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Where LSAT is going depends on who you talk to. The most recent news I've seen was that they're putting together prototypes in additional calibers. 7.62mm to compare with the current NATO round the same way they did for 5.56mm, and and all-new round in the 6.5-7mm range.
 

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The last vid I linked to (the Compact LSAT one) mentions the move to develop a 7.62 version.


The US Army awardd a contract last year to develop a 7.62 version


http://kitup.military.com/2014/06/army-awards-contract-7-62mm-lsat.html


Under this two-year award, the LSAT team will develop a cased-telescoped carbine, as well as 7.62mm CT ammunition and a machine gun operating mechanism, the release states.


The team includes Alliant Techsystems, ARES Incorporated, MSC Software and St. Marks Powder. It plans to build on the current LSAT technology, which consists of includes the compact light machine gun with a quick-change, 12-inch barrel and folding buttstock. It was developed for close-quarters applications and tested in 2012 by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.


The effort has also produced the operating mechanism for a carbine variant.

More info (including preliminary 7.62 test data):


http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2014armaments/Wed16533_Shipley.pdf
 

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The Finnish military's new helmet, the Savok THOR integrated helmet system.





The Savox THOR system is an extremely modular helmet platform that can be extended by adding more capabilities to the system on the fly, making this a truly integrated design. (Photos: Savox)


Savox' FLEXrail and FLEXpower on the THOR system. Five innovative rails power everything that is attached to the helmet.


Under “Helmet System 2020,” which started 2010 as part of the Finnish “Technology Programme – Warrior,” Savox went ahead to have better ergonomics compared to the existing combat helmet, and to have a completely integrated system. Soldiers often complained that their helmets were not comfortable to carry, when communications, NVGs, and eye wear were connected to the helmet. With initial discussions having started back in 2004, research began in 2010. At IDEX 2014 Savox is introducing a ‘headgear system’ that has a boltless design for increased ballistic protection: The Savox THOR system.
Savox THOR – A Total Integrated System The Savox THOR system is extremely modular, as the helmet platform can be extended by adding more capabilities to the system on the fly, sensors, lights, protective visors etc. via five innovative powered rails (FLEXrail – with four integrated software defined IR- and microphone buttons) that, via common power management (FLEXpower), supplies all devices and communications attached to the helmet, making this a truly integrated design.

Savox, being the prime for Finland’s Warrior 2020 Soldier Modernisation Programme helmet, works together with FY-Composites, who supply the ballistic shell, and Millog for the NVGs.

The helmet can be adjusted to changing operational requirements by changing the ballistic protection level of the helmet easily via Savox’ FLEXfix technology. FLEXfit provides the possibility to personalise the fitting of each helmet individually for each user according to the head shape and size, including a fast ratchet type of size adjustment. The helmet system provides state-of-the-art ballistic protection thanks to a boltless helmet shell based on the latest Dyneema and aramid material technology via FY-Composites (protection against ballistic threats: fragments and bullets; STANAG 2920 1.1g FSP-v50: 450. 750m/s – back face deformation <25mm; NIJ0106.01 9 mm FMJ bullet 430m/s; and fulfills EN 397 shock absorption requirements). Savox completely re-thought ergonomics resulting in ultimate comfort and stability, making the helmet shell an individual system component that can be removed while maintaining all other features, still delivering BUMP protection (e.g. EN812). The protection level and area can be tailored and varied.

The NVGs are totally integrated in the design with new 60° view angle (also available in the standard 40° field of view). Using 2nd/3rd generation night vision technology, THOR employs Millog’s Hi60, with a human recognition up to 150-250m and an integrated IR illuminator. NVGs can be attached in single or dual configuration, and completely customisable according to customer specifications.

