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    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:08 am

    Tests of Onyx exoskeletons and unmanned all-terrain vehicles in the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army

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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:46 am

    New US Army Helmet


    As the US military website www.military.com reports in Matthew Cox "Army's New Years Offering Greater Protection, Rails for Mounting Lights," the US Army should soon start getting a new IHPS (Integrated Head Protection System) protective helmet designed to 100 percent increased protection against head injuries on the battlefield.

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    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:25 pm


    The US has been getting 'its ass handed to it' in simulated war games against Russia and China, analysts say

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    Bullet points here (their words, not mine):

    - U.S. stealth fighters die on the runway

    - U.S. warships are wiped off the board

    - U.S. bases burn

    - U.S. networks and systems crumble


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    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:46 am

    They also claim F35 will be invincible in the sky.... hahahaha...

    So if the Indian Su-30MKI can stop Pakistani AMRAAMs, can we expect Russian Su-30s and Su-35s to defend themselves from AMRAAMs launched from F-35s?

    And so without AMRAAM, the F-35 has sidewinders and a gun right?

    How does that make it superior to a MiG-21 with an upgrade and decent modern targeting pod?
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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:20 pm

    Plans for modernization of armored vehicles of the US Army


    Immediate plans for the US Army to modernize and improve the main types of available armored vehicles - M1 Abrams tanks, M2/M3 Bradley infantry combat vehicles, Stryker wheeled armored personnel carriers and the acquisition of AMPV tracked armored personnel carriers (based on Bradley) from the presentation of the office of ground combat systems (clickable) .

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:19 pm

    Enhanced Bushmaster III 50mm cannon for a promising infantry fighting vehicle of the US Army

    This week, Northrop Grumman, together with the United States Army Research and Development Center (ARDEC), will begin testing the prototype Enhanced Bushmaster III 50 mm cannon. The gun is designed for the future American infantry fighting vehicle Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV).

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    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:58 am

    Perspective American 155-mm self-propelled howitzer received the designation HM1299


     As follows from the open arms presentation of the Arms Center Command for the Development of Combat Capabilities of the US Army (Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center), the promising American 155-mm long-range self-propelled howitzer created in the first stage (Increment 1) of the Extended Range program Cannon Artillery (ERCA). received the official designation HM1299. Previously, this system was unofficially attributed to the designation M109A8.

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       Recall that BAE Systems Corporation on July 15, 2019 reported that it had received a US $ 45 million contract for the creation of an advanced prototype of a promising 155-mm long-range self-propelled howitzer (now designated XM1299) as part of the first stage (Increment 1) of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery program (ERCA). The implementation of the ERCA program is carried out by BAE Systems in partnership with the Armament Center of the Command to develop the combat capabilities of the US Army with the direct involvement of the US Army arsenal in Picatinny.

       The prototype of the first stage of the ERCA program should be based on the BAE Systems 155-mm / 39 self-propelled howitzer M109A7, but with the installation of a new turret (combat compartment) with a new 155-mm XM208 cannon with a 58-gauge swinging part, developed by the arsenal in Picatinny and held fire tests on two experimental self-propelled installations in 2018 at the site in Yuma in Arizona. Judging from the photographs, one of these installations was made on the M109A6 self-propelled howitzer chassis, and the other on the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer chassis.

       The firing range of the HM907 reaches “more than 70 km” when using the new active-reactive corrected (with inertial-satellite guidance) projectile XM1113 RAP with the new “supercharge” XM654. The XM1113 RAP projectile, when firing from a standard 155 mm / 39 howitzer, reaches a range of more than 40 km. The development of the XM1155 long-range corrected projectile is also underway.

       According to a number of reports, it is planned to manufacture eight prototypes of the XM1299 self-propelled howitzer for the first stage of the ERCA program from 2019 to 2023, and the US Army plans to start ground tests of the first of them in October 2019.

       In case of successful tests, it is possible to deploy the serial production of ACS M1299 from the 2025 financial year. As a further development, the HM1299 is planned to equip it with an automatic loader from about 2025, which will allow an increase in the rate of fire from 3 to 10 rounds per minute. In the future, the possibility of creating a fully unmanned version of the ACS is being considered.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:03 pm

    US Army Tank Park

    The US National Defense and Reserve Equipment Report for Fiscal Year 2020, released in March 2019 by the U.S. Department of Defense, provides information on the equipment at the beginning of fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018) with M1 Abrams series tanks and a number of other linear armored vehicles forces "of both the US regular army and its reserve components - the National Guard and the army reserve (excluding training units and storage), as well as the prospects for this equipment in the coming years.

