Lithuania is shoring up their defense with the purchase of 84 M 1126 Strykers with ATK-made 30mm cannons, costing them an estimated $599 million. Lithuania, which is a NATO country, received approval from the United States government amid speculation that the Russians now had enough firepower to overpower their neighbors to the west.


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Under the terms of a recently awarded $50 million contract, BAE Systems is to continue producing the MK 90 propellant grains for the US Army. A key component of the Hydra-70 family of rockets utilized by the United States’ military and several allied countries, the MK 90 propellant grains provides propulsion for the Hydra-70 rocket system.


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The United States Marine Corps has ordered 75 small unmanned ground vehicles from iRobot to assist in missions. The man-portable SUGV features dexterous manipulation for dismounted mobile operations. The SUGV is a smaller and lighter version of iRobot PackBot which is designed to allow exploratory functions in small and inaccessible places as well as terrains and situations that are dangerous. Among its chief advantages is offering situational awareness for infantry troops, combat engineers, EOD technicians, and other personnel.


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The United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division is evaluating the ultra-lightweight combat vehicle (ULCV) known as the Polaris MRZR-4.The Army has already purchased 33 vehicles for proof-of-principal tests, and is looking to purchase more, contingent on the tests. The House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee proposal for the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Secretary of the Army to give an answer to HASC by March 1, 2016 on whether or not to get more. Heidi Shyu, the Army’s chief weapons buyer, says that it is too early to tell what their decision will be, but the soldiers unsurprisingly prefer driving to walking.


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In October 2013, the British defense company, BAE Systems, was awarded with a one year minimum, $688 Million contract which called for the production of M109A7 Howitzer. Granted by the United States Army, the contract’s main purpose is to replace the previously used M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers. The new M109A7 has significant upgrades over the M109A6 Paladin as the unit will have more space, less weight, power cooling, and more capabilities with current technology.


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