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Aiming

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20, May 2010 by chockblock

So there’s this guy, he things he’s smart. He writes a report,the paper picks it up and he waves around like a mad man.

Mr. Obama’s announcement of his new antimissile plan in September was based on the Pentagon’s assessment that the SM-3, or Standard Missile 3, had intercepted 84 percent of incoming targets in tests. But a re-examination of results from 10 of those apparently successful tests by Theodore A. Postol and George N. Lewis, being published this month, finds only one or two successful intercepts — for a success rate of 10 to 20 percent.
Review Cites Flaws in U.S. Antimissile Program
By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: May 17, 2010, NYT.

But, the rest of the world see a lunatic who’s got his facts wrong.

The methodology of Postol’s “analysis”? Looking at the final — and I should note, UNCLASSIFIED — frame of the various SM-3 intercept videos released by MDA and determining that the center of that freeze-frame represented the precise intercept point (Postol’s graphic here). Sounds like rigorous rocket science, huh?
Ted Postol: Aegis SM-3 Only 20% Successful; MDA: Postol Is 100% Full Of Shit, Closing Velocity.

Classified sensors are many, many times better than UNCLASSIFIED pictures. Many though that the Patriot system missed judging by TV images. But those images are captured at 60 frames per second. AVATION films use 500 fps. They captured hits.

Official US govt smackdown here.

Decoys: done and done (countermeasures are in place)

MIRVs: We test against them

Hit to kill: proven

AGEIS BDM, THAAD, Patriot, GMCD: made of win

Theodore A. Postol : made of fail

This man is an idiot and will be forgotten.

He should be made to apologize to the sailors who defend is right to be a nimrod.

H/T: XbradTC

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The future of the US Army uniform

Posted in army life, army training, guns, HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 27, September 2009 by chockblock

Right now the US military sits at a three-way intersection: two wars, a faltering economy and a desperate need to balance the budget.

Ever since WW II, the services have dug in their heels. The latest example is uniforms. The US Marines came up with MARPAT in the early 2000’s. The Army followed suit with it’s Universal Camouflage Pattern. Made up of a “foliage” green, tans and grey, it was supposed to blend in with “any” environment. Most observers, soldiers and net users noticed that the pattern did not blend in with anything.

Army Combat Uniform

Army Combat Uniform

In tests around 2003-4, the pattern that became UCP was dead last in testing. Recent tests have confirmed what many already know: UCP sticks out in the woods and the desert. The Army Combat Uniform has many detractors, but many settle on the camo pattern that seems to stick out like a sore thumb.

Enter Congress.

The conferees understand that soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have serious concerns about the current combat uniform which they indicate provides ineffective camouflage given the environment in Afghanistan. Accordingly, the conferees direct that within funding made available the Department of Defense take immediate action to provide combat unifonns to personnel deployed to Afghanistan with a camouflage pattern that is suited to the environment of Afghanistan.

The conferees further direct the Secretary of the Anny to provide a report on the program plans and budgetary adjustments necessary to provide appropriate unifonns to deployed and deploying troops to Afghanistan. The report shall be submitted to the congressional defense committees by the end of fiscal year 2009.
–Congress Doesn’t Dig UCP – Orders New Camo for A’stan, Militarytimes Gear Scout, quotes HR 2346 Conference Report

After much prodding by Congress, PEO Soldiers and Natick did a new series of tests. UCP did not do well. In response, they’ve developed a new camo scheme for Afghanistan. The tested the ACU, low and behold, it was once again last in the testing:

Overall performance of camo patterns

Overall performance of camo patterns

Now MultiCam was developed by Crye Associates and the US Army’s Natick labs. It looks like a good camo pattern. from the above chart, it is clear that MulitCam preforms well.

US soldiers demo MultiCam

US soldiers demo MultiCam

The Army’s response? The ugly UCP-D. Natick tried to put lipstick in the pig by adding “coyote brown” to UCP. The result? I think this sums it up.

