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Biggest Change For Infantry Since WWII: XM25

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Buried in a bleak Army budget is a bright nugget of revolution: a precision-guided grenade launcher called the XM25. In difficult development for over a decade, the XM25 will finally enter limited production in 2017. It will be the first radically new small arms technology since 1943. “This has the potential to be a… Keep reading →

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ATK, Orbital To Merge; First Course Of New Last Supper?

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: In many respects, the merger announced this morning between ATK and Orbital Sciencesappears just a sensible move between two space and defense companies facing a declining demand for rockets and rocket engines. The Space Shuttle flies no more, leaving ATK without the considerable revenue stream from its reusable solid rocket motor. The United Launch… Keep reading →

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New Spy Satellites Revealed By Air Force; Will Watch Other Sats

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA WINTER, ORLANDO: The Air Force revealed today the existence of a new set of classified electro-optical satellites — the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSAP) — designed to spot other satellites and space debris. What effect might this have on nations, such as, say, China, who realize the enormous military advantage that space provides… Keep reading →

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