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  • The American Flag Daily: The Noble Train Of Artillery

    01/27/2014 4:16:22 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 8 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 27, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1776, Henry Knox reported to General George Washington that cannon he had transported from forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point in upstate New York had finally arrived at besieged Boston. The move had taken six weeks to accomplish, involving men and oxen moving 60 tons of cannons and other supplies approxomately 300 miles in the middle of winter. Once the cannons were deployed at Dorchester Heights, the British withdrew their fleet from Boston Harbor, ending the siege. Knox would continue to serve under Washington through the Revolutionary War, eventually becoming the United States' first Secretary of...
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/19/2013 5:39:10 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 11 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    Members of the 82nd Airborne Division, Delta 1-321 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, fire a 155mm Howitzer during a training mission at Forward Operating Base Andar, Afghanistan. Oct 2010.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford.
  • Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery

    05/13/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    www.defense-aerospace.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published May 7, 2013) By Giovanni de Briganti DRAGUIGNAN, France --- The French army has almost completed the wholesale transformation of its artillery, a process which has seen the merger of its air-defense and field artillery units and the gradual replacement of its towed (TRF1) and self-propelled (AUF1) 155mm howitzers by the Caesar truck-mounted, air-transportable gun of the same caliber but with substantially longer range. In terms of units, the reorganization will be completed this summer with the disbandment of the 8th Artillery Regiment, the fourth...
  • Gif of the Day: Tank Skeet Shooting

    02/02/2013 8:29:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 2/02/13 | Chris Callahan
    Gif of the Day: Tank Skeet Shooting
  • M65 Atomic Cannon ("Atomic Annie")

    08/12/2012 3:45:46 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    US Army Gun, Heavy, Motorized, 280mm, M65 Atomic Annie | 12 August 2012 | Tankograd Technical Manual Series N° 6001
    20 cannons were manufactured from 1951 to 1953. The cannon fired a W9 or W19 nuclear artillery shell with a maximum range of 24-29 miles. 5 Field Artillery Battalions were deployed to the 7th Army in West Germany between October 1953 and April 1954. The units were hosted by the 42nd Field Artillery Group. Each battalion had 3 280mm guns, 30 officers, 7 warrant officers and 401 enlisted men. All of the cannons were retired in December 1963.
  • US Marines Fire Excalibur from Record Range In Afghanistan

    06/13/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 26 replies
    Defence Talk ^ | June 13 2012 | Raytheon
    The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Company (RTN) Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. Successfully fielded in 2007, the Excalibur 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile is the revolutionary artillery round used in theater today by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Using GPS precision guidance technology, Excalibur provides accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in an urban setting. Excalibur is considered a true precision weapon, impacting at a radial miss distance...
  • 10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever

    05/24/2012 7:30:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 2012 | David Hambling
    10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever Most weapons, from .45 automatics to 155-mm howitzers, are described in terms of caliber—the diameter of their projectile. These are the biggest of the big. Some are impractical showpieces built to satisfy the outsize egos of dictators such as Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Others are pure demonstrations of extreme gunsmithing. All of them pack a punch. Largest Muzzle-Loading Cannon The Tsar Cannon was cast in bronze in 1586 and weighs 40 tons. Its 35-inch bore and could fire about 1800 pounds of stone grapeshot, earning it the nickname the Russian Shotgun. It was never...
  • The G6 - Still Outgunning the Competition (South African artillery)

    03/15/2012 8:40:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Denel, South Africa ^ | March 15, 2012
    The G6 - Still Outgunning the Competition 15:38 GMT, March 15, 2012 Twenty five years after it astonished the global defence community, South Africa’s G6 self-propelled Gun-Howitzer still sets the standards against which all long-distance artillery are being measured. “The G6 was ahead of its time when it was first launched in 1987,” says Stephan Burger, the CEO of Denel Land Systems. “Through our continuous research and investment in the gun we have ensured it remains ahead of the pack as the most versatile and reliable artillery system in its class.” “We are still outgunning all our global competitors by...
  • An Inexpensive Solution for Quickly Launching Military Satellites Into Space

