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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 19 Juil 2016 - 22:33

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
CyPhy Works Reconnaissance and Communications Drone Ordered by the US Army
CyPhy Works announced on Monday, July 18that it has received an order for its Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) System, from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). PARC, a tethered drone, addresses the need for a persistent eye-in-the-sky by flying for days at a time.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Ven 22 Juil 2016 - 12:49

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DOD Weapons Tester Blasts Army Radio Ahead of Production Decision
Jen Judson, Defense News 5:54 p.m. EDT July 21, 2016



WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s chief weapons tester has issued a scathing report on the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR), just as the US Army prepares to make a production decision for the system.

“MNVR did not meet commanders’ operational needs for a mid-tier network solution,” Michael Gilmore wrote in a July 5 memo, obtained by Defense News, to the Defense Department and Army acquisition chiefs.

Gilmore based his findings on an assessment conducted by the Brigade Modernization Command during the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation 16.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas, in May. Observations from the previous NIE, in 2015, also were considered.

“During the final focus group, all 39 of the surveyed battalion and company commanders and senior staff recommended that the Army not field MNVR,” he said in the memo. “MNVR provided no value added in mitigating the significant impacts to communications and mission execution experienced in a satellite communications (SATCOM)-denied environment.”

Whether this spells trouble for a production decision for the MNVR radio remains to be seen. According to a service source familiar with the issue, the Brigade Modernization Command report and feedback collected from commanders using the radio during the NIE differ dramatically.

The source said Gilmore’s memo is based almost entirely on the BMC report, which asked commanders if they would use the MNVR radio right now. When asked that way, most commanders responded in the negative because all of those polled believed the radio's current configuration was not optimal.

However, when the same commanders were asked by Army leaders attending the NIE this spring, including Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Allyn, if they would use the capability provided by the radio if fielded, about 90 percent said yes.

Last month the Army determined it has a need for the mid-tier network capability and said it was preparing to make a low-rate initial production decision for the radio that goes along with the network later this summer.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Lun 25 Juil 2016 - 17:11

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US Army seeks next-generation radar

Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
25 July 2016



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The US Army is exploring radars that can operate in contested and congested electronic environments under its Next Generation Radar effort
Raytheon and Baylor University have been awarded grants to demonstrate the relevant technologies for the programme
The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing an effort to develop radars that are more agile and scalable and capable of multi-frequency operation.

The goal of the two-year Next Generation Radar (NGR) project is to prove that a radar can switch to an alternate band to avoid jamming by an adversary or interfering with other electronic systems and to build in the capability for electronic tuning on the move.




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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 26 Juil 2016 - 16:36

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Deux officiers féminins en course pour intégrer les Bérets verts de l’US ArmyPosté dans Amériques, Forces spéciales par Laurent Lagneau Le 26-07-2016



En décembre 2015, le chef du Pentagone, Ashton Carter, avait annoncé que l’armée américaine allait permettre à ses personnels féminins d’intégrer des unités de combat, y compris celles des forces spéciales. Mais à la condition de remplir les mêmes critères physiques que les hommes pour y accéder.

Les femmes « pourront piloter des chars », « tirer au mortier », « être membres des forces spéciales » ou « mener » des soldats d’infanterie au combat », avait énuméré M. Carter, pour qui l’armée se doit de « compter sur le plus grand nombre possible de talents ».

Quelques mois plus tôt, dans le cadre d’une expérimentation, deux femmes avaient réussi le très exigeant stage de la Ranger School, dont le brevet est indispensable pour espérer rejoindre le 75th Rangers Regiment, une unité de l’US Army Special Operations Command.

Suite à la décision annoncée par M. Carter, deux femmes officiers vont participer, et c’est une première, au très sélectif entraînement des Special Forces de l’US Army, c’est à dire les fameux « Bérets verts ». Cette unité, créée en 1952, est spécialisée dans les actions commandos, la reconnaissance, le contre-terrorisme et la guerre non conventionnelle. En 2015, l’on compte environ 12.000 « Bérets verts », répartis en 5 « Special Forces Groups ».

