US Military Updates & Discussions



It's SLID, not SIDS, because my brain is turning into mush (right on schedule). From the image it only seems to replace a single mine box.


It's far too old at this point to be of any useful value, but just an example of a very light vehicle (25-ton M2A0) with a multiple-shot VLS system (4-round launcher) in a very tiny space (the mine box only holds like two Claymores or two M19s, some spare 5.56mm magazines, and road flares, and IIRC they're differently shaped inside typically) without much issue.
Northrop Grumman in the United States tested the Hatchet loitering ammunition launched from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle heavy UAV. Hatchet ammunition can hit objects with an accuracy of up to 2 meters, and its weight of 2.7 kilograms allows the Gray Eagle UAV to take on board up to 12 such loitering charges. The aerial bomb uses two versions of the guidance system, one uses GPS signals, the other is combined, using satellite navigation and a semi-active laser homing head. Ammunition "Hatchet" is packed in a launch container, after the release of the bomb from the container, the control surfaces are revealed. In this case, three sensors are activated, detecting a laser “spot” of target designation. The planning aerial bomb "Hatchet" has a high-explosive fragmentation warhead, the power of which is enough to defeat manpower and unprotected enemy equipment. The price of ammunition "Hatchet" has not yet been reported.

The United States conducted another test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, the missile was launched from the Vandenberg base in California. Minuteman III is the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile currently in service with the United States since 1970. The Minuteman III missile has three warheads and is capable of hitting a target at a distance of up to 13,000 kilometers. The Minuteman III missile is one of the fastest nuclear missiles in the world, its speed reaches 30,000 km per hour, at the moment it is faster only by Russia's Avangard strategic hypersonic complex, which we talked about earlier. The United States currently has about 450 Minuteman III missiles in service, some of them used for testing. The missiles will expire in 2030.

Large-scale US and South Korean Ssangyong amphibious landing maneuvers have started. South Korea's and the US's Ssangyong exercise became a deterrent to North Korea's latest ICBM launch. About 30 ships, at least 70 aircraft and helicopters, as well as landing craft are involved in the exercises. In addition, for the first time, 40 British Marines will take part in the maneuvers, and the military from Australia, the Philippines and France will be present as observers. Aviation is also involved in the exercises, the video shows B-1B bombers, US Air Force F-16C fighters and South Korean F-35A. The Ssangyong exercises are part of the larger Freedom Shield maneuvers.


MDA is also levering a version of the land-based Aegis ashore system to include the missile launchers and enhanced mobile radars dubbed the “AN/TPY-6.” (The “S” in SPY-7 radar stands for water while the “T” in Lockheed Martin’s TPY-6 radar refers to the transportable.)