    03/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by U-238 · 59 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | William I. Oberholtzer
    During a recent trip to Yuma Proving Ground, in Arizona, I passed a unique looking artillery piece in a remote area of the installation. It has an extremely long barrel and appeared to be anchored in a concrete abutment. Having more than a passing interest in ordnance I made some inquiries as to origins and purpose of the gun. What I had stumbled across, on that hot desert day, was one of three unique guns that had been part of a very ambitious undertaking called the “High Altitude Research Project,” or HARP. The brainchild of Jerry Bull (of “Iranian Super...
  • US Navy Tests Supersonic Heavy Gun Firing Magnetically-Propelled Shells @ Mach 7

    03/02/2012 5:28:46 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 102 replies · 340+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 2, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    'a game-changer' British multinational BAE Systems has developed a functioning prototype of a new artillery piece for the US Navy's testing purposes, and what it does is propel a specially-designed shell to high supersonic velocities (cca 5600 mph) via powerful magnetic rails. At Mach 7, the projectile arrives almost three times as fast as the Navy's current big guns can deliver one, and at an astonishing range of 50-100 nautical miles (!) The new technology is now undergoing testing in Virginia. Considering that today's naval artillery can reach only about 15 mi -and that long-range cruise missiles poke-along at...
  • Syrian Army Using World’s Biggest Mortar Against Own People

    02/28/2012 10:53:42 PM PST · by U-238 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/28/2012 | Defense Tech
    So the Syrian government, has been unable to break the back of a populist uprising using snipers, RPGs, tanks and aircraft has turned to lobbing massive 240 mm mortars into the city of Homs, killing dozens. This sounds like an old fashioned leave no one alive siege. In case there were any doubts, this shows that the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al Assad is at war with his own people. Syrian troops are firing Soviet-made M240 breech loading mortars into the city. These fire the largest mortar rounds in the world, according to the Christian Science Monitor. To put things...
  • N.K. develops rocket that can reach Pyeongtaek

    02/22/2012 9:52:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2012-02-22 | Choi He-suk
    N.K. develops rocket that can reach Pyeongtaek 2012-02-22 20:07 North Korea has developed a multiple launch rocket system with a maximum range of 200 kilometers, which can reach U.S. bases slated to be moved to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, from Yongsang, Seoul when they are fired near the Demilitarized Zone, a local daily reported Wednesday. According to reports citing unnamed government officials, North Korea has recently developed the long-range MLRS using Chinese technology. The new MLRS fires 300-millimeter rockets, and is fitted with the Russian satellite navigation system GLONASS. Until now Pyongyang’s military was known to possess only a 240-millimeter multiple...
  • N.Korea warns of retaliation for S.Korea drill(demand evacuation of civilians)

    02/19/2012 2:00:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/19/12
    N.Korea warns of retaliation for S.Korea drill (AFP) – 1 hour ago SEOUL — North Korea's military warned it could bombard islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea, accusing Seoul of planning a naval live-fire drill in the area. The North's Western Sector Command warned residents of five islands to "evacuate to safe areas" before what it said was the scheduled start time of the exercise on Monday morning. Pyongyang has taken a hostile tone towards Seoul since Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of the late leader Kim Jong-Il, took over following the death of his father...
  • 'No Merry Christmas,' U.S. House Members Told

    12/18/2011 9:39:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Members of the House of Representatives are being told that no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” can be sent out in official mail. According to the Washington Examiner, members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent. "I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year'...
  • A Noble Train from a Bygone Era

    11/17/2011 9:59:27 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 17, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In April of 1775, one of America’s most promising young officers had an idea. A Connecticut merchant who joined up as soon as shots were fired at Lexington and Concord, Arnold was a sharp idea man and a fine strategist, and he approached General Washington with a proposal to lead a mission to Fort Ticonderoga, up at Lake Champlain, to take it from the British. Oh, it was a decent enough prize on its own, sure, but its major value, said Arnold, was the opportunity to acquire all the artillery sitting in the fort. They moved forward and accomplished the...
  • S. Korean Navy fires shots after hearing sound of artillery fire near wester sea border(NK arty)

