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Army On Track To Field ‘More Realistic’ Training Rounds
The Army is developing new 40mm training rounds for both individual grenade launchers and crew-served weapons that will allow for “more realistic” training than those currently in use, Military Times reports.
According to officials, the training rounds being used now are too volatile for firing into areas where dismounted troops are about the pass through. In combat, soldiers will often initiate an assault by shooting 40mm rounds at their objective, which means the current training rounds limit a unit’s ability to train how it fights.
“Typically, soldiers can’t conduct fire and maneuver training due to the safety risk,” Christopher Seacord, product director for medium caliber ammunition, told Military Times. “What we would like to do is remove the energetic from the cartridge so that even if it did not function downrange, and someone stepped on it or picked it up, it would not hurt them.”
The Army is redesigning two types of 40mm training rounds: low velocity, or LV, and high velocity, or HV. LV rounds are used with individual weapons, like the M320 and M203 grenade launchers, while HV rounds are used with crew-served weapons, such as the Mk19 Grenade Machine Gun, all of which have seen extensive action on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The new training rounds have already entered initial production but require more testing. As Military Times reports, the LV round will be produced by General Dynamics and the HV round will be produced by American Ordnance. The capsules are filled with a more stable material than the energetics that fill the rounds currently being used, and will not contain fuses.
With only 10 components, the new HV design is far less complicated than its predecessor, comprised of 39 parts. It’s also cheaper, expected to save the Army $4 per round or, as Military Times reports, approximately $8 million for the service’s total ammunition stock. The goal is to have both rounds fielded by August 2019.
The admiral in charge of Navy special operators will decide whether to revoke the tridents for Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs involved in the Navy's failed attempt to prosecute Gallagher for murder, a defense official said Tuesday.
The New York Times' David Philipps first reported on Tuesday that the Navy could revoke the SEAL tridents for Gallagher as well as his former platoon commander Lt. Jacob Portier and two other SEALs: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.
The four SEALs will soon receive a letter that they have to appear before a board that will consider whether their tridents should be revoked, a defense official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.
‘It’s Lt. Col. Vindman’ — Active-duty witness in Trump impeachment inquiry sharply corrects congressman
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman made sure to take the time to correct a Congressman on Tuesday while testifying before Congress, requesting that he be addressed by his officer rank and not "Mr."
'What happens after that is out of their control' — Former military leaders and lawyers react to Trump's war crimes pardons
On Friday, President Donald Trump intervened in the cases of three U.S. service members accused of war crimes, granting pardons to two Army soldiers accused of murder in Afghanistan and restoring the rank of a Navy SEAL found guilty of wrongdoing in Iraq.
While the statements coming out of the Pentagon regarding Trump's actions have been understandably measured, comments from former military leaders and other knowledgable veterans help paint a picture as to why the president's Friday actions are so controversial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy infrastructure.
Iran continues to support the Taliban to counter U.S. influence in Afghanistan, a recent Defense Intelligence Agency report on Iran's military power says.
Iran's other goals in Afghanistan include combating ISIS-Khorasan and increasing its influence in any government that is formed as part of a political reconciliation of the warring sides, according to the report, which the Pentagon released on Tuesday.