« Ce sont les deux premières femmes à avoir été sélectionnées » pour cette formation, a confirmé, auprès de l’AFP, le major Melody Faulkenberry, une porte-parole de Fort Bragg, là où est implanté l’état-major des Bérets verts. Très peu de détails ont été donnés sur ces deux candidates, si ce n’est qu’elles sont toutes les deux officiers.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 26 Juil 2016 - 16:39

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016
U.S. Army performs live firing demonstration of LAV and Flyer combat vehicles with 30mm cannon


A live-fire demonstration of weapon systems mounted on a Flyer ground mobility vehicle prototype and a LAV light armored vehicle combat reconnaissance vehicle prototype took place on Friday, July 15, at Red Cloud Range on Fort Benning.




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Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot to celebrate production of new RG31 4x4 route clearance vehicle.
Last week, the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot has celebtrated the successful production and roll out of the latest version of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected route clearance vehicle based on RG31 4x4 mine protected vehicle.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 27 Juil 2016 - 11:49

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US Army and MDA inaugurate missile defence system data terminal in New York


26 July 2016



The US Army and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has inaugurated the in-flight interceptor communications system (IFICS) data terminal at Fort Drum, New York, US.

The IFICS data terminal receives messages from exo-atmospheric kill vehicles (EKV) while they are in flight, enabling constant target updates.

It can also transfer the data from the EKV back to a ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) fire control system.

The GMD can engage and destroy intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats.

MDA and integration programme executive brigadier general William T. Cooley said: “This state-of-the-art facility has enhanced our ability to deter or defeat the limited use of long-range ballistic missiles against our nation.


“It is a vital asset provided to US Northern Command to execute their critically important homeland defence mission.”

The data terminal facility was designed by Black and Veatch and constructed by Black Horse Group, under the supervision of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction on the data terminal began in August 2013, and the site was approved for use by the US Northern Command in December 2015.

There are currently five similar facilities at Fort Greely and Shemya, Alaska; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

MDA aims to develop, test and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defence system to defend the US and its allies against ballistic missiles.

http://www.army-technology.com/news/newsus-army-and-mda-inaugurate-missile-defence-system-data-terminal-in-new-york-4959293
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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 27 Juil 2016 - 18:20

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Boeing's first production AH-6i Little Bird completes maiden flight

Boeing's pilots flew the first production AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopter, the US-based defense giant announced on July 27th, 2016. The AH-6i is an export variant of the AH-6S, which has been designed for the US Army's Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) programme.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Sam 30 Juil 2016 - 19:37

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Saturday, 30 July 2016
ARDEC engineers have redesigned the recoil system on the M119A3 105mm towed howitzer.
After a year of re-designing the recoil system on the M119A3 105mm Howitzer, Picatinny engineers have made the howitzer safer, simpler and more reliable while also reducing the cost of the recoil system. The M119A3 Howitzer is a lightweight, direct and indirect fire support asset used by the U.S. Army and National Guard’s infantry brigade combat teams.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 3 Aoû 2016 - 12:24

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Incoming commander for Army Space and Missile Defense Command dies
Michelle Tan, Army Times 2:22 p.m. EDT August 1, 2016



Maj. Gen. John Rossi, the incoming commander of Army Space and Missile Defense Command, has died, the Army announced Monday.

Rossi, 55, died Sunday in his on-post home at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The investigation into the cause of Rossi’s death is still underway.

“At this point we don’t have any indication of foul play,” said Chris Grey, a spokesman for Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Rossi most recently served as the commanding general of the Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Before that, he served as the director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office in the Pentagon.

Rossi had just arrived at Redstone Arsenal after relinquishing command of Fort Sill in July. He and his family moved into their house on-post less than two weeks ago, said John Cummings, a spokesman for Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

On Tuesday, Rossi had been scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general and succeed Lt. Gen. David Mann as commander of Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

Mann was scheduled to retire; he will now remain in command, Cummings said.

