Tech & Kit

New Soldier Armor Weighs Less, Offers More Options

WASHINGTON, DC – The average generation II improved outer tactical vest weighs about 26 pounds. But the new torso and extremity protection system or TEP, under development now at Program Executive Office Soldier, sheds about five pounds of weight and also adds a wide degree of scalability that commanders can make use of depending on threat level and mission. The …

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The Military Enhancement Kit

QUANTICO, VA – To Marines on a breaching mission, the shotgun is more than just a weapon. It is a tool Marines use to breach—or gain entry into—an enemy-held building using the minimal amount of force. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Military Enhancement Kit gives Marines the tactical advantage by transforming current shotguns into a more compact and versatile weapon. The …

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Army Showcases Stealthy Hydrogen Fuel-cell Vehicle

WASHINGTON, DC – In a tactical situation, the last thing a Soldier wants to do is give away his position to the enemy. The ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle promises to provide that important element of stealth, said Kevin Centeck. team lead, Non-Primary Power Systems, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at the 2017 Washington Auto Show …

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Hatch Mounted SATCOM

MIRAMAR, CA – Multiple squadrons from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducted a Hatch Mounted SATCOM (Satellite Communication) Antenna System (HMSAS) demonstration at Hangar 0 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Jan. 9. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 373, MWSS-372, Marine Aerial Refueler and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 installed and operated …

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AMEBA: The Underwater Radio

Here’s something easy to forget when you are chatting on your cell phone or flipping channels on your smart TV: although wireless communication seems nothing short of magic, it is a brilliant, reality-anchored application of physics and engineering in which radio signals travel from a transmitter to a receiver in the form of electric and magnetic fields woven into fast-as-light …

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Soldiers, Researchers Test Prototype Uniforms During Combined Resolve VII

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – U.S. Army researchers who are developing a wool-based fabric blend are aiming to improve combat uniforms while also boosting U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Army has developed a fabric composed of 50 percent wool, 42 percent Nomex, 5 percent Kevlar and 3 percent P140 antistatic fiber. The goal is to create a flame-resistant combat uniform made …

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Flexing in the Line of Fire: Lightweight, Flexible Body Armor

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets– defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator could do without. Engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory …

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DDG-1001 Christened, Named For MOH Recipient SEAL Michael Monsoor

BATH, ME – The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, the Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was christened at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Saturday, 18 June.  The ship is named for US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and killed in 2006 while operating in Ar Ramadi, …

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Nimbler, Faster, Smarter Armored Ground Vehicles

Today’s ground-based armored fighting vehicles are better protected than ever, but face a constantly evolving threat: weapons increasingly effective at piercing armor. While adding more armor has provided incremental increases in protection, it has also hobbled vehicle speed and mobility and ballooned development and deployment costs. To help reverse this trend, DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program recently awarded contracts …

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