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Hill Likely to OK $8B F-16V Sale To Taiwan; DoD Mulls Where To Train

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The Trump administration is finding Taiwan to be a more than willing partner as it continues to look for ways to counter China

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Taiwan Buys Lots Of Tanks, But Really Wants New F-16Vs

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As dozens of US and allied warships operate in the Pacific, trailed by a Chinese spy ship, the Trump administration debates selling new F-16s to Taiwan.

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Tank Plant Trump Says He Saved Was Never In Danger

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Here’s the real history of the nation’s only factory for the massive M1 Abrams tanks.

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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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M2 Bradley Gets An Iron Fist; Rival Trophy APS Wins $67M For Army, Marine M1 Tanks

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Last month, the Army committed to buying an initial brigade’s-worth of the Iron Fist Active Protection System for the M2 Bradley. Meanwhile, with Tuesday morning’s announcement, the US is spending over $200 million to install the rival Trophy APS on not only Army but Marine Corps M1 Abrams tanks.

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Army Bradley Brigade Will Get Israeli Anti-Missile System: Iron Fist

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WASHINGTON: Seeking to stop Russian-made anti-tank missiles, the US Army will buy Israel’s Iron Fist Active Protection System for a brigade of its M2 Bradley armored vehicles, Breaking Defense has learned. The decision comes after weeks of confusing statements by Army officials and months of delays fitting the high-tech active protection on a Cold War-vintage… Keep reading →

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Saudis OK Billions in Arms Sales, Congress Not So Sure

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WASHINGTON: Even as Congress inches toward cutting off arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s grinding war in Yemen, the United States is preparing to ship $14.5 billion worth of arms to the increasingly embattled kingdom. Those weapons include “helicopters, tanks, ships, weapons, and training,” a… Keep reading →

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Robot Hover Tanks With Ray Guns? Army Looks To Replace M1

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“It doesn’t have to be a tank, it just has to be decisive and lethal,” Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman answered. “If that is run by a flux capacitor, hovers, and has a ray gun — and we can make it run at a reasonable cost — we’ll look at it.”

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300 Shots: Rafael Readies Trophy Lite For US Stryker

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The latest version of Israel’s Trophy defense system stopped more than 95 percent of roughly 300 missiles and rockets shot at it in Israeli tests this summer, laying the groundwork for US Army testing this fall on the 8×8 Stryker armored vehicle.

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Army Rejects Iron Curtain APS For Stryker, Launches New Programs

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By 2022, the service plans to field new advanced reactive armor tiles to neutralize incoming warheads, a laser early warning system to warn crews they’re being targeted, and a signature management effort to avoid detection in the first place.

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