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WHY U.S ARMY IS BUYING ‘BONUS’ ARTILLERY ROUNDS?


The US Army has ordered BONUS 155 mm sensor-fuzed
munition. The decision about the impending order was
first mentioned at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference held in London from 14–16
May by Peter Burke, who is the Deputy project manager for combat ammunition
systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition. The initial order consists of 500 shells and
a total of 3,141 rounds will be procured over a three-year period. BONUS is developed & produced by cooperation
between BAE systems in Sweden and Nexter in France. It is currently in use by several countries
which includes Finland, France, Norway, and Sweden. In this video, Defense Updates analyzes why
U.S Army is buying ‘BONUS’ artillery rounds? Let’s get started. Though artillery is seemingly old-fashioned,
they are and will continue to play an important role in the battlefield in the foreseeable
future. Artillery is both a defensive and offensive
support weapon. An artillery barrage will keep the enemy’s
heads down and provide opportunities for the Infantry to advance under cover. Artillery barrages have also been known to
have a physiological impact by demoralizing the opponent. It is cheaper and faster than air support
and is now way more accurate as compared to old days. Modern artillery has the ability to place
highly precise indirect fire on enemy’s assets and there is continuous ongoing work
to make them more effective. BONUS is a 155 mm artillery-launched precision
shell. It is compatible with most of the existing
artillery guns. So it will work with U.S Army’s M109 self-propelled
howitzer and the M777 towed howitzer. It is effective against Main Battle Tank,
Armored fighting vehicle as well as self-propelled artillery to name a few. The shell has a range of 35 km. The artillery round weighs in at 47-kilogram
(104 lb) and contains two autonomous, sensor-fused, fire-and-forget submunitions. What makes it different from normal artillery
shell is its ability to search for targets within a given footprint of around 200 m diameters
in area. This is how BONUS Shell works: 1. The BONUS round is fired from a standard 155 mm artillery gun after setting range and target profile(s). 2. The round flies like a normal shell in a parabolic path 3. A timer fuse ignites a small ejector rocket
in the nose, which ejects the two submunitions 4. The submunitions deploy winglets and hurl
towards the target area scanning for objects matching target profile. 5. Once the submunitions detect a target beneath
them, it makes the final plunge and detonates its explosive payload to strike the target. Since the BONUS strikes from above, it is
able to hit the top armor. Viewers may note, that in general the top
armors of tanks or other armored vehicles are weaker than the frontal armors. This gives BONUS a better probability of taking
out armored vehicles. Also, since it carries two independent smart
munitions it has a much better chance of scoring a hit when compared to the traditional shell. BAE & Nexter says, “The munition’s high
spin rate, high speed of descent and absence of a parachute makes it virtually undetectable
and therefore undefeatable”. The manufacturers also state that “using
a combination of sensors, BONUS is effective against targets that use both passive and
reactive protection systems.” Technically this means it is effective against
regular armor plate and explosive reactive armor. But it could potentially be countered with
Active Protection Systems like Trophy which is integrated in Israel’s Merkava main battle
tanks and Afganit which is present it Russian T 14 Armata Tank. These systems detect incoming shells with
their sensors and destroys them by firing fragmentation projectiles before they can
hit. Active Protection Systems are currently available
in only a few main battle tanks and are very rarely present in an armored fighting vehicle
or self-propelled artillery, but they will be more prevalent
in the future.

Tony wyaad

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94 COMMENTS

  1. jonathan smith Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    And what about those Norwegian ramjet artillery shells? Is the US military gonna buy them?

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  2. jonathan smith Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Would the railgun artillery ever replace conventional artillery or conventional artillery would serve for another century?

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  3. room-ten-oh-nine ! Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Will they be effective against the caravan marching on our southern border?

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  4. jonathan lavezzi Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I can’t even imagine the price per shot

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  5. Super Clark Posted on November 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Please stop with the "in this video" bullshit yes the world is retarded but some people arent

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  6. Danko Kovačević Posted on November 8, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Because they are bloodthirsty Fascist butchers, simple as that! Just count all countries they totally destroyed since 1990! Yugoslavia, Iraq1, Somalia, Sudan, Niger, Iraq2, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iran is next! "Totems of Democracy" and US BFF's like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain are there to shine a light on those non-obedient, secular, semi secular democratic countries, only totalitarian Sunni kingdoms (MBS is the shining light in Saudi Arabia, Jared Kushner's BFF), Al-Sisi and Ergogan are examples ..

