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  • Russias Army Has Upgraded Its Giant 240-Millimeter Mortars

    11/22/2017 9:58:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 22, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The Russian Ground Forces have taken delivery of the first batch of modernized 2C4 Tulip self-propelled 240-millimeter mortars. The 1960s-era weapons were upgraded with new datalinks, communications gear and fire control systems. Russia eventually hopes to modernize all 500 of the vehicles it has in storage. In the course of deep modernization, modern control and communication facilities are installed in the combat vehicles, reads a Russian Ministry of Defense statement.
  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • This Humvee-Mounted Howitzer Is Here To "Shoot and Scoot"

    09/21/2017 6:23:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new self-propelled howitzer system meets a Humveeor a Ford F-250 pickup truckwith a 105-millimeter howitzer for an artillery system capable of rapidly moving from one firing position to another. The result is the Hawkeye,a new artillery system that can not only keep up with fast-moving friendly forces but dodge attempts by enemy forces to shut it down.
  • Guns on U.S. Ships Do We Need Them?

    06/14/2017 1:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Bryen's Blog ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | Stephen Bryen
    76 mm Super Rapid by en:User:Ketil, CC BY-SA 3.0, In the mid-1990s I was working as a consultant to the Italian defense firm Oto Melara. Oto Melaras name was made by its 3 (76mm) naval gun that took the world by storm. Over 100 navies globally, including the United States, adopted the 76mm gun for their corvettes, frigates and patrol boats. The original Oto Melara gun system fired at around 80 rounds per minute, which was more than adequate against the kinds of threats that were around in the 1970s and early 1980s. The gun could be...
  • "Something Stinks Here" - CrowdStrike Revises, Retracts Parts Of Explosive Russian Hacking Report

    03/29/2017 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 03/28/2017 | Tyler Durden
    Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Last week, I published two posts on cyber security firm CrowdStrike after becoming aware of inaccuracies in one of its key reports used to bolster theclaim that operatives of the Russian government had hacked into the DNC. This is extremely important since the DNC hired CrowdStrike to look into its hack, andat the same time deniedFBI access to its servers. Before reading any further, you should read last weeks articles if you missed them the first time. Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question What...
  • The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years [SPG]

    02/23/2017 7:38:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 23, 2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963 and 1966, Turkey received more than 350 M-52 guns from the United States, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. After World War II, the U.S. Army developed the tracked 105-millimeter weapons as part of a whole family of new vehicles to prepare for a major confrontation...
  • Russia Unleashes Artillery in Eastern Ukraine

    01/31/2017 6:33:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    One of the most characteristically Russian methods of warfighting is the heavy use of artillery. In Syria, Russian artillery gave a boost to a Syrian army badly depleted by years of heavy fighting. In eastern Ukraine, combined Russian-separatist forces continue to exchange artillery fire with the Ukrainian army on a regular basis.
  • Mattis Celebrates First Day At Pentagon By Blowing Up ISIS 31 Times

    01/22/2017 11:03:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 160 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-22-2017 | Russ Read
    Newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis celebrated his first full day at the Pentagon by overseeing 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Mattis entered the Pentagon Saturday with a smile for his first full day of work, and for good reason, considering the significant bombardment ISIS forcesreceived. A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist groups de facto capital,...
  • Syrian Rebels Brought a Homemade Cannon to the Battlefield

    11/26/2016 6:42:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 26, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    A video released by the Al Rahman Legion, a Syrian rebel group based in eastern Damascus, shows a very unusual weapon — a bespoke, truck-mounted cannon that wouldn’t be out of place on a battlefield centuries ago. Somewhere within the Al Rahman Legion, a weaponsmith has applied old-time design principles and a bit of physics to bolster the group’s firepower. This is also the third homemade cannon depicted on video released by the group, as two others appeared in September 2015 and February 2016.
  • Russian Brigades to Receive Koalitsiya-SV Self-Propelled Gun Soon

