Research Essay On Violent Video Games Essay On Video Game Designing Research Paper On Violent Video Games Research Paper On Do Violent Video Games Cause Behavior Problems Research On Violent Video Games Research On Violent Video Games Effecting Children Research Done On Violent Video Games Research Papers On Video Games Research Papers On Video Games And Children Research Papers On Video Games And Violence Research On Violent Video Games And Children Essay On Violent Video Games And Children Customized Paper Bags Singapore Customized Paper Bags Philippines Customized Paper Bags Malaysia Customized Paper Bags Online Customized Paper Bags Manila Customized Paper Bags No Minimum Customized Paper Bags Uk Customized Paper Plates With Photos Customized Paper Plates And Napkins Customized Paper Plates Uk Custom Paper Plates For Wedding Personalized Paper Plates For Kids Personalized Paper Plates For Birthday Customized Paper Napkins Customized Paper Napkins Online Customized Paper Napkins Canada Customizable Paper Napkins Custom Paper Napkins Toronto Custom Paper Napkins Logo Personalized Paper Napkins Wedding Personalized Paper Napkins Cheap Customized Paper Wristbands Customized Paper Cups Customized Paper Weights Customized Paper Coffee Cups Customized Paper Wristbands For Events Customized Paper Wristbands No Minimum Custom Paper Wristbands Uk Custom Paper Wristbands Los Angeles Personalized Paper Wristbands Uk Custom Logo Paper Wristbands Custom Paper Party Wristbands Customized Paper Cups Philippines Customized Paper Cups Singapore Custom Paper Cups Canada Custom Paper Cups Coffee Customized Paper Weights India Personalized Paperweights Customized Glass Paperweights Custom Made Paperweights Custom Photo Paperweights Custom Designed Paperweights Custom Resin Paperweights Personalized Paper Coffee Cups Personalized Paper Coffee Cups With Lids Customized Coffee Paper Cups Philippines Customized Paper Bags Cheap Custom Paper Photo Holder Personalized Paper Photo Holder Essay For Grad School Admission Writing School Reports Victoria Writing School Reports Ks1 Writing School Reports Tes Writing School Reports For Teachers Help For Teachers Writing School Reports Writing School Reports Phrases Writing Reports Comment Bank Writing School Reports Comments Writing School Reports Comments Bank Writing School Reports General Comments Who Will Write My Paper For Me Who Will Write My Paper Writing English Papers In College Sociology Papers Mla Or Apa Sociology Papers On Gender Inequality Sociology Essay On Gender Inequality Sociology On Gender Inequality Sociology Research Paper Gender Inequality Sociology Essays On Family Sociology Studies On Family Sociology Essay On Family Diversity Sociology Research Papers On Family Sociology Journals Family Sociology Paper On Poverty In America Sociology Essay On Poverty Sociology Studies On Poverty Sociological Journals On Poverty Sociological Studies On Poverty Sociology Research Paper On Poverty Sociology Papers Online Sociology Research Papers Online Sociology Essays On Deviance Sociology Studies On Deviance Sociology Essays On Deviance And Crime Sociology Research Paper On Deviance Buy A College Paper I Want To Buy A College Paper A College Research Paper Buy A College Term Paper Importance Of Good Customer Service Essay Importance Of Customer Service Essay Writing A College Reference Letter For A Student How To Write A College Recommendation For A Student Writing A College Recommendation Letter For A Student Writing A College Recommendation For A Student How To Write A College Recommendation Letter For A Student How To Write A Letter Of Recommendation For A Prospective College Student How To Write A Reference Letter For A College Student Writing A Letter Of Recommendation For A Student Applying For College English Essays For High School Essays For High School Applications Essay For Private High School Admission Homework Help Library Homework Help From The Library In Person And Online Homework Help Guelph Public Library Homework Help Seattle Public Library Homework Help Brooklyn Public Library Homework Help Toronto Public Library Homework Help Rochester Public Library Homework Help San Diego Public Library Live Homework Help San Jose Public Library Homework Help Columbus Library Homework Help Cincinnati Library Homework Help Alabama Public Library Homework Help Howard County Library Scientific Paper Writing Services Paper Help Reviews Live Paper Help Reviews How Do I Finish My Homework Faster Book Report For Sale Book Report On Salem Witch Trials Book Reviews On The Salem Witch Trials Book On Salem Witch Trials Books On Salem Witch Trials Non Fiction Books On Salem Witch Trials Fiction Books On Salem Witchcraft Trials Book Based On Salem Witch Trials Summary On Salem Witch Trials Book Salem Witch Trials John Proctor The Easy Essay Writer Complexity Of The Essay Writing Process Steps In The Essay Writing Process In The Essay Writing Process The Synthesizing Creative Participation In The Essay Writing Process The Two Phases