    Hypocrisy at it's best!!!

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  7. Jules Vallez Posted on November 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    All of this rampant over-militarism is disgusting but, I gotta admit…. I’d rather have the damn rounds in storage than not…. just in case!! 🤣😂

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  8. Jules Vallez Posted on November 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    What happens if it doesn’t find a target…. for whatever reason? Does it just explode or does it deactivate or what?

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  9. Archimedes Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    At step 5 you pointed out that it hits the top of the armor of an admired vehicle, but wouldn't all artillery hit from above? or would normal artillery hit at a less steep angle, hitting the front?

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  10. shaquille mccray Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    It's time for Mother Russia to

    KNOW THEIR PLACE!!!!!!!!!

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  11. shaquille mccray Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    There should be a video called "Why THAAD ER is a Game Changer?"

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  12. Wombat Lover Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I vaguely remember that a Javelin surface to surface missile was used to take out toyota landcruiser full of mussies, so it must be cost effective!!!

    With this new BONUS artillery shell with two sub munitions including all the "sensor fusion" well they will be pretty cheap as well!!

    Reply
  13. Rios Salvajes Posted on November 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    As always, a good, interesting update. Keep the good work.

    Reply
  14. Dr Bendover Posted on November 8, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    makes perfect seance to purchase rounds while still in development of the next-gen artillery round.

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  15. Aurα вírdч Posted on November 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    the name sounds fucking gay

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  16. Mac Yavelle Posted on November 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Well, tanks active defense system are effective against incoming shells or missiles, which travel at Mach 1 to 3. But the submunition sends a formed core at 8000m/s (Mach 24) . If the submunition sends its core from sufficient altitude, there is no way the active system could be effective.

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  17. Hunter D Posted on November 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Answering without looking at the video yet:

    Because they want to get the high score!

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  18. FUZZY LOGIC Posted on November 8, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    So it is obvious that if u.s is buying this "bonus" artillery shell is because what they have is inferior

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  19. David Boson Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:34 am

    an artillery round that turns into multiple guided missiles – think that covers it.

    Reply
  20. Peter Quinn Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

    'Government by the People for the People' run by fossil race & female civil servants makes🇺🇸a cluster~fck of 3rd world💩holes.

    Reply
  21. jefrysax Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:25 am

    It is strange how a lot of NATO's high tech, futuristic weapons are development of Russian weapons from the 80s. You can find the same bomblets in 'SMERCH' MLRS munitions.

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  22. Alex H Posted on November 9, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Same "Winglets" used in the Sensor Fuze bomb. Look it up on YT. Effective.

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  23. ColtDeltaElite10mm Posted on November 9, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Waste of money. Just make and lob B-61’s. War over.

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  24. Richard Rybarczyk Posted on November 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I think it’s very interesting what they can do with artillery shells. Who would think they can seek out targets and destroy them.

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  25. Rand Jooe Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    NUK'EM……. Make Them Glow GREEN

    Reply
  26. Skunk Gang Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    no no no what about them using tik tok

    Reply
  27. brezelkaiser Posted on November 9, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like the US army is gearing up for their next military adventure. I wonder which "regime" is gonna get "changed" this time?

    Reply
  28. adrian kovalski Posted on November 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    the leaders of the USA are Illuminati mason satan worshippers
    who work for the Jesuit Catholic society who also worships satan
    they pretty much need world war 3
    so they can get humanity to bend over and worship the antichrist out of desperation
    world war 3 will be staged
    after the war is over satans antichrist will stand up and offer the world a final solution
    a one world government
    which in reality is the one world order the Lord Jesus warned us about in Revelation 13
    by the way the final pope is the antichrist
    the final pope will deny the Lord Jesus and praise islam instead
    and since they'll kill of much of the worlds male population who isn't muslim in world war 3
    they'll set up the world perfectly for a satanic rule

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  29. sunny solanki Posted on November 10, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Super .. can u please make video on indian ship mormugao ..

