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11 августа, 22:06

Американские бронемашины Stryker получат 50-киловаттные лазеры

Армия США решила постепенно усиливать защиту от беспилотных летательных аппаратов. Как пишет Breaking Defense, для этого военные планируют разместить на большинстве бронированных боевых машин Stryker и грузовиков семейства FMTV мощные лазеры. Как ожидается, в будущем […]

30 июня, 04:55

Distribution of Proposed Tax Cuts under BCRA

If you were wondering who exactly gets the bulk of the tax cuts, here is the answer, from the Tax Policy Center: This is germane to the question of benefit cost analysis (BCA). Rick Stryker says BCA is essential when putting into context the cumulative 26,500 excess deaths over the next ten years associated with […]

28 июня, 15:51

NuVasive (NUVA) Grappling with Odds: Should You Dump Stock?

On Jun 28, we issued an updated research report on San Diego, CA-based NuVasive, Inc. (NUVA), a major player in the global spine market.

28 июня, 08:13

США vs Россия: Чьи самолеты, корабли, пушки и танки лучше

По мнению Трампа, никто «даже близко» не делает военную технику так, как ее делают Штаты

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27 июня, 17:33

Лазерная лихорадка. В США лучевое оружие поставили даже на вертолет

Ударный вертолет AH-64 "Апач" сбил беспилотник лазерной пушкой, соответствующий пресс-релиз опубликован на сайте компании-разработчика Raytheon. Тестирование проходило на полигоне в штате Нью-Мексико.

20 июня, 16:29

Stryker приобретет Novadaq Technologies за $701 млн

Корпорация Stryker, работающая в сфере высоких технологий медицины, договорилась о приобретении фирмы Novadaq Technologies за $701 млн. Novadaq является разработчиком и поставщиком технологий визуализации, использующихся в медицине. Stryker заплатит за свое приобретение на 95,8% больше, чем составляла рыночная капитализация фирмы по состоянию на закрытие пятницы. Сделка подлежит одобрению акционерами Novadaq, которые проведут внеочередное собрание 4 августа.

20 июня, 15:20

Stryker приобретет Novadaq Technologies за $701 млн

Корпорация Stryker, работающая в сфере высоких технологий медицины, договорилась о приобретении фирмы Novadaq Technologies за $701 млн. Novadaq является разработчиком и поставщиком технологий визуализации, использующихся в медицине. Stryker заплатит за свое приобретение на 95,8% больше, чем составляла рыночная капитализация фирмы по состоянию на закрытие пятницы. Сделка подлежит одобрению акционерами Novadaq, которые проведут внеочередное собрание 4 августа.

19 июня, 21:58

Novadaq Technologies (NVDQ) Stock Soars 95% on Stryker Acquisition Deal

On Monday, NOVADAQ Technologies Inc. (NVDQ) announced that Stryker Corporation (SYK) has agreed to acquire the company for $11.75 per share in cash, putting NOVADAQ's total worth at $701 million.

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19 июня, 15:34

Novadaq Technologies' stock resumes trade, rockets 95% premarket after Stryker buyout deal

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17 июня, 04:44

Is This a Sneak Peek at the Israeli Army's New Tank?

Michael Peck Security, Middle East The new tank will not replace the current Merkava 4, which is expected to remain in production until 2020. A small armored wedge with a remote-controlled turret: is this what the Israel Defense Force’s future armored vehicles will look like? The answer is . . . maybe. At a conference in Israel last month, the former chief of the IDF’s Armored Corps showed a simulation of what Project Carmel—the IDF’s effort to develop technology for the its generation of tanks—might produce. The virtual vehicle is wedge-shaped, with the hull sloping towards the front. The cannon-armed turret is set at the rear of the hull, with a machine gun mounted on top. In one of the screenshots, below the turret there is what seems to be—and your guess is as good as mine—a row of vision ports (you can see other screenshots here and here). Israel is developing two next-generation armored vehicles. One is the Eitan, the IDF’s first wheeled armored personnel carrier and the chosen replacement for Israel’s fleet of old and poorly armored M113 APCs. Already in the prototype stage, the eight-wheeled Eitan somewhat resembles the U.S. Stryker. The thirty-ton Eitan will be paired with the much heavier Namer, an APC based on the chassis of the Merkava tank. However, the simulated vehicle displayed at the conference by retired Brigadier General Didi Ben-Yoash, who is heading Project Carmel, is much more of a tank. It would be tracked rather than wheeled like the Eitan, and would weigh thirty-five to forty tons (compared to a sixty-eight-ton M-1 Abrams). With just two crewmen, the vehicle would mostly function autonomously, including “autonomous navigation and driving, target spotting, aiming, independent firing whenever possible plus other features,” according to Israel Defense magazine. Read full article

