The Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower vehicles are in many ways smaller, lighter versions of the service’s M1 Abrams main battle tanks, and are designed to give light infantry and airborne units more muscle in combat. “Light infantry, as you know, has only got so much firepower,” Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Task & Purpose. “One of the things we decided we needed to do was to upgrade our armor systems for light infantry and also for deployability, and that’s where Mobile Protected Firepower comes out,” Milley said. “It’s a light enough vehicle, rapidly deployable, it can project power with airborne or light infantry forces.”Subscribe to Task & Purpose Today. At 38 tons, MPF vehicles are designed to be light enough so that two can fit on an Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.
The dozens of missiles North Korea fired last week were just practice to “mercilessly” attack U.S. and South Korean air bases, the North Korean military said on Monday according to the Associated Press. The joint U.S. and South Korean air force exercise, “Vigilant Storm,” wrapped up on Saturday — a day later than expected because of North Korea’s tests, the AP reported. In this photo provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, top center, four South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jets and four US Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly over South Korea Peninsula during a joint air drill called “Vigilant Storm,” in South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (South Korean Defense Ministry via the Associated Press)Subscribe to Task & Purpose Today. A TV screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea’s missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 4, 2022.2 months ago Task & Purpose
As a result of the ammunition churn, the United States is looking to get a fresh shipment of shells to Ukraine via South Korea. Per the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is looking to purchase 100,000 rounds of 155mm artillery rounds for howitzers. South Korea has pledged that it will not send lethal aid to Ukraine, but apparently this is just about direct shipments. The arms deal with South Korea strangely parallels Russia’s own efforts to keep its ammunition supplies operationally capable. As reported in late summer, Moscow has turned to North Korea to buy a variety of ammunition, including artillery rounds.2 months ago Task & Purpose
North Korea reportedly fired a total of 23 missiles on Wednesday. Williams noted that North Korean missile exercises such as these come in cycles. North Korea’s most recent missile exercises came just days after U.S. and South Korean troops launched their largest joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula in five years. Exercise Vigilant Storm involves about 240 military aircraft and thousands of U.S. and South Korean service members. That is why South Korean fighter aircraft have already launched three missiles into North Korean waters in retaliation, Bennett told Task & Purpose.3 months ago Task & Purpose
North Korea says it is developing a monster 600mm multiple-launch rocket system that it claims can strike targets in South Korea with tactical nuclear weapons, according to the reclusive communist country’s state-run media. Video of the KN-25 rocket launchers aired by CNN appears to show that each launcher has a maximum payload of up to six rockets. During a recent meeting of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim also called for an “exponential increase of the country’s nuclear arsenal” that would involve mass producing tactical nuclear weapons, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Jan. 1. While the KN-25 can carry conventional munitions, it remains to be seen whether North Korea can miniaturize nuclear weapons to the point that they can be fitted onto the weapons system’s 600mm missiles, said Bruce Bennett, a North Korea expert with the RAND Corporation. Kim is likely describing the nuclear munitions that could be fired by the KN-25 as “tactical” to exploit differences in how South Korea and the United States view the threats posed by short-range missiles, Bennett said.29 days ago Task & Purpose
That is the prediction made by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a national security think tank based in Washington, D.C., after running 24 iterations of a war game focused on a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The CSIS wargame is also focused on an amphibious invasion of Taiwan as opposed to other forms of conflict involving China. A soldier holds a Taiwan national flag during a military exercise in Hsinchu County, northern Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Chiang Ying-ying/Associated Press)RecommendationsCSIS laid out four recommendations without which the U.S. and Taiwan cannot defeat a Chinese invasion. Right now it is only certified for the U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber and the Navy and Marine Corps’ F/A-18E/F fighters.21 days ago Task & Purpose