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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 Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:13 am

    Short-Range Air Defense Back In Demand

    The Army is looking at placing more short-range air-defense capabilities in brigade combat teams (BCT).

    For more than two decades, the Army has neglected the short-range threat and focused instead on missiles, said Maj. Gen. John G. Rossi, commanding general of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was part of a panel discussion, Feb. 11, at a day-long Association of the U.S. Army-sponsored Hot Topics forum on Air and Missile Defense.

    Desert Storm, 25 years ago, brought the Patriot missile defense systems into prominence, Rossi said. "As we made Patriot better and we focused on it, in essence the Air Defense community migrated to what became a point-defense branch, a missile defense branch," Rossi said.

    NO 'A' IN MISSILE DEFENSE?

    "We took the 'A' out of Air and Missile Defense in many ways," he said. "We didn't think we really needed to focus on it."

    SHORAD or Short-Range Air Defense battalions were deactivated. "We took all short-range air defense out of the architecture as we focused on missile defense," Rossi said, adding "that's caught up to us."

    Now the proliferation of small, unmanned aircraft is forcing commanders to reassess the need for SHORAD capabilities to combat low-altitude threats.

    "We've got to find a game changer," Rossi said, alluding to the need to find more affordable and lethal air-defense systems.

    "We have to change the scenario or change the equation so it's more costly to attack than to defend," he said. "We've got to build to the future."

    CMIN EXPERIMENTATION

    The Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Mobile Integrated capability, or CMIN, is among systems being researched for the future.

    "We already demonstrated this a year ago at Fort Bliss and we're going back again now for the [Network Integration Evaluation] in the spring," Rossi said about testing CMIN at the Network Integration Evaluation at Fort Bliss, Texas.

    CMIN uses a Q-50 radar to find incoming UAS, he said. The AN/TPQ-50 counter-fire radar was developed by the field artillery community to detect incoming rounds and calculate their trajectory.

    Once radar spots the UAS and they are identified, then CMIN has both non-lethal and kinetic tools to stop them, Rossi said.

    Other innovations being researched to boost air defense include new sensors and a hypervelocity gun.

    The hypervelocity gun weapons system uses a 155mm projectile in an air defense mode, Rossi said.

    It's a good example of what he called "cross-domain expansion," merging field artillery and air defense artillery platforms.

    CROSS-DOMAIN EXPANSION

    Cross-domain expansion uses existing platforms in new ways, Rossi said, and is an important part of the Army Operating Concept.

    A battle-tested example of this is the C-RAM, he said. C-RAM stands for Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar system. It was adapted from the Navy Phalanx weapons system and was sent to Iraq for the protection of large forward operating bases such as Camp Victory and Joint Base Balad.

    "The neat thing about the C-RAM is it was cross-branch -- FA radars, ADA, aviation all put into one," Rossi said. "It was cross-service -- it was Army and Navy-ran, and it was cross-compo -- active and Guard."

    Such efforts are essential, Rossi said, especially as the Army gets smaller.

    Rossi is not advocating more force structure to bolster air-defense capability in BCTs.

    "What we're not going to do is bring back the SHORAD battalion and lay that on top of a BCT," he said. He explained that making a brigade larger would just detract from its expeditionary nature.

    What he advocates instead is "multi-functional convergence" or merging select branch attributes.

    "It can't be just ADA systems inside the portfolio of air defenders to solve this in isolation," he said.

    'BACK INTO THE DIRT'


    Air defenders need to work closely with everyone else in the maneuver force, said another member of the panel, Maj. Gen. Glenn A. Bramhall.

    "I think we've lost just about a whole generation of knowledge base of how we work with the maneuver force," said Bramhall, commander of the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

    "One of the things we need to do is get back into the dirt -- get back into the maneuver forces and train their commanders on how do we integrate air defense, what does air defense offer... "

    Getting back into the dirt means integrating Air and Missile Defense units into National Training Center rotations, the AMD leaders said.

    It also means getting back to the basics of old-fashioned training such as how to employ camouflage netting over tactical vehicles to keep them from being spotted by aircraft, said Dr. David M. Markowitz, assistant deputy chief of staff for operations G-3/5/7. .
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    Post  George1 on Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:46 am

    i was always wondering why US Military hasnt any SHORADS except Avenger system


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    Post  franco on Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:24 pm

    George1 wrote:i was always wondering why US Military hasnt any SHORADS except Avenger system

    The US has enjoyed massive Air Superiority for a long period, so Air Defense has not been an issue until now.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Post  Militarov on Wed May 04, 2016 9:22 pm



    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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