After a bit of a shaky start to its career, the V-22 Osprey is finally coming into its own. Following news that the Marine Corps could be properly arming the tilt-rotor aircraft in the near future, the USMC has announced that it's also considering a modular aerial refueling system for the V-22.
Would you want to walk into a gun fight only able to shoot at things behind you? Neither do Osprey pilots. That's why the DoD is outfitting the V-22 tilt-rotor fleet with some new, forward-firing rockets.
Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they're in the soldier's rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these.
The Sikorsky CH-53 line of heavy-lift helicopters have been dutifully serving the US Marine Corps since the mid-1960s and even the most recent iteration of the venerable Stallion line is about ready to be put out to pasture. But Sikorsky has a new powerhouse waiting in the wings.
The US Marine Corps is the tip of America's spear—a fast-moving, flexible, forward operating force geared to take and hold territory quickly and efficiently. This flexibility is exemplified in the USMC's favorite armored troop carrier: the eight-wheeled, tank-hunting LAV-AT. The only thing it can't do is fly.
Seven US Marines were killed yesterday night at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, when their helicopters collided in mid-air around 8:00pm. They were training for deployment to Afghanistan, according to USMC spokeswoman 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley.
For years, military live fire exercises have relied on either stationary or pop-out targets but they don't really simulate enemy movements—they just sit there, waiting to be shot. These targets, newly developed for the USMC don't; they move, behave, and react just like real combatants.
The Mr. Fusion Era is nearly upon us! While our garbage can't power our time-travelling DeLoreans just yet, the Marine Corps' forward operating bases—in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan—could soon be powered by the refuse generated by their soldiers.