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Who Will Build 651 Parachuting Trucks For The Army?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Auto giant General Motors is the outsider in a competition against two teams of companies with decades of defense experience: Oshkosh-Flyer and Polaris-SAIC.

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Digital Arsenal: Army Inches Forward On Electronic Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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To counter Russia’s electronic warfare battalions, the Army wants to field a revolutionary EW weapon by 2023. But how do they get there?

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JLTV: Army Approves Full-Rate Production Despite Doubts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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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Israelis Invest In New Artillery: ATMOS Mobile Howitzer

Posted by Arie Egozi on


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

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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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Lasers: Beyond The Power Problem

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Miitary lasers are getting more and more powerful, fast. But raw power isn’t all you need for a workable weapon.

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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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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BAE Gets $873M For AMPVs, Spelling The End of The ‘Aluminum Coffin’ M113

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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In Iraq, M113 variants were deemed too vulnerable to roadside bombs and confined to base. But in a fast-moving mechanized war in Eastern Europe, the armored brigades would need support vehicles that stand a chance against Russian firepower.

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