Monday, August 31, 2009

Trench Periscopes

Defense Tech has posted a link to an article about the resurgence of an older piece of technology - the trench periscope.

It seems like there has been a lot of "old is new" going around in the military in the last few years:

  • Counterinsurgency experience has lead the military to issue requirements for an A-1 Skyraider type aircraft. (link)

  • The Marines have issued requirements for a new magazine-fed LMG, similar to the BAR. (link)

  • A company touting the advantages of the RPG-7 has designed an updated American version. (link)

  • Lawrence of Arabia tactics seem to work in the Middle East. (link)

  • M-14s are seeing use again in Iraq and Afghanistan. (link)

  • CH-47 Chinooks are replacing the newer Pavehawks in the Air Force Combat Search & Rescue program. (link)

  • The Marines are looking to M151-style jeeps to carry heavy mortars when transported in Ospreys. (link)

  • The Navy is restarting production of the Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class destroyers to replace the Limited Edition DD(X). (link)

  • The idea of an "arsenal ship," with roots going back to 1996, is being floated again. (link)

I love to see the way that good ideas float to the top. Looks like we have done more than a few things right in the past!

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