“Our thoughts and prayers at with Maj. Gen. John Rossi’s family,” said Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, deputy commanding general of Army Material Command and senior commander of Redstone Arsenal, in a statement. “We share their grief during this time of loss. Our priority right now is to take care of the family, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.”

Rossi grew up on Long Island, New York. He graduated from West Point in 1983 and was commissioned as an air defense artillery officer, according to a biography provided by the Army.

During his time in the Army, Rossi has served in the U.S., Korea, Germany, Southwest Asia and Iraq, commanding at every level from battery to the Fires Center of Excellence.

He is survived by his wife, Liz, and their three children and one grandchild.

http://www.defensenews.com/story/military/2016/08/01/incoming-commander-army-space-and-missile-defense-command-dies/87918132/




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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Sam 6 Aoû 2016 - 11:30

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Saturday, 6 August 2016
United States to deploy 400 addtional troops in Iraq from the 101st Airborne Division.


The U.S. Department of the Army announced today, August 5, 2016, the deployment of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with approximately 400 soldiers to Iraq this summer in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.





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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 9 Aoû 2016 - 11:23

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DoD IG: Paladin SPHs should not deploy without fire extinguisher fix

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
08 August 2016



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Auditors recommended design fixes to add AFES coverage in howitzer crew compartments
The army plans to more clearly differentiate between stressful and non-stressful firing conditions for upcoming tests
The US Army has sufficiently justified its plan to buy an initial 133 M109A7 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) but deficiencies in the programme remain, including for a new fire suppression system, the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) found.

Officials with the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) programme "justified their plan to produce 133 initial production vehicles", including 33 test vehicles and "initiated system fixes to address seven of the nine performance deficiencies identified by the test community during the system development phase", according to the redacted report, published 5 August.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 10 Aoû 2016 - 13:24

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US Army develops new engine for Black Hawk and Apache helicopters

The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) is developing a new military helicopter engine that would provide 50% more power at the same weight as the current fielded engine.

The advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) demonstrator programme aims to develop a turboshaft engine with reduced fuel consumption and improved shaft horsepower.

This engine configuration can be fitted into the Black Hawk and Apache installation envelopes, as well as current and Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.

It is said to improve range and payload capability and increase hot and high operational capability for Apache and Black Hawk platforms.


AATE agreements technical agent Anastasia Kozup said: "ADD provided the engineering oversight and contract monitoring functions for the design, fabrication, and testing of the AATE technologies, leading to the successful demonstration of advanced engine systems for rotorcraft."

Two cost share arrangements for the engines have been awarded to General Electric and Advanced Turbine Engine Company, a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

The AATE programme culminated in 2014 with the completion of full engine system demonstrations, which included performance, durability, and sand tests.

The demonstrations significantly mitigated the risks involved with transitioning advanced turboshaft engine technology to a planned programme of record, known as the Improved Turbine Engine Program, the US Army said in a statement.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Jeu 18 Aoû 2016 - 20:23

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La vie de soldats américains mise en danger à cause de casques défectueux


Posté dans Amériques, Forces terrestres, Industrie par Laurent Lagneau Le 18-08-2016




En 2006, la société ArmorSource reçut une commande du Pentagone portant sur 102.000 casques en kevlar de type ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) pour un montant de 30 millions de dollars. Le contrat fut honoré en 2009.

Seulement, un an plus tard, il s’avéra que ces équipements présentaient des défauts de conception, au point que 44.000 d’entre eux furent retirés de la circulation par l’US Army, ce qui coûta 19 millions de dollars…

Il aura fallu attendre la publication d’un rapport du bureau d’inspection du département américain de la Justice pour connaître les dessous de cette affaire.

Ainsi, le rapport confirme que les casques présentaient de « graves défaillances balistiques » et qu’ils avaient été fabriqués avec des « matériaux dégradés ou non autorisés ».

