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  1. With the AR there's an almost bewildering array of configurations, optics, accessories, etc. The UK could join Estonia and New Zealand in the LMT club.
  2. Interesting that an AR-type rifle is actually specified: https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/017725-2021?origin=SearchResults&p=1&fbclid=IwAR3qYgWiKL25BlgSavB_u9bSsF8DR7KJmsnmpc7pGAE3zxY0p3H8GtvU3Ag
  3. Looks like a hefty price tag, although the final bill may be lower: https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/Final Press Release - Israel 21-52 CN.pdf
  4. Dawes

    Ajax Issues

    If vibration is really that severe, wouldn't it have the potential to cause damage to some of the vehicle systems over the long term?
  5. Presumably the propulsion issues have been sorted by now? https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/07/21/most-of-the-royal-navys-destroyers-are-unavailable-for-deployment/
  6. Looks like a list of the usual suspects and a couple dark horses. And I still give this effort a fair chance of falling on it's face (on cost or technical grounds, or both): https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-army-chooses-competitors-design-212855233.html?.tsrc=fp_deeplink
  7. Dawes

    Ajax Issues

    Is Ajax too far along to cancel?
  8. Hasn't Rheinmetall (or some other German company) designed an APS? I thought it was offered to the US at one point.
  9. Wasn't a diesel engine tested in the Abrams at some point?
  10. Pizza and hookers in the General Dynamics offices tonight!
  11. I'm guessing that Polish crews have already operated/tested the Abrams?
  12. It'll be interesting to see if this actually materializes: https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/07/09/poland-could-purchase-m1-abrams-tanks-from-us/
  13. Other than a bit of weight savings, do these offer any real advantage over traditional polymer mags? https://sentrytactical.com/carbon-fiber-ar-15-magazine-30-round/
  14. Didn't see that one coming: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/06/30/lockheeds-f-35-topples-competition-in-swiss-fighter-contest/
  15. Kadena, Misawa, Yokota, Osan, Kunsan, etc. seem to be adequate these days.
  16. The proposed deal includes (from the document): "...precision measurement equipment laboratory, calibration, and simulators; spare and repair parts, repair and return services; maps, publications, and technical documentation; studies and surveys; classified / unclassified software and software support; personnel training and training equipment; facilities and facility management, design and/or construction services; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support." So training is evidently included.
  17. Interesting. Historically, Europe hasn't followed the example of US gunships (AC-47, -119, -130). Maybe this will find an export customer? https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/airbus-trials-armed-c295-gunship-for-persistent-cas
  18. "The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra said in a 16 June statement that MRH-90 flying operations have been temporarily suspended as a safety precaution, adding that the issue “relates to the application of the helicopter's maintenance policy in the helicopter's IT support system”. Meaning what, exactly? https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/maintenance-and-safety-issues-leading-to-extended-grounding-of-australias-mrh-90-helo-fleet
  19. You wonder if, at some point, Italy will let some sales proceed: https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/06/25/italian-forces-kicked-out-of-middle-east-base-over-uae-arms-embargo-lawmaker-says/
  20. From the US Army's FY2022 budget documentation: "The Abrams Tank Production Program upgrades existing Abrams tank variants to the M1A2 SEPv3 tank configuration in order to enhance tank survivability, lethality, and mobility while improving overall system reliability and durability. The M1A2 SEPv3 incorporates turret and hull armor upgrades, mine blast improvements, reactive armor tiles, lightweight belly armor, improved countermine equipment, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) jamming equipment, a Total Integrated Engine Revitalization (TIGER) engine, an upgraded transmission, an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), improved power generation & distribution, Ammunition Data Link (ADL) for smart munitions, Embedded Training, Blue Force Tracker, Block 1 Second Generation Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) technology, and improved computer systems with Line Replaceable Modules (LRMs) to include microprocessors, high-definition color flat panel displays, increased memory capacity, Gigabit Ethernet, and a new operating system designed to run the Common Operating Environment (COE) software. The Abrams Tank Production Program funds the costs required for the daily operation of the production plants producing M1A2 SEPv3 tanks and components. The Abrams Tank Fleet Modification Program applies Materiel Developer and Combat Developer approved modifications to the fielded Abrams family of vehicles either through field modifications at the unit or through application during vehicle recapitalization. Common Abrams modifications include Active Protection Systems (APS), lethality enhancements to fire the latest smart munitions, gun tube durability improvements, vehicle smoke, Network upgrades, GPS enhancements, cyber security measures, Power Train Improvements, safety improvements, light weighting, and any other modification identified in existing requirement documents or validated by the Army. Funding is also used for recurring improvements for Industrial Base facilities and their components by focusing on planning, maintaining, improving, optimizing, and modernizing contractor's manufacturing facilities." What is involved with :"gun tube durability improvements"? Possibly a new alloy or manufacturing process?
  21. Apparently an anti-shipping role is envisaged for these aircraft: https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/Philippines_21-36.pdf
  22. A fair number of these FMS cases don't materialize for any number of reasons - political, financial, change of requirements, change of regimes, etc. In the end the Philippines may find a cheaper option somewhere else.
  23. Given their financial situation, are new Block 70/72 aircraft pretty much a pipe dream? https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/Philippines_21-14.pdf
  24. It's definitely a contrast to the highly successful KC-135.
  25. The US XM9 trials were a huge political sideshow, partly because it meant replacing the iconic M1911A1 and switching to a smaller cartridge. The adoption of the M17/M18 generated significantly less ruckus, and Congress seemed less interested in the outcome.
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