat situation is encountered.

    Several tests of IFPC Inc 2-I were held this month and last to demonstrate the system's ability to launch various missile types and its ability to connect to the AIAMD system and use its Integrated Battle Command System.

    The IBCS is a computer system that allows a small number of soldiers to better manage and control a complex air defense network composed of different radars and missile systems.

    "(It's about) integration of a lot of existing capability," said Tamera Adams, chief engineer with the Army's Cruise Missile Defense Systems projects. "It's kind of like if you're trying to put together a new stereo system in your house. You're buying speakers from this vendor, a turntable from another and a DVD player from another. You're trying to put them together to get the best capability for your house."

    The Army's Multi-Mission Launcher, or MML, mounted onto a truck, is a visible feature of the new IFPC Inc 2-I. The launcher carries 15 modular missile launch tubes on a turret system. Tubes of the MML enable allow customization of the missile load.

    During the testing of the system, Hellfire Longbow and AIM-9X Sidewinders utilizing the IBCS and sensor data from a Sentinel radar unit have been fired, The MML has also conducted a ballistic test of the Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile for use against rocket, artillery and mortar threats, the Army said.

    IFPC Inc 2-I is a joint collaborative effort between the Army's Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space's Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office and the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

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