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  • C-RAM Systems Become A Priority

    03/11/2011 9:56:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | Mar 11, 2011 | Andy Nativi
    C-RAM Systems Become A Priority By Andy Nativi Genoa Although rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) attacks have not been as lethal in recent conflicts as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide bombings, they pose an ongoing threat to military installations, forward operating bases, infrastructure and civilian areas. Work underway in the U.S., Europe and Israel is focused on developing effective and economical counter-RAM systems that provide coverage and, importantly, a sense of security to troops and civilians. Insurgents use RAM attacks as part of asymmetric warfare or as a tactic in terrorism. In many cases the weapons are crude and...
  • Soldiers Scan Skies for Mortars, Rockets

    07/10/2009 4:51:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 370+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, July 10, 2009 – Army Pfc. Dustin Clark was manning the night shift when he heard the warning system go off. Army Pfc. Dustin Clark calibrates the sights on a radar system at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, June 28, 2009. Clark and other members of Echo Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, out of Fort Hood, Texas, detect mortar and rocket attacks. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Clark -- a counter rocket, artillery and mortar, or C-RAM, systems operator -- has watched the...
  • Countering capability intercepts 100th rocket, mortar in Iraq

    05/12/2008 3:30:23 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 10 replies · 138+ views
    Army News ^ | May 09, 2008 | Timothy L. Rider
    The Army hit a milestone in its continuing efforts to provide a capability to counter the indirect fire threat with the 100th successful intercept of a rocket or mortar round fired at high value Multi-National Corps-Iraq assets in late March. Achieving its first intercept in March 2006 by disabling an inbound mortar round and precluding damage on the ground, the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar capability has also provided over 1,500 localized warnings of incoming attacks allowing troops time to take protective cover - all since it initial operational capability was declared in July 2005, according to C-RAM Program director,...
  • Migrant workers cram into cars, sheds, boxes - Coachella Valley

    03/31/2006 9:03:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 385+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/31/06 | David Olson
    Nowhere in the Inland area is the crunch to house the poor more evident than in the Coachella Valley, where 15,000 migrant workers are expected to arrive in the next few weeks for the grape and citrus harvest. Most will spend each night outside or crammed in a car or shed, said Nadia Villagran, special projects manager for the Indio-based Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. "They're working hard during the day and have to sleep at night in cardboard boxes, in a tree or in a car," she said. "It's shocking to see." Migrant-housing programs in the desert are confronting the...
  • Army eyes Raytheon's high-tech, seagoing Gatling gun (mortar defense)

    05/19/2005 10:24:09 AM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 46 replies · 6,420+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | May 19, 2005 | David Wichner
    The U.S. Army is looking at a Raytheon-made ship-defense system to shoot down mortar rounds that are fired at U.S. troops in Iraq. The Army is studying Raytheon's Phalanx Close-In Weapon System - a radar-guided, ship-mounted version of a multibarreled Gatling gun - among several technologies to counter mortar and small-rocket threats, the company and the Army said. The program is called C-RAM, short for "counter rocket artillery mortar" system. The Phalanx is made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems in Louisville, Ky. The Army has received two of the latest Phalanx 1B systems for evaluation under a Navy contract signed...