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Israelis Invest In New Artillery: ATMOS Mobile Howitzer

Posted by Arie Egozi on


The IDF plans to replace hundreds of aging American M109s with Elbit’s ATMOS, which is 50 percent made in the US.

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Army Will Field 100 Km Cannon, 500 Km Missiles: LRPF CFT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army is modernizing three artillery systems: 155 cannon, the cheapest option, for the close fight against the enemy’s frontline forces; guided rockets for the deep fight against enemy reinforcements and supply lines; and missiles, the most expensive munitions, for very deep or even strategic strikes against targets in the enemy rear and homeland.

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Upgunned Strykers Open Fire At Aberdeen – But Fielding Will Be Slow

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND: Two years after the Europe-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment requested more firepower to deter the Russians, 30 millimeter shells and Javelin missiles thundered downrange here at the Army’s oldest proving ground. Even standing at a safe distance, 20 yards from the closest of the two Stryker vehicles, I could feel the muzzle blast… Keep reading →

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Future of Army Combat: McCain Wants Ambition, Army Offers Caution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


  CAPITOL HILL: Sen. John McCain wants an ambitious plan for new ground vehicle designs and new kinds of combat units from the Army. So does the Heritage Foundation, which has provided much of the brain power for the Trump administration. But the Army isn’t on board: Burned by past program meltdowns like FCS and GCV.… Keep reading →

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Paladin Howitzer Lacks Fire Protection: DoD IG

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: One of the Army’s most successful weapons programs is now under fire over safety shortfalls. The Automatic Fire Extinguisher System (AFES) in the upgraded M109A7 Paladin artillery vehicle “did not protect the entire howitzer crew compartment during fire survivability testing,” the Department of Defense Inspector General reports today. DoD IG says this safety system… Keep reading →

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Robot Boats, Smart Guns & Super B-52s: Carter’s Strategic Capabilities Office

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Arsenal plane. It’s a great name, no? And the Hyper Velocity Projectile. Whoa. Fast flying swarming micro drones. Neat! There’s much more being developed, but it’s classified. Where is all this coming from? The Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO for short. Defense Secretary Ash Carter talked up the new office in his 2017 budget preview speech… Keep reading →

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Army Armor Modernizes In Slow Motion

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The US Army is deploying extra stocks of heavy weapons to Europe to deter Russia’s increasingly naked aggression. These are the most advanced ground weapons America can field — but the tanks and other heavy fighting vehicles in this buildup are the same ones we had the last time the Russians were a danger, back when… Keep reading →

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Paladin PIM: The Little Cannon That Could & The Future Of The Armored Brigade

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: After 20 years and two costly cancelled programs, the US Army finally has a new artillery vehicle. While the ceremonial rollout isn’t till Thursday, contractor BAE Systems has already delivered the first pair of self-propelled howitzers. Oft-overlooked and blandly named, this Paladin Integrated Management program is a modest but much-needed success for the… Keep reading →

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Tanks Come Roaring Back In Army Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: After years of cuts and cancelled programs, tanks and other armored vehicles are beginning a comeback. In contrast to other investments in the 2016 budget request released today, the ground vehicle increases have so much congressional backing — and involve such relatively small amounts — that they’re actually likely to happen. Four tracked vehicle… Keep reading →

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