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According to the Mexico News Daily website, the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) is planning to manufacture high-powered .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifles as the M82. Sedena wants a Mexican replica of the weapons made by the American Company Barrett Firearms Manufacturing in order to counter firepower of drug cartel members.

While soldiers wear camouflage to blend into the environment, it is also important to ensure ground vehicles are not easily detected. The U.S. Army now has a new advanced coating system for ground vehicles that suppresses ground vehicle heat signatures, making the vehicles much more difficult to detect. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, CCDC Public Affairs, explains on the US Army website.

The complexity of battlefield environments is evolving, as is the threat-scape armed forces must face during air surveillance and weapons coordination operations. Modern combat includes smaller and more agile targets, low flying threats that can quickly change speeds to evade radar detection and tracking. In this ecosystem, timeliness and quality of information are crucial, which is why Thales has developed a new radar in the 4D AESA family, the Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission.

March 17, 2019, a picture was released on the Twitter account of Marko Babic, showing Nigeria armed forces with local-made light patrol vehicle, which has the design of an All-Terrain vehicle. In February 2019, South African Online Defence magazine has announced that Nigeria has launched the production of its home-made light patrol vehicle.

During the ACD 2019, Ammunition Capability Demonstration in South Africa, German-based defense Company Rheinmetall has unveiled its Mission Master UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) armed with Thales twin (7x) 2.75" rocket launchers and EO/IR optics. The Rheinmetall Mission Master is a multimission UGV able to perform various mission profiles, from mule to force protection and surveillance, using a variety of modular payloads.

While being trained on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Staff Sgt. Jonathan Sowards had a simple but effective way to test the vehicle's innovative suspension. He grabbed a cup, filled it with water and placed it in one of the cup holders found inside the Army's newest tactical vehicle. He then drove it along an uneven tank trail. When the test drive ended, the outcome surprised him. "I hit the bumps going about 35 to 40 mph back through there," he said, "and I didn't even spill one drop." Sean Kimmons, of the U.S. Army Defense Media Activity, reports.

U.S. troops will soon be equipped with a lighter and better head protection if the current testing by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, gives positive results. The U.S. Army has tasked these soldiers with putting the Modular Scalable Vest version II, Ballistic Pelvic Protection, and its Integrated Head Protection (IHP) System through intensive evaluation this March.

Chemical, engineer, and explosive ordnance disposal unit soldiers are joining a National Guard Civil Support Team to put the Army's latest robotic system to the test. Robert Richardson reports on U.S. Army’s website.

The new AM materials demonstrated 50% more strength than commercially available materials, Tess Boissonneault reports on 3D Printing Media Network. Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory have adapted a specialized steel alloy for Powder Bed Fusion 3D printing. The new material, along with specific process parameters, can produce parts that are roughly 50% stronger than commercially available materials.

Eight Ivy Division snipers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team field tested an upgrade to the Army's sniper rifle in the shadows of the fabled Rocky Mountains, Maj. Michael P. Brabner, Test Officer, Maneuver Test Directorate, U.S. Operational Test Command, reports on US Army’s website.

The Chinese army is preparing to test magnetized plasma artillery capable of firing hypervelocity rounds at speeds in excess of Mach 6, six times the speed of sound, Chinese media reports. The power and range of such a weapon would likely offer tremendous advantages on the battlefield, assuming it actually works, which is apparently what the Chinese military is interested in finding out, as Ryan Pickrell comments on MySanAntonio.

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