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Stephen W. Miller

Stephen W. Miller
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]

Shoot and Scoot

The Artillery Gun Module
Forces that have shown the ability for their ‘guns’ (field artillery) to keep up with advancing infantry and cavalry combat forces have always had a decisive advantage. This is because the ground force as a whole is able to move forward, rather than one...

CM-32 Mortar Variant Revealed

Taiwan’s CM-32 mortar variant
A variant of the Republic of China’s Ordnance Readiness Development Centre’s CM-32 eight-wheel drive armoured fighting vehicle, equipped with a 120mm heavy mortar has been revealed. The vehicle was showcased at the Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) 2017 held between 17th and 19th...

More Firepower for Israeli APCs

Israel’s Tank Programme Administration (MANTAK) announced on 31st July that it has begun operational tests of a new 30mm unmanned turret. This new turret will be used onboard both the Israel Military Industries Namer tracked and Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers used by the Israeli...

Eliminating Tunnel Vision

Soldiers describe using the traditional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) as like looking at the world through a paper roll tube. Many NVGs display a Field-Of-View (FOV) measuring 40 degrees or less which provides little in the way of peripheral vision. However, L-3’s Ground Based...

Cloak Of Invisibility

PL-01 Concept BAE Systems
Poland’s OBRUM has been collaborating with BAE Systems on designing a Main Battle Tank (MBT) with innovative approaches to enhancing survivability. The PL-01 will be both harder to detect through use of new ‘stealth’ technology, and harder to hit thanks to impressive mobility and...

Still Hitting Where it Hurts

BGM-71 family missile
The Raytheon BGM-71 TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-guided or Wireless) Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) is fielded by over 40 armies worldwide. So a video of a Syrian rebel BGM-71 missile engaging a Syrian Army Uralvagonzavod T-90 Main Battle Tank (MBT) received considerable attention including some...

AMPV Mission Command Variant Advances

BAE Systems’ Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Mission Command variant will provide the US Army with mobile communications, force tracking and battlefield information management for battalion and higher unit commanders in Armoured Brigade Combat Teams. This AMPV variant replaces the United Defence/BAE Systems’ M-577A1 tracked...

New Turrets For LAV-AT

The US Marines Light Armoured Vehicle battalion includes a mix of complementary mission role vehicles. These include the General Dynamics LAV-AT or Anti-Tank vehicle which provides the primary tank defeating capability for the unit. The original vehicle design used the same Raytheon BGM-71 optically-guided...

Marines To Get New Grenade Launcher

The US Marines are evaluating the Heckler and Koch M-320 40mm grenade launcher to replace the M-203 grenade launcher for the Marine rifleman. The M-320 is mounted below a standard infantry rifle but has the advantages of being side-loaded and to have its ladder...

CV-90 IFVs for the Czech Army

CV-90 IFVs
The Czech Army is being offered a locally-produced CV-90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as confirmed to by a BAE Systems spokesperson. These new vehicles could replace the force’s existing Kurganmashzavod BMP-2 family tracked amphibious IFVs. Should the acquisition proceed, the Czech Army would...

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