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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]

Armoured Vehicles – Combat Compendium

Armoured vehicles come in many shapes and sizes, with differing roles. This compendium will examine two categories: armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) used for direct fire and those that also carry infantry into the fight. by Stephen W. Miller The term ‘armoured vehicles’ is a broad one....

US Army Seeks a Sub Machine Gun (SMG)

Since the final retirement of the submachine gun (SMG), cal. .45, M3A1 ‘Grease Gun’ in the mid-1990s, the United States military has been without this type of weapon. Short and compact, the submachine gun (SMG) was intended as a personal defense weapon to be...

Sea trials for Peruvian Navy’s new LPD

The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú) will soon have a new modern Landing Platform Dock (LPD) completely made in country by its own industry. The BAP Pisco (AMP156) which was launched 25 April 2017 is now undergoing sea trails and is scheduled...

Stryker Dragoon Operational in Germany

General Dynamics Land Systems developed the Stryker 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle outfitted with a Orbital-ATK 30mm Bushmaster auto-cannon in the Kongsberg MCRWS unmanned weapon station in an accelerated program. Despite only being initiated in 2013 the vehicles were ready for US Army test in 2014...

HIMARS Fielding Expand Again

Lockheed Martin’s M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) has clearly found a following with world armies. It essentially takes the MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) that was widely featured in images of the Gulf Wars and placed this lethal long range fires capability...

Slovenia Selects ARTEC’s Boxer

The 2 February announcement by The Slovenia Ministry of Defense became the most recent national military to select ARTEC’s Boxer 8x8 multi-role armoured vehicle following an announcement made on 2 Feburary 2018. The procurement of 100 vehicles is being conducted through the Organisation for Joint...

Iveco LMV is Brazil’s LBMT-LR

The highly successful LMV from IVECO has been chosen to fill the Exército Brasileiro’s Wheeled Multirole Light Armoured Vehicle - LBMT-LR.   Conducted by the Projecto Estratégico do Exército-Guarani (PEE Guarani) an evaluation of potential candidates was instituted in 2013. A lightly armoured 4x4 was...

Digital Gunfire

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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...

Qatar Orders Nexter VBCI Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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The French Armed Forces Ministry confirmed on 7 December that Qatar has signed a letter of intent to purchase both additional Rafale aircraft and 490 VBCI Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The VBCI part of the deal is valued at between US$1.7 (€1.5) billion and US$3.76(€3.2)...

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