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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #420 on: August 27, 2018, 05:46:47 am »
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/08/23/after-canceling-the-xm25-the-army-looks-to-other-options-for-battling-concealed-enemies/

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Instead of pursuing the XM25 air-bursting grenade launcher, the Army will substitute air-bursting 40mm rounds for firing over obstacles and the much larger 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle when troops need to blow through a barrier.

The XM25 program was officially canceled in July, ending a public limbo for the program that came into question back in 2016 for failures in field testing and costly developments. The program development began in 2000 and field testing started in 2010.

The launcher nicknamed “The Punisher” malfunctioned at least three times, in separate instances in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

A 2016 report by the Department of Defense Inspector General noted those problems, along with issues raised by Army Rangers about the weapon’s 14-pound weight and limited five-round capacity.
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #422 on: October 01, 2018, 06:24:44 am »
https://www.army.mil/article/211492/new_army_technology_guides_soldiers_in_complete_darkness

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ADELPHI, Md. -- Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory developed a new type of thermal imaging camera that allows Soldiers to see hidden objects that were previously undetectable.

Dr. Kristan Gurton, an experimental physicist in the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, and Dr. Sean Hu, an electronics engineer in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, are leading this effort for the laboratory.

According to Gurton, all objects that have a non-zero temperature emit thermal radiation in the infrared portion of the spectrum, and the "intensity" of that radiation is proportional to its temperature.
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #423 on: October 01, 2018, 06:50:58 am »
The article focuses on using polarized light to enhance spatial definition on thermal images.  It doesn't go into details whether this is as simple as adding a fixed polarizer like sunglasses or having to rotate the polarizer and then post processing to extract high frequency content.

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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #424 on: October 04, 2018, 07:48:00 pm »
https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/gearscout/2018/10/04/this-ribbon-gun-can-fire-5-rounds-at-nearly-4000-fps-in-one-shot/

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The US Army has long shopped around for a replacement for its mainstay rifle -- the venerable M-16 and its smaller carbine variant, the M4. It could very well have found just that in the workshop of an inventor from Colorado Springs. Martin Grier, the founder and owner of Forward Defense Munitions, came up with the idea for the new rifle after years of research and significant financial investment.

Unofficially dubbed the "Ribbon Gun," it looks far more like something out of a science fiction movie than anything available on the commercial or military market today. In fact, the Ribbon Gun, commercially known as the L5, doesn't even function or operate like a conventional firearm.

The L5 does sport a pistol grip, a shoulder stock and even an optical sight... but that’s where the similarities to present-day firearms end. While guns today use a physically-activated firing mechanism to ignite the primer in a cartridge, sending the round hurtling forward out of its shell, the L5 uses electromagnetic actuators to fire its bullets.
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #425 on: October 05, 2018, 01:33:12 am »
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #426 on: October 09, 2018, 07:19:18 am »
Pairing UAV's and armored vehicles sounds useful but it might get messy without automatic networking so everyone is aware of who is doing what.


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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #427 on: October 09, 2018, 06:55:40 pm »
https://breakingdefense.com/2018/10/army-moves-25b-to-big-six-including-new-6-8mm-rifle/

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UPDATED with Under Secretary McCarthy comment AUSA: The Army plans to move at least $25 billion over the next five years from low-priority programs to preparing for major war. That includes developing a wide variety of new weapons, many on show here at the Association of the US Army conference, from high-speed aircraft to replace today’s helicopters, to partially-robotic armored vehicles to replace the M2 Bradley, to a long-ranged 6.8 millimeter rifle to replace the venerable M16/M4 family and its controversial 5.56 mm round.
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #428 on: October 10, 2018, 03:34:03 am »
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #429 on: October 12, 2018, 07:08:32 am »
https://www.janes.com/article/83747/ausa-2018-sig-sauer-unveils-338-norma-magnum-chambered-mmg?utm_campaign=CL_%20Jane%27s%20360-Oct-12-2018_PC5308_e-production_E-18226_KP_1012_0600&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

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SIG Sauer unveiled a new medium machine gun (MMG) chambered for the .338 Norma Magnum cartridge at this year's Association of the US Army symposium (AUSA), held in Washington, DC, from 8 to 10 October.

The weapon is thought to be a direct competitor to the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Lightweight Medium Machine Gun chambered for the same round.

The exact system of operation of the latest SIG Sauer MMG is unknown, but Jane's believes that it is probably gas cycled. Company representatives who spoke to Jane's at AUSA were unwilling to reveal any particular details regarding the weapon, claiming that its system is "unique and novel".

On display at the show next to the MMG was a new kind of .338 Norma Magnum (NM) ammunition. SIG Sauer representatives were again unwilling to disclose any particular details, although one executive did confirm to Jane's that the casings of the new .338 NM cartridge are made of polymer to reduce the overall weight of the round, with a 'steel head' at the base.
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #430 on: October 14, 2018, 07:14:48 pm »
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/10/10/transparent-armor-may-soon-be-used-to-make-a-face-shield-for-soldiers/?utm_campaign=Socialflow+DFN&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com

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A clear material known as “transparent armor” now used for an Army rocket launcher system could soon be protecting soldiers’ faces in combat.

The material, which can shatter a 7.62mm round on impact with an inch-thick panel, is used on the Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System now and will soon appear on the M270A2 Multiple Launch Rocket System, said Russ Wooddell, business development manager for Saint-Gobain, which makes the Sapphire transparent armor.

The strike face material is extremely hard, resists scratches and abrasion, and cuts weight and thickness by about 50 percent when compared to glass solutions that would be used for similar purposes, Wooddell told Army Times Wednesday at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting.

“It’s much easier to handle,” he said. “All other materials that will be around the window won’t scratch it. Even if you took a piece of sandpaper and rubbed it across the surface, it will not scratch.”
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