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17 Aug 17. US Army updates Patriot missile defence system in South Korea.
The US Army’s 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade has completed an eight-month exercise to modernise the Patriot missile defence system at Osan Air Base in South Korea.
The missile defence system has been designed to counter tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, drones, and aircraft.
Carried out in collaboration with Raytheon and the Lower Tier Project Office, the modernisation project aims to enhance protection from potential North Korean aggression.
Raytheon project manager Steven Knierim said that the Patriot modernisation project is the largest ever conducted outside a continental depot facility.
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Patriot modernisation project officer Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tara Gibbs said: “The purpose of the battalion netted exercise was two-fold. First, it was to validate the systems to ensure everything worked and met the industry standard for performance.
“The second was to qualify the soldiers and crews on the new equipment.”
The exercise involved networking batteries into the battalion data link architecture from geographically dispersed locations around the peninsula. Each battery crew was required to complete a series of competency tests as part of the training.
Company C, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment fire control platoon leader 2nd Lieutenant Nathan Jackson said: “For the soldiers that work in the engagement control station, one of the smaller but more comfortable enhancements was the ergonomic improvements.
“Touchscreen manoeuvrable displays, along with improved adjustable seats, make long shifts more endurable.”
The brigade is also expected to modernise their platform of Avengers in the coming months in order to improve air defence capabilities on the Korean Peninsula.
16 Aug 17. Upgunned Stryker in Europe to help shape future infantry lethality. How the U.S. Army’s new Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon performs in the upcoming year in Europe will contribute to how the service shapes its future lethality capabilities within those medium-weight, infantry-centric brigade combat team formations.
The U.S. Army was provided emergency funding from Congress in 2015 — a little over $300m — to rapidly develop and field a Stryker with a 30mm cannon specifically for an urgent need request from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which is permanently stationed in Germany. The funding covered development, eight prototypes and upgrades to 83 production vehicles, as well as spares.
“This capability that is coming to 2CR is directly attributable to Russian aggression,” Lt. Col. Troy Meissel, the regiment’s deputy commanding general, told reporters Tuesday at Henry Field, a live-fire test range here. And the regiment is working actively with foreign partners and the bigger Army in Europe to shape its formation and increase its capabilities to overmatch Russian weapons systems.
On Tuesday, the Stryker Carrier Vehicle Dragoon, or ICVD, demonstrated in a live firing its ability to fire on target at a range farther out with more deadly force than previously capable. While it’s not designed to offensively fight mechanized forces, it is a vehicle that can defend against mechanized forces, Meissel explained.
The Stryker ICVD prototypes have been under test and evaluation at Aberdeen Proving Ground, or APG, with members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment before a company set of vehicles are deployed to Grafenwoehr, Germany, in January 2017.
Once training exercises are complete, the U.S. Army will field Stryker ICVDs to the entire regiment and it will go out and maneuver, Col. Glenn Dean, the program manager for Stryker, said Tuesday at the live-fire.
“Looks today like we are going to do first-fielding in Poland in a forward area, which is sort of a novel expe