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Saab Defense unveiled the latest version of its Carl Gustaf 84mm weapon system today at AUSA 2014.

The new M4 Multipurpose Weapon System is about 30 percent lighter than the current M3 Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-tank Weapon System being used by special operators and conventional infantry in Afghanistan.

The M4 – known in the U.S. as M3A1 MAAWS, is the latest man-portable shoulder-launched recoilless rifle from Saab designed to provide users with flexible capability and help troops to remain agile in any scenario, Saab officials maintain.

The 75th Ranger Regiment and other special operations forces began using the M3 MAAWS in 1991. The U.S. Army began ordering the M3 for conventional infantry units to use in Afghanistan in 2011. The M3 weighs 22 pounds and measures 42 inches long. The breech-loading M3 can reach out and hit enemy targets up to 1,000 meters away.

The new M3A1 is significantly lighter and shorter than the M3. It weighs 15 pounds and measures 39 3/8 inches long. The weight savings comes from a titanium liner and carbon-fiber wrapping, Saab officials maintain.

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U.S. Army equipment officials are encouraging units to use lithium AA batteries rather than the cheaper alkaline version to power thermal weapon sights and night vision gear.

The L91 lithium battery costs more but it lasts a lot longer than the alkaline alternative, according to Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers officials.

Lithium batteries provide up to three times the operating time which will allow soldiers to carry less batteries on dismounted ops, said Joe Pearson, Logistics Management Division director for PM SSL.

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fixedknife_print1Maxpedition just released a new video on the company’s new fixed-blade knife line.

Some of you may recall that Maxpedition launched the new knife line at SHOT Show in January, touching off a dispute between Maxpedition owner Tim Tang and Kevin McClung, who makes Mad Dog Knives.

Tang’s knives come in three sizes and come in a variety of blade styles. They feature hard chrome plated, D2 tool steel blades with full-tang construction.

They also look a lot like McClung’s expensive Mad Dog Knives and sheaths.

McClung argued that Tang “ripped off” his sheath designs, as well as many of “trademarked and copyrighted” design features on the knives.

Tang admits his knives are very similar to McClung’s but said he took steps to ensure they were different enough to avoid any legal problems.

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MG Industries is now offering a 9mm version of its Hydra Modular Weapon System designed to use standard Glock magazines.

MGI’s 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It’s made from 7075 aluminum and is completely interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras.

Like most configurations of the Hydra, this weapon ships to you in a standard, hard-sided, lockable pistol case. The 9mm Hydra rifle will retail for about $1,300.

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The U.S. Army has given a green light to the 75th Ranger Regiment to retire its Universal Camouflage Patterned uniforms and wear the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern, or MultiCam, in garrison.

The change-over became official today as the elite unit celebrated its 30th anniversary.

“The Army has authorized the Ranger Regiment to wear in garrison the Flame Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FRACU) in the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OEF CP) that our soldiers have been wearing in Operation Enduring Freedom since 2010,” according to an Oct. 3 Army statement.

“This uniform is indicative of the operational success overseas of one of the most deployed units in the U. S. Army, and authorizing its wear in garrison by the Rangers symbolizes the first step in the Army’s phased transition from the Universal Camouflage Pattern to a more operationally relevant uniform.”

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Aimpoint Inc., just unveiled the latest version of its Micro T optic line. The new Micro T-2 sight is a better-performing, more rugged version of the company’s existing Micro T-1.

The new optic will feature a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti-reflective devices. There’s additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

The most important development in this new sight however, is enhanced optical performance, Aimpoint officials maintain.

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110323-A-3108M-009The military’s top research laboratory wants to replace its standard issue night vision goggles with a lighter more powerful version.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) said today’s night vision goggles are too heavy and cumbersome for troops and have led to short term and long term neck injuries.

DARPA officials have put out a call to companies to issue proposals to build the next generation of night vision goggles. Proposals must put forth a plan to design goggles that look a lot like a bulky pair commercial sunglasses. The night vision glasses must be able to instantly switch from daylight to infrared.

Military leaders worry that soldiers and Marines don’t have the same advantage they once did in the night as more armies and fighters get access to commercial night vision goggles. DARPA made a point to highlight the development of devices like Goggle glasses that allow for instantaneous mobile computing. [click to continue…]

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