En outre, l’on y apprend qu’ArmorSource avait confié leur fabrication à la centrale pénitentiaire de Beaumont, au Texas, sans s’assurer un contrôle strict de la qualité. Cool

En outre, continue le rapport, les détenus qui fabriquaient ces casques ont eu entre leurs mains des outils « susceptibles d’être utilisés comme armes dans la prison et par conséquent mettaient en danger la sécurité du personnel ».

Depuis, la ligne de production a été fermée et ArmorSource a accepté de payer 3 millions de dollars en vertu du « False Claims Act », qui est une loi censée protéger l’État fédéral contre la fraude d’entreprises ayant obtenu des contrats publics.

« Le gouvernement des États-Unis s’appuie sur des entreprises pour fabriquer des équipements essentiels pour la protection de nos hommes et femmes en uniforme. Si ces équipements ne respectent pas les normes de qualité, c’est une tromperie à l’égard du contribuable qui peut aussi mettre des vies en danger », a fait valoir Benjamin Mizer, un responsable du département de la Justice.

Cependant, l’enquête n’a reçu aucun indication sur des cas de militaires américains tués en Afghanistan ou en Irak à cause de ces casques défectueux. Ce qui ne veut pas dire qu’il n’y en ait pas eu. Des recherches sont en cours pour le déterminer, d’après le Washington Post.

Visiblement, le Pentagone ne tient pas rigueur à ArmorSource pour cette affaire. L’entreprise, implantée à Hebron (Ohio), a en effet obtenu de nouveaux contrats de sa part, dont un d’un montant de 93 millions de dollars en 2013. Et, cette année, elle a reçu deux nouvelles commandes, dont une concernant 10.000 casques pour l’US Marine Corps (Lightweight Helmets).

« Inutile de dire que nous sommes fiers et enthousiastes à ce sujet et nous voyons dans ces commandes un signe clair de la confiance du gouvernement en ArmorSource, ses employés, et sa technologie de pointe », avait commenté Yoav Kapah, le Pdg de cette entreprise, en soulignant que les prochains casques seront fabriqués à Hebron.

http://www.opex360.com/2016/08/18/la-vie-de-soldats-americains-mise-en-danger-cause-de-casques-defectueux/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Sam 20 Aoû 2016 - 18:49

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1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

U.S. Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, move down range in a M1A2 Sepv2 Abrams Main Battle Tank during exercise Combined Resolve VII at the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Aug. 18, 2016. Combined Resolve VII is a 7th Army Training Command, U.S. Army Europe-directed exercise, taking place at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Aug. 8 to Sept. 15, 2016. The exercise is designed to train the Army’s regionally allocated forces to the U.S. European Command. Combined Resolve VII includes more than 3,500 participants from 16 NATO and European partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger)  


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 23 Aoû 2016 - 21:33

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US Army moves forward with ATACMS replacement.



via Press Release.


The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $5.7 million risk-mitigation contract for the Long Range Precision Fires program. The new missile will replace the Army's
aging inventory of long range, surface-to-surface missiles. Fired from mobile launchers, LRPF will fly farther, faster, and feature a new warhead. "As the world's largest missile maker, Raytheon is ideally positioned to develop the Long Range Precision Fires solution the Army needs," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. "With our wide portfolio of products, proven technology and guided missile expertise, Raytheon can deliver a low-risk, highly effective and affordable solution."

The Army's current inventory of long range, precision-guided,
surface-to-surface missiles dates back to the 1980s. The new LRPF missile will be more affordable, survivable against advanced threats, and more compact, allowing the Army to double the fire power of long-range missiles in its mobile launchers.
I once thought that the Navy was the only service that was truly getting ready to fight the next war. After a few missteps by the ladies dept I'm thinking that only the Army has a clear view of a future fight with a near peer.

They've latched onto the idea of fighting without air superiority. They're working on upgrading their armor (kinda stuck with the Stryker but at least they're adding firepower to it...the M1 Abrams upgrades are keeping pace and the AMPV seems on track) and now they're getting their rocket artillery house in order.

