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  • Picatinny engineer pursues improved hand grenade

    May 16, 2012

    Picatinny Arsenal's Richard Lauch is pushing forward with a new design for a hand grenade fuze that will update what is basically a 100-year-old design.

  • Cadets bring the heat to Rapid Equipping Force

    May 16, 2012

    The team of Class of 2012 Cadets Jacob Baxter, Luke Grant, Jake Young and Isaac Melnick placed first in the inaugural Rapid Equipping Force Grand Challenge, following the presentations and judging May 7, 2012.

  • Army completes network design for Capability Set 13

    May 14, 2012

    The Army has completed the network design for Capability Set 13, the first integrated group of advanced tactical communications technologies that will be fielded to Soldiers beginning this fall.

  • Leaders say Network Integration Evaluation improving Army acquisition

    May 14, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, stressed the value of the Network Integration Evaluation construct to obtain Soldier feedback and rapidly field network equipment to meet their needs, during a visit to White Sands Missile Range, N.M., last week.

  • Top acquisition official visits network evaluation, emphasizes science, technology

    May 13, 2012

    Army Acquisition Executive Heidi Shyu praised the ongoing Network Integration Evaluation and stressed the importance of blending science and technology into the modernization strategy while meeting with program managers, Soldiers and service leaders May 11, 2012, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

    May 10, 2012

    U.S. Army scientists are researching methods to harness the sun and wind to ease the burdens associated with transporting fossil fuels to dangerous areas.

  • McHugh visits 'Heavy Metal' Brigade, speaks with Soldiers during NIE 12.2

    May 10, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh spoke to Soldiers of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, during a walk through of the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment's, tactical assembly area at Fort Bliss, Texas, May 9, 2012.

  • 101st Airborne Division adds realism to Army network exercise

    May 10, 2012

    While thousands of Soldiers maneuver across the New Mexico desert to assess the Army's future tactical communications network, a smaller group more than a thousand miles away is playing a quieter but essential role in the Network Integration Evaluation 12.2.

  • Microwave technology could revolutionize combat feeding

    May 8, 2012

    The folks at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate believe that microwave sterilization could revolutionize what Soldiers eat on the battlefield.

  • Army scientists explore wireless power transfer

    May 8, 2012

    A focus of Army Science and Technology is to figure out how to power Soldiers, and their equipment without increasing the amount of weight they have to carry on the battlefield.

  • 101st Airborne Soldiers test howitzer upgrades

    May 8, 2012

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., recently assisted the Picatinny Arsenal M119A2 Howitzer Logistics Team complete the last phase of logistics training.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot artisans keep Chinook in production

    May 8, 2012

    Two Corpus Christi Army Depot electrical technicians took necessary actions to keep production rolling on the CH-47 Chinook.

  • Tactical communications network backbone heads into operational test

    May 7, 2012

    Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 is nearing the finish line as it heads into its largest operational test this month.

  • Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers' load

    May 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is lightening the Soldier's load by developing smaller and lighter batteries. Scientists and engineers are unburdening the Soldier, increasing maneuverability, reducing fatigue, and cutting time needed for battery re-charging.

  • PEO Soldier celebrates anniversary, welcomes new leader, unveils new logo

    May 5, 2012

    Its name may not sound particularly impressive, but on the tenth anniversary of Program Executive Office Soldier, arguably, no other Army organization has done more to add to the lethality, comfort and safety of the American service member.

  • Soldier technologies displayed at Massachusetts State House

    May 3, 2012

    The 6th annual Natick Soldier Systems Center Showcase was held at the Massachusetts State House, May 2, 2012. Visitors learned about what Soldiers wear, carry and eat.

  • JTRS advances 'Cognitive Radio' concept

    May 2, 2012

    The Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio Systems is moving closer to its vision of Cognitive Radio, a concept engineered to allow a family of software-programmable radios to better use portions of the available spectrum, service officials said.

  • Tablet PC to replace paper for Network Integration Evaluation

    May 2, 2012

    The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is beginning to replace paper with digital data collection options in preparation for the next Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range this May.

