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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.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.