    08/10/2011 12:04:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/10/11
    Title only so far.
  • IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service

    07/17/2011 8:58:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/17/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service By YAAKOV KATZ 17/07/2011 American M109 howitzers have undergone a series of upgrades since they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. The IDF is looking to replace its aging M109 155 mm. self-propelled howitzers, after decades of service and participation in a number of wars. Israel received the American M109 howitzers in the 1970s and they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. They have since undergone a series of upgrades and today are fitted with air purification systems so crews can continue operating in the event of a chemical or biological...
  • IAI to unveil naval version of new artillery system (Israel)

    05/16/2011 7:06:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 16 May 11 | Yuval Azulai
    IAI to unveil naval version of new artillery system The high-precision missile artillery system has a range of up to 50 kilometers. 16 May 11 15:41, Yuval Azulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) Missile Systems and Space Group Division will unveil the naval version of its Jumper autonomous artillery missile system, which has a range of up to 50 kilometers, at the Singapore International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference IMDEX Asia 2011 on Wednesday. The naval platform of the system will enable navies to provide support for land forces. The missiles have GPS/INS and optional laser guidance system...
  • US Howitzer field trial report leaked, Army seizes computers in probe (India)

    02/14/2011 9:28:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Feb 14 2011 | Shishir Gupta
    US Howitzer field trial report leaked, Army seizes computers in probe shishir gupta Posted online: Mon Feb 14 2011, 08:15 hrs New Delhi : In what the Army suspects is a case of “commercial espionage,” pages have been leaked from the classified report of the just-concluded field trial of the M777 ultra-light Howitzer that from the United States this year. The Army Headquarters has ordered the Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI) to conduct an inquiry. The acquisition, through the government-to- government foreign military sales route, is worth over $ 647 million for 10 regiments (160) guns. And is meant to...
  • G6 Renoster: Twisting in the Wind (South African howitzer)

    01/04/2011 4:46:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Forecast International ^ | January 3, 2010 | D. Lockwood
    G6 Renoster: Twisting in the Wind NEWTOWN, Conn. - The G6 Renoster has seen no new sales since Denel completed the export order for Oman in 1999. Production for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is complete; modernization and retrofit of the 43 systems in SANDF service are ongoing. Despite ongoing development (including the T6 turret and associated 155mm ammunition) and an aggressive international marketing campaign, Denel is facing a lack of sales prospects for the G6 Renoster. In addition to an increasingly wide array of comparable offerings on the international market, Denel's legal problems with India's Ministry of...
  • There Are Reports Of More Artillery Fire From North Korea

    12/07/2010 7:08:06 PM PST · by FromLori · 17 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/7/2010 | Joe Weisenthal |
    This again. According to Reuters and Yonhap, there has been more North Korean artillery fire, though it's all in the water near disputed territory, and not necessarily in actual South Korean waters. South Korean markets went quickly negative on the news:
  • S.Korea to Buy $1.2 Bil Dollar Worth of K9 and F-15Ks

    11/26/2010 8:16:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Arirang, South Korea ^ | November 26, 2010
    S.Korea to Buy $1.2 Bil Dollar Worth of K9 and F-15Ks The South Korean government has set a 1.4 trillion won or about 1.2-billion-US-dollar budget in purchasing K-9 self-propelled howitzers and F-15K fighter jets with the hopes of strengthening the country's military and naval forces. According to finance and defense ministries on Friday the amount of next year's national defense budget has increased 5.8 percent compared to this year's. Such an increase is seen as an effort to strengthen South Korea's military capabilities in the wake of North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island this week. With the newly set budget...
  • Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters(Nov26 pm)

    11/26/2010 1:02:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/26/10
    (LEAD) Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- The series of explosion sounds heard Friday on the border island attacked by North Korea earlier this week appear related to training within the North's territory, military officials said. No shells landed in waters on either side of the Koreas' Yellow Sea border or near Yeonpyeong Island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The firing was not aimed at us, and we believe the sounds were heard as North Korea conducted its routine training...
  • Time For I Told You So; And for war…It’s inevitable now

