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    Post  Militarov on Wed May 04, 2016 9:22 pm



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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  Militarov 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.



    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."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/us-army-selected-imi-systems-aps-technology.html

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    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:01 pm

    "United States has chosen the Israeli active protection system "Iron Fist Light Configuration " to protect light and medium armoured vehicle personnel carrier. The system is designed and manufactured by the Israel Military Industries (IMI). Iron Fist is a hard-kill active protection system (APS) designed by Israel Military Industries (IMI), with a modular design allowing adaptation to a range of platforms ranging from light utility vehicles to heavy armoured fighting vehicles.

    The U.S. Army’s decision was influenced by the system’s light weight and ability to fire interceptors without shock, as well as an attractive price-tag, Zafir said. He also praised its ability to defend against RPGs, rockets, and anti-tank missiles. The system has been successfully tested against a wide variety of threats including rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles and tank-fired HEAT ammunition and kinetic energy penetrators.



    IRON FIST employs a sophisticated, multi-sensor early warning system, utilizing both infrared and radar sensors, providing the crew with enhanced situational awareness and early warning from potential threats. Upon a threat warning, the modular system employs the multi-layered defenses, comprising electro-optical jammers, Instantaneous smoke screens and, if necessary, an interceptor-based hard kill Active Protection System (APS).

    IRON FIST APS was also selected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as the Active Protection System designed to protect the Namer heavy infantry fighting vehicle."


    Source: http://www.armyrecognition.com/june_2016_global_defense_security_news_industry/u.s._has_chosen_israeli_iron_fist_active_protection_system_to_secure_armoured_personnel_carrier_10906162.html

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    Post  max steel on Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:45 pm

    Lockheed Might Offer Miniature Hit-to-Kill Missile Internationally

    The US Army has delayed its plans to move forward with a capability it was developing to launch a variety of missiles against rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) threats, so Lockheed Martin is turning to the international market to sell its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile designed to combat the worldwide threat.

    Lockheed’s MHTK missile can go up against both RAM threats and some unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Bob Delgado, the company’s international business development director for air and missile defense, told Defense News on Thursday at Eurosatory, a land warfare conference.

    The RAM threat “has proliferated, it’s a very cost-effective threat,” he said. “Obviously the cost of mortars and rockets are extremely low, not something you’d want to engage with these large missiles.”

    Lockheed developed the MHTK weapon in order to take out RAM threats — the second-largest killer of soldiers in Iraq — at a fraction of the cost of larger missiles.

    The Army is developing the Integrated Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) program in three phases, first tackling the UAS threat, a major priority for the service. In the second increment, the Army plans to focus on countering RAM threats. “That is where our missile comes in,” Delgado said.

    The missile is 27 inches long, two inches in diameter and weighs 5 pounds “at launch,” he added. The semi-active missile has no warhead, using kinetic energy — or thrust — instead to take out a target. “It’s really a bullet hitting a bullet,” which is the bread and butter capability in Lockheed’s missile technology. One launcher can fit 36 of the missiles, Delgado said, and two launchers can fit onto a single truck.


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    FGM-148 Javelin

    Post  nemrod on Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:18 am


    US's equivalent of AT-14 Spriggan aka "Kornet"



    Here against a T-72 -old video-


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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:08 pm

    Javelin is nothing like Kornet... Kornet is a heavy long range high speed laser beam riding missile.

    Javelin is a short range low speed very very expensive missile with a thermal imager for self guidance, or manual SACLOS guidance.


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    Post  nemrod on Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:33 pm

    GarryB wrote:Javelin is nothing like Kornet... Kornet is a heavy long range high speed laser beam riding missile.

    Javelin is a short range low speed very very expensive missile with a thermal imager for self guidance, or manual SACLOS guidance.

    Thx Garry.
    I do not know why in this test, the T-72 was completely burnt by the Javelin. Did this T-72 contain too much fuel ? Video aimed for propaganda ? The warthead of the Javelin was greater than normal ?

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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:26 pm

    Kornet is considered a class above the rest but Javelin is good enough to make the job as well. Excessively expensive though.

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:11 pm

    nemrod wrote:
    GarryB wrote:Javelin is nothing like Kornet... Kornet is a heavy long range high speed laser beam riding missile.

    Javelin is a short range low speed very very expensive missile with a thermal imager for self guidance, or manual SACLOS guidance.

    Thx Garry.
    I do not know why in this test, the T-72 was completely burnt by the Javelin. Did this T-72 contain too much fuel ? Video aimed for propaganda ? The warthead of the Javelin was greater than normal ?

    Many believe that that T-72 was filled up with explosives for PR.

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:16 pm

    Hannibal Barca wrote:Kornet is considered a class above the rest but Javelin is good enough to make the job as well. Excessively expensive though.

    Like many American weapons they're more flash then substance, it's debatable how effective a top attack weapon like that is against an mushroom shaped turret, although it's effectiveness against the box shaped turret is practically guaranteed.

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    Post  nemrod on Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:34 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Like many American weapons they're more flash then substance, ...
    thumbsup  If not all ...US weaponries.

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    ...it's debatable how effective a top attack weapon like that is against an mushroom shaped turret, although it's effectiveness against the box shaped turret is practically guaranteed.
    Indeed, I do not debunk Javelin, and I consider among the best anti tank weapons, nevertheless, I think like you this video is aimed for propaganda’s goals, in order to convince others not to buy any T-72 or russian's hardware. However, the recent T-72, and T-90's success in the streets of syrian cities against western anti-tank missiles prove that russian tanks are at least equal, if not better their western counterparts.

