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The Army Thinks It Can Eventually Fire Artillery At Enemies 1,000 Miles Away
The Army seems confident it will one day have the ability to fire artillery out to a range of 1,000 miles — roughly five times the range it has now.
Whether it can get there remains an open question, though it seems advances from Russia and China in long-range fires has the top brass spooked.
“I think if you looked at the Russian army now and started counting artillery pieces they probable still have a slight advantage in terms of quantities,” Gen. John Murray, the commander of Army Futures Command, told Defense One.
“Quality, I would still argue, we’ve got the edge, but the range thing — they had developed some capabilities that really out-ranged our tactical cannon artillery.”
To correct the problem, the Army has focused on building a Strategic Long-Range Cannon, which will be much bigger than a normal howitzer while apparently still being assisted by rocket-boosted artillery shells the Army currently uses.
“I don’t want to oversimplify, [but] it’s a bigger one of those,” Col. John Rafferty told Breaking Defense. “We’re scaling up things that we’re already doing ... It’s never been done before [because] before, we haven’t been pushed."
The Navy's Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles can effectively hit between 800 and 1,000 miles. But that doesn't help if you're in a country far from shore, where the Army currently has to rely on the Air Force to strike targets at greater distances.
The service is tight-lipped about exactly how its SLRC (pronounced Slorc) will work, though Breaking Defense's Sydney Freedberg speculated that it would be similar to the 155mm rocket-assisted projectile, which gets a boost in range after being fired through a standard artillery barrel.
That still doesn't mean the project is actually feasible, however. As Foxtrot Alpha pointed out in September when Murray first testified to Congress about the cannon, its range seems more in line with "fantasy-land capability."
Whatever it turns out to be, or rather if it happens, the SLRC will likely be enormous, costly, and take many years to get on a battlefield. But on the flip side, a cannon with its capabilities stationed in a place like Poland — which has been pushing for a permanent U.S. troop presence — will certainly keep Moscow on its toes.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died following a "medical emergency" before a training drill, according to an officials with the base.