    11/26/2010 9:42:00 AM PST · by Free in Texas · 20 replies
    News Real Blog ^ | 2010 November 26 | by Resa Kirkland
    Let’s dispense from the beginning with the idea that more “sternly-worded letters,” sanctions, condemnations, or talks (serious this time!) are the answer to North Korea’s dual declarations of war. They have never worked, because when dealing with evil, you must speak to it in the language it understands. Evil only understands violence. And yes, it’s time for violence. It gives me no pleasure to say so, but the pattern of history has borne out this truth: there will never be peace so long as only one side is willing to abide by the rules for peace. The pictures coming from...
  • Seoul not safe from artillery attacks

    11/26/2010 6:19:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 11-26-2010 | Bae Ji-sook
    Seoul not safe from artillery attacks By Bae Ji-sook Seoul is never safe from North Korea’s artillery attacks such as the one that broke out on Yeonpyeong Island earlier this week, analysts say. As the capital city is filled with skyscrapers and a complicated layout of roads, the severity of damage that could be caused by any military attack threatens to be even higher, they said. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, there are 3,919 underground shelters in the city including the underground floors of public organizations, local administration units, large buildings and metro stations. The specific address and information...
  • South thwarts even bigger attack

    11/25/2010 9:25:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | November 25, 2010 | Christine Kim
    South thwarts even bigger attack Military says strike by howitzers took out equipment November 25, 2010 North Korea had planned to fire more shells than the roughly 170 rounds that fell on Yeonpyeong Island and the waters around it, but a counterattack by South Korea damaged their equipment, South Korean military officials said yesterday. The South, however, did not describe the extent of the damage, adding to the list of unanswered questions over the first inland skirmish between the two Koreas since the Korean War. The attack by the North left two marines and two civilians dead. “After the North...
  • Military Projections Show The Devastating Capabilities Of North Korean Artillery

    11/23/2010 6:20:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 120 replies
    Business Insider ^ | | Nov. 23, 2010 | Gus Lubin
    Military Projections Show The Devastating Capabilities Of North Korean Artillery Gus Lubin | Nov. 23, 2010, 4:59 North Korea is said to have the world's largest artillery force. South Korea's capital city is only 35 miles from the border. This frightening military scenario is suddenly relevant after North Korea fired shells this morning at a South Korean military facilities on a rival island. At least one person was killed in the attack, and now South Korea has returned
  • Breaking: North Korea Fires Artillery at South, Killing 1

    11/23/2010 1:42:43 AM PST · by FTJM · 27 replies
    AP via FOX News ^ | 11/23/10 | Staff
    North Korea fired artillery barrages onto a South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets. At least one South Korean marine was killed and 13 wounded, the military said. The skirmish came amid high tension over North Korea's claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just six weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent. One South Korean marine was killed, three were seriously wounded and 10 slightly wounded, a Joint Chiefs...
  • North Korea artillery fire hits South island

    11/22/2010 10:44:48 PM PST · by John W · 137 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return fire by the South, Seoul's military and media reports said.
  • N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says (houses destroyed, fire broke out)

    11/22/2010 10:44:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 574 replies · 4+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/23/10
    N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday fired several rounds of artillery towards South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said. The North's artillery shells fell at 2:34 p.m. in the South's waters off the island of Yeonpyeong, some of them landing directly on the island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The South's military responded with its artillery firing.
  • North Koreans Attack South Korean Island: One Dead, 70 Houses Burning (photos, video)

    11/23/2010 12:56:07 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    South Koreans return fire- scramble fighter jets Some houses in South Korea's Yeonpyeong Islandin the Yellow Sea are ablaze as scores of rounds of artillery,fired by North Korea at 2:34 p.m. on Nov. 23, hit the island.  As revelations of secret advances made in Pyongyang's ability to enrich uranium come to light, some have suggested arming the South with nuclear weaponry... looks like Dear Leader didn't care for that prospect much... North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of rounds of artillery toward South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said, leaving at least...
  • Excalibur Use Rises In Afghanistan

