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M4s, 240Bs, and Shotguns

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M119A2 Howitzer upgrade provides quicker firepower

Soldiers are one step closer to receiving a digitized M119A2 howitzer that will make it possible for them to start firing rounds and evade return fire quicker.

The M119A2 is a lightweight 105mm howitzer that provides suppressive and protective fires for Infantry Brigade Combat Teams.

PEO Ammunition employees, with help from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), recently shipped four M119A2s to various installations for safety testing.


In 1983, during a search for a new military sniping round, a company called Research Armament Industries (RAI) began development of a new bolt-action rifle called the Model 300 and a brand new cartridge based on the .416 Rigby case necked down to .338 caliber. When RAI ran into difficulties in obtaining suitable brass casings and finances, it went to Lapua, of Finland, for assistance, and Lapua took over the project in 1984. The result was the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6 x 70mm) cartridge introduced in 1989.

New ammunition combines four artillery cartridges into one

The Program Executive Office for Ammunition has started testing a new artillery round that will provide Soldier's with superior performance as well as lighten the military logistics burden.

The 105mm M1130E1 High Explosive Pre-Formed Fragments, Base Bleed, or HE PFF BB round with the XM350 propelling charge, is a state-of-the-art cartridge that replaces four existing high- explosive projectiles and two propelling charges with a single round.

The M1130E1 is fired from the M119 howitzer and will be used against light to medium targets, such as personnel and trucks.

New light machine gun aims to 'SAW' Soldiers' load

Nearly 20 Soldiers participated in a two-week assessment of a prototype light machine gun to demonstrate its potential impact on mission effectiveness and to help engineers develop possible improvements to the weapon and its unique ammunition.

The evaluation sought the warfighter's perspective after enduring a series of strenuous combat performance drills with the weapon.

Improvements to MRAP and MATV's

Video by American Forces Network Afghanistan

MC-12 reaches major milestones in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here achieved three major milestones in the month of October supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The squadron, which operates the MC-12 Liberty, surpassed 10,000 sorties flown, 50,000 flight hours and supported ground operations that led to the capture or elimination of more than 4,000 targets.

CCAD Returns Third OH-58D Armed Scout Helicopter to the Fight

A needed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior was returned to the fight when Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile handed the newly repaired KW's log books to 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Col. John M. Morgan during a transfer ceremony held during the Luther Jones Professional Aviation Forum at the American Bank Center October 26, 2011. The KW is destined for the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment,1st Combat Aviation Brigade out of Ft. Riley Kansas.


East Meets West
ArmaLite has become the generic name for all things pertaining to America’s assault rifle, the 5.56x45mm M16 and its military and civilian variants. Under the leadership of CEO Mark Westrom, the rifleman’s rifle company decided to add a handgun line to its considerable long gun inventory a few years ago. Instead of manufacturing it in the US or acquiring an established European product, Mark decided to bring a high quality, but updated and reasonably priced replica of the iconic Swiss SIG P210 to America from Turkey to realize his dream.

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