    Reply
  30. Kurdish Warrior 1888 Posted on November 10, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Long live 50 million Kurds and Kurdish fighters YPG SDF in north east syria on iraqi and turkish border and Peshmerga in north west iraq on turkish and syrian border and PKK PYD HDP in south east turkey on syrian and iraqi border. From north west iraq on turkish and syrian border living in Europe here.

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  31. Regina Baker Posted on November 11, 2018 at 12:51 am

    we just ordered 42.000

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  32. Xavier Maximus Posted on November 11, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    T14 couldnt counter since it’s trophy system is on the bottom of the turret

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  33. Dennis Clark Posted on November 13, 2018 at 12:36 am

    The "BONUS ARTILLERY ROUNDS" are derived from the SADARM submunition of years ago. SADARM is described in the following website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_and_Destroy_ARMor It is based upon the principle that main batttle tanks are lightly armoured on their tops and are therefore vulnerable to these types of submunitions.

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  34. Mark Paintner Posted on November 15, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Combat History?

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  35. Aurobindo Ghosh Posted on November 16, 2018 at 9:18 am

    when you saw indian politicians making money by bofors gun scandal, you though of bonus artillery

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  36. David Reynoso Posted on November 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Well done USA God bless. Lord Jesus…

    (( Repent mankind))

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  37. richard suggs Posted on November 18, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Firing several shots at a target will increase the likelihood of a kill even if it has counter measures.

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  38. Jeff Lee Posted on November 22, 2018 at 6:25 am

    He said enemies asses trust me

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  39. Ben Mak Posted on November 28, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Anything to spend more Pentagon money. If they think to approach Russians in 35 kilometers without being struck first, good luck.

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  40. Roger Yelverton Posted on December 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Give them to Ukraine so they can be tested on the t14

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  41. Daniel Downs Posted on December 5, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Just shoot the barrel of the tank or artillery with a 50. It will damage the barrels. The 50 ended tank warfare and artillery as well.

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  42. Galilei Galileo Posted on December 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    On December 3rd, French Caesar 155mm canon fired 4 Bonus round in Syria, destroying 8 ISIS technical 4×4.

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  43. Ben A1 Posted on December 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Can this be used against attack helicopters, Intersect it's course and the submunition discharge near its target?

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  44. Xanopos Posted on December 15, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I don't think that an active protection system will be effective against an explosively formed projectile. The bonus round will detonated far outside the engagement zone of any active protection system and shots the explosively formed projectile at very high speed (~ 2000m/s) towards the target, which is far to fast for any active protection system.

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  45. Chuck W Posted on December 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    If these work then we wouldn’t have to nuke the Russian tanks en mass we can just barrage them with smart artillery shells. Though they could counter and confuse the shells by just painting the tops of the tanks with Putin’s face.

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  46. LH Posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Did this used to be called SADARM?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_and_Destroy_ARMor

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  47. Ke Pete Posted on February 4, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Just hit the correct people for a change

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  48. hypoeddy Posted on February 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Uggggh. fucking facts verse narrator, it's the worst, especially for military videos. That guy should be used for whimsical stories about pets or something.

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  49. Jeff Smith Posted on February 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Also, because it is not necessarily direct ballistic round it is more difficult to calculate where the source is, counter fire.

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  50. Fegelkun Posted on February 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Why you buy another munition magazine?

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  51. jonquerettess Posted on March 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Very ibteresting. Thanks

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  52. TWO CENTS ARMY Posted on March 26, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    what most of us will get when we ask the boss for a bonus.

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  53. ingebrecht Posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Potential replacement for laser guided copper head rounds that currently perform the same function. They will not require a laser designator deployed on the target. So that is a plus.

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  54. Bradley Anderson Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Didn't the US used to have a version of this called Sadarm? And a version of JSOW that was armed with similar submunitions? Why not create a version of the gps guide MLRS rockets stuffed with these submunitions?

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  55. Daniel Quintana-Manriquez Posted on March 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Who in their right mind would make war wth the US?

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  56. William Oxx Posted on March 30, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Armor on top of turret is thinner, not weaker.

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  57. JangaMaster Posted on March 30, 2019 at 1:21 am

    "Artillery seems old fashion" wut? Lol artillery is still one of the best support weapons for infantry, that won't change any time soon.

