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    The US Marine Corps is getting a new sniper rifle for the first time since the Vietnam War....

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    "The US Marine Corps plans on adopting the Mk 13 Mod 7 sniper rifle for Marine scout snipers, officials confirmed to Marine Corps Times on April 2, a much-needed and long-overdue replacement for the M40 system that Marines have wielded since the Vietnam War.

    Since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001, the M40's 1000-yard range has proved limiting for U.S. combat troops engaging militants in sprawling fighting in the mountains and desert of Afghanistan and Iraq."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/marine-corps-getting-new-sniper-rifle-2018-4
     
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    The Mk13 mod 7 is not actually a new rifle to the USMC elements of MARSOC have been using it for some time, nor is it the first new sniper rifle to the USMC they have introduced a number of them in limited service and trails, what it is however is a replacement for the M40 series.

    The M40 was introduced in the Vietnam war is based off the Remington 700 Short action.
    The reasons for this were a few first constantly until Vietnam after a war The US military could cancel it's sniper programs moving to more of a designated marksmen concept.. This is very similar to how after every war until Korea the US would draw down it's military dramatically. Inside the Marines though were some how pushed hard from time to time to reestablish a full sniper program. When the US went to into Vietnam Those Jarheads got there wish the Marines had to restart it's sniper programs. but Marine Snipers it started off with World war 2 era Rifles in the form M1C Garand, M1D Garand and Korean war era the MC1952 with some personal weapons like the Winchester M70 all in 30.06

    Well when the Marines started getting serious in 1966 they moved to adopt the Remington 700 as a standard sniper rifle rather then having the troops BYOR, The Short action was chosen as the Marines elected to move there new rifles in the .308 Winchester aka the 7.62x51mm Nato which is really a shortened version of the 30.06 that was also used by the M14 rifle. Although basically a commercial hunting rifle with a 3-9 power Redfield scope and wooden stock. the Stock and scope apparently didn't do as well as would have been liked. This lead to the M40A1 soon after which replaced the wood with a McMillan A1 fiberglass stock and a 10× Unertl scope. around this time 1969-1970 the Army had also moved to a New sniper rifle rebuilding some then being phased out M14 rifles into the M21.
    The M40A1 would serve a long distinguished service from the End of Vietnam until the Global war on Terror as in 1996 the Marines started rebuilding them in to the M40A3, but before that I want to touch on the Army M24 and why it's different.

    The M24 was introduced in abut 1988 as a replacement for most of the M21 sniper rifles of the Army. XM24 was like the M40A1 based on the Remington 700 rifle with a Fiberglass composite H-S Precision stock. but where the M40 is a Short action the M24 is a long action this was because the Army was debating moving to the longer range .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge. Ironically they didn't. I say Ironic because Hindsight is always 20/20 and in 2009 The Army finally did it. The Long action has the space in opening to allow for longer calibers if you configure the rifle that way the Short action is speced to max out at 7.62x51mm. So the Army had room to go larger well the Marines were locked with the M40.

    M40A3 was introduced in 1996, This rifle was a massive change to the M40 as almost ever part was changed save the action. In many ways this is a totally custom rifle. The Army M24 was designed to match the Army's wants but was built by Remington The Marines after the M40A1 built there M40 series rifles in house. The Marines corps Armorers in Quantico custom built these Rifles using off the shelf parts from a verity of makers. The M40A3 features a McMillan A4 Tactical stock, Schmidt and Bender P M II LP 3–12×50 scope, 25 inch barrel, Harris bipod and more. in 2007 the Marines farther modified them by adding a removable magazine. in 2009 they added the ability to mount a suppressor.
    then in 2015 the Marines started work on the M40A7 which moved to a Remington Chassis system instead of a fiberglass stock a 16 inch barrel for more suppressed use as the next M40.

    however the Marines themselves saw that the Army had moved up with the M2010 to the .300 win mag and with the introduction of the Mk11, M39 Enhanced Marksmen Rifles based off M14 rifles and M110 to the Marines 7.62x51mm semi auto sniper and DMR rifles meant that the M40 was now feeling less relevant. I mean a Semi auto with nearly the same accuracy and same reach makes a in the same caliber Bolt action seem obsolete. So the Marines Sniper program have been looking at other options in .338 Lupua magnum, .338 Norma and others favored by other Nato members.
    US Socom and the US Army were doing the Same, the Army Adopted the M2010 in 2010 in .300 winchester Magnum. Socom via Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, custom built a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle called the Mk13 now the Mk13 has been through a number of iterations generally 8 versions starting with mod 0 and there in there are sub modifications as well as these are custom rifles. The Version the Marines seem to be adopting as the Mod 7 is the latest iteration dating to 2015.
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    Unlike the M40 series the Mk13 mod7 uses a Stiller bolt action. Stiller makes totally custom rifles and Crane chose there action for the Mk13 Mod 7. The barrel is also from a custom builder Lilja it's 26 inches long and built for a Accuracy international chassis. Which of course leads us to the stock which is a AX AICS this is a modular chassis system with folding stock and oddly Keymod which is inferior to M-lok but that might change. It's Suppressor comparable and I have seen some reports that the Marines will also change scopes. A Haris Bipod is the US DOD Standard. and a detachable 10 round box magazine.
    US Socom was supposed to replace these Rifles with the Remington Mk 21 Precision Sniper rifle, a variant of the MSR that is multi caliber but Remington couldn't meet the demanded quality standards so they are back to the drawing board with the Advanced Sniper Rifle program. If Socom pulls that off I am betting the Mk13Mod 7 will be replaced by that so I don't expect a long service life for the Marines Mk13s this is an interim step.
     
