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«Van Arty Association and RUSI Van Members News Oct 20, 2015 Newsletter on line. This newsletter, and previous editions, are available on the RUSI ...»

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The maker of a new grenade launcher that can fire rounds that explode when they pass walls or barriers is "finalizing development" of a weapon it believes will give soldiers a serious edge. XM25 carries a magazine of five 25mm grenade rounds and a fire-control system that lets the soldier instantly program how far the grenade will travel before it explodes. That means a soldier can engage an enemy hiding behind a target — only he doesn't need to hit something to ruin the enemy's hiding place and his day. According to XM25 maker Orbital ATK spokesman Jarrod Krull, in spring the Army will conduct qualification testing and contract validation. If the weapon fulfills the Army's requirements, the Army could see fielding in early 2017, Krull said — assuming budget decisions also line up in the weapon system's favor. "It provides combat overmatch; the ability to engage the target in defilade (shielded)," Krull said.

A 25mm grenade round for the XM-25 Photo: Obital ATK

When a soldier aims the weapon at a target, a laser finder gauges distance. The soldier can add or subtract from that distance with the push of a button and then, after setting the distance, can aim and fire. The fire control also shows a soldier how high to aim the weapon to account for gravity's pull on the grenade based on the laser-determined distance. The company says the range is 500 meters to a target point, and 600 meters to an area target. The weapon itself, made by Heckler & Koch, consists of lightweight material composites. Brashear made the fire control and Orbital ATK produced the munitions and integrated the system.

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was an excellent cook and ran the Regiment’s kitchens in the field for many years. No one identified the location but we are pretty sure it was Ft Lewis.

This Week: This week we take a break from our “Who’s that chap” series, and switch to our other “What’s that big thing” series, featuring long, metallic objects. Most of these potentially loud objects are painted khaki, olive drab, or other camouflage variations. However, these three are simply painted black, because they have not seen service for many, many years. These artillery pieces are mounted on concrete, obviously not their original mounts, although one never knows with budget cutbacks and so forth.

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From the ‘Punitentary’ Singing in the shower is all fun and games until you get shampoo in your mouth - then it just becomes a soap opera.

Murphy’s other Laws Profanity is the one language understood by all soldiers.

Quotable Quotes The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. - Thomas Alva Edison 15th Field Artillery Regt Seeking Recruits Primary Reserve Artillery Information Session

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Those interested in applying to the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves are welcome to attend a onehour information session as a first step in the recruitment process.

These sessions will include information on career availability, benefits, training, and more.

Registration is mandatory for all information sessions

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