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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    Nice vehicle to accompany tanks. How many dismounts does a Squadron need to be operationally effective?
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    Three Pounder "Grasshopper" - Early MGS. Light guns like the 3 pounder were not new in the (American) Revolution. In the early 1600s Gustavus Adolphus fielded light guns very effectively, usually in support of a specific regiment, but their use goes back to the infancy of gunpowder artillery...
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    From the Popular Mechanics article upthread. It is not a tank. It is not a replacement for a tank. It is not a light tank, a medium tank or a recce tank. It is not a supplement to a tank. It is what the Wehrmacht designed the Stug to be. A replacement for the field guns that traditionally...
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    Vielen dank. Es ist mir leid. Vieleichisten Panzer III E-G? Anything earlier than that only had tin plate and light guns and qualified more as tracked armoured cars.
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    A Deeply Fractured US

    A good, sound general appreciation on Information Management https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/should-news-describe-the-world-or-fix-it/ar-BB1gBvjG
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    As I let myself and my silliness run free M1128 MGS mods 1 Remove the 50 Cal machine gun 2 Remove two out of three crew members 3 Refit the driver's position so that he is also the gunner 4 Eliminate fire on the move 5 Limit arcs to the forward arc and the reverse arc (portee mode)...
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    Canada and Aegis

    I think the same rationale goes into missiles, radars and engines. And it applies to any Canadian buy of F35s. If the F35s are going to be in service for 40 years should they all be bought at once? Or should they be staged over time?
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    You're right. The Germans went with the STUG. The Brits went with the Matilda. The Germans went with the Panzer. The Brits went with the Covenanter. The Allies ultimately went with the all-singing, all-dancing Sherman - with or without turrets and with or without armour.
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    I like the third article but the author allows himself to drift and conflate the Assault Gun with the Tank. And the biggest issue is the inclusion of the manned turret in the specification. The Assault Gun should only have a Remote Weapons System. Period. Full Stop. Punkt. And it only...
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    Time to get the Red Pen out.... The chap writing about putting a 30mm on a Stryker has it right. The Stryker (and our LAV 6 and the Brits Boxer) are armoured taxis- They are tarted up MRAPs and Saxons and Pigs. They are suitable for moving light infantry from a protected FUP to a protected...
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    US Army to retire Stryker MGS by 2022

    Step One Remove the MGS from the RCAC and the RCIC. Issue the MGS to the RCA or even the RCE (as an AVRE for busting fortifications)
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    Future Naval platforms, systems, & fleet composition

    Egggzackly. But you can't go blaming the French (entirely) - Francis Drake and John Hawkins operated under letters of marque as did all of William of Orange's sailors and the Sallee Rovers. All of which peeved the Portuguese and the Spanish who had the written authority of the UN of the day...
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    Swarms

    Crap being sorted quickly? Brigades - Palladins - 25 miles (40 km) Divisions - ERCA - >40 miles (70 km) Corps - HIMARS/MRLS - 43 to 900 miles (70 to 1500 km) Theater (2x Pacific, 1x Europe, 1x Arctic (NB), 1x global response) - SM6/Tomahawk and LRHW - 1100 to 1759 miles (1760 km to 2800 km)...
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    A Deeply Fractured US

    The young are aggressive. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/young-people-close/201801/why-young-people-need-their-aggression They find safe outlets for their aggression https://footballpink.net/premier-leagues-biggest-rivalries-how-they-all-began/ There is always an excuse for a...
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    Future Naval platforms, systems, & fleet composition

    Unless some one wants to start a gray war on trade and promote a bit of buccaneering on the high seas. Crews dispatched to their lifeboat. Prize cargoes captured. Hulls sunk. Nike's don't make it to market. Events on land are influenced. Stocks and jobs are affected. But no violence has...
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