Savox THOR is Using the FLEX Family of Technology

  • FLEXadjust provides a flexible and adjustable mounting and positioning of both NVG goggles, hearing protection cups and other accessories. The solution is based upon a multi-axis and multi leverage fixation points in order to warrant a personalised fitting that is easy to adjust to each soldier. FLEXpower provides a power distribution capability to all sensors and communication devices that are attached to the helmet, providing the capability to supply the helmet power internally to all systems, as well as providing and managing the power from external bigger centralised power packs to these helmet mounted sensors and communications devices.
  • FLEXnet technology provides sensor data routing capability internally of the helmet, as well as connection to external data routers and/or data radios.
  • FLEXrail provides the mounting rail capability to the headgear system with an open USB integration interface for third party accessory products, such as sensors, NVGs, lights, cameras, etc., as well as standalone existing picatinny rail mounting accessories.
  • FLEXfix provides the possibility to personalise the fitting of each headgear system individually for each user according to the head shape and size. The technology provides as well a fast ratchet type of size adjustment.
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THOR’s ergonomic mounting solution and weight distribution makes it more comfortable to use, gives it less fatigue, and a smaller profile. The NVGs positioning result in a lower impact point, with the consequence of less destroyed NVGs. And, with the powerpack positioned on the back of the helmet, there is no need for additional counter weights, resulting in a remarkable weight reduction. The helmet is compatible with protective glasses, goggles, and gas masks, i.e. no need to take off the helmet.

The helmet is designed for Mounted (in combination and used with Savox IMP and similar systems) and Dismounted operations (used with the SAVOX URIC and similar products).

For integrated communications and hearing protection, THOR incorporates integrated ear speakers for radio communication; a boom microphone and bone conductive skull, throat, or respirator microphone options; volume adjustment by integrated buttons; connectivity options for tactical radios and intercom systems; optional PTT buttons; integrated hearing protection against battlefield noise (SNR 23dB or better); and talk through feature for improved situational awareness. The helmet’s three-position mounting system allows for easy ventilation without removing the helmet or losing communications.

The THOR system has been built around the integration requirements found in advanced soldier modernisation programmes, allowing for a seamless integration of: Communications, sensors, situational awareness, protection, and cover, while allowing for a full modularity based upon mission and training requirements.

Additionally, THOR is designed specifically for use with digital platform intercom solutions and military digital two-way radios, allowing for programmable features and capabilities, which give the user the capacity to customise for the soldier’s specific needs.

The headgear system’s modular concept as a complete integrated system consists of:

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  • Head protection: ballistic and shock,
  • Communications,
  • Hearing protection,
  • NVGs,
  • Powered accessory rails, and
  • Centralised power management.
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    Ergo, a modular structure that allows the user to choose the best set-up in a mission-specific way.
    This project - to develop a new "Helmet System 2020 "- started 2010 as part of Finnish "Technology Program - Warrior".

    According to Lt.Col. Matti Honkela, PM Warrior 2020, Army Acquisition Coordinator, “Our aim was to have better ergonomics compared to existing combat helmets and to have a completely integrated system.”

    Paying close attention to Finland’s arctic conditions and ease of use of the sub systems, “tests were carried out during 2012-2014,” explained LtCol. Honkela. “I think that in this kind of project the feedback from the soldiers is of high importance. Sometimes the feedback - based on testing - has been very demanding. But, I think that is only way to develop a product that satisfies a soldier’s needs.”

    When asked how he rates this project, the Army Acquisition Coordinator said:”So far we have been happy with the product and cooperation with the industry.”


    http://www.miltechmag.com/2015/02/idex-2015-savox-tactical-headgear.html[/q][/q][/q]
 

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/tech/2015/04/12/corps-considered-new-camouflage-to-defeat-thermal-and-ir-surveillance/23700295/
 

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Given what a monumental mess the recent inter-service camo wars have been, I hope the Marines play nice this time.
 

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Moose said:
Given what a monumental mess the recent inter-service camo wars have been, I hope the Marines play nice this time.
I'm not sure they have to mess around with a new patterns so much as the material it's printed on...but knowing the tendency to fix things not broken you just know someone in the organisation will try to fiddle with things too much.
 

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/162918/picatinny-engineering-conventional-munitions-become-smart#.VVKP2Gd0ysd
 

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"Another factor in favor of their cost is that with enhanced accuracy "60 to 70 percent fewer rounds are required to defeat a target," Shields said. That not only means fewer rounds need to be fired, it also means fewer rounds need to be carried, thus reducing the logistical tail."

This has been largely disproved long ago already.
PGM-type munitions don't lead to much saving of logistical efforts because many more targets become worthwhile with the new precision.
 

