Warfighting

0910-MarinesWaterFoster2485Marine Corps Marathon officials will again allow runners to wear Camelbaks and other hydration packs in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon.

Last year, marathon officials banned the hydration packs citing heightened security restrictions following the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon.

Hydration vests and fuel belts were also banned for runners. “Runners will be allowed to carry, or wear, hydration backpacks (Camelbak), hydration vests and/or fuel belts while completing the Marathon or MCM10K courses,” MCM officials said in a statement posted on the official website. [click to continue…]

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This does look like a handy piece of kit from Agilite.

The new Mat-Evac litter is a camping/shooting mat and rescue litter in one, Agilite officials maintain.

“For Recon troops and outdoor enthusiasts, the padding in the Mat-Evac is the difference between discomfort and the ability to sleep well outdoors. In winter, the high-density Israeli-made foam inside the Mat-Evac isolates you from the cold ground keeping you warm as well.”

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U.S. Army weapons engineers are developing a new 40mm grenade that is designed to explode over enemy fighters hiding behind cover.

The Small Arms Grenade Munitions, or SAGM, will be twice as lethal as the current 40mm grenade against targets in defilade, according to Steven Gilbert, project officer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Gilbert, and a team of about 10 engineers within the Joint Service Small Arms Program, is trying to replace the standard 40mm grenade with an airburst model to be used against enemy in defilade positions.

“Warfighters currently lack the ability to achieve desired accuracy and incapacitating effects against personnel targets in defilade at ranges from 51 to 500 meters,” Gilbert said in a recent Army press release.

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Who doesn’t like German flash-bang grenades? Certainly not American commandos.

The U.S. subsidiary of the German arms-maker Rheinmetall AG recently landed a five-year, $17 million contract with the Navy to supply U.S. Special Operations Command with flash-bang grenades, according to a Pentagon announcement.

The name of the product wasn’t specified in the contract description, though it’s probably the MK13 Mod 0 BTV-EL Sound & Flash grenade, a high-performance stun grenade. [click to continue…]

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Crye Precision LLC has unveiled a new line of modular pouches that offers a few new twists on the general purpose pouch genre.

The Smart Pouch Suite features six pouches and accessories to offer multiple options for carrying kit to satisfy mission needs, Crye officials maintain.

The SPS consists of a Frag Pouch, 5.56/7.62/MBITR Pouch, 152/Bottle Pouch, GP Pouch 6x6x3, GP Pouch 9x7x3 and GP Pouch 11x6x4.

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The U.S. Army on Wednesday released much-anticipated details about its new camouflage uniform slated to hit shelves next year. Military.com’s Matt Cox, a frequently contributor to KitUp, has followed this issue closely and reported the latest news in a separate article.

Disregarding for a moment the actual appearance of the camouflage pattern, here are some of the key design changes under consideration: [click to continue…]

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The U.S. Army is seeking “one-way” tracers that can only be seen from the vantage point of a shooter — a big advantage that would solve an age-old drawback with the technology by not giving away his position.

Engineers with the service’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as ARDEC, at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are working on developing the technology, known as the One-Way Luminescence, or OWL, tracer round, according to a recent press release from the service.

What’s more, the service is holding a competition to solicit bids from companies interested in manufacturing the technology, according to the release. [click to continue…]

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