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U.S. Army Spc. Warren Feeley (center right), Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25 Infantry Division loads ammunition into the .50-caliber Remote Weapons System on a M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Sept. 19, 2012, prior to conducting a live fire training exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, on Hawaii. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25 Infantry Division are conducting a month-long exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on Hawaii which is focused on platoon level collective training with enabler integration. The training will culminate in a combined arms live fire exercise later this month. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

U.S. Army Spc. Warren Feeley (center right), Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25 Infantry Division loads ammunition into the .50-caliber Remote Weapons System on a M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Sept. 19, 2012, prior to conducting a live fire training exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, on Hawaii. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25 Infantry Division are conducting a month-long exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on Hawaii which is focused on platoon level collective training with enabler integration. The training will culminate in a combined arms live fire exercise later this month. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

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  1. Feeding an M2? A time honored tradition, surely!

    As MO readers and managment are well aware our people have fought under the protection of Saint Browning for ~90 years.

    90 years! Stick that in your DDX.

    Actually if you did, you’d prolly sink it.

  2. Here’s a few fun fact about the M151 Protector RWS; the complete system costs $880000, which is $80000 more than the mandatory unit cost cap Congress put on the IAV (now the Stryker) in 1999. It’s also built in Canada, which made it’s procurement a violation of the Barry Amendment.

    The M151 is used only on 2 American AFVs; the M1A2 Abrams and the Stryker — which are also both products of GDLS (who incidentally owns Kongsberg, the manufacturer of the M151).

    The M101 Raven costs less than $200000, and unlike the M151, elevates between -10 and +60 degrees (not -7 through +59), slews 360 degrees in 6 seconds (not 15)has a color feed from the camera, has gun stabilization (the M151 lacked it for many years, and some in service still don’t have it), and doesn’t have to be completely rebuilt after only 11000 rounds have been fired. It’s used on nearly every American AFV except for the M1 Abrams or the Stryker. It’s made entirely in the US.

    Only the best for our troops, eh?

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