15 июня, 15:14

GE's Unit Collaborates with Stryker to Expand Foothold

General Electric Company (GE) recently announced that its operating unit, GE Additive and Stryker Corporation (SYK) have entered into a partnership to support Stryker's growth in additive manufacturing.

15 июня, 01:30

America's Industrial Might is Working to End the Drone Threat

Dan Goure Security, The UAS threat arose rapidly. Fortunately, the means to counter this new threat are moving ahead almost as fast.  For more than two decades, the U.S. military owned the skies when it came to the employment of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. From the tiny, hand-launched Raven and Puma AE (All Environment) to the ubiquitous Predator and its armed cousin, the MQ-9 Reaper and the giant, high altitude RQ-4 Global Hawks, the U.S. developed and deployed an amazing array of UAS. The CIA and military have prosecuted the air campaign against al Qaeda and ISIS largely with armed drones. For a while the U.S. military seemed to have a franchise when it came to unmanned systems. This time is over now. UAS are proliferating around the world. Our potential adversaries have “discovered” the value of unmanned systems. Russia has developed several families of military UAS, showcasing many of them in its wars in Ukraine and Syria. More significantly, Russia has demonstrated the ability to employ UAS-derived targeting to support devastating strikes by aircraft and artillery. China too has been working since the early 2000s to develop and deploy military drones. It has also exported unarmed versions of some UAS to a number of countries in Asia and Africa. Iran has employed unmanned vehicles to support its forces in Iraq and to gather intelligence on U.S. forces operating in Southwest Asia. This week, a North Korean drone crashed south of the Demilitarized zone after overflying the newly-deployed missile defense site. Israel’s defense forces have shot down several drones operated by Hamas and Hezbollah. ISIS has been among the most aggressive users of drones. ISIS’ drones are all commercially-available systems. Not only are the technologies carried by these drones continuing to improve dramatically, with cameras getting smaller while providing better images, but so are innovations to exploit these pictures. From the comfort of underground command centers, ISIS commanders are able to watch the movement of Iraqi and Kurdish forces in real time. For the first time in history, terrorist groups can operate their own air forces. Of equal concern is ISIS’ ability to turn small, commercial drones into flying improvised explosive devices (IEDs). ISIS has used quadrotor drones to drop grenades and mortar rounds on Iraqi forces. ISIS sources have discussed using UAS to deliver chemical weapons. Read full article