ATACMS is the conventional Pershing that we've always needed and its nice to see they're finally getting one. Now if they could only get cannon artillery fixed.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 24 Aoû 2016 - 11:11

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US Army to assess C-UAS capability for AN/TPQ-53

Huw Williams, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
24 August 2016





The US Army has issued a Sources Sought notice to assess the potential to add a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability to the service's AN/TPQ-53 radar.

The radar is employed in a counter-fire role, where it is used to automatically detect, track, classify, and locate the point of origin of mortar bombs, artillery rounds, and rockets and is deployed as part of a wider Counter-Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system.

The army has identified the addition of the C-UAS capability to the AN/TPQ-53 as an urgent operational requirement and the radar has been designated as a key system for this capability.

Among the requirements outlined in the notice, any capability upgrade would have to not impact the radar's current counter-fire capability and maintain the associated waveforms, nor increase manpower.

As well as detection and tracking of UASs, the new capability will need to offer target classification also.

At present the AN/TPQ-53 software interfaces with the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System and Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) systems, passing to them data on targets; the modifications to introduce the C-UAS capability will need to provide these systems with information on the UAS detected.

As IHS Jane's previously reported, Lockheed Martin - manufacturer of the AN/TPQ-53 - has developed an upgrade to the radar's software that brings the ability to identify and track UASs, and to relay that data to a command and control node.

The company demonstrated the capability during the US Army's Maneuver Fires Integration Exercise (MFIX) 2016, held in May at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and has seemingly met the requirements outlined in the Sources Sought notice. During the demonstration, the radar identified and tracked multiple UASs and provided data to a FAAD C2 system while simultaneously providing a C-RAM capability.

The Sources Sought notice calls for the integration of the C-UAS capability on up to 10 radars, as well as the addition of a non-developmental identification friend or foe (IFF) system.





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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 24 Aoû 2016 - 12:09

quote]Strengthening The Ukrainian Army
(Source: U.S Army; issued Aug 21, 2016)
YAVORIV, Ukraine ----The Ukrainian army, with the assistance of U.S. and multinational partners, continues to strive to improve the capability and capacity within its armed forces. Approximately 20 Ukrainian cadre recently completed their first rotation training Ukrainian Soldiers on individual combat skills at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center.

The training is part of the ongoing operations of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. The JMTG-U mission is focused on building a sustainable, enduring combat training center here. Part of this mission includes building training capacity quickly through the consolidation and resourcing of dedicated training cadre.

These instructors are the first group of cadre trained on conducting the first six modules of a nine-week rotational training set. The modules include weapons training, land navigation, combat lifesaving skills, and section live-fire. Soldiers of 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division certified the instructors by observing and gauging their ability to put the six modules into action and effectively train other Ukrainian Soldiers.

Spc. Brett Jones, a rifleman assigned to 6-8 Cav., is a fourth generation veteran and is excited to be able to continue the family tradition. Jones said that he is optimistic about training alongside the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"Every time we go out and observe the Ukrainian Soldiers, they do the training to a T," said Jones. "They are very hands on with the training and make sure each Soldier knows how to effectively do each task to standard."

Staff Sgt. Alex Fernandez, a squad leader and instructor assigned to 6-8 Cav. spent two years as a drill sergeant and was able to use the skills he acquired to ensure the Ukrainian instructors were fully up to speed on training their Soldiers on individual tasks.

"They have always been comfortable teaching the Soldiers, but now I feel they are more confident with their teaching techniques," said Fernandez. "They have built that trust and bond with the Soldiers and they listen to the instructors when given instructions."

After the training has been conducted, the Soldiers from 6-8 Cav pull the Ukrainian instructors aside and brief them on their performance during the exercise.

According to Jones the Ukrainian Soldiers respond well when they receive praise, validation and feedback from the multinational force trainers. "They do training by the book and listen to recommendations that we make," he said.

1st Lt. Taras Tanailov, an instructor assigned to the Combat Training Center mentored the newly graduated Ukrainian instructors over the past three weeks. Tanailov has been with the instructors since they were certified to teach and observed the progression in their ability to train Soldiers.

Tanailov said that over the last few weeks his instructors had learned a lot about leading and training Soldiers. He said that they are more confident in the training, which allows them to be more effective leaders.