    10/27/2010 9:46:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/27/2010 | Colin Clark
    Since the GPS-guided Excalibur artillery round first made it to Iraq and Afghanistan, roughly 200 rounds have been fired. In the last week or so, use of that round has pulsed. Army artillerymen have fired 20 rounds or 10 percent of the total in Afghanistan, according to James Riley, Raytheon Missile System’s vice president for land systems. We don’t have similar numbers for the Marines, who have been using the shell as well. Excalibur has been at the center of debate in the Army as the service grapples with the tradeoffs of cost, capability and logistics. Army Vice Chief of...
  • PLA Makes Big Investments In Artillery

    10/06/2010 10:52:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/6/2010 | Richard D. Fisher, Jr.
    The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Military Balance 2010 report places China third in the number of artillery systems it fields, after Russia and North Korea. But China doubtless exceeds both in resource commitment and breadth of artillery investments. Credited with an estimated 17,700-plus towed, self-propelled and rocket systems, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has at least 56 artillery systems in use, development or available for export. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps, by contrast, have 8,137-plus artillery pieces of roughly 10 types. China has had a mixed record of using artillery for military and political-military goals. Its successes, as...
  • PLA Makes Big Investments In Artillery

    10/06/2010 9:28:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Aviationweek.com | Oct 6, 2010 | Richard D. Fisher, Jr
    PLA Makes Big Investments In Artillery By Richard D. Fisher, Jr. Alexandria, Va. The International Institute for Strategic StudiesÂ’ Military Balance 2010 report places China third in the number of artillery systems it fields, after Russia and North Korea. But China doubtless exceeds both in resource commitment and breadth of artillery investments. Credited with an estimated 17,700-plus towed, self-propelled and rocket systems, the PeopleÂ’s Liberation Army (PLA) has at least 56 artillery systems in use, development or available for export. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps, by contrast, have 8,137-plus artillery pieces of roughly 10 types. China has had a...
  • Iran to make long-range artillery ammo

    08/29/2010 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] ^ | 8/29/10 | Staff
    Iran unveiled a new artillery shell on Sunday, vastly improving its arsenal's range. Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the new 130 millimeter advanced artillery shells will be far outstrip the previous capabilities of the Islamic Republic's army, Press TV reported on Sunday. “This ammunition uses solid propellants and act like ballistic missiles,” the Iranian defense minister noted. (Snip) In related news, Iran also on Sunday demanded that the US drop its aggressive attitude towards Teheran if it would like an improvement in relations between the two countries.
  • U.S. Says N.Korean Artillery Fire 'Killed a Lot of Fish'

    08/11/2010 6:36:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/11/10
    U.S. Says N.Korean Artillery Fire 'Killed a Lot of Fish' The United States on Monday expressed concern over North Korea's firing of artillery shells off the west coast. "It is not a helpful sign by North Korea, and this is exactly the kind of behavior we would like to see North Korea avoid," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. Asked whether Pyongyang will resort to further provocations, Crowley said, "Regrettably, the answer is we're likely to see more provocations. All we can continue to communicate to North Korea is that there will be no reward for these provocations." He...
  • Russia to hold talks with France on purchasing artillery navigation system

    07/01/2010 2:27:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Defense Professionals/RIA Novosti ^ | Defense Professionals/RIA Novosti
    As RIA Novosti reports, the Russian Defense Ministry will hold talks during an international engineering forum near Moscow with France's Sagem Defense Securite on the possible purchase of a Sigma 30 inertial navigation system. The Engineering Technologies International Forum 2010 will be held from June 30 through July 4 in the town of Zhukovsky, 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow. Earlier this month, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin invited the French-based Sagem company (SAFRAN group), a European leader in defense and consumer electronics, for talks in Moscow. Popovkin said Russia is interested in purchasing the Sigma 30 artillery navigation and...
  • Used US Equipment Transferring to Iraqi Army