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07 июня, 22:19

U.S. Army Tanks Will Soon Have 'Shields' To Stop Enemy Missiles

Kris Osborn Security, The idea is to arm armored combat vehicles and tactical wheeled vehicles with additional protective technology to secure platforms and soldiers from enemy fire; vehicles slated for use of APS systems are infantry fighting vehicles such as Bradleys along with Stykers, Abrams tanks and even tactical vehicles such as transport trucks and the emerging Humvee replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. DRS Technologies and Israeli-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are working with the U.S. Army to consider acquiring their recently combat-tested Trophy Active Protection System, a vehicle-mounted technology engineered to instantly locate and destroy incoming enemy fire. The Army has purchased an emerging technology for Abrams tanks, Bradleys and Strykers designed to give combat vehicles an opportunity identify, track and destroy approaching enemy rocket-propelled grenades in a matter of milliseconds, service officials said. Called Active Protection Systems, or APS, the technology uses sensors and radar, computer processing, fire control technology and interceptors to find, target and knock down or intercept incoming enemy fire such as RPGs and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, or ATGMs. Systems of this kind have been in development for many years, however the rapid technological progress of enemy tank rounds, missiles and RPGs is leading the Army to more rapidly test and develop APS for its fleet of Abrams tanks.  “The Army is looking at a range of domestically produced and allied international solutions from companies participating in the Army's Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) program,” an Army official told Scout Warrior. The idea is to arm armored combat vehicles and tactical wheeled vehicles with additional protective technology to secure platforms and soldiers from enemy fire; vehicles slated for use of APS systems are infantry fighting vehicles such as Bradleys along with Stykers, Abrams tanks and even tactical vehicles such as transport trucks and the emerging Humvee replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. DRS Technologies and Israeli-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are working with the U.S. Army to consider acquiring their recently combat-tested Trophy Active Protection System, a vehicle-mounted technology engineered to instantly locate and destroy incoming enemy fire. Army has purchased a number of Trophy APS systems, and a number of another kind of system as well, to evaluate them, including one called "Iron Fist," also from Israel, and another from a U.S.-based manufacturer called "Iron Curtain," service statements said.  The Army aims to put Iron Curtain on a Stryker, Iron Fist on a Bradley, and Trophy on an Abrams tank, to evaluate their effectiveness, Lt. Gen. John Murray, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-8, said in a written statement. "The one that is farthest along in terms of installing it is ... Trophy on Abrams,"  Murray said. "We're getting some pretty ... good results. It adds to the protection level of the tank. Trophy has an interesting capability, slew to cue. We're finding that we can incorporate that into the installation on the Abrams."  Iron Fist on the Bradley is also "moving along," Murray said. The service is working on installing the system on the Bradley - considering to the size, weight, and power requirements of the system and the amount of space available on top of the turret of the vehicle.  APS systems, he said come with additional considerations. In particular, he said, are considerations for the safety of Soldiers alongside the vehicles who are dismounted. "As we do this, the interesting thing is going to be safety concerns," Murray said. "Anything that shoots off an armored vehicle, 'x' amount of meters, and makes something blow up, is not good for the integrated dismounted/mounted operations. So we have some concerns about tactics, techniques, and procedures and how we adjust those." The Army's expedited APS effort is being managed by a coordinated team of Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center engineers, acquisition professionals, and industry; it is intended to assess current APS state-of-the art by installing and characterizing some existing non-developmental APS systems on Army combat vehicles, Army officials said. General Dynamics Land Systems, maker of Abrams tanks, is working with the Army to better integrate the Trophy APS into the subsystems of the Abrams tank, as opposed to merely using an applique system, Army and industry officials said.  Being engineered as among the most survivable and heavily armored vehicles in existence, the Abrams tank is built to withstand a high degree of enemy fire, such some enemy tank rounds, RPGs, rockets and missiles. Abrams tanks can also carry reactive armor, material used to explode incoming enemy fire in a matter that protects the chassis and crew of the vehicle itself. However, depending upon the range, speed and impact location of enemy fire, there are some weapons which still pose a substantial threat to Abrams tanks. Therefore, having an APS system which could knock out enemy rounds before they hit the tank, without question, adds an additional layer of protection for the tank and crew. A particular threat area for Abrams tanks is the need the possibility of having enemy rounds hit its ammunition compartment, thereby causing a damaging secondary explosion.  