    15 M1 Abrams tanks are currently equipped (excluding training units) in the United States with 15 armored brigades (Armored Brigade Combat Team - ABCT) - ten in the regular army and five in the US National Guard (in the fiscal year 2019, the creation of another ABC Regular army. The staff of the ABCT is 87 tanks of the M1 Abrams series and 138 (according to other sources, 144) are the Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles. The Army Reserve (AR) does not have these equipment. United States (ARNG) at the beginning of fiscal year 2019.

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    It can be concluded that while all 15 brigades are equipped with tanks of the M1 Abrams series, they are fully staffed with regard to the BMP of the M2 Bradley series.

    The plans contained in the document for the further equipping of ABST with these models of equipment testify to plans for re-equipping 10 (out of 11 planned) armored brigades of the US regular army with modernized M1A2C tanks (previously designated M1A2 SEPv3), which should be converted from storage M1A1 tanks, from 2021 to 2031 Fin years (one ABST per year). The M1A2 SEPv2 tanks freed up as a result of this rearmament are planned to be transferred from the regular army in 2023–2026 for the rearmament of five ABST National Guards.

    By 2024 financial year R&D is planned to create a new modification of the Abrams M1A2D tank (designated M1A2 SEPv4), however, the data on the plans for serial modernization of tanks in this version are not indicated in the document.

    Also, from 2021 to 2031 financial years, it is planned to rearm 10 (out of 11 planned) armored brigades of the US Army with modernized BMP M2A4 (one ABCT per year), with the transfer of the released BMP version M2A3 in FIN 2023-2026 from the regular army for the rearmament of five ABCs National Guard.

    Plans for the further equipment of the armored brigades (ABST) of the regular army (AS) and the US National Guard (ARNG) with modernized tanks of the M1 Abrams series and BMP M2 Bradley:

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    Also, the US Armed Forces are nine brigades equipped with wheeled (8x8) armored vehicles of the Stryker family (Stryker Brigade Combat Team - SBCT) - seven brigades in the regular army and two in the US National Guard. The composition of the SBCT equipment of the regular army (AC) and the US National Guard (ARNG) at the beginning of fiscal year 2019 according to the Stryker machine options:

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    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:37 am

    Light Tank General Dynamics Griffin II


    At the annual Modern Day Marine 2019 exhibition and conference held in Quantico, Virginia on September 17-19, 2019, General Dynamics Corporation for the first time presented the model of its "light tank" Griffin II, the project of which was previously selected by the US Army as one of two final applicants for the development on a competitive basis of tracked combat vehicles with cannon weapons under the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program.

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    Model of a tracked combat vehicle with cannon armament (“light tank”) General Dynamics Griffin II under the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program at the 2019 Modern Day Marine exhibition and conference exposition. Quantico, September 2019 (c) Jimkir / twitter.com/Jimkir78


    Recall that in December 2018, the U.S. Army issued BAE Systems and General Dynamics contracts for the development of competitively tracked combat vehicles under the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program, which provides for the creation of a kind of new “light tank” with cannon weapons for the American army. BAE Systems and General Dynamics received US $ 375.9 and 335 million contracts from the US Army, respectively, each for the construction and delivery for testing of 12 prototypes of its own version of the MPF machine at the R&D stage (Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development - EMD). The supply of prototypes should be started after 14 months and completed after 18-19 months from the receipt of the contract. According to the results of comparative tests of the presented prototypes, the US Army should by the end of fiscal year 2021 make the final choice of a machine for serial production and in 2022 fin. to issue an order to the selected contractor for the first pre-production batch of 26 cars with an option for the second pre-production batch of 28 cars. Full-scale serial production is expected from 2025 fin. of the year.

    The current plans of the US Army provide for the purchase of 504 serial MPF machines. First of all, these vehicles should go to equip the companies planned for the formation of individual companies (staffing the company is 14 vehicles) in infantry brigades (Infantry Brigade Combat teams - IBCT). The introduction of such a company into each of the 33 infantry brigades of the regular army and the National Guard is supposed, the first such company should achieve combat readiness in 2025 fin. year.

