*New Toys For The Boys*
#1 /2) The USMC's new "drone killer"; at 6.5lbs, the IXI DRONEKILLER is designed to be used mainly by infantry personnel. The Bullpup design allows for ambidextrous use and can easily be fired from a vehicle or a helicopter. It takes less than 3 seconds to activate and engage almost any UAV, and once caught in the 30° degree cone of fire, the drone will be useless in 10-15 seconds.
#3 ) Marine PIGs and HOGs will all soon be getting the Mk13 Mod 7, accompanied with a @nightforce_optics scope.
#4 /5) The US Army's new designated marksman rifle: H&K's M10A1 7.62mm Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS). Despite a brief period of ambiguity brought by budget-jousting (and the "use foreign weapons") among childish lawmakers in Congress, the new and improved sniper rifle is here to stay.
#6 ) Both soldiers & Marines will be getting the M3E1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS); the Army wants the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle in every squad, as part of its long-awaited plan to "overhaul infantry squads". #7 /8) Back in 2018, a report commissioned by the Army Research Laboratory found that soldiers were "lugging around too much shit," including bulky body armor that "slows movement and increases fatigue, and also has been experimentally demonstrated to decrease situational awareness and shooting response times". Thus, the Torso and Extremity Protection System (TEP) was born at Program Executive Office Soldier. It sheds five pounds from the IOTV, and also adds a wide degree of flexibility. The Army has already started testing the TEP with soldiers this year. Unfortunately for the USMC, they only just opened a competition for lighter body armor.
#9 /10) Weapons designers with USSOCOM and the USMC might soon produce a new machine gun that would replace both the M240B and the M2 Browning in various units by fiscal year 2022. Dubbed the Lightweight Medium Machine Gun, SOCOM and the Corps posted a notice to industry for sources for up to 5,000 of LMMG's chambered in .338 Norma Magnum. The weapon is sadly only in the prototype stage. #Futuresoldier #Weapons #USMC #War #Military #PIG #HOG #HecklerandKoch #SOCOM #Sniper #UAV - 43 minutes ago