APS on Abrams tanks, quite naturally, is the kind of protective technology which could help US Army tanks in tank-on-tank mechanized warfare against near-peer adversary tanks, such as a high-tech Russian T-14 Armata tank. According to a report in The National Interest from Dave Majumdar (Click Here for Story), Russian T-14s are engineered with an unmanned turret, reactive armor and Active Protection Systems.   A challenge with the technology is to develop the proper protocol or tactics, techniques and procedures such that soldiers walking in proximity to a vehicle are not vulnerable to shrapnel, debris or fragments from the explosion between an interceptor and approaching enemy fire. “The expedited activity will inform future decisions and trade-space for the Army's overarching APS strategy which uses the MAPS program to develop a modular capability that can be integrated on any platform,” the Army official said. Trophy:  Using a 360-degree radar, processor and on-board computer, Trophy is designed to locate, track and destroy approaching fire coming from a range of weapons such as Anti-Tank-Guided-Missiles, or ATGMs, or Rocket Propelled Grenades, or RPGs, The interceptor consists of a series of small, shaped charges attached to a gimbal on top of the vehicle. The small explosives are sent to a precise point in space to intercept and destroy the approaching round, he added. Radar scans the entire perimeter of the platform out to a known range. When a threat penetrates that range, the system then detects and classifies that threat and tells the on-board computer which determines the optical kill point in space, a DRS official said. Trophy was recently deployed in combat in Gaza on Israeli Defense Forces’ Merkava tanks. A brigade’s worth of tanks used Trophy to destroy approaching enemy fire such as RPGs in a high-clutter urban environment, he added. “Dozens of threats were launched at these platforms, many of which would have been lethal to these vehicles. Trophy engaged those threats and defeated them in all cases with no collateral injury and no danger to the dismounts and no false engagement,” the DRS developer said. While the Trophy system was primarily designed to track and destroy approaching enemy fire, it also provides the additional benefit of locating the position of an enemy shooter. “Trophy will not only knock an RPG out of the sky but it will also calculate the shooter’s location. It will enable what we call slew-to-cue. At the same time that the system is defeating the threat that is coming at it, it will enable the main gun or sensor or weapons station to vector with sights to where the threat came from and engage, identify or call in fire. At very least you will get an early warning to enable you to take some kind of action,” the DRS official explained. “I am no longer on the defensive with Trophy. Israeli commanders will tell you ‘I am taking the fight to the enemy.’ The Israelis developed Trophy upon realizing that tanks could not simply be given more armor without greatly minimizing their maneuverability and deployability, DRS officials said. Trophy APS was selected by the Israel Defense Forces as the Active Protection System designed to protect the Namer heavy infantry fighting vehicle.  Artis Corporation’s Iron Curtain:   A Virginia-based defense firm known as Artis, developer of the Iron Curtain APS system, uses two independent sensors, radar and optical, along with high-speed computing and counter munitions to detect and intercept approaching fire, according to multiple reports. Iron Curtain began in 2005 with the Pentagon’s research arm known as DARPA; the APS system is engineered to defeat enemy fire at extremely close ranges. The systems developers and multiple reports – such as an account from Defense Review -- say that Iron Curtain defeats threats inches from their target, which separates the system from many others which intercept threats several meters out. The aim is to engineer a dependable system with minimal risk of collateral damage to dismounted troops or civilians. The Defense Review report also says that Iron Curtain’s sensors can target destroy approaching RPG fire to within one-meter of accuracy. Iron Curtain’s radar was developed by the Mustang Technology Group in Plano, Texas. “Iron Curtain has already been successfully demonstrated in the field. They installed the system on an up-armored HMMWV (Humvee), and Iron Curtain protected the vehicle against an RPG. Apparently, the countermeasure deflagrates the RPG’s warhead without detonating it, leaving the “dudded” RPG fragments to just bounce off the vehicle’s side. Iron Curtain is supposed to be low weight and low cost, with a minimal false alarm rate and minimal internal footprint,” the Defense Review report states. Israel’s IRON FIST:  Israel’s IMISystems has also developed an APS system which uses a multi-sensor early warning system with both infrared and radar sensors. “Electro-optical jammers, Instantaneous smoke screens and, if necessary, an interceptor-based hard kill Active Protection System,” IMISystems officials state. IRON FIST capability demonstrators underwent full end-to-end interception tests, against all threat types, operating on the move and in urban scenarios. These tests included both heavy and lightly armored vehicles. “In these installations, IRON FIST proved highly effective, with its wide angle protection, minimal weight penalty and modest integration requirements,” company officials said. This first appeared in Scout Warrior here.  Image Credit: Creative Commons. 

