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US Army declares IOC for Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) successfully intercepted a surrogate tactical fighter aircraft target in the final demonstration of the Post Deployment Build (PDB)-8 Patriot developmental test phase.

The programme will now head into the operational test phase in 2017, which will clear the way for fielding of all the PDB-8 capabilities.

Additionally, in early July, the US Army declared initial operational capability (IOC) for MSE, which means the army now has one unit fully equipped with the MSE capability, Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programmes for Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control, told IHS Jane’s on 11 July.

The latest Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system test, which took place 8 July, was the fourth and final event associated with the PDB-8 developmental test phase. As part of this test phase, Lockheed Martin delivered a number of new capabilities to MSE, Arnold said.

The software upgrades included: improved guidance software, upgrades to the inertial measurement unit, MSE’s seeker, the datalink, as well as upgrades to the ground equipment software, Arnold said.

He was unable to provide any specific information on the upgrades.

Arnold added, “We put [in] new capabilities to be able to give overmatch capability to the latest threats that we see, both for tactical ballistic missiles, aircraft, or air-breathing targets and cruise missiles.”


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US Army Chief Arrives In China To Discuss THAAD Deployment
US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is in China to hold meetings with top Chinese commanders, hospital as tensions run high between the two countries over Washington’s deployment of missile systems to South Korea.

Milley arrived in Beijing on Tuesday and was slated to “meet with the senior leadership of the People’s Liberation Army to discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues and identify ways to deepen cooperation in areas of mutual interest, while also constructively managing differences,” the army said in a statement.

One of those differences stems from a decision by South Korea to host America’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile systems.

Last month, the United States and South Korea said they had made a final decision to deploy the missile system in a base south of Seoul, claiming it will only be used to defend the South against what they called North Korea’s aggression.

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US Army chief to visit S. Korea

General Mark Milley will make a three-day visit to South Korea from Wednesday, meeting his South Korean counterpart on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported citing a senior official as saying.
Milley will receive an update on plans to deploy one Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) battery on South Korean soil, his office said. It would mark his second visit to South Korea since he took office in August 2015.
High-level US army official’s visit to South Korea would come amid heightened tensions surrounding Seoul and Washington’s abrupt decision last month to house one THAAD batteryby the end of next year.

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The US Army's New Battlefield 'Big Gun' Has a Dangerous Defect

The U.S. Army in the coming years will build hundreds of new mobile howitzers, and largely, the project has been a success. Except there will be a problem if the self-propelled howitzers catch on fire.

The Paladin M109A7 PIM — the latest in America’s line of tracked artillery pieces — has an automated fire-suppression system known as an AFES. But during survivability tests, the AFES “did not protect the entire crew compartment” and that “howitzer crews are at increased fire risk” according to a report by the Pentagon’s Inspector General released in August.

Oil, lubricants and the heating system inside the Paladins are all potential fire hazards. And for obvious reasons, there is a risk of fire if the vehicles take a big enough blow. And that’s big trouble for the crews.

The Army will deploy its first PIMs in March 2017, and the howitzers feature a host of upgrades designed for the modern battlefield. But if the problem with the AFES isn’t fixed, “PIM program officials could deploy vehicles that endanger crews.”

All of that is true. Here’s another fact — the PIM is still safer than its predecessor Paladins, which have no automated fire suppression systems at all. Crews have to trust their lives to manual fire extinguishers carried on board.

However, it’s still big deal, especially considering the kind of lethal, massed and accurate artillery fire honed by the Russian army in eastern Ukraine — and which could land on American guns in a potential conflict.

The PIM is an evolutionary — not radical — upgrade of the Paladin. Outwardly, they look similar and have the same turret, except the PIM has a modified chassis based on the M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The most important upgrade is the all-electric drive system in the turret and an overhaul of the engine to give the machine a lot more horsepower.

In short, this makes the new Paladin faster, more maneuverable and much easier to work on. Speed was a big problem in the 1992 and 2003 Iraq wars, when Paladins lagged behind the Army’s faster armored vehicles. And the PIM is better protected from mines, as the chassis rests higher off the ground.

