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Picatinny engineers get howitzers unstuck and back on TrAK

Soldiers of the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Afghanistan work at dislodging their M-777 155mm howitzer from a three-foot deep hole it dug after firing several projectiles. The huge weapon weighs 9,800 pounds and can launch projectiles more than 30 kilometers. picatinny engineers have developed a solution for Soldiers that makes the howitzer easier to maneuver. (Photo by Sgt. Ken Scar)

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — When Soldiers in Afghanistan move their M777A2 howitzers to adjust their aim, they can literally become “stuck in a rut” when the wheels get trapped in the sand and rocks.

To help alleviate this issue, engineers at Picatinny Arsenal have designed the Traverse Assist Kit (TrAK) to make the howitzer faster and easier to move.

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101st Airborne Soldiers help prepare for fielding of upgraded howitzer

Sgt. Jahrahrah Gousby (left) and Spc. Morris Morley were among members of the the 101st Airborne Division who tested the new digitized M119A2 howitzer technical manual during the second phase of the operator Logistics demonstration at Picatinny Arsenal.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division recently helped Picatinny Arsenal employees complete the second of three logistics phases required before the digitized M119A2 howitzer can be fielded to troops.

“The upgraded digitized M119A2 will be equipped with a digital fire control system that integrates an inertial navigation system with global positioning system technology that will give the weapon the ability to self locate and accurately place rounds on target,” explained Deborah Le Vitin, Digitized M119A2 105mm Howitzer logistics manager.

Back in November, Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division completed the first phase of the logistics testing, the Operator Logistics Demonstration.

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Joint-service teamwork yields award-winning TNT alternative

Philip Samuels, chemical engineer (left) and Anthony Di Stasio, lead project officer (right), both members of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, look at seven different fuze plugs designed to accommodate the IMX-101-loaded M795 155mm projectile.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – Anyone familiar with the military’s acquisition process knows it takes a huge team effort from people and organizations, both federal and private, to take an idea from concept to reality.

The recent success story at Picatinny to research and qualify a new, safer explosive to replace TNT is one example of how teamwork and collaboration can help provide a life-saving product to the warfighter as quickly as possible.

This new product, called IMX-101 (Insensitive Munitions Explosive 101), will be loaded into 155mm M795 projectiles for Army and Marines as early as next year, thanks to a massive team effort to expedite research and development.

“It normally takes four or five years to qualify a new round such as the M795 with a novel explosive like IMX-101, but this group of professionals did it in about 24 months,” said Anthony Di Stasio, lead project officer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) here.

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