03 июня, 06:35

«Технология становится реальной» — лазерное оружие вскоре появится на поле боя

С презентации китайского лазерного оружия Silent Hunter, которое прожигает военную технику, прошло три месяца, а издание Stars & Stripes сообщает о том, что ВС США испытывают собственное высокотехнологичное вооружение.

02 июня, 13:44

«Технология становится реальной» — лазерное оружие вскоре появится на поле боя

Американская армия испытывает высокотехнологичное лазерное оружие, которое поможет в борьбе с дешёвыми в производстве дронами и ракетами, находящимися в распоряжении террористов и ненадёжных государств

31 мая, 12:25

"Запад-2017" как casus belli для агрессии НАТО

На днях, 28 мая, глава Пентагона Джеймс Мэттис в интервью телеканалу CBS News заявил, что НАТО не представляет угрозы для России. "Почему россияне рассматривают нас как угрозу - за гранью моего понимания".Самое главное заключается в том, что НАТО - не угроза, и они это знают", - сказал он, добавив, что Россия сама предпочла быть "стратегическим соперником".Заявления Мэттиса кажутся, мягко говоря, непонятными - именно НАТО последнее десятилетие неустанно перебрасывает боевые подразделения и свозит тяжелое вооружение и технику в страны Прибалтики, непосредственно к границам Союзного государства Беларуси и России. При всем при этом, будь то переброска 4 многонациональных батальонов в Литву, Латвию, Эстонию и Польшу, либо открытие объектов системы американской ПРО в Румынии и Польше, американские и европейские партнеры наперебой твердят об агрессивной политике восточного соседа по отношению к странам-участницам Альянса.К слову, в ходе саммита НАТО, прошедшего на прошлой неделе в Брюсселе, президент Литвы Даля Грибаускайте не только призвала союзников по Североатлантическому альянсу "подтягивать оружие и личный состав к восточным границам блока", но и назвала предстоящее белорусско-российское учение "Запад-2017", которое пройдет этой осенью, "агрессивными и непредсказуемыми действиями наступательного характера".Как видим, антироссийская истерия среди военно-политического руководства как США, так и прибалтийских стран со временем ничуть не ослабевает. Уже дошло до того, что российско-белорусские маневры, проводимые раз в два года с соблюдением всех условий Венского договора, принимают за репетицию какого-то широкомасштабного наступления.Примечательно, что в такое "антинатовское наступление" региональная группировка войск Беларуси и России выступит всего-то с 13 тысячами военнослужащих (около 10 тысяч с белорусской стороны и 3 тысяч - с российской), при этом решив заранее уведомить своих "жертв" о месте и времени операции. Не забыли "агрессивные" белорусы со своими российскими союзниками и пригласить натовских военных представителей понаблюдать за ходом репитиции этого "захватнического похода".Кстати, раз уж разговор зашел об учениях: НАТО проводит гораздо более масштабные военные учения и делает это намного чаще. Например, только за прошлый год у границ России и Беларуси войска блока НАТО провели 16 учений. Причем в маневрах Anakonda-16 приняли участие 31 тысяча военнослужащих, что, в свою очередь, почти в ТРИ раза больше числа личного состава, привлекаемого к учениям "Запад-2017". В открытых источниках можно найти сведения и о других крупных маневрах НАТО в странах Балтии за последние годы. Вот только некоторые из них: Swift Response - маневры в рамках Анаконды-16, во время которых была осуществлена переброска десанта из США в Европу. Было задействовано: более 5 тысяч десантников из США, Бельгии, Великобритании, Германии, Франции, Польши; Saber Strike - международные учения по тренировке в переброске и размещению дополнительного контингента НАТО в Прибалтике и Польше. Было задействовано: около 10 тыс. военнослужащих из 12 стран-членов НАТО, а также Финляндии. Примерно две трети участников представляли армии прибалтийских государств; Dragoon Ride II - операция, которая является составной частью маневров Saber Strike 2016, имевшая целью отработать молниеносную переброску военной техники и личного состава из ФРГ в страны Балтии. Было задействовано: личный состав численностью около 1 тыс. человек, боевые машины пехоты Stryker, самоходные гаубицы, другая военная техника в количестве приблизительно 400 единиц; Iron Wolf-16 - международное учение на территории Литвы как составная часть более крупного учения Saber Strike, проводимых США в Балтийских странах. Было задействовано: более 5 тыс. военных из Дании, США, Польши, Литвы, Люксембурга, Франции и Германии; Ramstein Alloy II - авиационная подготовка в воздушном пространстве Балтийских государств (принимающая сторона - авиабаза ВВС Литвы Зокняй). Было задействовано: около 20 военных самолетов ВВС Германии, США, Литвы и Финляндии, а также Португалии и Великобритании; Baltops (Baltic Operations) - тренировка морского компонента ОВС НАТО в водах Балтийского моря. Было задействовано: более 4,5 тысячи человек, 50 кораблей из 18 стран НАТО и партнеров Альянса, а также 60 самолетов, вертолетов и беспилотных летательных аппаратов.Кстати, только на прошлой неделе закончились натовские учения Spring Storm-17, и практически в то же время американские военнослужащие с техникой высадились на пляже под Вентспилсом (Латвия) для участия в предстоящих 3-15 июня ежегодных объединенных учениях сухопутных и воздушных сил Saber Strike. Вполне очевидно, что столь масштабные и регулярные "тренировки" сил натовского блока в Прибалтике не идут ни в какое сравнение с мероприятиями оперативной и боевой подготовки, проводимыми Беларусью и Россией.По всей видимости, подобные натовские учения призваны создать очередной очаг напряженности вблизи белорусско-российской границы. Антироссийская же риторика неизменно используется западными и прибалтийскими политиками в качестве повода для необоснованного наращивания группировки своих войск в регионе и увеличения военных бюджетов.В этой ситуации жаль только простых жителей прибалтийских стран, ставших заложниками милитаристской политики своих правительств, которые, прикрываясь лозунгами национальной независимости, превратили территорию Литвы, Латвии и Эстонии в плацдарм для наступления НАТО на Россию и Беларусь. Как говорится: "Паны ругаются - у холопов чубы трещат"...Автор: Олег Верас(https://vpk.name/forum/s4...)