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:39 pm

    The problems with Javelin include low flight speed, enormous expense, plus the main problem is the guidance system.

    Because the missiles seeker is basically a one shot thing... when used properly the seeker is destroyed the first time it is used basically so it is not a super high resolution expensive model... it is a simple downgraded relatively cheap model... of course when I say cheap I mean the price of a brand new sports car cheap... not two dollar watch cheap.

    because it is made to be disposable the seeker is not amazing which means to be able to fire it in fire and forget mode you need a clear lock on the target before launch.

    An uncamouflaged tank sitting out in the open with the engine running is an easy target... a tank partially behind cover with camo all over it is a much less likely target for a proper lock.

    Also this is a short range ATGM... like Milan or Metis so 80-90 percent of the time troops use it against an enemy sniper position or a light bunker or room of a building... in which case the fire and forget capability is useless... but no cheaper.

    This means that 80-90 percent of the time something like Metis or Dragon, which Javelin replaced is far superior and a fraction of the cost.

    ARENA works by launching a munition into the air above the path of an incoming round and exploding sending a shower of fragments down at the incoming missile to detonate it several metres from the tank it is protecting. It directs its fragments down so it is not a danger to friendly forces for hundreds of metres in every direction... it would not take much to redesign the system to direct fragments up and down so a diving top attack missile could be engaged by the same munition...
    Javelin is slow and not a particularly difficult target.

    Camo systems like Nakidka would make the fire and forget capability of Javelin useless so it could only be used in SACLOS mode where the operator has to put the crosshairs on the target from launch to impact... in which case it is no better than Metis... just 100 times more expensive and therefore only available in much smaller numbers.

    The low cost of Metis means it can be bought in large numbers and used against soft and hard targets all over the battlefield... a much better system.

    And that video was claimed to include HE in the turret to "simulate" the T-72 being loaded with ammo. In other words a hollywood fireworks display...


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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:54 pm

    nemrod wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Like many American weapons they're more flash then substance, ...
    thumbsup  If not all ...US weaponries.

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    ...it's debatable how effective a top attack weapon like that is against an mushroom shaped turret, although it's effectiveness against the box shaped turret is practically guaranteed.
    Indeed, I do not debunk Javelin, and I consider among the best anti tank weapons, nevertheless, I think like you this video is aimed for propaganda’s goals, in order to convince others not to buy any T-72 or russian's hardware. However, the recent T-72, and T-90's success in the streets of syrian cities against western anti-tank missiles prove that russian tanks are at least equal, if not better their western counterparts.


    Indeed, primary data show that Russian tanks performed really well in Syrian conflict unlike e.g. Merkava which was considered one of the very best but performed abysmally against much inferior weaponry.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:04 am

    Black Hawk Down: New Aircraft Set to Replace Veteran US Military Chopper


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    More Weapons for War: US Army Aims for New Light Tank

    Post  d_taddei2 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:11 am

    http://sputniknews.com/us/20160806/1043988256/us-army-greenlights-light-tank.html

    More Weapons for War: US Army Aims for New Light Tank


    so i guess USA has now seen the benefits of having a light tank but the Russian's/Soviets have been doing it for years, even Belarus designed the 2T Stalker which was pretty good shame it never saw any orders.

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    Post  airstrike on Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:52 pm

    US Army developing rocket-assisted artillery rounds for extended range

    http://echelon-defense.com/2016/09/02/us-army-developing-rocket-assisted-artillery-round-for-extended-range/

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    Post  airstrike on Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:01 pm

    U.S. Army Armored Multipurpose Vehicle program advancing

    http://echelon-defense.com/2016/09/28/u-s-army-armored-multipurpose-vehicle-program-advancing/

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    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:57 pm

    US Army to Test New Turret on Stryker Combat Vehicle

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/20161007/1046078060/army-to-test-new-turret.html


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    Post  VladimirSahin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:37 pm

    I'm not sure if they'll be able to install 30 mike mike caliber on it but if it does that'll definitely boost the power of a Stryker brigade combat team.

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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:48 pm

    VladimirSahin wrote:I'm not sure if they'll be able to install 30 mike mike caliber on it but if it does that'll definitely boost the power of a Stryker brigade combat team.

    That isn't exactly a problem, you could put a 105mm on that. The important part is what kind of trade-off we'll see for that one.

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    Post  VladimirSahin on Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:51 am

    KoTeMoRe wrote:
    VladimirSahin wrote:I'm not sure if they'll be able to install 30 mike mike caliber on it but if it does that'll definitely boost the power of a Stryker brigade combat team.

    That isn't exactly a problem, you could put a 105mm on that. The important part is what kind of trade-off we'll see  for that one.

    Wrong wording choice I used, I meant if they would decide so. If they do I think it would be worth it.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:30 am

    At a time when the 30mm is being replaced as an IFV weapon in Russia by a 57mm gun I would think they would be looking at a least at a 35mm or 40mm gun... or a combination like the BMP-3 with a 100mm calibre and a light auto cannon to cover a range of targets...


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    Post  George1 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:40 am

    US Army’s New Long-Range Missile Battery Could Double as Anti-Ship Weapon

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201610151046351143-us-army-long-range-anti-ship/


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