Fury and CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS/UAVs Armed with Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com Speaking of sub-Hellfire-yield laser-guided missiles, Thales UK Air Systems Division (ASD) has introduced a new low-cost, lightweight multi-role missile called, appropirately enough, the Lightweight Multirole Missile (a.k.a. Lightweight Multi-role Missile)–or LMM for short–as a follow-on to the Starstreak Self-Propelled High-Velocity Missile (SP HVM) a.k.a. Starstreak Multi-role Missile (surface-to-air/surface-to-surface missile) and Starburst surface-to-air …

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6.8x45mm Kramer Urban Combat Cartridge (UCC) for Urban Warfare Ops

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com DefenseReview has covered the 6.8 SPC (a.k.a. 6.8 Remington SPC a.k.a. 6.8x43mm SPC a.k.a. 6.8mm Remington SPC a.k.a. 6.8mm SPC) round for quite some time now. We’re a proponent of the cartridge, due to its superior efficacy over 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. within its (6.8 SPC) operational envelope of 400-500 yards, …

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Raytheon/EAI Laser-Guided 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra Rocket

by David Crane defrev at gmail dot com Back in May, DefenseReview learned that Raytheon is teaming with an Abu-Dhabi, UAE-based company called Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI) to create an advanced semi-active-laser-guided 2.75"/70mm Hydra rocket under the moniker "Laser Guided Rocket" (LGR). The concept, of course, is nothing new. Back in September of last year, DefenseReview reported on the sudden …

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U.S. Air Force KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker Program Controversy: DefRev Opinion

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com DefenseReview has been contacted by a number of journalists (reporters and writers) to get our take on the Northrop Grumman/EADS (Airbus) aerial refueling tanker aircraft contract award and subsequent Boeing protest situation. This is a big-deal situation, since our current fleet of KC-135 tanker aircraft are getting quite long in the tooth, …

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Colt M4 Carbine’s Future Uncertain: Dark Clouds Forming

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com Perhaps the single most exciting thing that happened at NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium 2008–away from the firing range, of course–was a confrontation between Jim Battaglini (Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James R. Battaglini) of Colt Defense and U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Mattes, the director of …

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Army Acquisition Capos Fraudulently Alter Body Armor Test Results

By Roger Charles, DefenseWatch June 12, 2008 Thanks to an Air Force debarment action against Pinnacle Armor, manufacturer of Dragon Skin body armor, documents have been obtained, and witnesses deposed that provide hard evidence that the Army Acquisition capos fraudulently altered test reports to reflect the results desired by this band of criminal knaves. And, they did so knowing full …

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Advanced Armament Corp. Launches Blog: Latest News on AAC Suppressors

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com Kevin Brittingham from Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) just sent us a link to AAC’s new blog at www.aacblog.com. The new AAC blog would appear to be the place to go for all the latest news on AAC silencers/sound suppressors and related products. One of the blog entries shows pics of the new …

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Stealth Sensor for Stealthy Body Searches on Bad Guys

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com June 9, 2008 Paradigm Tactical Products Inc., maker of the FriskerPRO hand-worn metal detector/search device, has reportedly just received an order from U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group a.k.a. 5th Group for its latest discreet metal detector/covert body search device called Stealth Sensor. Looks like the 5th Group operators wanted a more …

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TacCam Advanced Tactical Camera: Weapons-Mounted Camera for Tactical Ops

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com Frank Borelli of Borelli Consulting has a product review up on a a weapons-mounted "Advanced Tactical Camera" made by Pacific Concepts ATC/HBD Inc. called the TacCam. While TacCam doesn’t transmit live video and audio, it does store about an hour of it (A/V) on a 2-Gig SD card for after-action analysis of …

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Eurofighter Typhoon: Can Thrust-Vectoring and Low-Observability be Added?

by David Crane defrev at gmail.com May 30, 2008 DefenseReview has been hearing some pretty great things about the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat fighter aircraft’s performance, from its excellent flight characteristics to its pilot-friendly cockpit, to its helmet-mounted display and targeting system. What’s interesting is that it can perform so well acrobatically, even without thrust vectoring. Advanced electronic fly-by-wire flight …

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Select Controls Shot Counter and Weapon Diagnostics for Infantry Small Arms

by David Crane defrev at gmail.com While we were walking around the exhibition hall at NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium 2008, we ran into Ken Brinkley of Select Controls, Inc. (SC), who was discussing one of SC’s systems with one of the vendors. From what we were able to discern, Select Controls has an electronic …

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2008 NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium Firing Demo: Initial Report

by David Crane defrev at gmail.com May 25, 2008 Aaaand we’re back. Sorry for the delay in reporting in, but we’ve been fighting the travel demons and illness (minor and temporary) simultaneously. We shot some good video at the 2008 NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium, but we’re not sure how much of it we can …

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DefRev going to NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium 2008

by David Crane defrev at gmail.com May 19, 2008 DefenseReview is headed to the NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium 2008, and we’ll be reporting from the show.  If you’re going to the show, look for us and say hello.  We’ll be walking around, making the rounds. See ya’ there!

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