Saturday, May 25, 2019

Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) tested with a 40mm cannon...via Defense 24...

via Defense 24
The vehicles may also potentially use more armament than their predecessors. US media outlets recently announced that a 40 mm cannon is being tested on the ACV platform. The gun, over the course of the test programme, was being used against a myriad of different targets, from infantry (at longer ranges than usual), pick-up trucks, to heavier vehicles or UAVs. The cannon is to be able to hit and neutralize any of those threats. This would translate into creation of a set of better defensive abilities for the landing operations.

Northrop Grumman confirmed that ACV was being tested with the Bushmaster II Mk 44/S cannon in “stretch” configuration. The gun makes it possible to utilize the Mk 310 Programmable Air Bursting Munition (PABM) rounds. Mk 44/S is a 30 mm gun in its standard variant but it may be rapidly converted to the 40 mm calibre. ACV was tested with the “Stretch” 40 mm gun at least once, as reported by the US media. The tests took place during a recent conference gathering the Bushmaster cannon users. ACV is using the MCT-30 turret manufactured by Kongsberg.

Poland can also be find among the Bushmaster user group (Mk 44 Bushmaster II). The weapon is being utilized on the Rosomak APC. The “Stretch” variant is used on the WB Electronics/HSW ZSSW-30 turrets that are to become the armament on the newly delivered Rosomak APCs and Borsuk IFVs.

The available data suggests that USMC has not directly defined use of the 40 mm calibre as a requirement. The US Marines however, are interested in the Mk 44/S gun and the option of utilizing programmable rounds. Potential transition to the 40 mm ammunition is also being considered. The ability to maintain and manufacture the “Stretch” gun is to be established at the Polish HSW S.A. facility, within the scope of the offset arrangements made during phase I of the Wisła programme.
Story here. 

Missed this but I cheer.

HQMC is taking a look at a 40mm cannon. 

Good God!  The Marine Corps is getting its groove back!  This would be a nice long term "interim" caliber.  Effective for the foreseeable future and we can keep an eye on what the Army is doing with the 50mm.

Someone is working this problem to perfection.  Love it!

Open Comment Post. 25 May 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

First US Army brigade of M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to be delivered "sometime this summer"....

Marines conduct a notional raid on a Polaris MRZR 4 vehicle during exercise Northern by Cpl. Rhita Daniel

FORT GREELY, Alaska (May 22, 2019) - U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Juan Morales, front right, a platoon sergeant, with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 7, conducts a notional raid on a Polaris MRZR 4 vehicle during exercise Northern Edge (NE), May 22, 2019 at Fort Greely, Alaska. Approximately 10,000 U.S. military personnel participate in exercise NE 2019, a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Chinese 124th Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division amphibious exercise via China Defense Blog...

They're training hard and aren't exhausting their men and material around the world defending the interests of others.

They're getting ready.

Are we?

New photo of the Scarab, light armored reconnaissance and engagement aid developed by Arquus...via Vincent lamigeon Twitter...

I guess we have to debate the Trump "potential" pardons...


We have no choice but to dive into this muddy water, but I'm unsettled by the whole thing.

I have questions.

Is it wrong for the President to pardon men that risked it all for this nation?  That fought when few others would for this land of ours?  That did the hard thing instead of expecting others to do it instead?

Are we a people that aren't capable of giving such men a second chance?

I don't buy the "moral high ground" bit for one minute. 

We've launched air strikes and killed family members of terrorists because they were considered a high value target and the people around them were listed as collateral damage.

We've traded terrorists for a deserter that got his fellow soldiers killed.

I'm not sure but I'd bet we've even paid money to terrorist in the vain hope that we could advance our goals.

So spare me the moral high ground.

This is murky at best and a pardon isn't exoneration.  Let their God judge them. 

Zumwalt Glamour Pics via Chris Cavas Twitter Page...

Friday Funny. You made the challenge and they accepted!

Don't advertise the goods?

Well said!

You made the challenge and they accepted.  It's 2019 folks.  You can be targeted for political views, skin color, sexual preference smart!

Don't tell the world where you stand on the back of your vehicle.  Oh and for the smart asses, yeah this is America and you have freedom of speech but people also have the freedom to be idiots.

So just save yourself the headache and take it to the voting booth.

Open Comment Post. 24 May 2019