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    related is Report to Congress on Columbia-class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine Program https://news.usni.org/2018/04/05/re...s-nuclear-ballistic-missile-submarine-program
     
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    anyway Boeing tankers refuel each other in KC-46 milestone test

    05 April, 2018 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...-refuel-each-other-in-kc-46-milestone-447330/

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    Army soldiers fire new Abrams tanks for first time...

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    "U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Stewart in Georgia have started field training with the new M1A1-SA Abrams tanks, the Army announced this week.

    Soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division's Delta Tank Company, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team fired the main and support weapon systems on the M1A1-SA Abrams tanks during a field training exercise in late March."

    https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/20...ew-Abrams-tanks-for-first-time/6151522947894/
     
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    very interesting, the second line in Texas, the NIFCA part, the numbers etc.:
    Boeing Super Hornet program gets second life through future sales and upgrades https://www.defensenews.com/digital...econd-life-through-future-sales-and-upgrades/
     
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    (apparently commenting on Wednesday at 9:00 PM
    ): Wednesday at 9:51 PM
    so "In July of 2010, Obama ordered up “Operation Phalanx,” dispatching 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. The Obama order was an extension of “Operation Jump Start,” a 2006 Bush policy that sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, where they did everything from help seize drugs to rescue a drowning Central American woman. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported at the time:

    Two Texas guard members working in an entry identification capacity nearby responded to the call for assistance. Disregarding their own safety, the guardsmen jumped into the water to save the drowning woman, pulling her from the depths of the muddy Rio Grande River.

    Operation Phalanx cost $145 million for 14 months, while Operation Jump Start cost $1.2 billion over two years."

    etc.: http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2...itarize-us-mexico-border/147187/?oref=d-river
     
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    didn't know it's possible to say "... troops will be sent to help patrol the southern border in lieu of the border wall ...", I mean my English failed me LOL anyway National Guard Headed to Mexican Border Once Governors Approve https://www.military.com/daily-news...ed-mexican-border-once-governors-approve.html
     
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    BAE Systems has delivered all of the AMPVs built under the Engineering and Manufacturing Design (EMD) phase to the U.S. Army to begin the testing phase of the program.
    https://www.baesystems.com/en/artic...ble-multi-mission-capabilities-to-the-us-army
    Basically the AMPV is a updated Bradley hull being reconfigured to a wider range of missions. The AMPV seeks to replace the M113 series which despite there fan base have thin skins. IEDs and RPG's have basically caused the US Army to substitute MRAPS for M113 vehicles but MRAPS suffer off road. So the Army needs a vehcile it can put back in those missions that has the protection and off road performance. Preferably Tracked. A number of offerings were made including the interesting Tracked Stryker but the Army chose the Bradley to be the basis of the AMPV. Ironically this is a bit of back to the Future, Any one who has Watched Pentagon wars knows that the Bradley was supposed to replace the M113. (However Pentagon wars has alot of B.S. in it as Bradley in it early form was still technically an IFV The movie makes it seem like there was never a Troop carrier with a turret and medium caliber gun on top before, yet by 1958 The Germans had done the Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30. and in there timeline before the Bradley began the Russians had BMP1. But I digress. )
    AMPV will come in 5 to 6 flavors a APC, Ambulance, Treatment vehicle Mortar carrier and Command post with BAE now pitching an Engineering vehicle.
    AMPV engineering.jpg
    It's far from perfect. Bradley has issues it's an older vehicle with older armor. AMPV is supposed to take some of the weight savings from removing the turret for upgraded protection as well as a Suspension upgrade and raising the roof line of some versions.
    BAE is also pitching a much needed overhaul to the Bradley IFV's automotive and a SHORAD version, Both are needed really yet the Bradley is running out of room above and below the turret.
     
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    Today at 6:09 AM
    related articles are:
    Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet production line busy until 2025 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...uper-hornet-production-line-busy-unti-447363/
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    Boeing receives first Super Hornet for service life modification https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...s-first-super-hornet-for-service-life-447361/
     
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