“ACU’s work a lot better when they are dirty – looks like Natick made permanently dirty ACU’s and called it a fix”

UCP-D with and without the new IOTV

UCP-D with and without the new IOTV

IMHO, the Army should have just taken MARPAT and changed it, removing the “Eagle, Globe and Anchor”, replaceing it with a star and “US ARMY”. That would have saved money. But alas…

The Army is sending two units into Afghanistan, one with UCP-D and another with Multicam. What is interesting is that BAE systems has a fat contract to make MOLLE gear in Multicam for this test.

Meanwhile, most of us in the rank and file will just sigh and cue up to buy whatever is in clothing and sales.

Here is a link to Natick’s tests:
Photosimulation Camouflage Detection Test

Hot Crew! : Tactical Corset?

Posted in army life, guns, HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16, June 2009 by chockblock

The Army is testing new body armor. However another company has something for the ladies:

splash

It’s the toast of AR-15.com. Mentioned in boing-boing and Instapundit is taken by it.

Air Defense History: Talos, Terrier and the Standard Missile

Posted in ADA, army life, army training, guns, HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11, June 2009 by chockblock

At the close of WW II, the Empire of Japan sent suicide planes at US Navy ships in a desperate attempt to stop the war. While aircraft and AAA stopped many kamikaze aircraft, the Navy wanted a surefire defense against hostile aircraft.

RIM-8 Talos test firing

RIM-8 Talos test firing

Operation Bumblebee developed and tested US Navy ramjet missiles at the end of World War II. The Applied Physics Lab PTV-N-4 Cobra/BTV was flown in October 1945,[1] and the program developed the operational RIM-8 Talos missile.

The Talos missile was the first US naval surface to air missile. However, due to technology at the time, it was huge. At 11.6 meters, it was 1.5 meters shorter than the Soviet MiG-15’s that is was designed to shoot down. The ships that carried the missile were: three converted Cleveland class light cruisers (USS Oklahoma City, Galveston, and Little Rock), and the converted Baltimore class heavy cruisers Albany, Chicago, Columbus and the nuclear-powered USS Long Beach. It was large, bulky and expensive, but Chicago and Long Beach shot down three Migs in Vietnam. Like Nike, there was a nuclear armed version of the missile. When the Long Beach was decommissioned in 1979, the missile was phased out.

As the 1950’s went on, the Talos was complemented by the Convair RIM-2 Terrier:
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Infantry Automatic Rifle: Replacing the M-249

Posted in ADA, army training, guns, HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26, February 2009 by chockblock

The M-249 has a long history. Ever since the Army took the German MG-42 design and “improved” it, the M-60 was loved and hated by U.S. troops. Belt fed, the firepower of 7.62mm round was good, the mechanical problems and 7.62 ammo were bad. Despite fixes, the M-60 was soon replaced with the M-249 in the infantry. Called teh Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), the SAW gave plattons lots of firepwoer that used the same 5.56mm bullets that the M-16 does. In addtion to belts, the SAW can make M-16 magazines too.

But the SAW has it’s critics. It is a heavy beast. I know, I was a SAW gunner for three years. I do not have combat experience, just many, many field problems. It is heavy, the belt can snag and the magazine feed works about 80% of the time.

Fully automatic riles went away after Vietnam, studies showed that soldiers and marine would fixate on a target and pump it full of rounds. The 3-round burst feature was added to make the shooter conserve ammo. The SAW gunner bring a fully automatic rifle, built for full auto, to the team. But many longed for the full-auto goodness of the BAR, M-60 and the like at the squad level.

