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Old September 9th, 2016   #61
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And it comes with two per container which is quite nice. Two per HIMARS and four per M270.

While probably being the better SRBM against well defended targets Iskander comes in a huge TELAR/missile package.
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And it comes with two per container which is quite nice. Two per HIMARS and four per M270.

While probably being the better SRBM against well defended targets Iskander comes in a huge TELAR/missile package.
Honestly Russia could have created a Unified Missile Brigade which combined the ability to fire Iskander-M, Iskander-K, Bastion-P and X-35 missiles, on the same chassis and C4I set up. Instead they made them all non-interchangeable. The US has gone the saner route of integrating a new munition to existing launchers in what appears to be a relatively easy to deploy package. I wonder how much impact the use of Iskander missiles in Syria had.

Also, it's definitely not a TELAR. There's no radar on the Iskander.
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A right. Brainknot.

I am quite a fan of having one launch module for quite a range of ammunitions. Makes upgrades and integrations much easier.

The navy's VLS is an example were this went along nicely over the years.
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USA's Oshkosh will display its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) with an Orbital ATKs M230 LF 30 mm lightweight automatic cannon at the National Guard Association of the United States Conference that will be held in Maryland from September 10 to 12.

Oshkosh to feature its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle with a 30mm cannon
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US Army LRPF may add anti Ship capabilities

The LRPF programs looks to upgrade the current ATACMS range out to 500km(INF limit the US still observes)

While,this program is still in development, with a new Pacific focus, the US Army may be looking to get back into the coastal Artillery/Anti Ship business


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The U.S. Army is testing improvement upgrades to the M3 recoilless rifle to make it more ergonomic, lighter and shorter, according to U.S. Army sources

The M3 recoilless rifle is a multi-role anti-armor and anti-personnel weapon system (MAAWS). Any potential upgrade will be part of a foreign technology program, the Army said in a statement.

U.S. Army testing potential upgrades for the M3 recoilless rifle | Echelon-Defense
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If I'm not mistaken, prior to this the Carl Gustav was mainly operated by the 75th Ranger Regiment. I suppose the introduction of the Carl Gustav will result in units being issued less AT-4s or maybe not.
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The US Army has rolled out its first Stryker with a 30mm gun. Besides the standard ground role, they are also looking at the AAA role that the 30mm gun brings with the use of appropriate ammo.
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US Army looking to add ASHM capabilities to the current ATACMS

The us Army is joining the Maratime domain with plans to place new seekers on existing ATACMS missiles. These have a 300km range and the intent is to provide shore based antiShip capabilities to the Army



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Abrams M1A2 SEP V4 under way

The Us Army has begun developing the latest upgrade to the M1.

Will Include new sensors, electronic warfare, lethality and protection upgrades as well as an Active protection system.

My guess it will be the last bridge to a new ground combat vehicle what will be a generational leap

The Army's More Lethal M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams Tank Variant Will Start Testing in the 2020s - Warrior - Scout
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The us Army is joining the Maratime domain with plans to place new seekers on existing ATACMS missiles. These have a 300km range and the intent is to provide shore based antiShip capabilities to the Army
Goes wider than that, looks as though certain people want the US Army/USMC to be in the business of coastal defence in general.

PACOM chief eyes coastal defence artillery for South China Sea | IHS Jane's 360

Mentions that the M109A7 should get a look too to study the positibilities to be used as coastal artillery.
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The Us Army has begun developing the latest upgrade to the M1.

Will Include new sensors, electronic warfare, lethality and protection upgrades as well as an Active protection system.

My guess it will be the last bridge to a new ground combat vehicle what will be a generational leap

The Army's More Lethal M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams Tank Variant Will Start Testing in the 2020s - Warrior - Scout
One would think that they would be looking at a new tank. The M1 has been around for what, 40 years now.
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One would think that they would be looking at a new tank. The M1 has been around for what, 40 years now.
The basic tank is still very good, much better (depending on version) than any but the very latest Russian vehicles. Just remember what happened in 1991 when the M-1A1 obliterated the soviet style Iraqi army, including the well equipped Republican Guard. I am thinking of the Battle of 73 Easting in particular, but also other actions the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, where greatly outnumbered they were able to annihilate the loosing force with minimal casualties.

Since then the M-1 has received extensive upgrades through the M-1A2 and SEP etc, vectronics and new munitions. The A2 upgrade alone increased the capability of the platform to the degree that it was estimated that a single four tank platoon would be capable of the same feats that once required a troop with nine tanks and thirteen CFVs or a company with fourteen tanks. The SEP V4 will bring it to a new level, as good or better than most other tanks and while a new platform would be good these upgrades will undoubtedly lead to the A3 or maybe a new platform down the track. With Putin's posturing having an upgrade pathway for the entire fleet of several thousand Abrams is probably a good thing.
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The basic tank is still very good, much better (depending on version) than any but the very latest Russian vehicles. Just remember what happened in 1991 when the M-1A1 obliterated the soviet style Iraqi army, including the well equipped Republican Guard. I am thinking of the Battle of 73 Easting in particular, but also other actions the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, where greatly outnumbered they were able to annihilate the loosing force with minimal casualties.

Since then the M-1 has received extensive upgrades through the M-1A2 and SEP etc, vectronics and new munitions. The A2 upgrade alone increased the capability of the platform to the degree that it was estimated that a single four tank platoon would be capable of the same feats that once required a troop with nine tanks and thirteen CFVs or a company with fourteen tanks. The SEP V4 will bring it to a new level, as good or better than most other tanks and while a new platform would be good these upgrades will undoubtedly lead to the A3 or maybe a new platform down the track. With Putin's posturing having an upgrade pathway for the entire fleet of several thousand Abrams is probably a good thing.

Agreed, my understanding thenthe US will continued upgrades to the M1 platform to maintain lethality and survivability while reaseraching the future replacement.

Some thoughts from a resent Army research paper.



"Fires

Wide range of options to provide significant lethality from very lightweight platforms (very low recoil) and the ability to provide LOS and no LOS effects from the same weapon system, which fire from manned or unmanned platforms working together in teaming formations.

Manned and unmanned teaming of both ground and air platforms to enable advanced autonomous maneuvers such as swarming and unmanned wingman behaviors.

Novel warheads that utilize spherical lethality zones for increased probability of hit and incapacitation of targets, resulting in reductions to stowed ammunition while enabling scalable lethality effects. Extremely high impetus propellants for hyper-velocity projectiles will provide increased anti-materiel defeat range.

Electric fires capability, which may include high-energy lasers, high power microwaves, electromagnetic launch, and plasma weapons to provide scalable, lethal, precise, low cost effects across a range of operations.

Significantly advanced targeting and sensing systems that will have the ability to provide targeting data with minimal latency through the Network, assist in rapid target acquisition and identification, and provide innovative sensing approaches that surmise intent (using complex data mining and metric calculations) of perceived threats granting unparalleled situational awareness."
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USArmy Personell poll

New polling inside the US Army seems to indicate active duty troops are not concerned with US PRes Obamas army priorities of Females in combat minority growth. Instead the Troops want fair pay and to be left out of his politics.

Link and story here



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