    11/18/2016 5:47:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sputnik news ^ | Nov 18, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Land Force's artillery brigades will begin receiving state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns in the near future, chief of missile and artillery troops Maj. Gen. Mikhail Matveevsky said Friday. "The planned purchase and supply of these complexes into the artillery brigades will begin in the near future," Matveevsky said. Koalitsiya-SV was first unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015, in Red Square, Moscow. Matveevsky underscored the automated weapon's innovative multi-round simultaneous impact firing capabilities, delivering several volleys at various trajectories to engage a target at the same time. "The combat capabilities of the complex are...
  • Watch Out, NATO: New Russian Warship Gun Second to None

    09/22/2016 1:14:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.09.2016
    The Russian Navy has decided to equip all of its small missile ships and boats with a unique high-precision digital 76 mm automatic gun, the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian navy source as saying. Designed to contain NATO warships equipped with Italian-made Oto Melara guns, the АК-176МА is equipped with an all-weather electro-optical system which shares its characteristics with a sniper rifle, according to the source. It said that the new gun's combination of high ballistic performance with an electronic management control system add to the AK-176MA's complete superiority over its main competitor, the 76-mm gun made by the...
  • American Artillery is Pounding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    08/26/2016 12:06:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 26, 2016 | Kevin Knodell
    It was a chilly and damp autumn day on Nov. 9, 2015, as members of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery’s Bravo Battery — the “Dragon Slayers” — stood in formation before their families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. “The Dragon Slayers are going to one of the most complex and volatile regions on Earth,” Col. Joseph McCallion told the soldiers and their families. “Iraq.”
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/22/2016 9:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ |
    SIERRA VISTA A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to tlocal authorities. It is not a hospitable site, said 1st Lt....
  • First female Marine officers graduate artillery school

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • The Worlds Biggest Mortar Shelled Israeli Troops and Chechen Civilians

    04/21/2016 6:18:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 21, 2016 | Sebastian Roblin
    The Russian M240 240-millimeter mortar, along with its vehicle-mounted counterpart the 2S4 Tyulpan or Tulip, is possibly the largest-caliber tube artillery, not including rockets, used in combat today. Its massive shells were intended to smash apart heavy military fortifications, but just as often they have been employed to rain devastation upon densely-populated urban areas.
  • Revealed: The US Army Is Developing the Ultimate 'Big Gun'

    03/31/2016 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 31, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery troops out of range of enemy forces. The Army is cooking up a suite of improvements could double the range of the existing M-777 howitzer. Right now the 155-millimeter gun, in service with the Army and Marines, can lob shells at targets up to 18 miles away. The M-777ER version the...
  • The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range

    03/30/2016 12:01:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 28, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery troops out of range of enemy forces. The Army is cooking up a suite of improvements could double the range of the existing M-777 howitzer. Right now the 155-millimeter gun, in service with the Army and Marines, can lob shells at targets up to 18 miles away.
  • Women in Combat?

    12/04/2015 11:08:11 AM PST · by rey · 16 replies
    So they want women in combat roles? Here is a Marine Arty unit sending 15 rounds, count em, 15 rounds down range in 2:40 with ONE, I say again ONE rammer, most guns have two! Not many people, let alone women can do what this rammer does! (Language caution) This is a nice one too.
  • Russia Brings Its Big Guns to Syria

    12/04/2015 6:18:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 3, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard & Robert Beckhusen
    The Russian army is literally bringing its big guns to the war in Syria. U.S. military analysts said the decision to add artillery to the battlefield indicates a number of key developments, including the Kremlin’s growing influence in planning and executing Syrian military operations. It could be a sign that Russia is dedicated to a conventional ground war – not just air strikes – in support of Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad, a staunch ally long supported by Moscow.
  • Research Question: 1970's Era Women in Field Artillery Experiment

    08/25/2015 7:58:15 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 43 replies ^ | 8/25/2015 | Bill Russell
    Fellow Freepers, I am looking for the name and results of a late 1970's (perhaps 1980-81) field artillery experiment in which an all female gun crew were tested to see if they could sustain a required rate of fire. I am having trouble locating a copy of it or information on it. I remember Brian Mitchell wrote about it in his book Weak Link: The Feminization of the Military @1990 (I lent my copy out years ago and have not seen it since.) Any links would be greatly appreciated. V/R Bill