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    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:37 am

    It seems USA want to respond to Kurganets vehicles

    US Defense Contractor to Develop Designs for New Infantry Vehicle
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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:18 pm

    Although this article refers to US Army/Ukrainian Army cross learning its main thrust is about the problems the US Army would have operating under proper Russian EW in the next 10 years. That's why I have posted it here not in the Ukraine thread. My highlight.

    WASHINGTON — The US military has for weeks been training Ukrainian forces in US tactics, but the commander of US Army Europe says Ukrainian forces, who are fighting Russian-backed separatists, have much to teach their US trainers.

    Ukrainian forces have grappled with formidable Russian electronic warfare capabilities that analysts say would prove withering even to the US ground forces. The US Army has also jammed insurgent communications from the air and ground on a limited basis, and it is developing a powerful arsenal of jamming systems, but these are not expected until 2023.

    "Our soldiers are doing the training with the Ukrainians and we've learned a lot from the Ukrainians," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. "A third of the [Ukrainian] soldiers have served in the ... combat zone, and no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire, or significant Russian electronic warfare, jamming or collecting — and these Ukrainians have. It's interesting to hear what they have learned."

    Hodges acknowledged that US troops are learning from Ukrainians about Russia's jamming capability, its ranges, types and the ways it has been employed. He has previously described the quality and sophistication of Russian electronic warfare as "eye-watering."


    The rest of this long article at http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/08/02/us-army-ukraine-russia-electronic-warfare/30913397/
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    Post  max steel on Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:38 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Although this article refers to US Army/Ukrainian Army cross learning its main thrust is about the problems the US Army would have operating under proper Russian EW in the next 10 years. That's why I have posted it here not in the Ukraine thread. My highlight.

    WASHINGTON — The US military has for weeks been training Ukrainian forces in US tactics, but the commander of US Army Europe says Ukrainian forces, who are fighting Russian-backed separatists, have much to teach their US trainers.

    Ukrainian forces have grappled with formidable Russian electronic warfare capabilities that analysts say would prove withering even to the US ground forces. The US Army has also jammed insurgent communications from the air and ground on a limited basis, and it is developing a powerful arsenal of jamming systems, but these are not expected until 2023.

    "Our soldiers are doing the training with the Ukrainians and we've learned a lot from the Ukrainians," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. "A third of the [Ukrainian] soldiers have served in the ... combat zone, and no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire, or significant Russian electronic warfare, jamming or collecting — and these Ukrainians have. It's interesting to hear what they have learned."

    Hodges acknowledged that US troops are learning from Ukrainians about Russia's jamming capability, its ranges, types and the ways it has been employed. He has previously described the quality and sophistication of Russian electronic warfare as "eye-watering."


    The rest of this long article at http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/08/02/us-army-ukraine-russia-electronic-warfare/30913397/


    And by 2023 when us army will unleash its arsenal of jamming systems russia will advance and march further ahead in Electronic warfare not only that russians have improved masking their own signals. I read an article somewhere mentioning Nato soldiers faced problem in baltic during their exercise in communixations. I dont think Ukraine army personnel can provide any valid or secret info to american about russian jammers. US is yet to jam russian signals and mask its own properly.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:13 pm

    max steel wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:Although this article refers to US Army/Ukrainian Army cross learning its main thrust is about the problems the US Army would have operating under proper Russian EW in the next 10 years. That's why I have posted it here not in the Ukraine thread. My highlight.

    WASHINGTON — The US military has for weeks been training Ukrainian forces in US tactics, but the commander of US Army Europe says Ukrainian forces, who are fighting Russian-backed separatists, have much to teach their US trainers.

    Ukrainian forces have grappled with formidable Russian electronic warfare capabilities that analysts say would prove withering even to the US ground forces. The US Army has also jammed insurgent communications from the air and ground on a limited basis, and it is developing a powerful arsenal of jamming systems, but these are not expected until 2023.

    "Our soldiers are doing the training with the Ukrainians and we've learned a lot from the Ukrainians," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. "A third of the [Ukrainian] soldiers have served in the ... combat zone, and no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire, or significant Russian electronic warfare, jamming or collecting — and these Ukrainians have. It's interesting to hear what they have learned."

    Hodges acknowledged that US troops are learning from Ukrainians about Russia's jamming capability, its ranges, types and the ways it has been employed. He has previously described the quality and sophistication of Russian electronic warfare as "eye-watering."


    The rest of this long article at http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/08/02/us-army-ukraine-russia-electronic-warfare/30913397/


    And by 2023 when us army will unleash its arsenal of jamming systems russia will advance and march further ahead in Electronic warfare not only that russians have improved masking their own signals. I read an article somewhere mentioning Nato soldiers faced problem in baltic during their exercise in communixations. I dont think Ukraine army personnel can provide any valid or secret info to american about russian jammers. US is yet to jam russian signals and mask its own properly.