Of The Research-essay Writing Process Are The First Stage Of The Research Essay Writing Process Is Is There A Phase In The Essay Writing Process The Essay Writing Process The Essay Writing Kind The Essay Writing Company Essay Writing The Kite Runner The Best Essay Writing Services The Chronicle Essay Writer Academic Research Paper Definition College Research Paper Definition Academic Research Paper Database Scientific Research Paper Database College Research Paper Databases Online Accounting Homework Help Write Expository Essay Powerpoint How To Write Expository Essay For Kids Write Good Expository Essay How To Write A Proper Expository Essay How To Write Expository Essay Introduction How To Write Expository Essay Conclusion How To Write Expository Essay Thesis Statement Write Block Essay Homework Help For You Homework Help Youtube Homework Help 4 You Help For Your Homework Diversity Essay For College Admissions Australian Assignment Help Make A Thesis Statement For Me Resume Writing Companies In Nyc Resume Writing Services In Nyc Resume Writing Services In New York Top Resume Writing Services In Nyc Professional Resume Writing Services In Nyc Professional Resume Writing Service In New York Best Resume Writing Services In Nyc Buy Apa Research Paper Write Paper Online Write A Paper Online And Then Print Write On Lined Paper Online Write On Notebook Paper Online Where To Find College Essays Where To Find College Admission Essays Where Can I Find College Essays Where Can I Find College Essay Prompts Where Do I Find College Essay Prompts Where To Start With College Essays How To Find College Essays Prompts Homework Helps Homework Helps Students Homework Helps Responsibility Homework Helps Kids Learn Does Homework Help Children Learn Homework Helps Students Learn Does Homework Help Students Learn Homework Help For Students With Adhd Homework Helps For Parents Homework Help Strategies For Parents Does Homework Help You Learn Does Homework Help You Learn More Does Homework Help You Learn New York Times Does Homework Help You Learn Better Does Your Homework Help You Learn Homework Helps Time Management Writing Essay Good Nursing Homework Help Essay Writing Homework Help Essay On Homework Helpful Or Harmful Argumentative Essay Is Homework Helpful Or Harmful Argumentative Essay Homework Is Helpful Or Harmful Write A Definition Essay Writing A Definition Essay Ppt Writing A Definition Essay About Heroism How To Write A Definition Essay On Beauty How To Write A Definition Essay On Love How To Write A Definition Essay On Friendship How To Write A Definition Essay On Respect How To Write A Definition Essay On Marriage How To Write A Definition Essay On Courage How To Write A Definition Essay On Success Reliable Essay Writing Service Dissertation Proposal Help Dissertation Proposal Writing Pdf How To Purchase A Research Paper Online Essays Websites Marathi Essays Websites Photo Essays Websites College Essays Websites Essays Website Evaluation Cyberessays Website Best Essays Websites Best Essay Website For Students Best American Essays Website Best Essay Writing Website Best Custom Essay Website Best College Essay Websites Best Photo Essay Websites Homework Papers For Kids Homework Papers Online Funny Homework Papers Kindergarten Homework Papers Kindergarten Homework Sheets Kindergarten Homework Sheets Online Writing Short Essays College Writing Essays Short Stories Creative Writing Short Essays Writing Short Personal Essays Writing Summary Essay Writing Summary Response Essay Writing Effective Summary Response Essays Writing A Summary And Analysis Essay Business Plan Writers Nyc Business Plan Writing Nyc Business Plan Writers Ny Business Plan Writers Buffalo Ny Business Plan Writing Services Nyc Business Plan Writing Services Ny Business Plan Writing Services Rochester Ny Write A College Essay For Me Write A College Essay That Stands Out Write A College Essay In One Day Writing A College Application Essay About Yourself How To Write A College Application Essay That Stands Out Writing A College Personal Statement Writing A College Application Personal Statement How To Write A College Personal Statement Uk Corporate Finance Assignment Help Paper Writer Beatles Lyrics Paperback Writer Song Lyrics Paper Writer Lyrics Traducida Paper Black Writer Lyrics Personal Statement Essay For College Applications Personal Statements For College Applications Writing Personal Statement For College Application Personal Statement For College Applications Best Personal Statement For College Applications Writers Services Writers Services Agents Resume Writers Services Writers Services Agent Lit Websites Writers Services Agreement Writer#39s Digest Editorial Services Ksa Writers Services Ksa Writing Services Ksa Writing Service Review Federal Ksa Writing Services Resume Writer Services Review Resume Writer Services In Minneapolis Professional Resume Writers Services Resume Writers Financial Services Automotive Resume Writers Services Best Resume Writer Services Custom Article Writing