Cpt. Abdullah H. Clark, company commander for Charlie Troop, 6-8 Cav., had the opportunity to observe the Ukrainian instructors and was able to view military tactics from a different perspective.

"So far I've learned a different method of every aspect of military affairs from logistics to tactics to unofficial dynamics of the social system," said Clark. "They have taught me a different way to run things other than the way we normally do for our military."

The ultimate goal of the JMTG-U is to establish a sustainable Combat Training Center staffed and led completely by the Ukrainian military.

"I think if we left here today, they would do everything they need to do to train their military," said Jones. "I definitely think they are doing a good job."

Now that the initial six modules are complete, the Ukrainian instructors will move on to learn the next two modules, which is a milestone for the JMTG-U. This marks the first time Ukrainian instructors will learn modules seven and eight, which include squad, section and platoon collective tasks.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Jeu 25 Aoû 2016 - 9:57

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DRS Technologies Awarded Up to $400 Million U.S. Army Contract to Build New Joint Assault Bridge System
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ARLINGTON, VA, --- DRS Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has awarded it a competitively-bid indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract worth up to $400 million to build the new Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) system.

The JAB system is a track-wheeled vehicle built on a modified M1 Abrams platform. It is designed to carry, deploy and recover a heavy “scissor” bridge that provides gap-crossing capability for combat vehicles to cross wet or dry chasms. The system is an important tool for U.S. military ground forces, giving combat vehicles the ability to freely navigate the battlefield.

“The ability for combat vehicles to navigate easily on the battlefield is critical to the success of our armored vehicle warfighters,” said Joe Matteoni, vice president and general manager, DRS Sustainment Systems. “This is an important program for our ground combat units, and DRS Technologies and Israel Military Industries Systems are proud to support our heavy armor combat teams by providing this technology to assist them in achieving their missions,” he said.

DRS Technologies’ Sustainment Systems business unit, based in St. Louis, MO., will be responsible for the overall production, management of the M1A1 chassis assembly, hydraulic bridge launcher production and the entire system integration. Production will occur in West Plains, Missouri, and Anniston, Alabama.


DRS has a public-private partnership with Anniston Army Depot for the management of the chassis assembly and worked with Israel Military Industries on the engineering and design of the JAB system.








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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mar 30 Aoû 2016 - 11:43

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Provide Battlefield Intelligence
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FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name.

The "battlefield" where the unmanned aerial vehicle is currently being evaluated and employed in training exercises is the National Training Center here at Fort Irwin. The vehicle is designed to collect information on an adversary for analysis by cyber operators and military intelligence personnel.

That information is ultimately provided to brigade commanders for their use, according to Maj. Deonand Singh, operations officer for the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland.

During actual combat operations, brigade commanders need information quickly, information Singh termed "tactical insights."

During its most recent employment at the National Training Center, the unmanned vehicle supported 1st Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Riley, Kansas. That unit was on a two-week training rotation at NTC during the first part of August.

The unmanned vehicle conducted reconnaissance of the training scenario's operational information environment, said Lt. Col. Jon Burnett, chief of Army Cyber Command's Cyber Support to Corps and Below, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Capt. Samuel Lough, an offensive cyber operations planner for the exercise, said such information gathered from unmanned vehicles and other means can provide useful insight to the commander in an area of operations, once it is analyzed.





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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Mer 31 Aoû 2016 - 11:24

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Lockheed Martin to Supply US Army With 14 More Black Hawk Helicopters


The US Army awarded Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Aircraft a contract worth more than $150 million for fourteen UH-60 Black Hawk combat helicopters, the Department of Defense said in a press release. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The estimated completion date is June 30, 2017, the Defense Department said.

"Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation [of] Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $158.4 million modification… contract to exercise an option for 14 UH-60 aircraft," the release stated on Tuesday. The sandy, hot and high-altitude conditions that define combat in Afghanistan and Iraq exposed the limitations of the Black Hawk and the US Army has called for a new design to travel higher, farther and faster, while carrying heavier loads.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Jeu 1 Sep 2016 - 11:20

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CAE receives first three Grob G120TP aircraft for US Army fixed-wing flight training program

CAE yesterday announced that CAE USA has taken delivery of its first three Grob G120TP aircraft that will be used as part of the United States Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program and begun training its initial cadre of instructor pilots to prepare for the start of training in 2017.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Ven 2 Sep 2016 - 12:14

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The latest Stryker vehicle is built for extremes
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COLD REGIONS TEST CENTER, Alaska — When Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were imperiled by the destructive power of improvised explosive devices, a variant of the armored Stryker combat vehicle sporting a specially-designed blast-diffusing hull saved countless lives.

Particularly suited for transporting infantry in urban environments, the Stryker combat vehicle has become popular among Soldiers in the most dangerous and rugged areas overseas. They know the vehicle to be quiet, reliable, and easy to maintain and repair.

The vehicle’s stellar performance is doubtless related to the extensive evaluation it has undergone at Yuma Proving Ground and its three subsidiary test centers since 2002, including a six month stint in the jungles of Suriname in 2008. Earlier this year, a new variant of the vehicle wrapped up a winter of extreme use at the Army Cold Regions Test Center.

Boasting an upgraded chassis and drivetrain along with a variety of mechanical, electrical and digital improvements to enhance its performance, the latest Stryker variant was subjected to more than 3,000 miles driving across rugged terrain in extreme cold.

“It looks like a regular Stryker, but it isn’t,” said Richard Reiser, test officer. “It has a larger engine that significantly increases horsepower and torque. It has a much greater diagnostic capability that integrates subsystems. This gives operators a greater awareness of vehicle health and potentially improves situational awareness during the actual mission in the vehicle.”

In the world’s most frigid environments, cold starts can be harrowing even for the most rudimentary vehicles. For a complex system like the Stryker, each component’s ability to function in extreme cold is crucially important and was subjected to keen evaluation in temperatures far below freezing.

“Like automotive trends in general, we have much greater reliance on computer systems in these vehicles,” said Reiser. “Those computer systems and subsystems integrated into the hull depend on a great deal of computer software and hardware.”

Though a vehicle’s performance characteristics are similar in cold weather once a vehicle is started and sufficiently warmed up, dramatic fluctuations in temperature can degrade performance of any number of a vehicle’s components.

“Stopping distance and acceleration shouldn’t change profoundly in this environment,” explained Reiser. “The real issues tend to be related to rapid temperature differentials. Each sub-zero temperature threshold tends to flush out small anomalies.”

Testers went to great lengths to test in potential failure conditions. For example, after a long drive on the range the day before a particularly nasty drop in temperature was forecast, the testers used fans connected to long tubes snaking into the engine compartment and other vital areas of the vehicle to blow frigid air onto the components overnight.

“We adjust to capture things and be ready for those colder temperatures on short notice,” said Reiser. “It’s a small crew and it’s easy to make adjustments to the mission profile to take advantage.”

Throughout the test, the Army evaluators used the same vehicle that had been subjected to punishing hot weather testing the previous summer at Yuma Test Center, Arizona. Personnel travelled to Yuma to take part in the testing and instrumented the vehicle in a configuration that applied to testing in both climates.

“It provides not only continuity in the instrumentation process, but helped our technician get it done quicker while supporting Yuma’s effort as well,” said Reiser.

The test was more than just endless driving. The performances of every special feature the vehicle boasts were scrutinized, from its communications suite to the central tire inflation system that adjusts tire pressure as the vehicle is in motion.

“Cross country miles accumulate slowly in this environment,” said Reiser. “We didn’t have consistently cold weather, so we were able to move what sub-test activity we were doing based on its environmental relevance. If it is something that’s not so much impacted by extreme cold, we moved that to the less-cold times.”

Soldiers from Fort Wainwright’s 25th Infantry Division also assisted in the testing by entering and exiting hatches of the vehicle while attired in the full complement of armor and Arctic battle dress, ensuring that everything in the vehicle could be reached without snagging their bulky gear.