    06/27/2010 4:56:58 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 15 replies
    Montrose Toast ^ | 27 June 2010 | DJ Elliott
    The US is providing over 900 million dollars worth of used US Army equipment to the Iraqi Army with the Iraqis paying 143 million for their share of refurbishment costs. The majority of the equipment being transferred is 1,026 M113 variants of vehicles with the remaining 255 items being artillery and support.
  • 'TopGun' system converts conventional artillery to precision weapons

    06/24/2010 2:49:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 6/20/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Israel's state-owned Aerospace Industries has briefed Western and other militaries on its TopGun system, designed to convert 155mm artillery shells into precision-guided weapons. "Using our extensive experience in developing missile systems, we took this technological challenge upon ourselves," Uri Sinai, general manager of IAI's MLM division, said. Executives said TopGun was comprised of a fuze that corrected the trajectory of artillery shells. The kit contained global positioning and inertial navigation systems as well as four fins fitted to the fuze. "The accuracy of projectiles equipped with TopGun, which is mounted on the artillery round, is 20 meter CEP [Circular Error...
  • Iran test-fires Fajr-5 missiles of type shipped to Hizbullah, Hamas

    05/28/2010 8:53:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 319+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Iran has reported the test-firing of long-range rockets said to have been allocated to its proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. The Iranian Army launched the Fajr-5 during its exercise near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in May 2010. During the Velayat-89 exercise, army units fired the Fajr-5, which were said to have struck their targets. "These missiles are called Fajr-5 and belong to the Fajr-class missiles, and have not been tested in any previous exercise," Iranian Army deputy commander Gen. Kioumars Heidari said. "They were tested for the first time in Velayat-89 exercise zone." Fajr-5 was unveiled...
  • MAP OF THE DAY: How North Korean Artillery Could Level Seoul In Two Hours

    05/25/2010 8:12:42 AM PDT · by blam · 87 replies · 3,466+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | %-25-2010 | Gus Lubin
    MAP OF THE DAY: How North Korean Artillery Could Level Seoul In Two Hours Gus Lubin May 25, 2010, 10:58 AM North Korea is known to have the world's largest artillery force. South Korea's capital city is only 35 miles from the border. Although the range of Kim Jong-il's arsenal is fodder for debate, it's certain the rogue dictator could hit Seoul with many shells in a matter of hours. He did take a few potshots last January. This threat is a key reason North Korea can bully its neighbor and stand up to US intervention.1/12 North Korea artillery locations...
  • Taliban Fear 155mm Excalibur “Finger of Death”

    05/20/2010 11:41:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1,612+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/20/1/2010 | Greg Grant
    Apropos of our earlier post on precision guided indirect fire and the Army’s decision to cut its buy of Excalibur precision 155mm rounds, our own Christian Lowe checks in from his embed out near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: I spoke with an artillery forward observer with Angel Company, 3–187, at FOB Sharana the other day who told me about the few times he’s employed the Excalibur precision 155 round. He said despite the infrequent use and the Army’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for the weapon, it sure makes a heck of an impression on the Taliban – so much so that...
  • Israel readies long-range rocket to answer Iran proxy missiles

    05/14/2010 9:01:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Geostrategy Direc ^ | 5/14/2010 | Geostrategy Direc
    Israel has been developing a long-range rocket to ease pressure on its Air Force in any regional war. Officials said state-owned Israeli defense companies have been developing a range of long-range rockets meant to rapidly respond to any enemy missile strike on the Jewish state. They said Israel's military has agreed that it required a response to the plethora of missiles and rockets acquired by Iran's proxies, Hamas and Hizbullah. "In the not distant future, we will face a long-range rocket threat that will change Israel's battlefield," Israel Military Industries chairman Avner Raz said. The state-owned IMI and Israel Aerospace...
  • Cheap, Fast, Deadly: NETFIRES “Missiles in a Box” (NLOS-LS)