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  58. Evan Roberts Posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:03 am

    It it's so 'accurate', what's Israel's excuse when it bombards Gaza?

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  59. Hoehner Tim Posted on March 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    3,000 plus or so rounds isn't anywhere nearly enough as the Arty would burn through those in a couple of days if they were in a force adverse environment (they're out numbered). See any country's prewar estimates for the last 150 years, USA included, of rounds they expect to be expended in war vs what they actually used. They're usually off by more than a factor of 10.

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  60. Sayan guria Posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Soldiers asked bonus for Christmas amd got this

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  61. burt1978 Posted on March 30, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    You know nothing Jon Snow. Active protection system can,t stop the EFP projectile striking 3050m from above with mach 6 velocity. Only ERA 2 mounted on MBT turret can beat this. LAV and troop carriers are defendless against EFP.

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  62. tim ovel Posted on March 30, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    They're made by the French? You misspelled it, that's BOGUS round…

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  63. Todd Abbott Posted on March 31, 2019 at 5:26 am

    The T-14 active defense could not defeat these rounds as they are only effective against attacks from the front. The turret on the T-14 as well as the engine compartment are VERY vulnerable, not just from attacks from above, but also from the side and rear. The T-14 focusses most of its armor to protect the crew only and mostly from the front. The T-14 is just a horrible design and the M1A3 already has a round capable of defeating the new stronger armor and reactive plating. They are also struggling with quality issue and cost overruns and currently are resorting to use a much lower power engine. These same problems exist in the Su-57 (quality and cost overruns and currently using a much lower power engine do to issues) and the plane does not have most of the electronics or logistics as well as the stealth capability to come even close to a fifth generation fighter. Infact what little stealth it does have is only from directly in front of the craft… but this is another story. By the way… those sensors you point to in the pictures of the T-14 are just steal plates. The 10 T-14 they are showing off are more of mockups than prototypes. They do not have the final engine, they lack most of the electronics, the turret armor is just sheet metal, and likely most of them do not have functional active defenses or guns.

    Personally while this is a good technology I do not see it as much of a game changer. I think the new Small Diameter bomb 2 is a much more important development. It has some similar characteristics to this ordinance round, but goes way beyond it. Basically it is a tiny bomb about half the size of a typical bomb and is designed to replace existing bombs with two. This doubles the ordinance an aircraft can have. Second is the are programmable glide munitions with a range of something like 70 miles. Because they are so small they are hard to detect and they have no heat signature or noise. They also have 3 different guidance systems so they are basically impossible to jam. They can hit stationary and mobile targets. They can seek out targets too. They also have a dual warhead to be effective against infantry and soft targets as well as armored vehicles. The Warhead also has advanced timers so it can penetrate lighter targets like buildings and boats and detonate within. A jet like the F-15E or F-35 can carry up to 24 of these and have them each programmed for a different target and launch them from a safe distance. Bombers like the B-1 can carry 144 of them. This is literally a game changer as they are fairly cheap too and no other country has something even close to this. They are also talking about developing an ground launched propelled version which would make the "Bonus round" mostly obsolete. The first contract alone for these was 25,000 SDB2. The best part is they have renamed the SBD2 to StormBreaker (the name of Thor's new ax in Infinity Wars).  The 155 Bonus costs about $25-35K, so it is not cheap.  The Stormbreaker is significantly more at $115k, but it also has a larger warhead, longer range, way more capabilities, wide range of targets, and the ability to penetrate bunkers, seek targets or go after preprogrammed targets, and work in all weather conditions… so the 3-4 times price is well justified.

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  64. Jake Dee Posted on March 31, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Once the parameters of the target profile are known the opposition can start preparing decoys and dummies. Of course that's the way it has always been, measure, counter-measure, offense, defense, etc etc.

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  65. Stephanthesearcher Posted on March 31, 2019 at 8:43 am

    did you notice that the afghanit active component can only be launched at shallow angles(4:50)??? due to the way they installed the launching tubes it is impossible to intercept top down ammo.
    it pussles me alot, because of the proliferation of javelin( US top down attack atgm)

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  66. TMoD7007 Posted on March 31, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    So basicly it is the same as the german SMArt155 round… good job!^^

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  67. lovegarbage Posted on March 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Looks just like the SADARM concept from the 1980s but without the 'ballute'.

