The Army is designing a new lethal hand grenade that can switched from fragmentation to a concussion grenade. Called the “enhanced tactical multipurpose hand grenade,” it will fill a capability gap from 1975, when the MK3A2 concussion grenade was taken out of service due to an asbestos hazard, according to an Army news release. The Next Generation Grenade Has Two Deadly Modes
A skilled-nursing facility company and two of its executives will pay $30 million to settle allegations that they charged the government for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services.
The U.S. Justice Department alleged that North American Health Care sought payment from Medicare and Tricare for medically unnecessary services provided at its 35 skilled-nursing facilities from 2005 to 2011, a violation of the False Claims Act. SNF operator, execs pay $30M over improper Medicare and Tricare billing – Modern HealthcareModern Healthcare business news, research, data and events
US Army to start testing a fuel-cell-powered Chevy Colorado ZH2 | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
General Motors has announced that the US Army is going to start testing a new fuel-cell-powered pickup concept – the Chevy Colorado ZH2. The off-road, aggressively styled pickup was developed together with the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center with real-world testing to begin sometime next year. US Army to start testing a fuel-cell-powered Chevy Colorado ZH2 | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
BAE Systems readies first AMPV for US Army | IHS Jane’s 360
BAE Systems will hand over the first of 29 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV) to the US Army at its York facility in December 2016.
As of early October, one vehicle has been completed with nine vehicles on the production line. According to BAE Systems “the programme is on schedule and on cost”.
These prototype/pre-production AMPVs are being built under an Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) contract awarded in December 2014. Also competing for the AMPV was General Dynamics Land Systems.
These vehicles will be put through some 7,500 miles of contractor trials and 21,000 miles of US Army trials. BAE Systems readies first AMPV for US Army | IHS Jane’s 360
US Army is drastically scaling up the firepower of its Stryker infantry – Business Insider
The US Army will soon receive its first prototypes of a newly-engineered up-gunned Stryker infantry vehicle armed with a more lethal, longer-range 30mm cannon as compared with the currently installed .50-cal machine guns.
Called the Stryker Enhanced Lethality Program, the effort was implemented as a rapid-development acquisition program to better equip 9-man infantry units with combat arms to support their missions, maneuvers and ground-attacks. US Army is drastically scaling up the firepower of its Stryker infantry – Business Insider
The U.S. Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower Program: Big Guns (On the Move) | The National Interest Blog
With the resurgent threat of Russia and the growing power of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Ground Forces, the U.S. Army is working on developing ways to increase the firepower resident within its infantry brigade combat teams (ICBT).
One such effort is the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program, which aims to provide a company of vehicles—which the Army adamantly does not want to refer to as light tanks—to brigades from the 82nd Airborne Division or 10th Mountain Division that can provide heavy fire support to those infantry units. The new vehicle, which is scheduled to enter into full-scale engineering and manufacturing development in 2019—with fielding tentatively scheduled for around 2022—would be similar in concept to the M551 Sheridan light tank. The Sheridan used to be operated the Army’s airborne units unit until 1996, but was retired without replacement. The U.S. Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower Program: Big Guns (On the Move) | The National Interest Blog