    Too little...too late...Russia will have by 2020 photonic based ECM complexes that are orders of magnitude more powerful than electronic based ECM systems:

    https://www.russiadefence.net/t2547p315-russian-radar-systems#92339
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    Post  BTRfan on Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:17 am

    There has been major concern amongst American military brass that the USA's armed forces could not effectively fight against a "peer conventional army" or "equal conventional forces" which is meant to be taken to mean Russia or China.

    https://news.vice.com/article/can-the-us-army-still-fight-as-a-heavyweight?utm_source=vicenewsfb

    On August 5 and 6, a whole mess of senior Pentagon leadership and military brass will convene in California's Mojave Desert to witness something both spectacular and confusing. In the middle of the night, under a bright desert moon, US soldiers bristling with high-tech weaponry and other assorted killamajigs will gently parachute from the sky, then capture and secure an objective. Sort of.

    It will be the grand finale of Operation Dragon Spear, an exercise from which the bigwigs are supposed to draw useful conclusions about how the US military will fight in years to come. The army, like the rest of the military, is still working through the implications of President Barack Obama's shift from the George W. Bush-era focus on fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This involves planning for threats other than insurgents and suicide bombers, which means thinking about the kind of big, proper armies capable of fielding lots of heavy weapons like tanks, ground attack aircraft, artillery, and helicopters. That, in turn, will drive changes in US equipment and training.

    Related: America's Dark History in the Philippines Casts Shadow Over Defense Pact

    Operation Dragon Spear is a signal that the US Army is turning its attention from low-intensity counterinsurgency conflicts, which it's been engaged in for close to 15 years, to conventional wars — variously described by the Pentagon as high-intensity conflict, full-spectrum operations, major contingency operations, and decisive action. Whatever term is used, the Pentagon is referring to the kind of insanely destructive conflict that would result if the US found itself in a war with Russia, China, or what is called a "peer or near-peer competitor," which means anyone with a large, high-tech military.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:42 am

    Anything that need the full power of the US military can always be dealt with using nukes and indeed if it involves Russia or China then it will be decided diplomatically or atomically.
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    Post  Guest on Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:35 pm


    "The U.S. Army has launched its long-awaited competition to replace the M9 9mm pistol by offering gun makers the chance to supply the service with a new Modular Handgun System and the ammo to go with it.
    The Aug. 28 XM17 MHS request for proposals calls on gun makers to submit packages that include full-size and compact versions of their handgun and hundreds of thousands of rounds for testing.
    In a break from tradition, the Army is also requiring competing firms to prove that they are capable of delivering millions of rounds of pistol ammunition per month in addition to delivering thousands of new handguns per month, according to the request.

    Gun makers have until Jan. 28 to submit proposals.

    "The acquisition strategy is to conduct a full and open competition that will utilize the tradeoff method to evaluate and select the best value systems submitted that meets the MHS requirements," the notice states. "The Government will down-select to the Contractor whose proposals represent the best value to the Government ... giving the appropriate consideration to the six evaluation factors: System accuracy Shooter-in-The Loop, Reliability and Service Life, License Rights ammunition, License Rights Handgun and Accessories, Other Characteristics, and Price."
    The Army intends to award up to three contracts at the end of the initial evaluation. The service then plans to select from those a single contractor a 10-year contract for the new handguns, accessories and spare parts and a five-year contract for the ammunition, according to the request. The Army began working with the small arms industry on MHS in early 2013, but the effort has been in the works for more than five years. If successful, it would result in the Defense Department buying more than 400,000 new pistols during a period of significant defense-spending reductions. One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time. MHS is set to cost at least $350 million and potentially millions more if it results in the selection of a more potent pistol caliber, sources said.

    The competition will also evaluate expanding or fragmenting ammunition, such as hollow-point bullets, that have been used by law enforcement agencies for years. Earlier this summer, the Army's draft solicitation cited a new Defense Department policy that allows for the use of "special purpose ammunition." The competition will include a user evaluation with each Modular Handgun System candidate using the Modular Handgun Joint Pistol Qualification Course, or JPQC, according to the draft solicitation. "Each warfighter in this test will fire each candidate weapon system," the request for proposals states. "The JPQC includes target engagements spanning 1 [meter] to 35 [meters], from various firing positions, with target exposure times of 3 to 8 seconds." Competitors will also be judged on how close they come to meeting the objective requirement for reliability with is 2,500 mean rounds between stoppages and 10,000 mean rounds between failures, according to the RFP. Each gun maker will be required to submit full-size and a compact-size MHS packages. The full-size package includes 100 guns; the compact package calls for 75 guns. Both include magazines, spare parts and other accessories. Both packages also require an ammunition support package of about 600,000 rounds of ball and special-purpose ammunition. The winner will have to be able to deliver 6,300 full-size pistols per month within a year and 3,000 compact pistols per month with in a year, according to the RFP. The winning contractor will have to be able to ramp up to delivering 2.8 million rounds of ball ammunition per month within three years and 1.6 million rounds of special-purpose ammunition per month within three years, according the RFP. Current plans call for the Army to purchase more than 280,000 full-size handguns and 7,000 compact versions, Army officials maintain. The other military services participating in the MHS program may order an additional 212,000 systems above the Army quantity."


