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Army researchers improve battery safety with new cathode chemistry

Army researchers improve battery safety with new cathode chemistry

Science
May 10 (UPI) -- Scientists with the U.S. Army have developed a new type of cathode chemistry that makes batteries safer and more efficient. Currently, soldiers must regularly carry batteries weighing between 15 and 20 pounds. But thanks to a new type of cathode and electrolyte, soldiers could soon be carrying safer and more efficient batteries weighing half as much. Army researchers were able to boost lithium-ion battery energy density by using a totally aqueous electrolyte. The electrolyte is free of transition metal and boasts high capacity energy storage. "Such a high energy, safe and potentially flexible new battery will likely give the Soldiers what they need on the battlefield: reliable high energy source with robust tolerance against abuse," Kang Xu, senior scientist at the U.S. Ar...
Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

Business
April 12 (UPI) -- Saab was awarded an $ 18 million contract supply the Australia's Army with its latest version of the portable bazooka-type weapons system. In 2020, Saab plans to send to Australia the Carl-Gustaf M4 rocket launcher weaponSwedish company announced Thursday. The order originally was placed last September. "We are happy to see that the Australian Army keeps investing in the Carl-Gustaf system and we are proud of the trust our customer puts in Saab," Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics, said in a statement. "This order demonstrates the continued strong belief in the Carl-Gustaf system and the state-of-the-art ammunition delivered from Saab. The wide range of variations of Carl-Gustaf ammunition brings a true tactical flexibility to the user." The original...
Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

World
March 12 (UPI) -- Paraguay is considering the use of its armed forces to control detention centers housing the Brazilian gangs leading recent prison riots in the country. Vice President Hugo Velazquez, acting on behalf of President Mario Abdo, who traveled to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said officials are considering using the army to help dissuade violence. "We are going to use the armed forces dissuasively outside the jail, so as to avoid these things," he said. The recent incidents involve inmates in Paraguay that belong to the First Capital Commando criminal band, which operates in Paraguay and Brazil. The group has nearly 300 inmates in Paraguay. On Monday, the group took four jail guards hostage at the Concepcion jail. Released after several minutes, one of freed...
U.S. Army orders tactical vehicles from Oshkosh Defense

U.S. Army orders tactical vehicles from Oshkosh Defense

Business
Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense LLC announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Army placed $ 75 million in orders for trucks and trailers. U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command ordered 354 Family of Tactical Vehicles A1P2 trucks and trailers, Oshkosh said in a press release. "Together with the U.S. Army. we have established a robust FMTV program," said Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps programs for Oshkosh. "We look forward to successfully completing the remaining FMTV A1P2 deliveries and seamlessly transitioning to FMTV A2 production without interruption." The heavy-duty vehicles are in a class known as FMTV and are based on a common chassis, with variants for payload and mission requirements. Derivations inc...
Army preps troop, equipment rotation in Europe for Atlantic Resolve

Army preps troop, equipment rotation in Europe for Atlantic Resolve

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Europe announced rotations of its armored and aviation units, with equipment to arrive in Europe within two weeks. The command, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, said in a statement that armored equipment of the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, will arrive at the port of Antwerp, Belgium. About 400 vehicles will then travel in a convoy through Belgium, Germany and Poland for four days. The equipment includes track vehicles, which will move by rail. The maneuvers will be followed by the arrival of planes and equipment of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, also from Fort Riley, Kansas. The equipment and aircraft will arrive at Zeebrugge, Belgium, on Jan. 29, and then move to designated locations i...