    The Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program, launched by the US Army in 2015, provides for the creation of a tracked combat vehicle weighing no more than 32 tons at first (according to the latest data, the mass limit has been increased to 38 tons - although it may mean “short” tons), equipped with cannon weapons of 105 or 120 mm caliber and active defense complex. By design, MPF vehicles will have a higher level of operational and tactical mobility than Abrams tanks.

    BAE Systems offers under this program the reincarnation of the famous M8 Armored Gun Systems (AGS) Buford, developed by FMC (then United Defense, now part of BAE Systems) at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s to replace the M551 Sheridan light tank, primarily in the airborne formations. In 1995, the M8 tank was adopted by the U.S. Army, but in 1997 the M8 program was canceled before the start of mass production due to reduced military spending. Only six M8 models were built. The light tank M8 has a combat weight of 19 to 25 tons, depending on the version of the interchangeable protection kit and is equipped with a 105 mm M35 cannon with automatic loader.

    At the same time, General Dynamics is proposing under the MPF program the Griffin II machine of a completely new development, the appearance of which has not been made public until recently. It is known that Griffin II was developed on the basis of the Griffin I prototype demonstrator shown several years ago, which was the installation of a modified lightweight turret of the M1A2SEPv2 Abrams tank with the new 120 mm XM360 gun on the ASCOD 2 chassis, used in the new British Ajax tracked combat reconnaissance vehicle (developers and manufacturers of ASCOD 2 are European-owned General Dynamics-owned European companies - Spanish General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Bárbara Sistemas and Austrian General Dynamics European Land Systems - Steyr). The total mass of the tower in Griffin I was reduced from 22 tons (for the M1A2SEPv.2 tank) to supposedly only 8 tons, and the total weight of the Griffin I was declared to be “less than 30 tons” (according to a number of publications - 27-28 tons).

    At the same time, according to a number of publications, the combat weight of the new Griffin II reaches exactly the indicated maximum limits for MPF of 38 tons. You can see that on the presented Griffin II model the tower again returned to almost “normal” sizes for the main tank - including through the installation of very impressive modular reservation blocks ..

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    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:20 pm

    The first test of the promising US operational tactical missile PrSM


    Lockheed Martin Corporation reported that on December 10, 2019, at the U.S. missile test site, White Sands (New Mexico) made the first test of its version of a promising operational tactical missile being created in the interests of the U.S. Army under the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program.

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    Graphic depiction of the Lockheed Martin variant of a promising operational tactical missile under the US Army Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program when launching the M142 HIMARS (c) Lockheed Martin missile system from the launcher

    During the test, a prototype missile was launched from the M142 launcher of the HIMARS missile system and flew about 240 km to the target area. The test was deemed successful with the "achievement of all the objectives of the test."

    The Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program has been implemented by the U.S. Army since March 2017, proposing the creation of a new generation of high-precision tactical missiles with an official initially declared range of 60 to 499 km to replace the existing Lockheed Martin MGM-140 ATACMS family of American tactical missiles. Like ATACMS, a PrSM rocket should be launched from standard launchers of American missile systems M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS, but, unlike ATACMS, four PrSM missiles (instead of two ATACMS) should be placed on the M270A1 MLRS launcher, and on the M142 HIMARS launcher - two PrSM missiles (instead of one ATACMS).

    Although the maximum range of 499 km was initially officially announced for the PrSM rocket, in fact, the development was initially carried out taking into account the US expected withdrawal from the INF Treaty, and it is currently stated that the actual range of the rocket will be at least 550 km, and for a number of sources, it is possible to achieve the range 700-750 km (that is, the PrSM missile is a "shorter" range missile in terms of the INF Treaty).

    The creation of PrSM is conducted on a competitive basis by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon corporations on the basis of contracts worth about $ 116 million each, issued by the U.S. Army in June 2017. Initially, flight tests of missiles of both competitors were planned to begin in July 2019, but they were postponed due to the delay in the creation of a number of systems by subcontractors. Although it was then expected that Raytheon would begin flight testing of its DeepStrike rocket created under this program earlier than Lockheed Martin, the latter eventually managed to launch its own rocket first. According to recent reports, the first Raytheon DeepStrike missile test was delayed until early 2020.