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http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128818

New body armor
 

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http://www.popsci.com/chinese-army-gets-smart-grenade-launcher-christmas
 

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Future army heads up display:

http://htl.li/MZOsS
 

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http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/05/lighter-armor-and-exosuit-soldier.html
 

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Reducing the logistics tail to FOB's

http://htl.li/N6fy0
 

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Revision’s Kinetic Operations Suit Based on development of USSOCOM’s TALOS program, the Kinetic Operations Suit from Revision Military incorporates a variety of technologies.
Most obvious is the distinctive Armageddon camouflage pattern. The operator wears the Prowler exoskeleton powered by Revision Sharepack. The exoskeleton bears the weight of the system as well as ancillary mission equipment. And can be up armored with XSAPI level plates as well as frag protection on the lower leg. Up top is the Vertical Load Offset System which equates to zero helmet weight born by the operator’s neck. The ballistic helmet is 100% polyethylene with cutout for use with augmented vision systems. The ensemble also includes a scalable armor vest that goes from 18% vital area chest coverage all the way up to 60%.
http://soldiersystems.net/2015/05/19/sofic-2015-revisions-kinetic-operations-suit/



 

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http://kitup.military.com/2015/05/textron-unveils-ultra-light-7.html?comp=1198882887570&rank=3
 

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More info from two posts up

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/05/21/firms-pitch-exoskeletons-and-body-armor-for-socoms-iron-man-suit.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm
 

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http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/05/augmented-reality-systems-set-to.html

Video at the bottom of story shows a tailless/canard fighter and a little later a X-44 looking aircraft. Yes I know it's a corporate video but interesting nonetheless IMHO.
 

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http://www.army.mil/article/148993/

Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar
 

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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/05/us-military-wants-its-troops-be-able-see-through-walls/114034/?oref=d-river
 

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http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/futuristic-talos-delivering-immediate-benefits/
 

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http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/06/lightweight-and-quiet-power-to-enable.html

Power for exoskeletons

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/06/revision-military-powered-exoskeleon.html

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/06/every-soldier-eagle-eyed-marksman-on.html
 

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/tech/2015/06/06/marines-to-award-contract-for-deadlier-guided-mortar/28311079/
 

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a16091/darpa-research-see-around-corners/

http://www.popsci.com/future-war?image=0
 

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I wonder what the status is for the XM-25. I stumbled across a 4 year old video showing it deployed in Afghanistan but I haven't found anything new. I think it was supposed to be going through one last round of soldier proofing before entering production. ATK hasn't made any new videos about it for years.
 

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http://www.army.mil/article/151794/

Universal all in one touch screen displays for US Army
 

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Gun based C-RAM

http://www.army.mil/article/151792/Innovative_Army_technology_gains_new_potential/
 

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http://www.army.mil/article/154883/

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (Sept. 2, 2015) -- Crouched on the desert floor, a Soldier watches an enemy vehicle rolling in the distance and gauges its range to her platoon. However, when she's calculated the distance, rather than radio her platoon leader, the Soldier grabs her phone and relays the information with a software system called the Leader/Soldier Effects Tool Suite.

The tool suite, also known as LETS, is designed to provide the dismounted Soldier the capability to plan, coordinate and execute fires quickly and efficiently.

LETS functions on hand-held devices, such as mobile phones, and vehicle platforms. Its users can share firing details including range assessment, battle damage assessment, weapon emplacement, and control measures.

By using LETS, Soldiers can also coordinate tasking, track team members, illustrate sector sketchers and target nominations, and notify other users about strike warnings. Moreover, the software includes customizable settings and a "help" button if users forget how to perform a particular function.

The tool suite works within the Maneuver Aviation Fires Integrated Application, which is designed to work on Nett Warrior, a handheld device that assists with combat operations.
 

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http://www.janes.com/article/53990/mspo-2015-fabryka-broni-unveils-full-msbs-5-56-rifle-family

New Polish assault rifle
 

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http://www.janes.com/article/53990/mspo-2015-fabryka-broni-unveils-full-msbs-5-56-rifle-family

New Polish assault rifle
"The rifle is to be a successor of Soviet SKS carbines in use since the 1960s." LOL, Jane's sure isn't what it used to be in terms of accuracy of information.
 

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http://qz.com/500572/this-mind-controlled-prosthetic-robot-arm-lets-you-actually-feel-what-it-touches/​
 

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Future soldier energy tech.
 

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http://www.miltechmag.com/2015/09/dsei-2015-photographic-recap-of-day-1.html?spref=tw

DSEI recap in pictures Day 1.
 
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