    05/13/2010 11:10:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 585+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 4/12/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    The basic concept of NETFIRES (a Future Combat Systems program) is to develop a family of artillery-like precision attack missiles based upon a vertical launcher design. Yet the idea goes far beyond that simple description. The NETFIRES CLU box launcher is intended to be be fully autonomous, meaning it can be dropped off anywhere and operate on its own without a support vehicle. The launch unit includes power generation and control systems as well as a total of 15 missiles, each with a warhead similar in size and capability to a 155mm artillery shell. The system is also known as...
  • Iran starts production of air-defense systems

    05/04/2010 9:35:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 248+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/04/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Iran on Tuesday launched production of an indigenous short-range air-defense artillery system, codenamed Mesbah, the Defense Ministry said. "The Mesbah (Lantern) 1 air-defense system is designed to counter air attacks, different types of airplanes, cruise missiles, helicopters and other air threats at low altitudes," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying. He said the new system features "high destruction power" with capacity to fire up to 4,000 rounds per minute, "rapid reaction against threats," and high accuracy and precision. He added that the Mesbah 1 was also capable of tracking and...
  • N.Korea accuses S.Korea of opening fire at border

    04/05/2010 10:00:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 235+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/4/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    North Korea accused South Korea's military of opening fire Sunday towards its side of the tense land border, in what it termed a "grave armed provocation". It said the South's military fired 90 mm recoilless guns towards a civil police post in the North on the eastern sector of the border in the early afternoon. The firing, "seriously threatening the safety of civil policemen of the north side on routine duty", was designed "to deliberately aggravate the situation" in the border buffer zone, the official Korean Central News Agency said. A "touch-and-go situation" prevails along the border due to such...
  • India all set for artillery purchases

    03/20/2010 11:05:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 259+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/21/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Remaining without a single purchase of artillery guns since Bofors scandal broke out two decades ago, India has lined up series of procurements of such weapons to bridge the growing gap in the operational preparedness of its Army. Among the guns it plans to buy soon include towed, wheeled self-propelled, tracked self-propelled and ultra light howitzers. Defence Ministry sources on Friday said these acquisitions are at various stages of procurement and these guns would strengthen the artillery arm of the 1.13 million strong Army. While it has scheduled trials for two such weapons in the coming months, the Defence Ministry...
  • Artillery in the 21st Century – Proven, Flexible and Tailored

    02/18/2010 11:43:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 567+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/18/2010 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    Emanating from the world’s most combat proven and effective tube artillery system, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) developed an independent artillery module, fully meeting current military requirements. Accurate fire power is and remains an important military requirement. In current conflicts such as in Afghanistan, the PzH2000 could prove that this system can be perfectly deployed in asymmetric combat theatres. During Operation Medusa and the Battle of Chora, the Dutch PzH2000 effectively supported coalition forces and eliminated targets up to a distance of 46 kilometres. Indirect fire support is and remains an important element in current, as...
  • Winter trials of Howitzers' postponed after accident

    02/18/2010 12:01:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 250+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 1/18/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The Indian Army has postponed the winter trials for procuring 155 mm towed howitzers after St Kinetics expressed inability to bring its gun for field- testing due to an accident in Singapore. "The winter trials will now be held in October as one of the two contenders, St Kinetics, said its gun was damaged in an accident in Singapore and would be able to arrive in India only after March," Army officials said here. St Kinetics senior executive Brig Gen Patrick Choy said the accident occurred when the gun was being transported to India. "We have to cut some parts...
  • SKorea deploys Firefinder radar after NKorea barrage

    02/04/2010 10:36:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 311+ views
    channelasianews.com ^ | 2/05/2010 | channelasianews.com
    South Korea said Friday it had deployed advanced weapons-tracking radar systems on islands near its disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea following last week's artillery barrages by the North. Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young told lawmakers the AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder systems had been set up on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands. "A few days ago, deployment of anti-artillery radar systems was completed," the minister was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. The system is designed to determine where incoming artillery and rocket fire originated, to allow for a possible counter-attack. After declaring two "no sail" zones, the communist state last week...