    The U.S. Army now expects to make a sample choice for the program by the end of 2020 and begin mass production of the selected PrSM sample as early as 2023 (the initial plans were for 2027) with the achievement of initial combat readiness (IOC) in 2025, and also to begin in 2025 obtaining modified missile variants with the possibility of hitting moving sea targets and ground defense systems.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:30 am

    That is fantastic news... because it means now that MLRS would violate the INF treaty if deployed in Europe and if there are any MLRS units deployed there Russia can start extending the range of its missiles beyond 500km.

    Russia said it would abide by the INF treaty as long as the US does... so the INF treaty really is over...

    BTW I see on the Croatian thread they want to buy MLRS... which will speed up the process of Russia being able to deploy much longer ranged models of Iskander... to europe...
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    Post  Isos on Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:42 am

    It's just a stupid rocket. Even buk M2 should be able to deal with it. For s-300V4 it's a training target.

    On the other side if iskander get a range of 700-900km it's EU that will be mad. No one has anything to counter it.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:48 pm

    The next US Army replacement program of Bradley BMP will be reviewed

    As the American media reported on January 16, 2020, the U.S. Army canceled the comparative testing phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program with a promising new infantry fighting vehicle to replace the M2 Bradley family of infantry fighting vehicles, in connection with the submission of only one offer. As a result, the OMFV program was in limbo, and will be restarted, with the cancellation of its accelerated acquisition plans and the revision by the American army of the requirements for a promising combat platform, as well as the procurement strategy and schedule. There is practically no doubt that the new BMP in any case will not be able to enter the US Army in 2026, as originally planned by the OMFV program.



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    Post  George1 on Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:49 pm

    The U.S. Army requests the acquisition of 1,018 new PrSM missiles immediately in fiscal year 2021

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:56 am

    The U.S. Army requests the acquisition of 1,018 new PrSM missiles immediately in fiscal year 2021

    Awesome... as I said despite the US tearing up the INF treaty Russia has said its measures will be reciprocal so if there are no missiles that would be bound by the INF treaty deployed in Europe by HATO, then they would not deploy any missiles that violate the INF treaty even though it is now defunct.

    Effectively it means in the far east where the US wants to deploy medium range missiles against China and North Korea the Russians can deploy all sorts of intermediate and medium range missiles there, but the wont in Europe.

    This acquisition of IRBMs frees Russias hands to deploy there anything they like and it is all Americas fault again... even though HATO will blame Russia.

    Of course blame is irrelevant when you don't use it to change the situation on the ground... the facts of the matter is that the US will have a medium range ballistic weapon that TOR could take down let alone BUK or S-350, while the Russians are now free to deploy longer ranged missiles HATO couldn't stop with anything.

    Is America actually taking the piss and seeing how fucking stupid Europeans actually are?

    Doesn't matter I guess... just means Paris and London and Brussels will likely be directly targeted by much smaller cheaper missiles than before so the big ones can focus more on targets much further away... so ultimately it means more ICBM and SLBM warheads for the good old US of A... but remember kids it is all Putins fault for some reason.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:54 pm

    Project of the American ultra-long-range gun SLRC

    The first open image of one of the most original modern American weapons projects - the Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) large-caliber ultra-long-range cannon, developed under the auspices of the US Army, designed to fire high-precision rockets at a distance of more than 1000 miles (nautical).

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    Image of the Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) (c) Linkedin, a promising large-caliber ultra-long-range gun developed under the auspices of the US Army

    It is reported that the SLRC image from the presentation poster of the US Army Research Laboratory (Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory) "leaked" to the Linkedin social network from the US-UK Modernization Demonstration conference held on February 20, 2020 at the Aberdeen training ground (Maryland) Event Two small-scale photos of poor-quality SLRC gun models are also known.

    According to these materials, the SLRC gun is partly structurally similar to the well-known American 280 mm M65 gun designed in the 1950s for firing mainly with nuclear shells at a distance of 36 km (20 serial M65 guns were manufactured, which were in service until 1963) . However, the SLRC has a distinctly different swinging part (caliber unknown). The SLRC active missile apparently has a two-stage jet engine. The calculation of the SLRC installation is eight people. These systems should be combined into batteries of four guns.

    In 2019, it was reported that funding for the program should begin in fiscal 2020 and that a prototype SLRC should be ready in 2023. Based on the prototype test results, a decision will be made on the possibility of further development of the project. It was also reported that the requirement of the US Army is to keep the cost of one shot of this gun in the range of not more than 400-500 thousand dollars.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:56 pm

    The TEL/trailer is absolutely laughable and has no strategic mobility whatsoever. Embarassed Razz

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    Post  Isos on Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:18 pm

    It was also reported that the requirement of the US Army is to keep the cost of one shot of this gun in the range of not more than 400-500 thousand dollars.

    lol1 2-3 shell for the price of a cruise missile. WTF !

