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Analysis and technical review about the new Heckler & Koch M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR), which started to enter in service with United States Army. In April 2016 Heckler & Koch confirmed that a lighter version of the G28 (derived from the MR308/MR762, which is based on the HK417) had won the U.S. Army's Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System contract to replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System under the name of M110A1.

The airspace above future battlefields is expected to be increasingly congested with large numbers of unmanned aerial systems, manned aircraft, munitions and missiles filling the skies. To de-conflict airspace activities of friendly forces and rapidly counter an enemy’s actions on the battlefield requires new technologies to effectively integrate effects from all domains.

The main feature of the new model named KrAZ-"Atlant", is the power unit rear location. This configuration is in demand for various types of military vehicles, while it’s a great lottery to find brand proper offers on the market. On the top of that price for such special modifications from big-name manufacturers is often a reason for armor and superstructure builders to modify standard truck chassis with a bad effect on the quality and performance of the final product.

The creation of a wireless closed segment of data transmission (ZSPD or military Internet) has been completed in the Arctic. It connected autonomous Arctic island and continental bases between themselves and with the mainland. Data transmission and traffic no longer depend on the geographical latitude and weather. Experts believe the new system will streamline combat control of remote military units, the Izvestia daily writes.

The state defense Company Ukroboronprom has developed an upgraded version of the BM-21 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System called BM-21UM Berest. The new BM-21UM could replace the Soviet-made BM-21 Grad used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to official information, Ukrainian Ground Forces still operate about 300 BM-21 systems.

Military vehicles, like infantry carriers and tanks, have numerous functions that need to be maintained, and a damaged part may leave a vehicle rooted for months waiting for a replacement part. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are responding to this by exploring new ways to print durable steel parts on-demand, with feedstock more than 50 percent stronger than what’s commercially available, said Brandon McWilliams, ARL manufacturing and technology branch team lead. Thomas Brading elaborates.

Review of the U.S. Army Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) M1074, the next generation of assault bridge layer based on M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis and hull with heavy (M1A2) suspension integrated with a hydraulic bridge launcher system to launch the existing Military Load Class 85 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB). The JAB provides gap-crossing capability to cross wet or dry gaps, and freedom of maneuver on the battlefield to keep pace with Abrams Heavy Brigade Combat Team operations.

The Altius attack drone will have artificial intelligence elements to interact with fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets. It will lay routes to bypass air defense without human interference, find and attack important targets (headquarters, communication hubs, missile launchers) and return to the base. Experts believe the new capabilities will develop Altius into a universal weapon, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Turkish defense industry offers high-technology and cost-efficient solutions in compliance with NATO standards to armies in the world. Three Turkish companies - FNSS, OTOKAR and BMC - design and manufacture the latest technologies of tracked combat vehicles including main battle tanks, light tanks, APC armored personnel carriers, IFV infantry fighting vehicles, etc.

In supporting most of the Army Futures Command’s cross-functional teams, however, YPG (Yuma Proving Ground) has also been a vital element in testing for the Army’s next priority, the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV). By now, it is widely known that YPG is at the forefront of testing for the Army’s top modernization priority, long-range precision fires. Mark Schauer reports.

A quantum sensor could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said researchers from the U.S. Army. Such wide spectral coverage by a single antenna is impossible with a traditional receiver system and would require multiple systems of individual antennas, amplifiers and other components.

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