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    Post  Guest 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.

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    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."


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    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  Guest 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.

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    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).

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    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  Guest 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.

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    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  Guest 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.

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    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  Guest 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”.

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

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    CAD model of already proposed Stryker firepower increase and modernisation package.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:22 am

    Militarov wrote:U.S. Army News: - Page 5 Cdrp8NYXEAAw-L0

    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:U.S. Army News: - Page 5 Cdrp8NYXEAAw-L0

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

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

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    Modified Stryker.

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    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:U.S. Army News: - Page 5 Cdrp8NYXEAAw-L0

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

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

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    Modified Stryker.

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    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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    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


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    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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    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  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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    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  Guest 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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    M109A7 and its Ammo Carrier/reloader
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    Post  max steel on Fri May 20, 2016 4:36 am

    JBLM soldier shoots Apache helicopter with live rounds, grounding California exercise

    A large training exercise for Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers in Southern California came to a halt Saturday morning when an infantryman shot an Army Apache helicopter with live rounds.

    No one was hurt in the incident, but the infantryman’s bullets punctured the JBLM-based helicopter four times and prompted a suspension of the exercise at the National Training Center in the Mojave Desert, said Ken Drylie, a spokesman for the training center.

    It’s not clear why the soldier had live rounds in his rifle. Soldiers are issued blanks when they arrive at the training center to use in war games. They shoot at each other with blanks and a sort of laser tag during mock battles.

    “The big question is how did it happen, which is why when it happened they immediately stopped training, and they did a 100 percent inspection to ensure there were no further live rounds where they shouldn’t be,” Drylie said.

    Rifles at Fort Irwin are equipped with devices called blank firing adapters that allow the weapons to shoot as if they have live rounds. In this case, a live round blasted the adapter off the rifle and then subsequent bullets hit the helicopter.

    Drylie said the soldier has not been disciplined. The Army conducted a preliminary investigation and determined the shooting was an accident.

    “It’s a really weird accident, but it’s an accident,” he said.

    The infantryman who shot at the helicopter serves in JBLM’s 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment. He was temporarily attached to a unit at the training center that acts as the enemy force when infantry brigades from around the country visit the post for large-scale exercises.

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Fri May 20, 2016 8:32 pm

    max steel wrote:JBLM soldier shoots Apache helicopter with live rounds, grounding California exercise

    A large training exercise for Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers in Southern California came to a halt Saturday morning when an infantryman shot an Army Apache helicopter with live rounds.

    No one was hurt in the incident, but the infantryman’s bullets punctured the JBLM-based helicopter four times and prompted a suspension of the exercise at the National Training Center in the Mojave Desert, said Ken Drylie, a spokesman for the training center.

    It’s not clear why the soldier had live rounds in his rifle. Soldiers are issued blanks when they arrive at the training center to use in war games. They shoot at each other with blanks and a sort of laser tag during mock battles.

    “The big question is how did it happen, which is why when it happened they immediately stopped training, and they did a 100 percent inspection to ensure there were no further live rounds where they shouldn’t be,” Drylie said.

    Rifles at Fort Irwin are equipped with devices called blank firing adapters that allow the weapons to shoot as if they have live rounds. In this case, a live round blasted the adapter off the rifle and then subsequent bullets hit the helicopter.

    Drylie said the soldier has not been disciplined. The Army conducted a preliminary investigation and determined the shooting was an accident.

    “It’s a really weird accident, but it’s an accident,” he said.

    The infantryman who shot at the helicopter serves in JBLM’s 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment. He was temporarily attached to a unit at the training center that acts as the enemy force when infantry brigades from around the country visit the post for large-scale exercises.


    I will pity those apaches when they finally meet the Igla(-1). Rolling Eyes
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    Post  Guest on Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:54 pm

    "The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), along with its US Army Research Development Engineering Command (RDECOM) partners, selected IMI Systems’ Iron Fist-based Active Protection System (APS) technologies. That reported by www.israeldefense.co.il. This will demonstrate an implementation of the TARDEC led RDECOM effort toward Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) architecture including connectivity with MAPS central controller and software.

    IMI Systems’ Active Protection Systems (APS) approach, in partnership with GD-OTS, increases the self-defense capability of the entire range of armored platforms, from light- and medium-weight Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to heavy Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) and Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The MAPS program seeks to eliminate barriers associated with the US fielding of APS through a modular and safe design that establishes the foundation to transition tailored capability integrated on any platform.

    IMI’s APS vehicle portfolio is based on Iron Fist, designed for heavy AFVs and MBTs, and Iron Fist Light Configuration (IF-LC), a downscaled version of the Iron Fist designed for light to medium APCs and AFVs. The system’s hard-kill concept is based on intercepting the threat using a small warhead, initiated at a safe distance from the defended platform. The Iron Fist and IF-LC technologies are able to provide 360-degree protection coverage for very close-range scenarios in both open field and urban environments. The System features a Situational Awareness capability to provide robust and reliable detection, accurate trajectory prediction, and short reaction time in all terrain environments.

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    The design of the IF-LC miniaturizes the dimensions of APS while maintaining combat efficacy and force protection. IF-LC’s scale facilitates rapid integration onto the full range of combat vehicles. Its dimensions open the possibility for equipping new light vehicles and medium vehicles with APS, as well as upgrading legacy platforms for which size, weight, and power constraints require maximum efficiency from an APS solution.

    During recent months, IF-LC has passed rigorous internal IMI testing to verify its maturity and applicability to current requirements. The results confirmed the technological maturity of IF-LC and its readiness for deployment in the most challenging operational environments. MAPS compliant technology will be demonstrated on a vehicle as part of the planned MAPS demonstrations."


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