All that extra electrical juice in the Paladin is particularly useful for future upgrades regarding the fire-control systems and communications gear — a vital element of a modern artillery exchange.

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The US Army is planning to combine 2 legendary weapons into one

The Army is in the early stages of creating requirements for a new externally mounted weapon to replace both the M2 .50-cal machine gun and the MK-19 grenade launcher.

The idea is to simultaneously lighten the load of mobile attack forces while increasing their lethality and envelope of attack with a single system that achieves the offensive firepower, adiposity and desired combat effects, order of both weapons.

“This will be one weapon with a totally different new type of ammo that is not yet even in the developmental phase,” Laura Battista, product management engineer, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

The effort is still very much in the early or conceptual phases, though future engineering and requirements initiatives plan to give shape, contours, and direction to the new weapon; as a result, Army officials did not yet specify a time frame as to when this might be operational. It is reasonable, however, to assume that requirements, designs, and then prototypes could emerge in the next few years.

The details of how this will be accomplished have not yet emerged, though the planning is to engineer a weapon that has the attack and suppressive fire ability of a .50 cal along with an explosive “area weapon” effect of a grenade launcher.

The new, combined-fires weapons would bring both logistical and tactical advantages. A single unit on the move could much more easily attack a wider range of targets with one weapon, laying down suppressive fire or attacking with machine gun fire and also achieving the effects of firing grenades at enemy locations when needed.

The Army will also embark upon a simultaneous excursion to develop a lighter profile barrel for the .50 cal.

“We will have many barrels that will lessen the logistic burden of having a spare barrel all the time,” Battista said. “We are also hoping to save a lot of weight. We are hoping to save 16 pounds off of a 26-pound barrel.”

The Army’s .50-cal program is looking at a longer-term project to engineer a lighter-weight caseless ammunition that will reduce the amount of brass needed, Lt. Col. Paul Alessio, product manager for crew-served weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

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Japan’s First Lady Attends Protest Against US Military Base in Okinawa

According to reports, discount her husband, ed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was not aware of the visit.

“This is my first step to create a world of love and harmony,” she wrote Sunday on her Facebook page, adding that Prime Minister Abe was not aware of her trip in advance and that she was “ready to face criticism.”

A proposed helipad is to be built in the US Marine Corps’ Camp Gonsalves training area, and will intrude upon the town of Higashi in the Kunigami district of Okinawa. The helipad is being built on the condition that half the training area will be returned to Japan.

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US military officials pressured lower-level analysts to downplay threats from Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in an intelligence report, a House Republican task force has found, ask sources told the Daily Beast.

Three “officials familiar with the task force’s findings” have told the Beast that the nearly 10-page report is going to confirm last year’s complaints by dozens of intelligence analysts that their reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups.

The accusations prompted the Pentagon’s inspector-general to launch a probe into an alleged cover-up of the US military’s failures in order to paint a more optimistic picture than was warranted by the facts on the ground.

However, the report that is expected to be released next week contains no evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the findings on Islamic State and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria to be altered, the Beast said.

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Afghanistan has sought more military supplies from India including attack helicopters and US favours Indian support in enhancing Afghan security forces, stuff a top American commander overseeing US operations in the war-ravaged country said on Wednesday.
India has already provided four Mi-25 helicopters to Afghanistan and US Commander General John Nicholson said the country needs more military aircraft to deal with Taliban and various other terror outfits.
Welcoming India’s contribution to restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, sildenafil Nicholson said terror outfits like Haqqani network, site Lashkar-e- Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are not only a threat to Afghanistan but to the region including India.
Nicholson, who heads the US operations in Afghanistan, on his second visit to India has met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, foreign secretary S Jaishankar and defence secretary G Mohan Kumar and discussed a range of issues including situation in Afghanistan and terror threats to the region.
The US Commander said military training by India to thousands of Afghan security personnel has helped that country significantly which is in tune with the objective of the NATO and the US.

“I cannot speak for the Afghan government. But I know that they have requested more and would like more and I think there is an immediate need for more as these aircraft can immediately get into the fight,” he said, when asked whether Afghanistan was seeking more military helicopters from India apart from the four Mi 25 choppers.

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