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Stephen W. Miller

Stephen W. Miller
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A former US Marine ground combat and aviation officer instrumental in the adoption of wheeled armoured vehicles and manoeuvre warfare. He has extensive hands-on experience in development, acquisition, fielding, support and employment leading land, naval, and air programmes in the US and twenty-four other countries. [email protected]

Digital Gunfire

M-777A2
Like many areas of warfare, digitisation is changing the way fire control of artillery is performed. Guns are becoming more responsive and arguably less reliant on a complex supporting network of observers and headquarters. Computation has played a key role in the use of artillery...

Mexican Navy Receives Final Pair of AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters.

Airbus announced the delivery of the final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to the Mexican Navy on 6 December 2017. These are the last of an order for ten of the helicopters placed in 2014, with four AS565s previously delivered in 2016 and six...

Wheels of Fortune

Patria’s AMV
There is growing recognition that protecting soldiers while providing tactical mobility under fire is critical to battlefield success not only in conventional conflicts but also in counterinsurgency, security operations, peace enforcement and peace keeping. This recognition has generated a renewed emphasis on Armoured Combat...

Turkey Finalizes S-400 Deal

Turkey’s Minister of Defense announced on 12 November that it has completed the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system. According to the MoD, two batteries are to be delivered from Russia in 2018 with an additional two batteries to be produced in Turkey....

More RBS-70s Stiffen Brazil’s Air Defence

With short range air defense a renewed concern by leading armies it is interesting the Exército Brasileiro (Brazilian Army) has, despite tight budgets, received additional RBS-70s.  This portable ground laser beam riding missile from Saab Defense was first fielded in small number for the 2016...

Indonesia’s NASAMS

NASAMS-Kongsberg
Norway’s Kongsberg Gruppen has secured a US$77 million order from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense to provide two batteries of its NASAMS ground anti-air missile system. The contract finalized at the end of October 2017 covers launchers, AN/MPQ-64 F1 Sentinel X band 3D radars, command...

Over The Top

Elbit Soltam smoothbore 120mm mortar
Mortars are a class of artillery. They differ from guns which have a low, flat trajectory best suited for engaging targets by direct fire and howitzers which typically engage targets not seen from the gun position with an arching trajectory. The mortar fires a...

Tank cannon becomes more deadly

Orbital ATK (just acquired by Northrop Grumman) has entered production of its Advance Multi-Purpose (AMP) 120mm tank ammunition that has been in development since 2015.   AMP provides the main battle tank crew with an on-demand round with optimized capability for defeating bunkers, buildings, light...

BAE Systems Shows its ACV Adaptability

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Adaptability to provide mission variants is an important capability in a combat vehicle.   BAE Systems demonstrated this in its Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 display at Modern Day Marine show held 19-21 September. Although the US Marine Corps candidates are still undergoing testing the company took the...

SHORAD Capabilities Demonstrated to US Army

Re-establishing tactical SHORAD (Short Range Air Defence) capability has gained increased attention by the US Army given the increased unmanned aerial vehicles and sophisticated air threats.   It is looking to industry to demonstrate near term solutions setting up a September 2017 shoot-off at White Sands...

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