Army to Show Off Newest Infantry Toys


The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., will showcase its latest individual and squad kit later this month during an open house at the McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain training area.

The Sept. 24 event will feature the Man Portable Line Charge. The MPLC is a lightweight; portable; rocket launched explosive line mplc charge which can be employed in 30 seconds.

The system is designed to assist small tactical units in conducting clearing operations in urban terrain and complex, mined or trip-wired environments. This technology is very similar to the tracked vehicle or towed trailer version which is used to provide minefield clearing capabilities for larger maneuver forces, according to a Benning press release.

The open house, hosted by the Maneuver Battle Lab, will also feature the following technologies:

— Lightweight Small Arms Technology — Cased Telescoped Lightweight Machine Gun
— Individual Assault Munitions
— Squad Common Optic
— XM210 IR Hand Held Signal Parachute Flare
— XM MK3A3 Concussion Grenade
— Pen Flare
— Small Arms Signature Reduction/Flash Suppressor
— Modular Universal Battery Charger
— M4A1 Carbine

About the Author

Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998 and is an associate editor for He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering infantry units in combat. Matthew was an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

17 Comments on "Army to Show Off Newest Infantry Toys"

  1. Wounder what the new flash hider will look like and whats the Individual Assault Munitions?

  2. Can we call this “hey look at all this budget dollars we wasted and you will never get issued” How about getting us uniforms that work

  3. Individual Assault Munitions- its a new shoulder launch rocket, supose to replace the LAW, AT4 and SMAW D

  4. while I'm happy to see that there are new weapons and weapon systems being developed to protect our people in whatever environments they're in, more times than not these new systems are never used. I guess that it's better to have and not use than to need and don't have. I just think of all of the money that's spent on weapons instead of education or food or jobs or housing, these are things that we "really" need.!

  5. What are those in the foreground of the explosion?…Oh, wait…wow! Now I see them. That ACU works great! See, $ well spent on new kit that did get issued. (sarcasm should go without saying…but..)

  6. I guess we are lucky that this is one the Internet. Darn, we are the only ones reading this. I guess the backward Syrians/ Afghani, enemy soldier do not get Internet. Tax dollars wasted with the information out there, not to mention lives of our soldiers.

  7. Iran Maisonet, Sr. | September 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply

    Open house as in civilians can attend? Need more info such as time to arrive.

  8. I would like one for my Birthday please S/F ☺

  9. Its about time they start pumping out the new M4A1 Carbine

  10. PFC Jonathan Reed | September 10, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply

    All the military weapons that are developed are only aloud to be used by the military

  11. "M4A1 Carbine" ..uh-huh and it takes a trained operater to use. Traing equals rounds, you young heroes might not know about not having money for rounds, or equipment to train. M$A1 is not "new" , read some.
    And taking iron sights off (249)anything.. you know what? Thats fucking stupid. And If you dont know why, stay out of school. Much blood has been spilt proving for the little weight added, you keep the FN iron sights.
    I see a lot of geardo shit here, with little thought given as to what really "Maneuver Battle Lab"(MBL)..really does. Since before 2000, MBL at Ft. Benning, or anywhere, has not produced the technology or doctrine to go with it. Dont know what you guys do, but great job.

  12. I'm imagining using the Man Portable Line Charge as a claymore style boobytrap. Layed along the axis of a trail at a curve, as soon as someone hits a tripwire, it shoots out and detonates along the length of the trail.

  13. So they're showcasing the latest technology with the LSAT LMG demonstrator, but still going for the M4A1 carbine? Where's the LSAT carbine that was in development?

    Since LMGs usually have to share ammo with squad rifles, I'd be surprised if the LSAT ever went into service without an accompanying PCTA carbine.

  14. next were gonna have Nano machine implanted

  15. Brian B. Mulholland | February 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm | Reply

    Caseless MG rounds. How many decades has THAT one been squirreling around? Is there really a prototype system that doesn't produce premature detonations in a hot chamber, or rounds that don't dissolve in rain?

    Lord, the F-15 was originally going to be firing 25 mm. caseless rounds. At least then I recall that the ejection of cases proved necessary to exhaust superfluous heat from the chamber.

  16. Brian B. Mulholland | February 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm | Reply

    Wups, I misread that lead. The rounds are telescoped, not caseless. Well … any gossip on that one?

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