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Trophy vs. Quick Kill: Which is the better defense against anti-tank munitions?

by David Crane [email protected] On Monday, Sept. 25 2006, NBC Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers went head-to-head with Col. David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.) on The O’Reilly Factor (with Bill O’Reilly). At issue was the U.S. Army’s choice to award Raytheon with a $70 million contract for its Quick Kill anti-RPG active defense system a.k.a. "RPG defense system" over Rafael’s ... Read More »

Dillon Aero M134D and M134D-T Gatling Guns: Peace Through Firepower Superiority

by David Crane [email protected] This article contains DefenseReview’s interview with the R&D element of Dillon Aero, Inc. on the M134D Gatling Gun/Minigun. September 25, 2006 DefenseReview first mentioned the Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun a.k.a. M134D MiniGun in our September 2005 article on the BSC AGSS II helicopter gunner simulator, after we saw both systems (M134D and AGSS II) at ... Read More »

M16A5 Concept: A Modular, Multi-Caliber Rifle for Future Infantry Warfighters?

by Jim Jensen Assault Rifle/Carbine with interchangeable bolts, barrels and magazine wells can shoot 5.56mm, 7.62mm Russian, and 7.62mm NATO bullets Iraq: ”Ping” “ping” “ping” an U.S. Army light infantry Soldier firing from the top cargo hatch of a BAE Systems M113 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)/armored vehicle is placing well-aimed 5.56mm (5.56x45mm/.223 Remington) M16A2/A4 rifle shots on an Iraqi rebel ... Read More »

Are Anti-Tank Guided Missiles the New Primary Threat in Urban Warfare/MOUT?

by David Crane [email protected] Greg Grant has written an interesting article for DefenseNews.com about Hizbollah’s (Hezbollah’s) "innovative" (Grant’s term) use of man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems. Mr. Grant cites several examples of Hezbollah’s "innovative" urban warfare/guerrilla warfare tactics with ATGMs. 1) Hizbollah guerilla fighters "swarmed" Israeli Merkava MBTs (Main Battle Tanks)–including possibly Merkava Mk4 MBTs–and fired at the sides ... Read More »

Dealing with Multiple Terrorists: 21st Century AT/CT Doctrine, Part Two

by Frank Borelli, Borelli Consuting frank at borelliconsulting.com with thanks to John Giduck This article is the second installment of the original article, titled Dealing with Multiple Terrorists: 21st Century AT/CT Doctrine. "Posse Comitatus: Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air ... Read More »

NukAlert Pocket-Size Nuclear Radiation Detector/Key Chain Works 24/7

by David Crane [email protected] In the last year, DefenseReview has heard rumblings in military defense and tactical circles that it’s simply a matter of when, not if, the United States will experience a nuclear detonation on her soil via either a terrorist armed with some type of portable nuclear device (i.e. bomb) or a ship with a device hidden somewhere ... Read More »

Anti-Sniper/Sniper Detection/Gunfire Detection Systems at a Glance

by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 19, 2006 There are currently a number of anti-sniper systems (a.k.a. sniper detection systems, a.k.a. gunfire detection systems) that have been designed and developed for use by military infantry personnel. DefenseReview plans on doing a review and analysis of all of these systems/technologies at some point in the not-too-distant future. In ... Read More »

Liquid Armor, Armored Vehicles, and High-Tech Ballistic Fiber/Fabric…

by David Crane [email protected] Armor Holdings, Inc. would appear to be on a serious ballistic armor technology acquisition mission as of late. First, on February 4th of this year (2006), they announced that they are now the exclusive licensee of shear thickening fluid (STF) technology that has been developed by the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) in partnership ... Read More »

Swanson Shield Gunner’s Shield Protecting U.S. Infantry Warfighters in Iraq

by David Crane [email protected] It’s common knowledge that enemy IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) are currently the number one threat to our infantry warfighters, and have been for quite some time. HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, a.k.a. Humvee) machine gunners have been some of the most vulnerable targets (if not the most vulnerable targets), due to the fact that they ... Read More »

KAC 6x35mm PDW Photos in from NDIA Small Arms Symposium 2006

by David Crane david at defensereview.com Click on digital photos of Knight’s Armament PDW (and 6mm ammo) below to view them full-size. DefenseReview has received some photos of the KAC 6x35mm PDW (Personal Defene Weapon) demonstration samples and 6x35mm ammo that were taken at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Small Arms Symposium 2006. We’ve already taken the liberty of ... Read More »