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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Airmen Tiger StripeAir Force officials said the only airmen who will receive the new Army camouflage pattern will be those deploying with Army units.

The Army announced that it will be replacing its old camouflage pattern with the new Operational Camouflage Pattern that carries a close resemblance to the Multicam pattern issued to soldiers and airmen in Afghanistan.

However, Air Force spokeswoman Rose Richeson confirmed that the Air Force will not follow the Army’s lead and will keep its tiger stripe pattern for garrison use. The decision by the Air Force marks a reversal from a decade ago when the Air Force was quick to adopt its own digital pattern after the Army unveiled its new pixilated Universal Camouflage Pattern in 2004.

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New Balance 950v2New Balance released a running shoe that Congress may force the military to issue to new recruits rather than giving those recruits a clothing allowance to pick their own pair of running shoes.

The shoe company showed the new prototype off to two Congressmen who toured a New Balance factory last month in Massachusetts. Called the 950v2, the running shoe is manufactured in American in order to meet the guidelines of the Berry Amendment.

The Berry Amendment mandates the military buy American-made goods over ones produced by foreign manufacturers. Military officials told Congress the law couldn’t apply to running shoes for new recruits because a suitable running shoe manufactured totally in America didn’t exist in the market.

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helmet1A new Army and Marine Corps helmet design intended to increase protection may not succeed in decreasing shockwave pressure to the head in some circumstances, according to officials with the Navy Research Laboratory, or NRL, Military Times reported.

The findings, emerging from extensive testing by the NRL, assessed a wide range of contingencies regarding the prototype helmet, called the Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System, or CIPHER.

The testing examined the helmet by itself, the helmet with a visor, the helmet with a jaw protector and a full-face coverage with a visor and jaw protector, Military Times wrote. [click to continue…]


Marz Field Kit

Marz Tactical released a new cleaning kit/cleaning mat that retails for under $60 adding to the group of cleaning kit/mat combo packs.

Emdom USA and MM released a similar roll up cleaning kit pouch (photo below) with an integrated mat.

The Marz Tactical offering provides a 25 in. x 19 in. cleaning field. It features 2 compartments with removable/adjustable dividers and flat elastic pockets. It is designed to hold segmented cleaning rods, tooth brush, and bolt and carrier assembly, among other items. [click to continue…]


Ocular Interruption LaserThe Marine Corps issued a $49 million contract to two companies to supply the service with about 1,800 more laser dazzlers, according to a report by Marine Corps Times.

The eye-safe dazzlers are called the Ocular Interruption System and designed to work at ranges from 11 to 547 yards, according to the report. Marines use the dazzlers as a non-lethal method to warn against future violent force at places like checkpoints.

The new dazzlers will be about 10 pounds and easy for Marines to hold or mount onto their weapons. The companies must design the dazzlers to be compatible with the M4, M16A4 or M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. [click to continue…]



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…]