12 Mar '18, 6pm

Top Marine wants to lighten the weight carried by grunts

Top Marine wants to lighten the weight carried by grunts

The top Marine is looking for ways to lighten the burden carried by grunts , while also making them more lethal by adding new tech, rockets and drones. Some of those initiatives to lighten infantry Marines’ loads might include new methods of powering equipment, rechargeable batteries or new ammunition that doesn’t have brass casings. “Weight is everything,” Gen. Robert B. Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps , told reporters at a National Defense Industrial Association event in early March. But “we keep putting more stuff on them.” The Corps’ new efforts to reduce the weight burden on grunts also is part of an overall effort to lighten the entire ground combat element to make it more maneuverable and lethal. To do that, the Corps is reducing the number of some of its older anti-tank missile systems like the heavy and cumbersome tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-...

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2...

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