Army to Show Off Newest Infantry Toys

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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

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  • Greg

    Awesome!

    • The Large Sarge

      You’re right it is AWESOME!!!!

      I’m the Gov”t Rep. that witnessed the assembly and test fire of this ammo, at 100 yards we achieved a 0.610 inch group and a hole in 3/8ths inch armor plate. The soldiers that tested the system were ecstatic with the weapon and ammo too.

      I would love to have one of these babies!!!

      The Large Sarge

      • Guest

        That’s great… I’m sure your posting of performance specifications was authorized by your organization and the Army.

  • Lance

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

    • Badger66

      with the current budget IAM will be a Bayonet

      • Brian

        You forgot, our illustrious Narcissist in Chief we don’t need bayonets. I’m guessing the next IAM will be Old Testament sling shots. You know the kind that David used to kill Goliath and a lion. _

        • Brian

          That would be our NIC said……..

  • Hodge175

    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

  • bluewarrior

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

  • A.Chapman

    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.!

    • SPC Gehring

      Why should the Us Military cut its budget so that you can sit on your butt in a government provided house eating government provided food? How about you get off your butt and go get a job btw government cant produce actual jobs because nothing the government trys to operate ever actually works…

      • Boots R

        Careful, Last time I lived on post I was in government provided housing eating government provided food.

    • Charles M.

      Uh, how about people providing THEIR OWN food and housing? Why should the taxpayers have to fund other people’s lifestyles?

  • WRG001

    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..)

    • Charles Turner

      you are correct. The enemy uses cell phone to blow their stuff up. We use wires

      • unclesamuk

        cellphones used as detonators is a very dangerous method for the “enemy”

  • Charles Turner

    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.

  • Iran Maisonet, Sr.

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

  • Billy Derm

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

  • SPC Gehring

    Its about time they start pumping out the new M4A1 Carbine

  • PFC Jonathan Reed

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

    • Jim

      aloud? Are you sure they’re not quiet?

  • Ragnar

    “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.

  • Tyler

    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.

  • Joe

    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.

  • snake

    next were gonna have Nano machine implanted

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    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.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

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