    I hope they finally replace God damn M9 so i dont have to read news about it being replaced. Last 20 years they talk about it being replaced.
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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:58 pm

    Militarov wrote:

    The winner will have to be able to deliver 6,300 full-size pistols per month within a year and 3,000 compact pistols per month with in a year, according to the RFP. The winning contractor will have to be able to ramp up to delivering 2.8 million rounds of ball ammunition per month within three years and 1.6 million rounds of special-purpose ammunition per month within three years, according the RFP. Current plans call for the Army to purchase more than 280,000 full-size handguns and 7,000 compact versions, Army officials maintain. The other military services participating in the MHS program may order an additional 212,000 systems above the Army quantity."


    I hope they finally replace God damn M9 so i dont have to read news about it being replaced. Last 20 years they talk about it being replaced.
    Note the thousands of pistols a month and ammo building up to millions a month. Are they scrapping all the stocks they already have? What a huge quantity per pistol!

    Meanwhile they are purchasing thousands of Gloch pistols. Interesting article at http://warisboring.com/articles/american-commandos-are-fed-up-with-waiting-for-the-armys-new-pistol/
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    Post  Guest on Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:40 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    Militarov wrote:

    The winner will have to be able to deliver 6,300 full-size pistols per month within a year and 3,000 compact pistols per month with in a year, according to the RFP. The winning contractor will have to be able to ramp up to delivering 2.8 million rounds of ball ammunition per month within three years and 1.6 million rounds of special-purpose ammunition per month within three years, according the RFP. Current plans call for the Army to purchase more than 280,000 full-size handguns and 7,000 compact versions, Army officials maintain. The other military services participating in the MHS program may order an additional 212,000 systems above the Army quantity."


    I hope they finally replace God damn M9 so i dont have to read news about it being replaced. Last 20 years they talk about it being replaced.
    Note the thousands of pistols a month and ammo building up to millions a month. Are they scrapping all the stocks they already have? What a huge quantity per pistol!

    Meanwhile they are purchasing thousands of Gloch pistols.

    Na, i doubt they will just like that destroy current stock of ammunition, i mean they are still at this moment buying 9mm PARA for their MP5s, M9s etc so naa, that ammo is not going anywhere till its storage time ends or it gets spent. They might even just gift it to countries like Iraq, Kurds, Israel, Albania, Croatia or very likely Ukraine. And Glocks are used in small quantities by some special units like MARCOS and SOCOM... actually they used Sig226/228/Glock17/Glock19/USP even Colt 1911 derivates even tho they were never part of standard military issued kits.
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    Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:14 am

    " Fort Carson says a Black Hawk helicopter landed hard in a suburban Denver forest in Douglas County, injuring two soldiers onboard.
    The military says it's investigating how the accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Forest Service land. Officials say four soldiers were in the helicopter during a routine training mission.
    Fort Carson spokeswoman Danny Johnson described the incident as a hard landing. The military said in a news conference that the injuries are not life-threatening.
    KMGH-TV reports that the Elizabeth Fire Department responded shortly after the accident but initially had trouble finding the helicopter in the forest.
    The soldiers were part of Fort Carson's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division"
    Source: military.com

    They had two hard landings in Navy and Army in last 24h, 1 dead 13 wounded total.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:42 am

    US Army Stryker Vehicles to Get Enormous New Guns

    The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a $612 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes an additional $411 million for Army Stryker combat vehicle upgrades.

    The cost of the upgraded Strykers breaks down to $314 million for modification work and $97 million for research and development, Breaking Defense reported.

    Earlier this year, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment – one of the last US combat units still based in Europe – requested Strykers fitted with 30 millimeter automatic cannons (30 mm is more than twice the caliber of the 12.7 mm machine guns those Strykers currently mount.)

    While setting aside funds for the upgrades, the House and Senate Armed Service Committees also warned the Army that the cost-per-vehicle of the upgrade is getting too high, and the schedule to deliver the new 30 millimeter cannon may be too slow.

