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AM General announces new Humvee work
by Richard Tomkins
South Bend, Ind. (UPI) Oct 13, 2015

U.S. orders recoilless rifle ammunition
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2015 - Ammunition for 84mm Swedish recoilless rifles used by U.S. forces is to be supplied by Saab, the company said.

The order for ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf M4 system was issued by U.S. Special Operations Command. No information on the monetary value of the order was disclosed.

"This order demonstrates the continued confidence of our customer in the capabilities and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf," said Torbjorn Saxmo, head of Saab's Ground Combat business unit. "The system gives soldiers a battle-winning edge through its high accuracy, supreme effectiveness and great versatility."

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest shoulder-launched version of the recoilless rifle which made its first appearance in 1948 as an anti-armor weapon. Today it is a multi-role weapon and handles a variety of ammunition types.

Saab said the ammunition order comes under the terms of its 2014 contract with USSOCOM for the recoilless rifle system.

The ammunition will be delivered this year and next year.

Vehicle-maker AM General has received contracts for production of additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles for eight countries.

The contracts, worth a combined total of about $42.1 million, include modifications for vehicles and vehicle parts under earlier contracts. Covered under the awards are new production vehicles, international ambulance chassis vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training for the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Kenya and Lebanon.

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is popularly known as the Humvee

"AM General continues to grow our backlog of new production HMMWVs while developing comprehensive modernization and maintenance programs for domestic and international customers," said Chris Vanslager, Executive Vice President, Defense Programs.

"The HMMWV continues to be the vehicle of choice around the globe for more than 60 partner nations, evolving over the years with significantly increased mobility, protection, reliability and durability in order to meet changing military missions and threats ...all at an affordable price."

AM General said there are about 230,000 Humvees in service around the world. About 160,000 of those are operated by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Reserves and National Guard.

Rheinmetall introduces new sighting system
Dusseldorf, Germany (UPI) Oct 13, 2015 - A new aiming solution for 40mm grenade launchers and shoulder-fired rockets has been introduced by Rheinmetall Defense of Germany.

The Vingmate MR 500, which improves first-shot capability at all ranges and minimizes engagement time, is ambidextrous in design and features an easy-to-use interface. It is a manually adjusted clip-on sighting system and employs an infrared target marker and illuminator and weighs only 11 ounces.

Rheinmetall said it is powered by a CR123 battery and can also communicate with external devices such as Rheinmetall's newly developed TAC-Ray clip-on, a rfile-mounted laser rangefinder that is capable of measuring targets out to more than 2,000 yards.

"Once again, the MR 500 underscores Rheinmetall's status as a one-stop shop for 40mm weapons technology, joining other fire control units from the Vingmate family like the Vingmate 4500 for automatic grenade launchers under contract with US Special Opeerations Command, the Vingmate MR 800 for grenade launchers, and the Vingmate SL for shoulder-launched weapons," the company said.

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