“It was great coordination between the two tests to pick the appropriate miserable day to get the Soldiers to do some limited ingress-egress testing,” said Reiser. “When this vehicle is fielded and the Soldiers have the new body armor, we’ll already know it isn’t an issue for ingress and egress.”

The multi-month test was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, which Reiser attributes to the flexibility of the rugged, self-contained six-person crew. The drivers, for instance, were from the testing center’s maintenance shop. They were able to troubleshoot and repair problems that cropped up without lengthy downtime at a maintenance shop many miles from the test range.

“We were able to eliminate delay times when we went into maintenance because maintenance was right here,” said Reiser. “If we had a vehicle issue, they just changed hats and researched from a different vantage point what they had to do to solve the problem, which was a huge cost savings.”

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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Dim 4 Sep 2016 - 22:52

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Polish, US Soldiers prep for downrange missions with river crossing


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Concealed among thick foliage, soldiers patiently scanned the water’s edge through the scopes of their M4 carbines. When the signal was given, dismounted troops quietly slipped into the frigid, flowing water and secured the far side of the river.

Then they made way for the M1A2 Abrams tanks to ford through.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Soldiers of Company D, 3rd Combined Arms Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, joined forces with Polish Soldiers of the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade, 11th Armoured Division, to conduct a river crossing exercise at Zagan Training Area, Poland.

At a break in the tree line, Polish engineers deployed two armored vehicle-launched bridges to span the width of the waterway. Then the additional forces crossed, including two U.S. crews mounted in M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Polish crews in BMP infantry fighting vehicles.


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“We were able to see how (the Polish forces’) tactics and our tactics mesh together to accomplish the mission,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Gougler, squad leader, D Company, 3-69 AR. “It was a good mixture allowing everyone to have a say in what was happening.”

Planning and communication played a significant role in the preparation and success of the exercise explained Gougler. The day prior, they had walked through the plan in an open field. Now that the Soldiers were tackling the unfamiliar terrain, the operation was going smoothly.

“The weekly syncs that the commander, the command groups, and the interpreters have with the Polish command group have been instrumental in allowing us to come out here and do the things we do,” said 1st Sgt. Mark Martin, senior enlisted advisor, D Company, 3-69 AR.


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When a new mission arises downrange, Soldiers must be ready to link up with other countries and tackle problems they may have never seen or planned for, Gougler said. For many of the Soldiers, this was their first time conducting a water crossing.

“If we were ever to be in a combat situation, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a water crossing, (Polish and U.S. forces now) both have a better understanding of how the other works,” Gougler said.

“The water crossing was just today’s task.”

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MessageSujet: Re: US Army   Lun 5 Sep 2016 - 11:01

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General Motors & US Army to unveil Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle

General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C.





The vehicle is being developed under an agreement between TARDEC and GM signed in 2015. The collaboration enables TARDEC to access consumer-driven automotive technology for use in military applications while providing GM with feedback on non-standard fuel cell technology applications.

Consistent with the Department of Defense’s desire to leverage commercial innovation in its next-generation technologies, the Army will use the vehicle to demonstrate the capabilities fuel cell electric propulsion and power generation systems can bring to the military, including quieter mobility, exportable power generation, low-end torque and water generation. The Army intends to conduct user assessments and demonstrations in 2017.

”Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities,” said TARDEC Director Paul Rogers. “We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle. With fuel cell technology advancing, it’s an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions.

“Fuel cell propulsion has low-end torque capability that is useful in an off-road environment,” Rogers said. “It also offers additional characteristics attractive to both commercial and military off-road use.”

Neither GM nor TARDEC released vehicle specifics, but Rogers said the Army is focusing on the technology and its capabilities, regardless of the platform.

“This project is another example of how fuel cell propulsion can play a role in non-traditional applications,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s Global Fuel Cell Activities. “We need to continue pursuing these opportunities along with our plans for production of a commercial fuel cell system in the 2020 time frame.”




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