    "The conferees understand the urgency for this requirement given heightened security concerns of our NATO partners due to Russian aggression in Ukraine," the conference report says. "As such, the conferees expect the rapid production of fully serviceable, upgraded Strykers."

    The upgrades could cost $4.5 million for each of the 81 vehicles, according to US Army estimates.
    As the United States continues to promote fears of “Russian aggression,” the Pentagon has called for upgraded communications systems.

    But because the 30 mm cannon and its ammunition are much heavier than the current 12.7 mm machinegun, a redesign of the roof is necessary.

    The Army plans to build the new guns – and the new superstructure to support them – onto disused Stryker chassis that were mothballed after Strykers were converted to roadside-bomb-resistant Double-V Hulls, Defense News reported.

    "This approach appears to add significantly to the unit cost," the conferees said in their report.

    Also, the report draws a line between the upgrades for the vehicles of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe and an overhaul of the entire Stryker fleet worldwide, Defense News reported. Congress is eager to fasttrack the first but uneasy about the second.

    The $411 million in "lethality upgrades" for Europe come on top of $560 million of Stryker funding that was already in the budget request.

    "The conferees are concerned that simply adding a broad Stryker lethality package for the Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Teams could add billions of dollars to the already stressed resources of the combat vehicle portfolio," the conference report says.

    The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill next week.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20151001/1027879186/us-army-stryker-defense-bill.html#ixzz3nO0W12Dg
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:21 pm

    30mm are not enormous...

    Previous cannon were 25mm, not HMGs at 12.7mm calibre so the increase in calibre is just 5mm, which is less than the calibre of a modern assault rifle.

    More importantly current Russian IFVs already have both 30mm cannons and 100mm rifled main guns and will likely get 57mm or 45mm cannon that will be rather more powerful.

    Of course the tank versions of Boomerang and Kurganets and Typhoon will be armed with 125mm guns.
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    Post  max steel on Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:20 pm

    Lockheed Martin Making New 60 Megawatt Killer Lasers for US Army
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    Post  max steel on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:17 pm

    'Anyone With AK-47' Can Overmatch US Soldier in Fire Fight
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    Post  Guest on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:21 pm

    max steel wrote:'Anyone With AK-47' Can Overmatch US Soldier in Fire Fight

    This is abit stretched article "He also noted that in Afghanistan, US and coalition troops used 5.56x45 NATO weapons, and as a result were outperformed by enemy fighters employing 7.62x54 mm caliber weapons. The same caliber is used now by Islamic State (ISIL) fighters.", sure but they just compared multipurpose machine gun/frontline sniper caliber with an assault rifle mid sized ammo.
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    Post  max steel on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:27 pm

    The Army has lost control of its 3.5-ton multi-billion-dollar air-defense JLENS


    The aircraft is part of a Pentagon plan to create a net to hunt enemy drones and cruise missiles along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The Pentagon has spent $2.55 billion on the program and it is a failure already. Razz Wink
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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:46 pm

    "The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a contract option worth $245.3 million to complete the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier. “The success of this program is directly attributable to the partnership between the Army and BAE Systems,” said Adam Zarfoss, director of Artillery and Bradley programs at BAE Systems. “We’ve worked as a team to bring this much needed enhanced combat capability to the soldier to address immediate needs while providing a platform that can support future growth as requirements evolve.” The M109A7 program is a significant upgrade over the vehicle’s predecessor, the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer. It uses the existing main armament and cab structure of the M109A6, but replaces the vehicle’s chassis structure with a new design that increases survivability and allows for the integration of Bradley common drive-train and suspension components.

    Additionally, the system leverages technologies developed under the Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon programs such as a 600 volt on-board power generation, distribution and management system, coupled with high-voltage gun drive and projectile ramming systems. The state-of-the-art “digital-backbone” and power generation capability provides significant growth potential for future payloads as well as accommodating existing battlefield network requirements. The upgrades ensure commonality with the existing systems in the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team, including the BAE Systems-built Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle. BAE Systems was awarded a one-year base contract for the M109A7 in October 2013, and the first of two option year awards to produce an additional 18 vehicle sets in October 2014.

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    The current exercise is for the second option year to produce an additional 30 sets. One set includes an M109A7 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer (SPH) along with its battlefield companion, the M992A3 Carrier Ammunition, Tracked. With all two options exercised, BAE Systems will deliver a total of 66 vehicle sets plus one additional SPH and associated kits, spares, and technical documentation to complete the LRIP phase. The U.S. Army has a total acquisition objective of 580 vehicle sets. Work on the M109A7 is currently underway at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama and BAE Systems’ York, Pennsylvania, and Elgin, Oklahoma, facilities."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/bae-systems-receives-245-3-million-u-s-army-contract-to-continue-m109a7-production.html
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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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