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Steve Nimmer, of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, (right) demonstrates the operation of the HEMT...

May 8, 2007 TPI Composites (TPI) has unveiled its new light-weight, all-composite truck cab. The cab was designed for the U.S. Army’s tactical wheeled vehicle fleet and addresses serious vehicle issues by being lighter in weight, highly durable, and strong enough to carry the heaviest of armor and mine blast protection. TPI’s lightweight, all-composite cab allows soldiers to carry more protective armor, ammunition, and equipment because it weighs hundreds of pounds less than cabs constructed with conventional materials.  Read More

F/A-18C/D Aircrew Flight Trainer in use by a US Marine pilot

April 30, 2007 It's the ultimate flight sim video game. 360 degree cockpit views, multiplayer, totally realistic instruments and the option to have a separate gunner in the back seat of your F/A-18 Hornet as you dogfight the others or engage in air-to-ground missions. Sadly, you'll need to sign your life away to play it.  Read More

The Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket

April 26, 2007 Lockheed Martin recently conducted several successful flight tests of a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary Phase II rocket at White Sands Missile Range, NM, concluding the second phase of the Production Qualification Testing (PQT) requirement series for the contract. Guided MLRS Unitary integrates a 200-pound unitary warhead into the GMLRS rocket, giving battlefield commanders the ability to attack targets up to 70 kilometers away with extremely high precision. This low-cost, low-risk program has helped to greatly reduce collateral damage by providing enhanced accuracy to ensure delivery of the warhead to the target.  Read More

QinetiQ's X-Net vehicle arrest system in use in a military drill.

April 24, 2007 Conventional vehicle hindrance devices rely on puncturing tyres - which allow the vehicle to continue for some distance, sometimes out of control, and are ineffective against run-flat tyres. X-Net is a new system that brings any car to a quick, safe stop - as fast as an emergency brake, and with minimal vehicle damage.  Read More

New breech-loading NLOS mortar fires first round

April 13, 2007 The long-awaited Future Combat Systems (FCS) Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Mortar Firing Platform has had its first outing, successfully firing its first shot (an M931 training round) last week. The successful firing was the first in a series of tests being conducted to confirm the reliability of the NLOS Mortar's unique breech-loading system and its other advanced armament technologies that enable greater rates of fire and firing angles, as well as the ability for Soldiers to fire the weapon under armor - a capability mortar crews don’t have today.  Read More

The First SBInet Mobile Sensor Tower

April 5, 2007 You’re looking at the first Secure Border Initiative (SBI) integrated mobile sensor tower, a key element of the SBInet system's mobile component. Once operational, the 98-foot high tower will detect and identify entries into the U.S. when they occur, allowing Border Patrol agents to respond effectively and efficiently to the entry and resolve the situation with appropriate law enforcement. The tower houses cameras, radar, wireless data access points, communications and computer equipment, and a tower security system. When combined with Border Patrol agent vehicle modifications, the mobile sensor towers will provide surveillance data to the Common Operating Picture, a critical component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's comprehensive border security solution.  Read More

The remarkable 57-mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system

April 3, 2007 BAE Systems has received its second contract from General Dynamics for US$7.2 million to supply a 57-mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system for the U.S. Navy's fourth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 4) as its main armament. Linked with a digital fire control system, the Mk 110 accurately fires automatic salvos of the highly lethal 57-mm Mk 295 ammunition at a firing rate of 220 rounds per minute and a range of up to nine miles. The 6-mode programmable 57-mm Mk 295 ammunition allows the system to perform against aerial, surface or ground threats with just a single round. Sailors can switch from warning to live fire to engage a target in seconds, and the servo-controlled electro hydraulic gun laying subsystems provide robust endurance and extreme pointing accuracy, even in high sea-state conditions.  Read More

Raytheon Jam-Resistant GPS Antennas

April 2, 2007 Raytheon’s GAS-1 jam-resistant Global Positioning System (GPS)-antenna technology seems to be going from strength to strength, and with another option conversion under its current contract with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy announced this week, more than 4000 of the units will be in operation by 2008. The system is able to recognise sources of electrical interference and by adjusting the way in which it receives the satellite signals, reject them, allowing navigation equipment to function safely, accurately and efficiently. In military use this allows operations to be carried out with greater accuracy and less risk. Raytheon claims its anti-jam system is able to track jammers and generate nulls faster than any competing system, and based on the order books, the claims appear verified.  Read More

The 30,000 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator

March 28 2007 In terms of non-nuclear bombs, we’ve seen some doozies in the last 50 years, such as the Daisycutter (the 15,000 pound BLU-82 bomb designed originally to create jungle clearings in Vietnam with a lethality radius of 300 meters) and the aptly nicknamed 30 ft long, 21,000 pound MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs), the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. Now, there is to be a new mega-bomb, the Boeing-developed, precision-guided 30,000 lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is designed specifically to attack hardened concrete bunkers and tunnel facilities and testing is underway.  Read More

The Dominator Integrated Infantry Combat System with man-packable VSAT terminal

March 26, 2007 Elbit Systems heads up the Isreal Ministry of Defense Integrated Infantry Combat System (IICS) Project which aims to equip soldiers with miniaturised high-tech wearable tools for advanced situational awareness, quicker response and ultimately, increased lethality. The plan is to allow infantry soldiers to be networked into integrated information systems so they can send and receive information in real time, view up-to-the-minute Common Operational Picture (situational awareness of enemy and own forces) and live video from either external or on body sensors and transmit images and information back to command. The company’s Dominator Integrated Infantry Combat System was shown off for the first time last week and amongst a range of extraordinary capabilities, the integrated Globalight man-packable VSAT terminal stands out - it offers broadband communications, two way simultaneous voice, internet, VC. Phone, fax and email communications ANYWHERE.  Read More

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