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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]

Amphibious Assault Vehicle survivability upgrade dropped

The US Marines AAV7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle will not receive the upgrades that were planned which would allow it to be a viable combat asset through 2035 until the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) can be fielded. On 19 June, the USMC announced its intent...

Surgical Strike Artillery

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Artillery systems, once considered more of an area weapon than a precision tool, are making ‘heads turn’ once again though GPS accuracy, digital target processing and advances in guidance and munitions. Artillery has traditionally held a special place in the combat arms. It is capable...

Future Trends to Watch

A number of trends are influencing the development of future combat vehicles. They will also shape efforts to upgrade existing vehicle fleets in order to extend their capabilities and to allow them to remain relevant as battlefields change. Current trends can perhaps be best be...

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...

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