Enter the IAR (From Wikipedia):

The Infantry Automatic Rifle or IAR is the name given to a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56mm weapon sought by the United States Marine Corps which will enhance the automatic rifleman’s maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. With a planned purchase of 4100, the IAR is intended to replace around 2000 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAWs) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. The M249 SAW will remain in service at the company level to be used at the discretion of company commanders. The USMC will still keep around 8000-10000 SAWs in service for when commanders need more firepower. The U.S. Army does not plan on purchasing the IAR, and instead will buy new SAWs or MK 46 LMGs.[1][2]

COLT: IAR prototype

COLT: IAR prototype

LWRC had their version, but they lost the initial round. Colt, FN Herstal and Heckler & Koch are building prototypes as we speak

Some are uneasy with the new rifle:

Unease in the Fleet About the Marine Corps Infantry Automatic Rifle
by Sean Meade

Fast forward to the Marine Corps Times Feb 3, 2009 article by Dan Lamothe, staff writer for that publication. In the online article Lamothe interviewed Staff Non-Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers in order to gain their perspective about the upcoming acquisition. Put simply, the Staff Sgt and Cpl interviewed expressed deep concern about the loss of suppressive fire due to the anticipated use of 30 round magazines. Despite the weapons light weight, the thought of not being able to “keep the enemy’s head down” appeared to be a major concern.

What follows is a quick list of concerns that I have regarding this new weapon.

1. Suppressive Fire- a magazine change takes time that might prove critical. Sustained fire against an entrenched foe during the assault would prove problematic. Especially in light of the loss of fully automatic fire from the M-16A4 (current weapon of Marine Corps Riflemen).

2. The near certainty that Beta C-Mags would be employed to attempt to regain the sustained suppressive fire thought to be lost. Several online sources indicated that Beta C-Mags weren’t as reliable as belt fed magazines, and that during US Army testing in Afghanistan, they suffered from the dusty-sandy environment. The US Army went so far as to offer a Ground Precautionary Message (GPM-02-017) regarding C-Mags and outside of perhaps the USN SEALs they are thought to not be in use by the military.

… and lastly but perhaps more importantly in this age of stressed defense budgets …

3. No appreciable gain in performance either in weight, firepower, portability or accuracy.

He dings the IAR’s magazine feed. Belts snag and can come out of the box at the worst times, but you have 200+ rounds at your fingertips. In contrast the mags have 30 a piece. Changing them does take time, not as long as moives make it out, but it does take time.

IMHO the answer is obvious: (Caution, Marylin Manson, bullets, and profanity ahead)

Ares Shrike 5.56
The Ares Defense Shrike 5.56 is an air cooled, dual-feed weapon that fires the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. The Shrike 5.56 can be supplied as a complete weapon, or as a low-risk upper receiver “performance upgrade kit” to existing M16-type service rifles and carbines.

Just drop it into an M-16 lower and there you go.  Due to it re-suing the lower part of an M-16 it takes mags, but it can be belt fed to:

Video 1:

Video 2:

Sadly, LWRC lost the competition, but just for you XBradTC:

Iran

Posted in ADA, guns, politcs with tags , , , on 14, July 2008 by chockblock

While it looks grim, with Iran’s latest missiles flying through the air, things are not quite what they seem.

Spook86 has a column up on the missile tests at pajamasmedia.com. He points out errors in the reporting. Western media for years has believed foreign reports about weapons tests. The Iranians used photoshop to enhance the pictures. A couple of years ago they demo’ed a fighter aircraft they claimed was better than our F/A-18. Nope. It was made by reverse engineering the F-5’s we sold them back in the 60’s and 70’s. The are working on aircraft, tanks and missiles, but it seems that they are only making a few changes here and there. The F-14’s they bought decades ago wore out. They are trying to buy new weapons from China and Russia. If they do that will make them fearsome. Something that a certain candidate needs to think about.

I sat through several threat briefings on Iran. While they are not 10ft tall and bulletproof they are nothing to sneeze at either. We ignore them at our peril.

Now some are already getting their underwear in a knot over war with Iran. We won’t start it. they will. The real losers will be the Iranian people.

Technology: When you don’t read the manual it’s like that.

Posted in tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , on 5, July 2008 by chockblock

TOSTER-FU!

Some time the toaster has a gun, but yeah it’s like that.

source: xkcd.com