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Old 09-28-2020, 10:05 AM
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The Navy is using a backpack loaded with 650 rounds of ammo that looks straight out of 'Predator'
By: Jared Keller - Task & Purpose & Business Insider News - 09-28-20
Re: https://www.businessinsider.com/navy...r-movie-2020-9

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Jesse Ventura in the 1987 movie "Predator." 20th Century Fox

(Personal note: Saw that movie a few times should've call it the Buzz Saw - it was cutting down the trees when fired!! - Boats)

* The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed "Avenger" to troops at some point in the last several years.

* Navy officials confirmed that the Avenger ammo pack was not designed with "Predator" in mind, despite the resemblance it bears to the gear Jesse Ventura's character donned in that iconic 1987 action flick.

If it's good enough for Jesse Ventura, then you bet your ass it's good enough for the US Navy.

The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed "Avenger" to troops at some point in the last several years, the service confirmed to Task & Purpose, although officials declined to elaborate on the scope or details of the system's employment.

"Unfortunately we cannot disclose this type of information as it pertains to troop location, movements, and tactics," Lisa Oswald, a spokeswoman for Naval Supply Systems Command, told Task & Purpose.

First developed by expeditionary warfare engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, multiple Avenger units "have been built, fielded, and used in combat," according to TechLink, which first reported the existence of the system in 2018.

The Avenger can hold an additional 150 additional rounds of standard-issue 7.62 mm ammunition compared to 500-round systems already in the US inventory, according to TechLink, with a 50% reduction in the pack's weight, down to just 9 pounds.

2nd photo link: https://i.insider.com/5f7204de74fe5b...jpeg&auto=webp
An expeditionary warfare engineer wears the Avenger Pack. NSWC-Crane via Techlink

More importantly, the system costs just $300 in material and is relatively simple to produce, a significant improvement over the $4,000 price tag that often accompanies ammo can-based designs made of steel or aluminum.

"The Navy backpack utilizes an ammunition chute and an internal divider that keeps the belt from twisting to ensure a smooth feed," according to TechLink. "It is comprised of lightweight, flexible material that, when pinched or crushed, can adjust in ways an ammo can-based pack cannot."

The Avenger isn't the first ammo backpack to make a splash in US military circles in recent years.

In 2011, an inventive Iowa National Guard staff sergeant threw together a backpack-fed Mk 48 machine gun system in the aftermath of a firefight during a deployment to Afghanistan.

That system, dubbed 'Ironman' (and not to be confused with US Special Operations Command's now-defunct 'Iron Man' suit), was directly inspired by the backpack-fed M134 minigun that Ventura's character Sgt. Blain Cooper rocks during the 1987 action classic "Predator."

Unfortunately, the high cost of the Ironman system that the Army spent two years refining ended up rendering the broad procurement and fielding of the system as less than desirable, as Soldier Systems reported in 2014.

According to NAVSUP, the Navy's Avenger ammo backpack is an entirely different system from the Ironman pack, the latter of which Navy engineers had never even heard of.

At the moment, NAVSUP is currently on a team with the Defense Innovation Accelerator the Pentagon's in-house innovation hub "actively trying to pursue this invention and potentially produce or expand it," as Oswald told Task & Purpose.

And unfortunately, despite the inspiration that the Iowa National Guard drew from Ventura, NAVSUP was able to confirm that the Avenger ammo pack was explicitly not designed with "Predator" in mind.

"We think the comparison is interesting," Oswald, the NAVSUP spokeswoman, told Task & Purpose when asked about similarities between the two systems. "Our focus is about supporting the warfighter and meeting mission requirements."

What a shame: "Old Painless" would've made for a way better name than "Avenger," in our opinion.

Video link: https://youtu.be/MWq2QvvPw68
Titled: Old Painless - Payback time (suits this weapon real well - Boats)

Note: Read the original article on Task & Purpose. Copyright 2020. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter.

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Personal note: A dozen men walking into a jungle with this weapon would clear the jungle in about 10 min. Should called Trump's favorite word - (NASTY!

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