The U.S. Army Wants a More Powerful Rifle
On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Army officially asked industry for information on a new 7.62-by-51-millimeter rifle. The request signals the Army’s intention to begin moving away from the 5.56-by-45-millimeter M-16 and M-4 that have been the ground-combat branch’s main firearms for generations. The Army’s RFI comes hot on... Read more
The U.S. Army’s Drone-Killing Missile Sprays Shrapnel
The Army’s well-known Stinger missile can now destroy small, moving drones using a newer proximity fuse to detonate near a target, service developers said. Firing from a vehicle-mounted Avenger Air Defense System, a Stinger missile destroyed a mini-drone more than one kilometer away using a proximity fuse—technology used to... Read more
High-Tech U.S. Spy Plane Supports Combat Ops in Africa, South America
The Army is testing a next-generation surveillance plane engineered to identify enemy targets quickly from the air with a high-tech datalink to connect on-board sensors and computers with a multi-source ground-based intelligence system. The Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, or EMARSS, is a fixed-wing surveillance plane... Read more
The U.S. Army Wants Its Next Tank to Be a Drone Commander
The U.S. Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire—all for the 2030s... Read more
AAI’s Rifle-and-Grenade-Launcher Combo Went Nowhere
The U.S. Army’s Objective Individual Combat Weapon program launched in December 1993. The goal was to develop a new, ergonomic infantry weapon combining a rifle and grenade launcher and possessing superior hit probability at intermediate and long ranges — 500 and 1,000 meters, respectively. The OICW had to be better than... Read more
U.S. Troops Hunted for Mock Satellite in Arctic War Game
When U.S. Army paratroopers jumped from their plane near Dead Horse, Alaska on Feb. 22, 2017, the sub-zero weather was reason enough for the practice session. Parachute jumps are complicated and dangerous in the best weather. But the exercise planners had already added another unique element to the war game.... Read more
Hey Drivers, the U.S. Army Wants to Read Your Brain Waves
Imagine you’re a soldier driving for hours through a stretch of empty, dusty road. You’re wearing a helmet packed with sensors that record your brain’s electrical signals and sends them out into the ether for processing at a remote facility. Meanwhile, a team of military specialists is monitoring your... Read more
What’s This Apparent U.S. Army Spy Plane Flying Over Libya?
On April 10, Libyan militants looked up and caught a glimpse of a white spy plane flying over the city of Benghazi. The aircraft’s appearance comes as Washington mulls how best to support Libya’s weak government and fight the terrorists taking advantage of the chaos. The Islamist group Ansar... Read more
Mitchell WerBell Silenced the U.S. Army’s M-14s and M-16s
In the early 1960s, former U.S. Office of Strategic Services operative Mitchell WerBell III founded a company dedicated to the development of cheap and efficient sound-suppressors for automatic weapons. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, WerBell had joined the U.S. Army, serving briefly as a second lieutenant with... Read more
Real Ordnance-Disposal Isn’t Anything Like ‘Hurt Locker’
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