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BAE Systems – AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Guidance Kit for 2.75” Rockets

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

BAE’s AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System is a guidance kit which transforms a standard 2.75-inch (70 mm) rocket into a precision weapon for use against soft or lightly armored targets. Because APKWS rockets are lightweight, low-cost, and modular, they have the flexibility to launch off nearly any ground vehicle, with necessary modifications, and can hit moving or stationary targets on the first shot with low collateral damage.

The APKWS laser-guided rocket is the U.S. Government’s only program of record for a 2.75-inch (70mm) laser-guided rocket. In fact, they’ve manufactured well over 35,000 in the five years of the program.

It has achieved over a 93% hit rate when fired from US Navy and Marine Corps rotary- and fixed-wing platforms in combat. It has also been deployed from Army and Air Force Aircraft.

Ground-launch capabilities provide warfighters with a precision strike capability with greater range and more lethality than small arms fire, to engage targets independently without close air support.

Its accuracy is achieved by the Distributed Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DASALS) seeker optics that deploy after the rocket is fired. The seekers are mounted at he leading edge of the rocket’s canards and work as one. This enables the rocket to see the entire field of regard, and lock onto laser-designated targets but doesn’t require a seeker in the warhead.

RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd – FOOTPRINT

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

FOOTPRINT from RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd is a navigation system for dismounted soldiers operating in GPS-denied environments.

The system fuses data from multiple sensors like the one seen mounted to Soldier’s leg above to analyze movements, estimate errors, and provide a highly accurate, and continuous RT self-positioning.

American Rheinmetall Systems – MK93 Mount Upgrade

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

American Rheinmetall Systems’ upgraded MK93 Mount decreases the system’s weight, improves weapon handling by soft mounting both MK19 and M2A1 weapons and provides advanced ergonomics with the introduction of a breakaway shoulder bar and trigger mechanism.

Benefits:

-Quick and easy weapon mounting and interchange by a single user

-Reduced recoil improves accuracy and first round hit probability

-Minimized load on supporting platforms

-Increased multi-target engagement due to

-Improved weapon stability and ergonomics

Features:

-Weapon mounting positions – both MK19 and M2A1 are secured to the rear of the mount with a single pin

-Recoil dampening – soft mounts both MK19 and M2A1 weapons

-Breakaway shoulder bar & trigger mechanism – improves weapon control and ergonomics

SIG SAUER – M18 M18 X-CONVERSION Kit

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

During the Modern Day Marine virtual expo, SIG gave us a sneak peek at their new M18 X-CONVERSION Kit.

The 9mm M17/18 Modular Handgun System manufactured by SIG SAUER is the most versatile pistol the US military has ever fielded. SIG got it right when the Army said they wanted a modular pistol.

The kit, which can be used at the unit level, includes a black SIG SAUER X-SERIES grip module with extended beavertail, deep trigger undercut, enhanced magwell that’s grip weight compatible, and a fastback style grip.  The kit also includes an X-SERIES flat trigger and two (2) 15-round magazines.

Both the Marines and Air Force are fielding the more compact M18 variant of MHS along with SOCOM, to replace their M9 sidearms.

WL Gore & Assoc – Gore Signature Management

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

It’s great to see WL Gore showing their Signature Management technology again. They initially brought it out a few years ago but were probably leaning too far in the foxhole. DoD was focused on other issues at the time. But with increased focus on China and Russia, the threats become much more sophisticated.

Gore offers true multispectral signature management. I’ve seen earlier versions in action. Based on the way they have presented their data at the ongoing virtual Modern Day Marine expo, they are updating the technology to focus on new threats which include vis, nIR and SWIR mitigation.

As far as most service members are concerned, WL Gore is synonymous with wet weather protection. That’s where they’ll really shine. With limited numbers of Gore multispectral concealment systems fielded over the years, they’ve proven they are are capable of integrating multispectral camouflage into durable wet weather breathable outwear and FR uniforms,

L3Harris – AN/PRC-117G Multiband Networking Manpack radio featuring the Mobile User Objective System

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY FOR U.S. MARINES

L3Harris’ leading-edge mission solutions were on full display at Exercise Steel Knight 20.

Recent field demonstrations provided the U.S. Marine Corps with an up-close perspective on the robust capabilities of the AN/PRC-117G Multiband Networking Manpack radio featuring the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Satellite Communications waveform.

Recently, the Marines evaluated MUOS and the software-upgraded AN/PRC-117G during a series of exercises at Steel Knight 20. There, the warfighters from the 1st Marine Division conducted a series of scenarios across multiple training sites in California and Arizona designed to simulate operations against peer and high-capability adversaries.

“Adding this capability to the 117G enables the Marines to leverage the proven radios they have already deployed, fought and trained with to access the advanced capabilities and capacity of the MUOS satellites with a simple software upgrade,” Dana Mehnert, president of L3Harris Communication Systems, said. “The MUOS upgrade also enables interoperability with other U.S. DOD and allied users who deploy this advanced capability.”