FN Gets New Army M4A1 Contract

At the end of last month the U.S. Army awarded FN Manufacturing, the U.S. owned company of FN Herstal, of Belgium a contract to upgrade M4 rifles to the new M4A1 standard. . FN Manfuacturing will do the work at their plant in South Carolina. The contract has a value of about $77 million if all options are executed.

UP to this contract all M4 production and other work had been done by Colt Defense. Over the last several years the Army has gone back and forth with this company on contracts and costs. The Army has also tried several times to purchase a weapon to replace the M16 and M4, which is basically a shortened version of that venerable rifle.

FN has already has had contracts with the U.S. military to make the M16 and recently M240 machine guns. They were also the initial producer of the M249 SAW.

The problem for Colt is that it may see one of its largest product lines move to other producers as time continues. This contract will just upgrade existing M4 rifles. The next contract may be for production moving to FN or another supplier. It may be a whole different system from Colt, FN or some other small arms company.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Colt May Face World Without M4 Carbine Production

Since the mid-1960′s the United States and many of its allies have been using the M16 and variants as their standard rifle and small arm. Since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001 the focus has switched to the M4 carbine version of the ubiquitous rifle. This is shorter then the standard M16 and was found more useful in the close encounters that U.S. Soldiers and Marines found themselves facing in Afghanistan and Iraq. The majority of those weapons have been made by Colt but now that may be changing.

Twice in the last twenty years the Army has tried to develop new rifles and both times were not able to proceed into production. The last attempt actually developed a weapon called the XM8 rifle which was made in limited quantities by Heckler & Koch and while the standard infantry weapon was not chosen to replace the M16/M4 the 25mm version has seen limited use in Afghanistan and the Army recently ordered more due to its success.

The M4 has received some criticism for its performance over the last ten years especially in Afghanistan. There have been claims that it jammed easily and did not provide the necessary combat performance. The Special Forces due to some issues went ahead and developed and purchased their own assault weapon, the SCAR. This is a product of FN Herstel and was the winner of a competition for a new rifle firing the standard 5.56mm round as well as a “H” version shooting a 7.62mm one as well.

Now it is being reported that the Army may try a two track approach to fixing some of these issues. First they are exploring having a new competition to develop a different small arm. This would be an open competition against a new set of requirements. It is expected that most of the weapons bid would be existing ones such as the SCAR.

The second track is transferring production of the M4 from Colt to a new company. The Army now owns the data rights to the design and is able to award any company a production contract. This used to be more common in the past but recently in order to save money the Defense Department has not always bought the design or rights to a system. A recent example of such a transfer is the move of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) production from BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) to Oshkosh (OSK).

Colt is now facing a similar problem that now confronts BAE: the loss of one of their major products and revenue generators. Colt has reacted to the announced Army plans by ramping up their lobbying efforts to help Congress decide to keep the program with them.

It is an issue faced by many different programs as they reach the end of their lives. Is it cheaper and more effective to keep the existing system in production or better for the Defense Department to develop a new one and transition to a new supplier. One would think that with something as basic as a rifle there would be no need to change. While that is true there have been some incremental improvements in technology that lead to better performance including reliability, damage and rate of fire. The Army may want to look at these.