    1000 nautical miles is even more funny. They struggle and stoped the electromagnetic naval gun supposed to fire at ecen smaller ranges.
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:13 pm

    So, unless I'm mistaken, its an IRBM fired from a gun barrel, so legally not an IRBM. Surely a bit behind the times as the US can deploy IRBM?
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:19 am

    And that is the rub... the whole point of using a gun is to reduce it down to a projectile that contains warhead and guidance... with the propulsion in the propellent charge, but in this case I would suspect the propellent is multi stage and includes a charge to blow the entire round down the barrel and out of the gun and then a two stage rocket propulsion system then accelerates the projectile to high speed and altitude for long range... but for all the complications of making it fit into a barrel they might as well just make a rocket...

    The gun on the LCS was supposed to be a long range accurate and powerful system with cheap ammo, but it turns out they can do complicated and expensive and accurate and stealthy but can't do cheap and simple and affordable and easy to mass produce... which is why I find talk of smart swarms being amusing too.
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    Post  kvs on Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:45 am

    magnumcromagnon wrote:The TEL/trailer is absolutely laughable and has no strategic mobility whatsoever. Embarassed Razz

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    Nazis and their fetish for super-guns. Remember all the stench about Saddam's super-cannon for which Canadian Gerald Bull was
    assassinated by the Mossad. These clowns think that such garbage is the ultimate in potent remote firepower. In the freaking
    missile age. These moronic guns were designed before missiles made them totally obsolete.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M65_atomic_cannon

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2S7_Pion

    The above are some sort of transitional concepts. Why not just arm a tracked vehicle with dozens of nuclear tipped missiles
    with ranges around 100 km (can use the same nukes as in the shells). This would be a vastly superior weapon since it would not
    be tied to ballistic trajectories and would have a much longer range. Seems like there was a lack of observational capacity to
    target 100 km away so they kept to WWII era specifications. That is no longer true today.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:33 am

    To be fair I would call useless on 1,000km range guns for all the same reasons super guns in WWII were inefficient for their cost and effectiveness... for all the effect they had it would have been cheaper to just design a four engined bomber able to carry 10 ton shells and use them to drop them on hardened targets instead of building enormous thousand ton train mounted guns with a mere fraction of the range of a four engined bomber that could be used for other roles too...

    The Pion and also Tulip on the other hand are reliable day night all weather capable platforms able to deliver a serious HE payload on target 24/7 without being too expensive or complex...

    In mountain warfare the Tulip and Pion and also the 160mm mortars become exceptional and very capable weapon systems in specific situations.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:47 pm

    The second test of the promising American operational tactical missile PrSM

    Lockheed Martin Corporation reported that on March 10, 2020, at the American missile test site, White Sands (New Mexico) made a second test of its version of the promising tactical missile created in the interests of the US Army under the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program. At the same time, a photo of the rocket was first published.

    During the test on March 10, a prototype missile was launched from the M142 launcher of the HIMARS missile system and flew about 180 km to the target area. The test was found to be successful with "achieving all of the test objectives in flawless performance" and "demonstrating high accuracy."

    Recall that Lockheed Martin made the first rocket test of its version of the PrSM rocket also at the White Sands training ground on December 10, 2019, when the rocket flew 240 km.

    The Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program has been implemented by the U.S. Army since March 2017, assuming the creation of a new generation of high-precision tactical missiles with an official initially declared range of 60 to 499 km to replace the existing Lockheed Martin MGM-140 ATACMS family of American tactical missiles. Like ATACMS, a PrSM rocket should be launched from standard launchers of the American M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS missile systems, but, unlike ATACMS, four PrSM missiles (instead of two ATACMS) should be placed on the M270A1 MLRS launcher, and on the M142 HIMARS launcher - two PrSM missiles (instead of one ATACMS).



    Although the maximum range of 499 km was initially officially announced for the PrSM rocket, in fact, the development was initially carried out taking into account the US expected withdrawal from the INF Treaty, and it is currently stated that the actual range of the rocket will be at least 550 km, and for a number of sources, it is possible to achieve the range 700-750 km (that is, the PrSM missile is a "shorter" range missile in terms of the INF Treaty).