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31 мая, 01:22

The U.S. Military Is Suffering A Crisis Of Strategy, Not Just One Of Readiness

Dan Goure Security, The U.S. military needs to devise a new strategy. A recent blog in The Hill by Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) summed up the situation facing the U.S. military succinctly: “in recent years, Congress has received repeated warnings from senior military officials across every service, testifying to the readiness crisis facing our military. Taken together, their statements are staggering.” According to the 2017 Index of U.S Military Power published by the Heritage Foundation, the overall threat level to the U.S. and its interests is high while the condition of the U.S. military, at best, is marginal. According to these senior military officials and numerous published accounts, the Army has only three brigade combat teams out of more than 50 fully manned, equipped and trained for major conflict. The proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Army budget will modernize only 20 Abrams tanks and 135 Bradley Fighting Vehicles (there are more the 6,000 of each in the inventory) and will not procure any new Stryker combat vehicles. Due to a lack of spare parts and insufficient maintenance dollars, only about half of Navy and Marine Corps front line fighters are currently available for combat. In addition, the Air Force is short some 1,000 pilots even though its size has shrunk significantly over the past decade. There are numerous reasons for this readiness crisis. The U.S. military is underfunded, overstretched and in danger of losing its technological edge. One of the primary culprits for this situation is the Budget Control Act which has resulted in the reduction of hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budgets since 2013. With the defense budget topline kept below the levels necessary to support the current size and operational tempo, making up for shortfalls in resources must come from within the defense budget, primarily from modernization. Despite the commitment of every senior Pentagon official, civilian and military, for over a decade to improving readiness, the state of the Joint Force continues to decline. The U.S. military faces a readiness crisis so severe that, in the event of a major conflict with a large, well-equipped adversary, it could break. Read full article