OneShot Helps Snipers Reach Out to Maximum Range

Military snipers may only get one chance to hit their target. The One Shot program seeks to enable snipers to accurately hit targets with the first round, under crosswind conditions, day or night, at the maximum effective range of the weapon. A commercial system providing similar capabilities (tough not as advanced in down-range measurement as the DARPA system) was unveiled by TrackingPoint at the Shot Show 2013

Smart Launchers for Smarter Munitions

Above: Different launchers were designed by MBDA's 'Concept Vision' team, for the system's principal weapons - the Sniper and Enforcer missiles. The smart munitions are employed by a common control system, enabling the use of relatively simple and lightweight launchers. Photo: MBDA New Guided Missiles, Programmable Munitions Enhancing The Infantry Precision Fire Effects Designing a portable weapon that will providing a significant...

ULCV: In Search of the 21st Century Jeep

The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.

Body Armor Suites

Start < Page 2 0f 11 > Current body armor suites are designed to defeat most threats encountered on the modern battlefield. However, when configured for maximum protection, combat gear is becoming so heavy that it inhibits free movement and maneuverability, limits peripheral vision and causes dangerous heat stress that adversely affects performance, turning the protected soldier into a slow, vulnerable target. Body...

German Army to Get Software Defined Radios for the Infantry

The German Federal Ministry of Defense (MOD) has selected Telefunken Radio Communications Systems (RACOMS), to equip its infantry units with the PNR1000 advanced soldier radio, part of Elbit Systems’ E-Lynx family of Software Defined Radios (SDR). The new radios will be used at the platoon and company levels

New Super-Strong Fiber Designed to Meet Threats in Former-Soviet Markets

Composite fibers manufacturer DSM Dyneema unveiled today the SB51, a new fiber optimized for use in ballistic vests that combine minimum weight with high protection performance against handgun ammunition, fragments and knives. It was designed specifically to provide protection against the prevalent threats in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific, namely the 7.62x25mm Tokarev bullet, widely used in...

Future Force Warrior Uniform, Protection and Combat Gear

Start < Page 5 of 6 > The Future Force Warrior uniform suite will be fabricated from flexible structural framework designed for unconstrained vertical or lateral movement, even with full combat/assault load. For protection and enhanced survivability, standard uniforms will be replaced by a full spectrum protective combat ensemble, fabricated from ultra-lightweight materials which will also provide resistance to friction and...

MBDA Embark on an Innovative ‘Concept Weapon’ Campaign

MBDA has embarked on an innovative evolution of next generation weapon systems designed to empower future infantry and dismounted warfighters with advanced, yet unavailable capabilities. Ideas for the new concepts were received from MBDA employees Throughout the world, and from military users and veterans. According to Michael Mew, Lead ENgineer for the Concept Visions program, the new weapons could be...

US Army About to Cancel Carbine Replacement

The US Army is likely to cancel a plan to replace its M4 assault rifles with a new carbine. The Army prepared for a selection of three finalists of a major evaluation, before committing over $300 millins for new Carbines over the next five years. It is now likely the Army will opt for the modestly improved M4A1.

MultiCam Camouflage Pattern Selected for U.S. Army Uniform and Equipment

Following four months of evaluations of alternative camouflage pattern colors, the U.S. Army selected the MultiCam pattern for the uniforms provided for all soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

Generation II Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) Fielded

The U.S. Army began fielding the new second generation Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), with first kits delivered to soldiers scheduled to deploy to the Afghan theater. Shipments will soon follow to units already in theater. "The latest design Gen-II IOTV vest includes 17 improvements over the Gen-I vest. The new IOTV is designed with more versatile, modular approach,...

MULE – Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment

Lockheed Martin's Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) autonomous vehicle is developed by Lockheed Martin for the US Army Future Combat Systems program. The vehicle is designed to carry the load of two infantry squads, totaling about 2,000 pounds (907 kg), and support troops with water and power sources for extended operations. The estimated cost of each MULE platform (without...

Israeli Army Tests New ISR Systems for Urban Warfare

Start < Page 8 of 9 > IDF Infantry units, from the platoon level upward, are already equipped with a multitude of sensors providing real-time imagery. The need for such organic intelligence gathering capabilities, to provide "extended eyes and ears" for field commanders operating in cluttered terrain in and around urban area was raised by the IDF and answered by Israel's defense...

Safety Seat System

Suspended by straps anchored to several points on the roof and sides, Autoflug seats protect the crew from side and bottom mine and IED blasts. The ergonomically optimized seats provide an optimized working position, which reduces fatigue and stress during long operations. The seats protect the crew by eliminating the direct effect of a blast's shock wave because they...

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