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  68. mortil Posted on March 31, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    So. i would know how the hell these active protection systems could save a tank from a shell from above since they are mostly built to protect from rounds coming from the side.

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  69. Jack Rodgers, Jr. Posted on April 1, 2019 at 1:29 am

    So the shell contains two computers to guide the smart bomblets? And we are sending all of our old computers to India dump sites? Should we not save them for munitions?

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  70. Nun Ya Posted on April 1, 2019 at 4:32 am

    OUR CITIES ARE GOING TO SHIT BUT EE CAN STILL SPLURGE ON WEAPONS OF DEATH, KEEPING THR MUNITIONS AND WEAPONS MAKERS RICH SO THRY CAN KILL MORE OF HUMANITY.

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  71. bipola telly Posted on April 1, 2019 at 8:21 am

    More bang for the buck, don'tcha' know….

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  72. bipola telly Posted on April 1, 2019 at 8:23 am

    A great use of resources and human ingenuity.
    Brilliant.
    Demoralising is so cool.
    What a bonus!

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  73. T Sclly Posted on April 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Higher tech proximity fuse.. but the range must be shorter than a singular explosive load. the explosive load has to be significantly less and the sensors can be fooled and actively eliminated by a SPRAG firing proximity fused shells (greater than 30mm).

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  74. olymak Posted on April 1, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    how can the afganit protect one strike from the top? if the pods for firing fragmentation projectiles only move left and right with the turret…im a noob and spot that … now i understand Trump….fake news…

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  75. Bart Bols Posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Artillery is how you win wars, everything else is just supporting the people who have to plant a flag somewhere.

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  76. Patric Hausammann Posted on April 2, 2019 at 12:10 am

    5:03 There seems to be a misconception about the pods, with fragmentation projectiles. The shown pods below are fog grenade launchers. The real Trophy System launcher for countermeasure is located above the left sensor bank.
    P.S.: I doubt, that active countermeasures like the Trophy System can stop artillery shells effectively.

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  77. mrplease66 Posted on April 2, 2019 at 3:31 am

    i can never understand how these bots can speak such good English but then always forget the definite article. It's a dead give-away to the Russian origins of these videos.

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  78. Dion Ross Posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Because the USA number 1 terrorist of all time

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  79. Matthew Smith Posted on April 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Never a good idea to buy a weapon system from a foreign government even if they are an Ally. Allies always wind up f**** you later…some now so way… it's not like we don't have manufacturers that could build a similar if not better system here in the United States.

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  80. Patrick Lundström Posted on April 4, 2019 at 3:30 am

    BONUS uses a EFP travelling at several 1000 m/s, there is no way any APS can react nor defeat the EFP.

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  81. appleseedfanatic Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I think combining the main battle tank with Moblie artery would reduce costs and make tanks much more deadlier. Just make the main gun 155mm fire artery and anti tank rds

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  82. Kenneth McKay Posted on April 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Isn't BAE Systems from the UK? What with it once being called B.ritish AE.rospace

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  83. plastic waterbottle Posted on April 6, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    copperhead program with modern microprocessor and algorithm

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  84. Petter ! Posted on April 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Swedish Engineering from Bofors 👍🏻

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  85. Mike Becket Posted on April 22, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    WHY. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE…SO WE CAN TAKE OUT THE SICK DERANGED NUTCASES THAT WANT TO HURT US. DUH …OR TRY TO TAKE OVER AMERICA….OR OUR FRIENDS IN THE WORLD.

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  86. Hugo Blanchette Posted on April 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

    01-230231 # Because war Is iminent against Canada

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  87. Hugo Blanchette Posted on April 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

    233 over

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  88. Smitty Rock Posted on July 13, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I like the Excalibur round better
    https://youtu.be/Mj8ThMqjisA

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  89. heromusashi z Posted on August 5, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Sounds to me like the trinety rocket from cod ghost of you ask me

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  90. Corrine Tsang Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    The US Army ordered 155mm howitzer artilliery shells that fires 42 miles.China s SH-15 155 mm howitzer fire a nuclear projectile 62 miles.

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