Weapon Wednesday – U.S. Navy Wants Norwegian Underground Lair

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Weapon Wednesday – AeroVironment Switchblade 600 Drone

The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
AeroVironment

AeroVironment has unveiled its latest loitering missile unmanned aircraft system for the US Army and other customers. Based on the Switchblade 300, which was deployed with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011, the Switchblade 600 is larger with increased capabilities.

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Weapon Wednesday – The i9 Armed CQB Drone

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  • The United Kingdom has developed a new drone devoted strictly to battlefield combat.
  • The drone uses sensors and machine vision technology to detect targets.
  • Once located, the drone can blast away at the target with twin shotguns. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Destroyer Flies the Jolly Roger

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan Soto
  • The guided missile destroyer USS Kidd was recently spotted flying a Jolly Roger flag.
  • The flag is a nod to Rear Admiral Kidd’s nickname, “Cap,” itself a reference to the notorious Captain Kidd the pirate.
  • The Navy destroyer is adorned with the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger, from the flag to steel doors.

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Weapon Wednesday – Air Force’s New Secret Jet

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U.S. Air Force
  • The U.S. Air Force announced it has already flown a new prototype fighter.
  • We know virtually nothing about the new plane … other than it exists.
  • Most observers did not expect a new fighter for another decade.

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Our Military Supports the President

from Breitbart (via the Tatum Report):

Exclusive–Nearly 800 Military Family Members Sign Open Letter in Support of Trump

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Nearly 800 military family members — including Gold Star families — have signed an open letter to voice their support for President Donald Trump, in the face of attacks in the mainstream media on his patriotism and care for the military.

Mr. President, there are hundreds of thousands of military spouses in this country who are forced into the silent majority. But we do support you. We do not believe the lies and rumors that others try hard to spread. We stand tall with you. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Army Takes Delivery of New Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

The AMPV comes in five variants
The AMPV comes in five variants
BAE Systems
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The first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) from BAE Systems is ready for delivery to the US Army. On August 31, 2020, the first of the vehicles that will replace the Army’s Vietnam War-era M113s rolled off of the production line.

One of the constants of the modern military is that some equipment becomes obsolete before it’s even finished being deployed, while others remain in service for decades. Now, it’s the turn of the US Army’s vintage M113s to make way for the new AMPVs, which are being manufactured in five variants as part of the Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT Network Modernization Strategy. Based on a common design, each of the AMPV variants draw on technology developed for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M109A7 Self Propelled Howitzer, and the Army will accept 450 of the machines under the present contract.

The AMPV has advanced digital electonics

The AMPV has advanced digital electonics

BAE Systems

Troop Draw Down – Another Trump Pledge Being Fulfilled

Despite what some will insist, this is not an election year ploy. This is a 2016 campaign pledge that the president has every intention of fulfilling.

from the Daily Wire:

Trump To Pull 2,200 Troops From Iraq, Plans Draw Down In Afghanistan

“The sacrifice has been great, but the progress has been significant”

RAMADI, IRAQ - JANUARY 15: A fellow soldier honors slain U.S. Army PFC Ming Sun, age 20 and a naturalized American citizen, at a memorial ceremony January 15, 2007 in Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province. Sun was shot and killed by an insurgent sniper on January 9, 2007 while on combat operations with his unit from A Company 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment in Sufia, east of Ramadi. Sun was born in China and became an American citizen after moving to the United States with his family in 1996. U.S. forces and insurgents battle daily in the Ramadi area, which has some of the highest American casualty rates of the war. (Photo by
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The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that 2,200 American troops will be pulled from Iraq, adding that top officials are looking to announce a draw down in Afghanistan in the next few days. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Bite Sleeve for Military Dogs

The new bite sleeve more accurately simulates the texture of human skin
The new bite sleeve more accurately simulates the texture of human skin
US Army

The US Army has developed a more realistic bite sleeve for training military working dogs. Worn by the trainer during biting exercises, the protective silicone and Kevlar sleeve looks and feels more like a human arm when bitten, but still shields the wearer from harm. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The Gremlins X-61A Air Vehicle

The X-61A vehicle in flight below an Air Force C-130
The X-61A vehicle in flight below an Air Force C-130
DARPA

DARPA has announced that its unmanned Gremlins X-61A air vehicle has completed a second round of aerial tests at the US Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. In late July 2020, the agency completed multiple air-vehicle ground and recovery tests as part of the Gremlins program to develop drone swarming systems. read more