The US Army abandons its Strategic Long-Range Cannon super-gun program

Faced with the probable return of international tensions and the risk of high-intensity conflict, the US Army undertook, in 2017, to launch a new super program designated BIG 6, in reference to the BIG 5 super program of the early 70s which gave birth to to the Bradley, the Patriot, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, among other things. Among the critical pillars of the BIG 6, alongside the Futur Vertical Lift program to replace combat helicopters and the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program to replace the Bradleys, is the Long Range Precision Fire pillar, aimed at providing the US Army with new generation artillery.…

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The US Army chooses SIG Sauer for its assault rifles and its new generation infantry machine guns

Launched in 2017, the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon program aimed to develop a new generation of infantry weapons to replace the M4A1 assault rifles, M249 and M240 infantry machine guns, and 5,56 .6 mm NATO, judged by the American General Staff as insufficient in the face of the democratization of ballistic protection. Integrated into the BIG 2019 super program, the NGSW program began by choosing, in August 6,8, a smart 1186 mm ammunition designated XM2000, derived from a caliber developed by Remington RPC in the early XNUMXs, abandoning the idea for a while. mention of telescoped ammunition which, according to the US Army, would have caused too many logistical constraints...

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With the 2023 budget, the American armies reveal their transformation strategy in the face of China

It is common to read to what extent the Russian armies engaged in Ukraine rely on equipment inherited from the Soviet period. It is true that although modernized, the T-72B3, T80BV, BMP-2 and other Msta-S were all designed in the 70s and 80s, as is the case with the combat aircraft of the Flanker series or the Mil and Kamov helicopters. However, it is clear that in the West, the situation is largely identical, including with regard to the tip of the sword, namely the US Army, which continues to rely on Abrams tanks, the Bradley VCIs, the…

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The US Army will receive its first DE-SHORAD laser Guardian this year

Protection against light and medium drones, including stray munitions, is now a critical issue for a modern armed force. Depending on the country, different solutions have been put forward, employing mobile artillery systems, light missiles and even anti-drone drones. But the most promising solution in this field remains that based on directed energy weapons, and it is this type of system that the US Army has been developing urgently for 3 years. One of these systems is the Guardian, from the DE-SHORAD program, a Stryker armored vehicle mounted with a 50 Kw laser, capable of taking…

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The US Army to invest $ 2,7 billion in the sighting systems of its new generation assault rifles

In most science fiction films, the weapons of the future are accompanied by extremely advanced targeting systems, capable of detecting targets in the dark or behind cover, calculating the ballistic trajectory and communicating with other weapons. Once again, reality will soon meet fiction, since the US Army has just awarded a contract worth no less than $2,7 billion to the company Vortex Optics, in order to deliver some 250.000 XM157 NGSW fire control systems. -FC (Fire Control) as part of the Next Generation Squad Weapons program. The system will equip both NGSW-R assault rifles and weapons…

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Boeing offers new 155mm ramjet shell to US Army

With the arrival of new ammunition, such as the American XM1113 or the Italian Volcano, the range of artillery shells has increased considerably in recent years. Thus, where an M109A6 Paladin equipped with a 39-caliber L/39 gun (39 times the diameter of the 155 mm shell, or 6,05 m) struggled to hit targets at 20 km with traditional shells , it can now reach targets at 40 km with the XM1113, which is moreover with greatly increased precision thanks to GPS, inertial or laser guidance. In addition to the arrival of these so-called “additional propulsion” shells, i.e. benefiting from an additional thrust…

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The US Army tests a Coyote 3 drone to counter a swarm of drones

The anti-drone drone has been popular for a few months, and in particular since the Harpy and other Defender 1C of Israeli invoice implemented by the Azeris operators, swept the points of resistance, the DCA and the Armenian artillery a barely a year ago, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war of 2020. Since then, light reconnaissance drones, wandering ammunition and drone swarms have simultaneously become technological challenges which it has become imperative and urgent to acquire quickly, but also threats from which we had to protect ourselves as quickly as possible. Beyond kinetic systems and…

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The 4 future air defense systems close to Directed Energy of the US Army

In many fields, such as long-range surface-to-air systems, anti-tank missiles, electronic warfare and even artillery and armour, the US Army has seen its technological advantage inherited from the end of the Cold War eroding over years of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, while other countries, especially Russia and China, invested methodically to catch up, and sometimes even overtake US technology. But there is one area in which the American armies have been able to invest in time and enough to maintain a significant gap over their competitors, directed energy weapons, in particular for…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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