On SoldierGeek: Army buys 18,000 new M320 Grenade Launchers The Army announced today that it has awarded a $38.5M contract to German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch for the production of 18,000 40mm M320A1 Grenade Launchers. The M320 is the replacement for the venerable M203 grenade launcher, first fielded as an experimental system during the […]
A couple of weeks ago in Linkzookery I pointed out Sikorsky’s Next-Gen Gamble Here, via CDR Salamander, is some video:
Story on Military.com today: ‘Punisher’ Gives Enemy No Place to Hide By all accounts, the futuristic XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System has been quite a rude surprise for the bad guys. “I don’t know what we’re eventually going to call this product, but it seems to be game changing,” said the commander of the […]
5 vertical landings in 8 days for F-35B A series of five vertical landings over eight days shows that the troubled F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is getting back on track, analysts said. The tests, performed between Jan. 6 and 13, are among the 42 that must be completed before the aircraft can be tested at […]
In Aviation Week: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has put the U.S. Marine Corps’ troubled F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical landing (Stovl) Joint Strike Fighter on “probation,” while endorsing the U.S. Air Force’s long-coveted new bomber program. The F-35A and F-35C models emerged unscathed from Gates’ review. However, the F-35B “is experiencing significant testing problems,” Gates said at the […]
Defense Tech: Mattis Still Supports Light COIN Plane Air Force Wants Dead This should have happened years ago. But it didn’t and any optimism I ever had has pretty much evaporated. Hopefully, UAVs can do the job. Because F-35s won’t.
EADS Confident Its KC-45 Can Compete for USAF Tanker Bid “EADS North America, as prime contractor, will bid on the KC-X competition,” said EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby during a press conference in Washington. “This is a hell of an opportunity for a company in the big airplane business.” The company said it plans […]
New plan released to replace Pave Hawk The new plan, released March 23 by the Aeronautical Systems Center, calls for awarding a contract in 2012 and reaching initial operational capability with eight aircraft by September 2015. No date has been set for replacing all HH-60Gs. Along with the timeline, the HH-60 Personnel Recovery Recapitalization Program […]
Next-gen Burkes may push limit of DDG frame I think next-gen Burkes are probably a much better investment than DD(X), but it’s not a perfect solution, either.