Certainly there is also a chance, as with the FMTV, where a new supplier might offer the same product at a better price and the Government must explore this option. What does seem sure is that Colt and the other small arms manufacturers across the world are ready for the U.S. to buy a new weapon if they really want one.

Photo from brian.ch’s Flickr photo stream.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

ATK to Make Special Rounds for Special Forces

The bullet being fired from a gun has dominated the battlefield since before the Civil War. The basic concept remains the same but there have been significant upgrades to accuracy, rate of fire and damage for the infantry small arm. Even though general weapons technology has remained the same since the end of World War II with the introduction of the modern assault rifle with its high rate of fire and smaller caliber then the standard single shot infantry rifle that does not mean there cannot continue to be incremental improvements to such technology.

Recently the U.S. Army went forward with its “green” bullet. This is a round that contains no lead and has less of an environmental footprint then older ammunition. It also offers performance improvements over the traditional rifle bullet used by the Americans and many of their allies.

Now the Navy has contracted with Alliant Techsystems (ATK), the company that manufactures much of the U.S. military ammunition and pyrotechnics, to produce a new bullet for Special Operations and Forces. The almost $50 million contract will see the manufacture of both 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds for use in the Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle System (SCAR).

Reportedly the new bullet will have better accuracy, penetration and generate less of a muzzle flash. The last ten years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen the need for some changes to U.S. weapons due to the threat and conditions which have included close combat as well as high altitudes requiring different weapons, tactics and procedures. The benefits of less flash especially when fighting at night is obvious. If you are engaging dug in enemies or those in houses more penetration will also be a help.

The whole development of the SCAR made by FNUSA was to meet a requirement by the Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) due to their belief they needed something better then the standard M4 and M16 assault rifles used by the U.S. military. The SCAR is customizable in length and other attachments and comes in multiple barrel sizes.

If the fighting continues in Afghanistan and other parts of the world further improvements such as this ammo will continue until there occurs a whole paradigm shift in small arms to perhaps energy based weapons although that is not expected anytime soon.

Photo from The U.S. Army’s flickr photostream.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Army Will Try to Replace the M4 Again?

There are reports that the U.S. Army is about to begin a new competition to develop a standard small arm and rifle for use by their soldiers. If history holds true due to the relative size of the Army the Marines and other services will also adopt whatever weapon is chosen. The current M4 is a derivative of the M16 which has been in service since Vietnam and is manufactured by Colt Defense LLC.

The Army spent most of a decade working on a M16 replacement and actually reached a point where the XM8 was ready for limited production before deciding to cancel that program and start over. The XM8 was made by Heckler & Koch (H&K) and use the same ammunition as the M16. It was intended to be lighter, more reliable and cheaper to manufacture.

One of the plans was to have a 25 mm gun mounted under the main barrel that could fire High Explosive (HE) rounds that were designed to detonate above or behind enemy in cover. The Army was forced to make this a separate weapon due to weight issues and is actually going forward with it as the XM25. It will be issued on a selective basis at an individual soldier level.

There have been complaints about the the M4′s performance and reliability in dusty conditions. This led the Army to conduct special tests comparing the weapon in 2007 to the XM8, the SCAR which was a rifled developed and used by U.S. Special Forces and a standard H&K modern assault rifle. Reports were that the M4 did poorly in the test. Unfortunately the Army had no replacement and continued to use the M4 with emphasis on cleaning and care in the field by soldiers. Interestingly the M16 suffered from the same problem when it was introduced as documented by James Fallows in his book National Defense and went on to have a successful career.

There are no shortage of existing designs that could be used by the U.S. Army that might provide a significant improvement over the M4. The SCAR is manufactured by the European company FN in the U.S. for Special Forces use. It uses the 5.56 mm round and comes in different lengths and colors as most of the stock is plastic.

The Army plans to have a series of competitions utilizing an approach similar to that which was used for the successful MRAP-ATV program. The hope is to choose a new design and have it enter production by 2014. Based on past history that is probably optimistic. The Army has has struggled with replacing the M16 as the XM8 and its predecessor program, the Objective Infantry Combat Weapon (OICW), demonstrate. Certainly there have been incremental increases in technology that the Army should take advantage of when it issues weapons to its troops.

Photo from Mini D’s Flickr Photostream.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

>