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30 Sep 10. Four cannons point to the sky, fire in sequence and smoke fills the air. Then, the barrels lower into a 45-degree angle as they prepare to fire again. The scenario depicts artillerymen from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, fine-tuning their skills during the M109A6 Paladin live-fire exercise at a local range Sept. 22, 2010. The exercise was the first live fire for Btry. B this year and a chance for them to qualify as a section in the unit’s gunnery, said Capt. Jason Harvey, commander for Btry. B, 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt. The success of the exercise came from the cooperation of the fire control point, which relays all mission analysis, and the paladins or ‘gun line.’ Mission analysis such as operation orders and meteorological input are important when performing live-fire exercises, said 2nd Lt. Ross Cargile, the fire direction officer for Btry. B, 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt.
“We work very closely with the gun line,” said Cargile. “We operate as a platoon element even though the fire direction center section has a separate responsibility.”
According to Harvey their gunnery is broken up into 18 Tables, with this crew-level, live-fire exercise being the sixth. Crew-level work is something these artillerymen do every day but it doesn’t take the place of the experience you gain from a live-fire exercise, said Sgt. Richard Gray, a cannon crewmember for Btry. B, 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt.
“[The exercise] keeps us up-to-date on all the new standards,” said Gray.
Those standards, coupled with vast resources and proper planning, ensures a balance between the battery’s maneuver and artillery capabilities, said Lt. Col. Nate Cook, commander of the 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt. Those capabilities make them the great fighting force they are, said Harvey.
“We are a proud bunch of guys. We are the King of Battle,” he added. (Source: ASD Network)

Oct 10. Protokraft has introduced the Sabre Series 11-02 high speed optoelectronic solutions with Souriau´s ELIO® optical interfaces, designed for military, aerospace, industrial or utility applications where significant levels of shock, vibration and extreme temperature ranges are experienced. These components integrate the functions of optical transmitters or receivers into the shell of a standard D38999 / ELIO® size 11-02 optical connector. These components are designed for use in harsh environments where small size, weight reduction and resistance to harsh environments are valued. Protokraft Sabre series 11-02 high speed optoelectronic solutions consist of fiber optic transmitter or receiver functions integrated into an environmentally sealed D38999 shell with a Souriau ELIO® optical interface per ARINC 818, 803 & 804. The Sabre series optoelectronic transmitters and receivers have an ELIO® 2.5mm ceramic optical fiber ferrule connector interface per EN 4531 and ABS 1213 & 1379 and are intermateable with Souriau ELIO® size 11-02 connectors. The optical transmitters are high performance 850nm VCSEL’s. The optical receivers consist of GaAs PIN and preamplifier assemblies and limiting post-amplifiers. The optical interface to the Sabre series Ethernet optical media converters is a Souriau ELIO® connector enabling interconnection to preterminated ELIO® based optical fiber cable assemblies. The electrical interface to the Sabre series optical media converters is a 12 position pin header facilitating easy interconnection to printed circuit cards, backplanes or flexible printed circuits. The transmitter input lines are driven with differential CML, LVDS or LVPECL signals applied to the Transmit (TX+ and TX-) pins. The optical receivers consist of PIN and preamplifier assemblies and limiting post-amplifiers. Electrical outputs from the receivers consist of differential CML, LVDS or LVPECL data signals on the Receive (RX+ and RX-) pins and single ended CMOS or LVPECL signal detect functions with output squelch on the Signal Detect (SD)

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