Aircraft protection priority if sequestration continues, says #USArmy leaders
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- If sequestration continues in fiscal year 2018, active protection systems for Army aircraft will remain a top priority, said the Army's chief resource officer. "We haven't reached that point yet. Hopefully, we won't," said Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, the Army G-8. "But I would prioritize active protection systems for our aircraft. There are threats out there right now [for which] we just need to develop some new technologies -- and we are -- to provide protection for our aviators. I'd put that as No. 1." Active protection systems, which the Army wants for both ground vehicles and aircraft, provide combat vehicles with automated protection against armor penetrators and direct-fire threats, such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles. Both Murray, and Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army G-3/5/7, testified March 16 before the ...