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While being trained on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Staff Sgt. Jonathan Sowards had a simple but effective way to test the vehicle's innovative suspension. He grabbed a cup, filled it with water and placed it in one of the cup holders found inside the Army's newest tactical vehicle. He then drove it along an uneven tank trail. When the test drive ended, the outcome surprised him. "I hit the bumps going about 35 to 40 mph back through there," he said, "and I didn't even spill one drop." Sean Kimmons, of the U.S. Army Defense Media Activity, reports.

U.S. troops will soon be equipped with a lighter and better head protection if the current testing by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, gives positive results. The U.S. Army has tasked these soldiers with putting the Modular Scalable Vest version II, Ballistic Pelvic Protection, and its Integrated Head Protection (IHP) System through intensive evaluation this March.

Chemical, engineer, and explosive ordnance disposal unit soldiers are joining a National Guard Civil Support Team to put the Army's latest robotic system to the test. Robert Richardson reports on U.S. Army’s website.

The new AM materials demonstrated 50% more strength than commercially available materials, Tess Boissonneault reports on 3D Printing Media Network. Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory have adapted a specialized steel alloy for Powder Bed Fusion 3D printing. The new material, along with specific process parameters, can produce parts that are roughly 50% stronger than commercially available materials.

Eight Ivy Division snipers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team field tested an upgrade to the Army's sniper rifle in the shadows of the fabled Rocky Mountains, Maj. Michael P. Brabner, Test Officer, Maneuver Test Directorate, U.S. Operational Test Command, reports on US Army’s website.

The Chinese army is preparing to test magnetized plasma artillery capable of firing hypervelocity rounds at speeds in excess of Mach 6, six times the speed of sound, Chinese media reports. The power and range of such a weapon would likely offer tremendous advantages on the battlefield, assuming it actually works, which is apparently what the Chinese military is interested in finding out, as Ryan Pickrell comments on MySanAntonio.

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The T-14 tank on the heavy tracked Armata platform was launched into batch production after an upgrade. The first batch of 16 tanks will be supplied by the end of the year. On May 9, new T-14 will participate in the VE-Day parade in Red Square. They will be then distributed among units in various parts of the country for operation in close to combat conditions, the Izvestia daily writes.

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