    The creation of PrSM is conducted on a competitive basis by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon corporations on the basis of contracts worth about $ 116 million each, issued by the U.S. Army in June 2017. Initially, flight tests of missiles of both competitors were planned to begin in July 2019, but they were postponed due to the delay in the creation of a number of systems by subcontractors. Although it was then expected that Raytheon would begin flight testing of its DeepStrike rocket created under this program earlier than Lockheed Martin, the latter eventually began testing its first rocket.

    Raytheon has repeatedly postponed the start of DeepStrike missile tests, which as a result have not yet been launched, contrary to contractual terms. In this regard, in early March 2020 there were reports that the US Army was considering the feasibility of further participation of Raytheon in the PrSM program.

    The U.S. Army previously intended to make a sample choice for the program by the end of 2020 and begin mass production of the selected PrSM sample as early as 2023 (the initial plans were for 2027) with the achievement of initial combat readiness (IOC) in 2025, and also to begin in 2025 obtaining modified missile variants with the possibility of hitting moving sea targets and ground defense systems.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:34 am

    Excellent... so these are the dates when Iskander can be modified to reach much greater ranges... and new IRBMs developed...
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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:52 pm

    US Army excludes Raytheon from PrSM promising missile program

    As Jane's Missiles & Rockets magazine reported in Ashley Roque's US Army removes Raytheon from PrSM competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Army further decided on March 20, 2020 not to provide funds to Raytheon Corporation to develop its version of a promising tactical missile under the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program, and thus Raytheon is effectively excluded from the PrSM program. This is due to Raytheon's inability to begin flight tests of its PrSM missile variant on time. Thus, Lockheed Martin remains the sole PrSM member.

    The Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program has been implemented by the U.S. Army since March 2017, assuming the creation of a new generation of high-precision tactical missiles with an official initially declared range of 60 to 499 km to replace the existing Lockheed Martin MGM-140 ATACMS family of American tactical missiles. Like ATACMS, a PrSM rocket should be launched from standard launchers of American missile systems M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS, but, unlike ATACMS, four PrSM missiles (instead of two ATACMS) should be placed on the M270A1 MLRS launcher, and on the M142 HIMARS launcher - two PrSM missiles (instead of one ATACMS).

    Although the maximum range of 499 km was initially officially announced for the PrSM rocket, in fact, the development was initially carried out taking into account the US expected withdrawal from the INF Treaty, and it is currently stated that the actual range of the rocket will be at least 550 km, and for a number of sources, it is possible to achieve the range 700-750 km (that is, the PrSM missile is a "shorter" range missile in terms of the INF Treaty).

    The creation of PrSM was conducted on a competitive basis by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon corporations on the basis of contracts worth about $ 116 million each, issued by the U.S. Army in June 2017. Initially, flight tests of the missiles of both competitors were planned to begin in July 2019, but they were postponed due to the delay in the creation of a number of systems by subcontractors.

    Lockheed Martin finally began testing its first rocket, having made the first test launch of its version of the PrSM rocket at the White Sands (New Mexico) rocket range on December 10, 2019, the rocket flew 240 km in the first test. The second flight test of its version of the PrSM rocket at the White Sands missile range was carried out by Lockheed Martin on March 10, 2020 at a range of about 180 km. In both cases, the launch was made from the M142 launcher of the HIMARS missile system. The third flight test of the PrSM rocket is scheduled for Lockheed Martin in early May.

    Raytheon, as part of the PrSM program, led the development of the rocket under the designation DeepStrike. Although it was originally supposed that Raytheon would begin testing its missiles earlier than Lockheed Martin, this did not happen. Raytheon has repeatedly postponed the start of the DeepStrike missile test, which as a result has still not been launched, contrary to contract terms (the last announced deadline was the first quarter of 2020). Raytheon called "technical problems" as a reason. This has forced the U.S. Army to now decide that Raytheon’s continued participation in the PrSM program is inappropriate.

    The U.S. Army previously intended to make a PrSM sample choice by the end of 2020 and begin mass production of the selected PrSM sample as early as 2023 (initial plans for 2027) with initial operational readiness (IOC) in 2025, as well as in 2025 start receiving modified versions of the missile with the possibility of hitting moving sea targets and ground-based air defense systems.

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