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Army Sending New Sniper Weapon to Afghanistan
The US Army has begun shipping the XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) to its snipers in Afghanistan. The new weapon system, chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum (Win Mag) ammunition, extends the weapon's maximum effective range to almost 4,000 feet, giving Soldiers an important range advantage against insurgents who are targeting US troops from all quarters. The ESR is equipped with a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm variable power scope that includes a first focal plane reticle so that when the user dials in, the reticle pattern scales with the zoom.  XM2010 Fact Sheet (PDF)
Army Fielding 'Game-Changing' Super Gun in Afghanistan
The Army plans on purchasing more than 12,500 XM-25 systems starting in 2012, which will be enough to put one in each Infantry squad and Special Forces team, according to officials at Program Executive Office-Soldier. More...
Bat Hook Harvests Electricity for Special Forces

An engineer at an Air Force research facility has developed a device that can steal electricity from power lines via a system called RAPS. When the device is thrown over a power line by a Special Forces Soldier, a blade at the end pierces the power line, bringing electricity down to the Soldier's equipment.
Military Hardware Getting Digital Camo

Slovakian MiG-29 in HyperStealth Digital Thunder (Source: http://www.hyperstealth.com/Mig29/index.html)
Multicam uniforms and other "digicam" type uniforms are gaining popularity in armed forces around the world, and now vehicles, aircraft, ships and even buildings are getting their own digital camouflage consideration. HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. is a leader in this field, having developed digicam for Jordanian military vehicles and Slovakian MiGs, to name a few of their projects. China is going digicam too, as seen in this Flickr photostream and this Foreign Policy article.
China Targeting US Aircraft Carriers



US Military officials are becoming increasingly concerned about Chinese weapons that are specifically being designed to take out US aircraft carriers. The latest concern is an anti-ballistic missile (the Dong Feng 21D) in development (the first of its kind), to be launched from land, that can track a moving aircraft carrier and strike from above from up to 1,900 miles away (see diagram below). Such a missile could be a game-changer in the region, giving China the upper hand in any conflicts over Taiwan or other regional disputes. In addition, The Chinese Navy has or is acquiring nearly a dozen anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) variants, including older 1950s-era CSS-N-2 missiles and more modern Russian-made SS-N-22 and SS-N-27B missiles, according to a US Department of Defense report.
P-791 Hybrid Air Vehicle

Watch the video below and you'll probably see the explanation for more than a few UFO sightings. This hybrid, multi-mission airship can stay aloft for up to three weeks without refueling at an altitude of 20,000 feet, giving military commanders a clear view of the battlespace below. As a transport, the vehicle can be used to move equipment and personnel to unimproved areas. As it scales up from its current size to three, five or even seven times, the carrying capacity expands up to 200-300 freight containers.
Sniper Teams to Increase Accuracy With Guided Rounds



Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is developing a .50 caliber guided sniper round that will greatly increase the accuracy and effectiveness of US Military snipers. The DARPA EXACTO (EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance) program aims to develop a sniper weapon and guided round that will allow sniper teams to have a wider range of hide locations and compensate for factors such as wind and target movement. (Source: Darpa)
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