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LAS VEGAS — Israel Weapon Industries will release an updated version of the Galil rifle in the U.S. market this spring, a company official said.

Hagai Katz, a weapons instructor at IWI, demonstrated the new semi-automatic rifle known as the Galil ACE this week at a gun range north of Las Vegas as part of the opening day of SHOT Show. [click to continue…]

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I sat down with the new commander of Program Executive Soldier, Brig. Gen. Brian Cummings recently. It was a refreshing change since the last two heads of the organization responsible for soldier equipment were shy about talking to the press.

Cummings assumed command of PEO Soldier in October. One of his top priorities will be to launch a new focus on the weight of soldier equipment.

“I would like to take that one on,” Cummings said Tuesday.

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ACCOKEEK, Md. — Military.com’s Brendan McGarry and I got a chance to shoot Beretta’s newest version of the M9 9mm pistol Monday during our visit to Beretta USA.

In December, the company submitted the new M9A3 as an engineering change proposal to the U.S. Army‘s existing M9 contract. The move was intended as an alternative to the service’s Modular Handgun System program — an effort that could result in a the selection of a new service pistol for the Army and potentially the entire U.S. Military.

Beretta USA also plans to offer the new pistol to the civilian market.

The M9A3 is a new attempt to address the alleged complaints from the field that have surfaced over the years against the M9 design, company officials maintain.

Whether you love the M9 design or despise it, you have to acknowledge that the M9A3 sports plenty of new features.

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ACCOKEEK, Md. — KitUp visited Beretta USA on Monday for a closer look at the new Beretta M9A3.

We received a detailed briefing on the engineering change proposal to the U.S. Army’s existing contract for M9 9mm pistols. We also had the chance to shoot the new pistol at Beretta USA’s on-site firing range.

I wrote a Jan. 9 Military.com story that described how Army weapons officials have decided not to evaluate the new M9A3 as an alternative to launching the Modular Handgun System competition. If successful, the effort would replace all Army M9s and potentially become the new sidearm of the entire U.S. Military.

In late December, the Army’s Configuration Control Board decided not to accept the M9A3 ECP, according to a source familiar with the decision. [click to continue…]

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Beretta2-M9A3-600x400Army officials will not consider Beretta USA’s M9A3 for its Modular Handgun System program, Military.com has learned from sources close to the program.

Beretta USA released the M9A3 in December with promises to release a commercial version at  the NSSF Shot Show this month. The upgraded M9 was part of the contract Beretta has with the Army under the Engineering Change Proposal.

However, Beretta officials had hoped the Army would consider the M9A3 for its Modular Handgun System program. Military.com reporter Matthew Cox spoke with Army sources who said that will not be the case. He wrote a longer story on Military.com explaining the Army’s problems with the M9 and Beretta’s reaction. [click to continue…]

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Navy DiverThe Navy is leading research to develop new thermal underwear for divers to prevent hypothermia and loss of muscle strength when working in water temperatures that can dip below 30 degrees-Fahrenheit in the ocean.

Navy dive officials want the electrically-heated undergarments to protect divers without causing hot spots that could potentially burn the sailors.

Whether it be neutralizing mines or performing maintenance on ships at sea, Navy divers can spend an excessive amount of time under frigid waters and can’t afford to lose muscle control. The Office of Naval Research is working with the University of Montana’s Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism (WPEM), and defense contractors SAIC and the Coliant Corporation on the project. [click to continue…]

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Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, is greeted by Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant C. Lambert, 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command (South) command sergeant major, as Col. Karl D. Reed, 82nd Airborne Division and RC(S) chief of staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Shirley, Kandahar Airfield command sergeant major, look on as Odierno arrives on Kandahar Airfield Dec. 20. Odierno visited the region to meet with task force and headquarters leadership, talk to servicemembers, and assess the current situation in the battle space. (Photo/U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda M. Hils)

It’s been about eight months since the U.S. Army selected a new camouflage pattern, but even service’s top uniformed officer still can’t remember its name.

The Army adopted the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, this spring, but Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno called it MultiCam yesterday during a virtual town hall meeting with soldiers.

A soldier stationed in Korea asked if the new camouflage uniforms would be issued or would soldiers have to purchase them.

Odierno had this to say.

“We have done a significant amount of analysis that tells us the ACU doesn’t do very well at camouflaging us and protecting us in multiple environments and that the MultiCam that we are using in Afghanistan does a much better job,” he said. “So we are going to go to the MultiCam uniform.”

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