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Marines Develop Laser To Fry Drones From JLTVs

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The Army is also testing the last, which can smack into drones from hundreds of meters away.

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JLTV: Army Approves Full-Rate Production Despite Doubts

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Army Secretary Mark Esper has publicly said the armored off-road truck was designed to defeat guerrillas, at a time when the Army is refocusing on great powers. But the Army still plans to buy about 50,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and has even added JLTV to its elite list of 31 top-priority programs.

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Beyond Chinook: Army Secretary Challenges Industry To Revolutionize Heavy Lift

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A light scout and a mid-size transport remain Army aviation’s top two priorities, Secretary Mark Esper said, but industry needs to start thinking about the next heavy-lift aircraft and stop fighting against cuts to the venerable CH-47.

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Will Army Uncancel CH-47F Chinook Upgrade? Sec. Esper & Gen. McConville

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The Army wants to keep its options open on upgrading its heaviest cargo helicopter. Boeing is worried the window of opportunity — and its factory — will close before the Army makes up its mind.

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Esper: Chinook & JLTV ‘Designed For a Different Conflict’

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The Army’s rebuilding to face China and Russia. That may leave programs designed over the past decade for COIN operations in the dust.

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Oshkosh Rolls Out New JLTV As Army Talks Cuts

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The Army’s not sure it wants 55,000 JLTVs — but manufacturer Oshkosh is doubling down. Why?

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Army ‘Big Six’ Ramp Up in 2021: Learning From FCS

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All told, the Army’s investing $57 billion in modernization over five years — but it wants to take time to test new technologies before it commits to them.

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Army Lumbers Into Future: $33B In 2020-2024 For Big 6, Eventually

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Good news: That’s more money than the Army thought it could get for its top priorities. Bad news: We won’t see most of it this year.

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Tanks Up, Choppers Down, Artillery WAY Up In Army’s Old School 2019 Budget

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PENTAGON: The Army’s 2019 budget is all about old-school firepower. It’s a plan unmistakably driven by the Russian threat. Artillery, the king of battle, and armored vehicles dominate the service’s request: Joseph Stalin would approve. Meanwhile, helicopters — until this year the service’s top procurement expense — slip to second place. What’s more, the Army… Keep reading →

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Speedier Software Upgrades For Army Vehicles: Open Architecture

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NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: The Army’s wheeled vehicle programs like Stryker and JLTV are leading it on the path to open architecture, a modular approach to designing software and electronics that makes them easier to upgrade. That’s particularly critical when, facing Russian GPS jamming, the Army is looking to improve Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT) on tens… Keep reading →

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