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Weapon Wednesday – Space Force Satellite Jammer

The U.S. Space Force has received its first “weapon,” the Counter Communications System.
CCS is designed to prevent nearby adversaries from accessing their own military satellite communications, cutting them off from their home countries.
In addition to the United States, Russia and China are working on their own satellite communications jammers. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The 768 Barrett MRAD

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Barrett via Military Times
  • The U.S. Army and Marines have placed an order for 768 Barrett MRAD rifles.
  • The MRAD is a multi-caliber sniper weapon capable of serving in a wider variety of environments than previous weapons.
  • One of the most useful features of the new rifle is the ability to change barrels with a single tool. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Missiles Hits Moving Targets

The Excalibur S uses GPS and lasers to hit moving targets
The Excalibur S uses GPS and lasers to hit moving targets
Raytheon

Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully fired a precision-guided munition that can be fired from a howitzer and zero in on a moving object. The recent test of the Excalibur S round not only demonstrated its ability to switch from GPS to laser guidance to find its target, but also that its electronics and sensors can withstand the shock of being fired out of a gun. read more

An Aviation Milestone Occurred Yesterday

from SOFREP:

CHUCK YEAGER: THE AIR FORCE’S WORLD RECORD-BREAKER TURNS 97

Photos: U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S, Air Force, Chuck Yeager website

Photos: U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S, Air Force, Chuck Yeager website

Chuck Yeager always had the “Right Stuff” regardless if NASA never selected him for the space program. Yeager was a decorated fighter pilot in World War II and became a test pilot and was the first man to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.

Yeager was born to a farming family on February 13, 1923, in Myra West, Virginia. He graduated from the Class of 1941 from Hamlin High School in West Virginia. Then, in September, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Yeager was assigned to the Army Air Corps as a private and was a mechanic at George Air Base in Victorville California. He wasn’t eligible for flight training due to his age and his lack of education. However, three months later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. lowered the eligibility requirements and helped by his 20/10 vision, he was accepted into the flight program. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Minuteman III ICBM Test Launch

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear
  • The new U.S. Space Force saw one of its most important missions so far today as it helped test an intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • The Minuteman III missile sent a reentry vehicle over four thousand miles to land at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force Valkyrie Drone

The XQ-5A Valkyrie on a 2019 test flight
The XQ-5A Valkyrie on a 2019 test flight
AFRL

The jet-powered XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator drone has returned to the air three months after being damaged in a landing mishap. On January 23, the unmanned aircraft being developed by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions completed its fourth flight test at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

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Weapon Wednesday – Origami-Inspired Ballistic Shield

The Swift Shield can stop a bullet from a .44 Magnum handgun
The Swift Shield can stop a bullet from a .44 Magnum handgun
ATCS

Although the bulletproof shields used by police officers are definitely life-savers, the things are also quite heavy and bulky. The origami-inspired Swift Shield offers an alternative, as it folds down into a lightweight package when not in use.

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At the Vegas Gun Show

from the Federalist:

15 Awesome Things I Saw At The Massive U.S. Gun Show Only Insiders Can Attend

15 Awesome Things I Saw At The Massive U.S. Gun Show Only Insiders Can Attend

Two days surrounded by guns, ammunition, Navy SEALs, military dogs, tactical gear, camouflage, and American flags restored my faith in America.

More than 65,000 people gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada this week for the nation’s largest annual gun industry convention, SHOT Show 2020. Organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SHOT Show brings together the world’s best in shooting sports, law enforcement, hunting, and armed forces to share their products and businesses, but more importantly, to shoot the globe’s latest and greatest firearms in the Nevada desert. read more

Weapon Wednesday – That’s a Big Laser!

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U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Dawson Roth
  • USS Little Rock will receive a laser weapon during an upcoming deployment.
  • The new laser is five times more powerful than the first laser, deployed five years ago.
  • The laser is probably strong enough to seriously damage small vehicles but is dependent on atmospheric conditions. read more

Weapon Wednesday: Effective Underwater Bullets

The narrow corridor of air the CAV-X bullets create for themselves through supercavitation is the secret to how they go through water so easily
The narrow corridor of air the CAV-X bullets create for themselves through supercavitation is the secret to how they go through water so easily
DSG

Regular bullets decelerate so quickly in water that they only make it a few feet, which is why diving into a conveniently located pool or waterway when under fire from assassins can be such a good idea.
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