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The joint DARPA/U.S. Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will soon kick off with three performers awarded contracts to begin work: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. OpFires aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets.

Belarus` Belspetsvneshtekhnika (BSVT) arms exporter has developed the Berserk unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV). A demonstrator of the UCGV was unveiled at a test range of the 174th Air Force and Air Defense Training Base (Baranovichi, Brest Region) in early October 2018.

The Russian Defense Ministry approved an armor development concept. All light armored vehicles (infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), armored personnel carriers (APC) and others) will have new maximum caliber of 57mm. The guns will be universal and will destroy tanks and down drones. The light armor with 57mm guns will have an edge against other combat vehicles of the class, the Izvestia daily writes.

As reported and further analyzed by Joseph Trevithick on The War Zone, concerns are growing throughout the U.S. military about the potential difficulties in rapidly deploying large amounts of personnel and equipment into a theater of operations under fire during a major conflict and whether there will be any bases of operation to support them once they get there. Now, the U.S. Army says it is looking for ways to ensure that individual brigade combat teams will have supplies, especially fuel and water, to be able to keep fighting for up to a week without a guaranteed supply chain.

Turkey announced it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon – referred to as ‘railgun' – which shoots metallic projectiles at hypersonic speeds. This makes the country join the other developers of this kind of weapon: Russia, the US, China, and India.

The U.S. Army has been testing a truck-mounted, low-recoil 155mm howitzer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as reported by Joseph Trevithick on The Drive. The new somehow self-propelled howitzer would meet the service’s requirements for a lighter weight mobile option to replace existing howitzers in its Stryker armored vehicle-equipped, light infantry, and airborne units.

Tecmash CEO Vladimir Lepin told the Zvezda broadcaster about the design of new missiles, artillery shells and multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). Tecmash has recently displayed new-generation projectiles for Tornado-G MLRS. It created a system which allows the operator to accomplish the mission without leaving the cabin. Three new munitions were designed and the commander decides which one to engage to increase combat effectiveness. Major interest in the system was displayed at the Army-2018 show. Tecmash is ready to produce and supply it to potential buyers. The enterprise is working to increase Tornado-G precision and range.

In January 2018, Airborne Calvary Scout Soldiers of U.S. Army have conducted airdrop certification testing on the Light Armored Vehicle LAV-25A2. During the test, Soldiers of the 82nd's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 5th Squadron 73rd Cavalry Regiment, rigged the LAV-25A2 for airdrop and recovery and conducted live fire exercises to ensure the system was fully operational.

The Australian Government has approved a project to enhance and continuously improve the equipment used by the Australian Defence Force. Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne MP, said the Integrated Soldier Systems project, valued at up to $1 billion over its 13-year life cycle, would deliver a range of items of equipment to the ADF for use by our troops. "We’re taking a flexible approach here," said Minister Pyne, "investing up to $240 million between now and 2023, with the flexibility to update and change things as technology develops into the future."

As director of the Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Paul Rogers oversees more than 1,700 engineers, scientists and researchers developing autonomous truck and other advanced technology at the U.S. Army’s R&D center in Warren, Michigan. Rogers’ team looks for developments at truck makers and suppliers in robotics, safety systems and alternative fuels to learn what might work to modernize U.S. military transport, support equipment and mobile weapons, as Alan Adler explains on following his interview with Paul Rogers. That includes autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity protection and electric systems that replace machines. His annual budget exceeds $600 million, which he stretches through collaboration.

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