By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All indoor photos contained in this article except for the dual 40mm warhead photo were shot by DefenseReview.com at SOFIC 2010 or SOFIC 2011, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). The ... Read More »
Beretta ARX-160 (also written ARX160) Modular Assault Rifle/Carbine/SBR Demo Video and Interview Transcript from SOFIC 2011: Military Special Operations Forces (SOF), Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s), and Civilian Tactical Shooters Get Tactical Rifle/Carbine with Ambi (Ambidextrous) Controls, Side-Switchable Charging Handle, and Quick-Change Barrel (QCB) System!
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos and the first two (top two) video clips contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos and video clips. The accompanying photos and video clips were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). ... Read More »
AeroVironment (AV) Switchblade Backpackable/Manpackable “Kamikaze Drone” SUAV/Mini-UAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Mini-Unmanned Aircraft System) “Over-the-Ridge” Precision-Kill Weapon: Tactical Reconnaissance Meets Low-Order-Detonation Lethality
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 21, 2011 Last edited/updated on 10/24/11. DefenseReview (DR) is a big fan of armed/weaponized UAS/UAVs (Unmanned Aircraft System/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)/"drones", due to their precision, efficiency, and effectiveness against the enemy, both physically and psychologically. Understand that weaponized unmanned aerial/aircraft systems don't just kill the enemy. They also instill a high degree ... Read More »
DR Heads-Up: ITT Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) with Quantum Cascade Laser: Anti-Missile/Counter-MANPADS Laser System for Military Combat Rotorcraft (Combat Helicopters) and Fixed-Wing Aircraft
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 14, 2011 Recently, DefenseReview (DR) reported on the Northrop Grumman Guardian and AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) laser systems designed to kill heat-seaking missiles (thermal/IR signature-intercepting missiles). Well, Northrop Grumman also has a "5th-generation IRCM (Infrared Countermeasure) technology for unparalleled warfighter protection called" Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM), which is comprised of ... Read More »
Can a Combat-Reliable Production High-Capacity Tactical 1911 Pistol be developed for U.S. Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) (including USMC MARSOC) and Civilian Tactical Shooters? Meet the Production Polymer-Framed Modular/Multi-Caliber .45 ACP/9x23mm Double-Stack Tactical/Combat 1911 Pistol Concept.
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 11, 2011 Last updated on 10/12/11. While the rest of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) switched to the Beretta M9 (U.S. military version of the Beretta 92F) high-capacity 9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO pistol back in the 1980s, U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance (Force Recon) and other USMC MEU (SOC) units have ... Read More »
Russians Getting a New Rifle: New Russian Military Assault Rifle to Replace Aging Kalashnakov 7.62x39mm AK-47/AKM-type AK74M and 5.45x39mm AK-74-type AK-105 Assault Rifles
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 1, 2011 A recent article in the The Voice of Russia titled "New rifle to replace Kalashnikov" claims that the Russian "Izmash" company "plans to present its new rifle to the Russian army before the end of this year," a rifle that can go head-to-head with the most modern western military ... Read More »
PCP Ammunition Polymer-Cased Rifle/Machine Gun Ammo for Military Combat and Civilian Tactical/Commercial Applications: Has the Era of High-Heat-Resistant “Superplastic”/”Superpolymer” Cartridge Cases Finally Arrived?
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Coyote School Blog September 26, 2011 Last updated on 10/01/11. The Firearm Blog just published a short piece on PCP Ammunition rifle ammunition, which utilizes a polymer (i.e., plastic) cartridge case. DefenseReview (DR) also viewed this ammo at SHOT Show 2011, but based on all previous attempts by other companies/developers ... Read More »
BAE Systems ADAPTIV Hexagonal Pixelated Thermal/IR (Infared)/Multispectral Adaptive Camouflage/Invisibility Cloaking System/Vehicle Armor System for Infantry Ground Vehicles (Armored Vehicles, APCs and Main Battle Tanks), Aircraft (Helicopters and Fixe-Wing), Ships and Structures/Buildings: Active Camouflage for Vehicles Gets Real
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: BAE Systems September 19, 2011 Speaking of BAE Systems, they're currently developing a thermal/IR (infrared) adaptive camouflage/"invisibility cloak" technology/sytem called ADAPTIV. Catchy. Adaptiv is comprised of sheets of hexagonal "pixels"/panels that "can change temperature very rapidly". ADAPTIV (as in "adaptive camouflage") would appear to work in a similar fashion as ... Read More »
Vectronix/Optics 1 COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager) Thermal/IR (Infared) Monocular Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)/Weapons Sight for Infantry Warfighters
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 18, 2011 Allison Barrie of Fox News just wrote a piece about the Vectronix/Optics 1 COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager) "clip and go" overlay clip-on thermal/IR (infrared) ("long-wave IR") monocular HMD (Helmet Mounted Device) as if it's a new concept in soldier/warfighter equipment/gear, and labeling it "Predator-style vision". The COTI can ... Read More »
Revision Military BATLSKIN (“Battle Skin”) Modular Head Protection System (MHPS) Lightweight Ballistic Combat Helmet, Visor and Mandibular Guard/Ballistic Face Shield: Complete Ballistic Maxillofacial Protection (Facial Armor) for the 21st Century Warfighter
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Revision Military September 14, 2010 Last updated on 9/18/11. Revision Military recently released photos and info on the Revision Military BATLSKIN (Pronounced "Battle Skin") Modular Head Protection System (MHPS) (formerly Revision Modular Protective Attachment System, or Revision MPAS) lightweight ballistic combat helmet, visor and (ballistic) mandibular guard/maxillofacial (lower face and ... Read More »