Exercise Steel Knight 20 included the longest-range raid exercise in 14 years. It included 29 aircraft that transported ground troops from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, to a simulated combat zone in Yuma, Arizona. Transmitting and receiving near-real-time updates during the long-range movement to the objective, the raid force commander was able to adjust and plan his raid based on any changes. The Beyond-Line-Of-Site (BLOS) and On-The-Move (OTM) capability offered by the AN/PRC-117G and MUOS led to a successful raid on the objective and met the commander’s intent for digital interoperability and Command-and-Control On-The-Move.

Scenarios, which were designed to demonstrate Command-and-Control (C2) connectivity throughout entire mission threads, saw MUOS employed throughout simulated congested and contested battlespaces. AN/PRC-117Gs were operated by dismounted Marine Rifle Squads in addition to being integrated on board a variety of Marine-specific platforms, including MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor air frames, HMMWVs, and Light Armored Vehicles – the latter of which were used to support amphibious assault operations.

The exercise followed seven months in which U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command conducted a series of end-user evaluations designed to assess the latest version of the MUOS SATCOM system.

THE GAME-CHANGER

MUOS’ robust quality on the L3Harris terminals allows warfighters to communicate seamlessly when on the move, without needing to stop the mission to point antennas to regain communications, according to Marty LoBiondo, L3Harris’ product line management waveform director.

“It allows users to stay connected even in sub-optimal conditions,” he said. “MUOS provides the warfighter with significantly enhanced capabilities that enable new tactics, techniques and procedures for communication Beyond-Line-Of-Sight.”

Further, MUOS has allowed M777 and HIMARS artillery assets to coordinate fires from longer distances with fewer assets, Robert Brown, L3Harris’ lead sales engineer for Communication Systems, said.

Brown also highlighted the significant increase of MUOS in the Air Combat Element C2 community.

The MUOS terminal is much less burdensome on Marines than legacy SATCOM systems, Jeff Wrobel, L3Harris director of Navy and Marine Corps Business, said of the system’s operational advantages.

“Once you program and turn it on, you’re pretty much ready to go,” he said.

The Marine Corps is expected to operate the MUOS waveform as it replaces legacy narrowband SATCOM capabilities. Designed to ship data from the tactical “edge” across the battlespace, MUOS relies upon a network of satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO).

AN/PRC-117G UPGRADES

Upgrades to the AN/PRC-117G have enabled the Marine Corps to ensure an “easy MUOS upgrade across the Corps without recapitalizing its entire installed base of radio systems,” Wrobel said.

L3Harris has also designed three new antennas for operations on the AN/PRC-117G to support the upgraded MUOS waveform.

These omni-directional antennas provide end users with OTM communications. They eliminate the need for users to “pan and tilt” antennas to align with any of the multiple MUOS satellites.

The upgraded AN/PRC-117Gs had been optimized to support the MUOS waveform in extreme latitudes. Historically, armed forces have struggled to maintain Line-Of-Sight connectivity to GEO satellites in these areas.

Additional operational benefits of the upgraded MUOS waveform over legacy SATCOM systems include enhanced voice quality and data support.

LOOKING FORWARD – NOW

The Marine Corps is focused on MUOS support of Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) in addition to naval vessels, according to Brown.

“The Marine Expeditionary Force has been doing a lot of work with the MEUs recently to integrate the MUOS capability aboard the Amphibious Readiness Group ships,” he said.

The AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-158 MUOS software upgrade provides the Marines with a greater number of SATCOM users, enhanced voice and data communication, as well as robustness in disadvantaged environments where they operate, such as urban and high/low latitude locations.

MEET MUOS

The Mobile User Objective System, MUOS, is the U.S. Defense Department’s next-generation Ultra HF tactical satellite communications network. MUOS provides worldwide, BLOS voice and IP connectivity to the DOD Information Network (DODIN) via SIPR/NIPRnet. The MUOS network provides warfighters with unprecedented access to MILSATCOM channels with robust connectivity, increased mobility and enhanced security. Overall, these capabilities provide the ability for MUOS-capable terminals to communicate in underserved and disadvantaged environments connecting to the DODIN anywhere in the world.

Ellsworth & Co – Tropical Mesh Sock

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

At Modern Day Marine I ran across something different, socks of a new construction to be exact. Since then, I’ve worn a pair of their new Tropical Socks on several occasions, and I really like them.

Ellsworth uses a V Channel construction in the sole of the sock which is a 3-Dimensional design of knit-in Vapor Channels, offering sweat a path of least resistance to escape from under the foot. This they say, will help resist the formation of blisters. They’ve combined this with a mesh upper and non-slip top so they won’t fall down.

You can see in the photo below how distinctive the V Channel is compared to standard nap.

Here’s a video of a dye test they use to show how the sock moves moisture.

ellsworthsocks.com

MDM 19 – Mk 14 Mod 0 Anti-Structual Munition Hand Grenade

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Developed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the Mk 14 Mod 0 Anti-Structual Munition Hand Grenade has been in service with USSOCOM for years. With a new focus on Close Combat Forces, Indian Head displayed the hand grenade to gage Marine interest.

The AMHG is thermobaric with a longer duration blast pressure than other, similar munitions.