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L-3 Oceania to supply Australia with night fighting equipment
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Oct 28, 2016

U.S. Army approves Orbital ATK's M1061 60mm mortar cartridge
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Oct 28, 2016 - Orbital ATK's M1061 60mm mortar cartridge has received full materiel release approval by the U.S. Army's Joint Munitions Command, the company said Thursday.

Full materiel release means the Army has tested and evaluated the warhead and found it to be safe, suitable for operations and logistically supportable, the company said in a statement.

During the initial development phases, ATK pumped out more than 12,000 of the cartridges for the Army.

The M1061 increases safety of users, the company said.

Its fragmentation technology produced increased wide-area effects compared to conventional warheads.

The M1061 is a 60mm high-explosive cartridge developed by Orbital, Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland and the Army's Armament Research, Development and engineering Center.

The program's goal aimed to increased 60mm mortar effectiveness while improving its insensitive munitions aspects.

BAE Systems building new facility at ammo plant
Kingsport, Tenn. (UPI) Oct 28, 2016 - A facility to manufacture insensitive munitions at an Army ammunition plant in Tennessee is to be built by BAE Systems.

Construction of the Insensitive Munitions Weak Nitric Acid Recovery Facility at Holston Army Ammunition Plant is a major part of a multi-year effort to increase the production capacity of Insensitive Munition eXplosives, or IMX, which are designed to be more stable and safer to handle than conventional munitions.

The plant is operated by BAE Systems, which will conduct the construction under a contract modification worth $146.5 million.

"The construction of this facility is strategic in eliminating current IMX capacity constraints," said Reed McPeak, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc. "Once operational, it will position BAE Systems and the Holston plant to meet current and future IMX demands, both domestically and abroad."

The new facility will recycle spent nitric acid that is generated at the plant and provide strong nitric acid to produce a range of IMX fills, BAE Systems said.

Construction at the ammunition plant begins this month and will be completed in 2019.

L-3 Oceania has received contracts worth $232 million from the Australian Ministry of Defense to provide night fighting equipment, the ministry announced Friday.

The deal will see Australia's military equipped with state of the art night vision goggles, helmet mounts, laser aiming devices and head harnesses, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The goggles will be provided to the country's special forces and infantry, as well as general combatants such as drivers, medics and troops in the navy and air force.

Officials said the need for cutting-edge night vision assets has been illustrated during the past decade during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

L-3 Oceania is an Australian company that provides a variety of defense products, including acoustic and electronic systems, spatial awareness and maritime domain awareness products.

New night vision goggles from Harris Corporation
Rochester, N.Y. (UPI) Oct 28, 2016 - A new, lightweight night-vision binocular/goggle that increases low-light capabilities and helps reduce eye fatigue has been launched by Harris Corporation.

The unit is designated the F5032 Lightweight Night Vision Binocular, which features a 9.8-inch, close-focus range capability, fixed and adjustable diopter lenses that eliminate the need to change static lenses for personal or mission specific requirements.

The unit also includes an integrated infrared illuminator, reducing the need for the warfighter to carry a separate illuminator.

"This new Harris lightweight binocular delivers much more capability than any other fielded models," said Erik Fox, vice president and general manager, Harris night vision business. "We're excited to make these available at a time when reduced size, weight and power and ease of use are major concerns for warfighters in a complex tactical environment."

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