  • Soldiers execute realistic scenario, face hybrid threat as NIE begins

    May 1, 2012

    The Army's largest ever network field exercise rolled into action today, as more than 4,000 Soldiers began to execute a rigorous scenario designed to measure the performance and operational value of advanced tactical communications equipment under real-world conditions.

  • Uncovering the colorless core of the Army's network

    May 1, 2012

    Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, the second generation of the Army's tactical communications backbone, will provide an on-the-move colorless core, enabling commanders to command and control their units without fear of the enemy intercepting sensitive information.

  • Army asks for armed aerial scout demonstration

    May 1, 2012

    The Army released to industry a request for information about a replacement for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft, April 25, 2012, including a proposal to industry to provide for the Army a demonstration of the current state of the art in rotary-wing aircraft and their subsystems.

  • Teachers receive STEM training at Natick

    Apr 30, 2012

    A dedicated group of high school and middle school teachers spent their April vacations developing skills at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center that they will apply later in their classrooms.

  • Making SPARKs: Anniston fabricates mine rollers

    Apr 30, 2012

    Anniston Army Depot has long been known for its work on heavy tracked vehicles, but one of the installation's latest programs involves some heavy wheels.

  • Airborne radar prepped for missile defense testing

    Apr 30, 2012

    A new air defense radar system is undergoing testing on White Sands Missile Range to ready it for later integrated testing with the Navy this fall.

  • Children learn about work done at Natick for Soldiers

    Apr 26, 2012

    Potential scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the future roamed the Natick Soldier Systems Center campus, April 20, 2012, during the 15th annual Bring Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day.

  • Concept vehicle rolls out to meet Detroit public

    Apr 26, 2012

    The Army debuted its latest concept vehicle that not only significantly improves upon fuel economy, it also has the capability to generate and export electric power to Soldiers in austere locations like Afghanistan.

  • Army tests new medical air beam shelter

    Apr 25, 2012

    The 14th Combat Support Hospital and U.S. Army Medical Department board are wrapping up an assessment of a new air beam shelter that could lead to faster care of wounded troops on the battlefield.

  • Measuring human behavior

    Apr 24, 2012

    Loud sounds. Flash bangs. Bright lights. Blunt projectiles. The Target Behavioral Response Laboratory conducts tests to study how humans react to various devices and how they can be made more effective.

  • Secretary of Army recognizes innovation

    Apr 24, 2012

    Four Soldiers who built a training device to teach service members to safely exit an overturned Humvee were among 22 troops and civilians honored April 24, 2012, as part of the 2012 Secretary of the Army Awards.

  • Textile technologist 'fired up' about her job at Natick

    Apr 23, 2012

    Most of us have experienced the occasional workday that goes up in flames. For Peggy Auerbach, however, that's a normal occurrence.

  • Army leaders discuss S&T strategy, priorities to deliver solutions

    Apr 23, 2012

    The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology led a dialogue among six officials from across the Army's scientific community, April 18, 2012, at the National Defense Industrial Association's 13th Annual Science and Engineering Technology Conference at North Charleston, S.C.

  • Students in Japan gain Earth, science knowledge from Camp Zama experts

    Apr 22, 2012

    Though they lack the alliterative ring of the "Three Rs," the essential subjects of Science, Technology and Engineering were brought to life for Arnn Elementary students by subject-matter experts from the community here.

  • Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

    Apr 20, 2012

    As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years.

  • White House honors 'Champion of Change' for Afghanistan energy-saving

    Apr 20, 2012

    An Army Reserve officer who researched the effectiveness of energy-saving "micro-grid" technology in Afghanistan was among nine Americans honored as "Champions of Change" by the White House, April 19, 2012.

  • Exhibits ignite thought, pique imagination at Hohenfels school

    Apr 18, 2012

    Students and parents alike thronged the more than 20 exhibits filling the halls of Hohenfels Middle/High School during the ninth annual Math, Science, and Technology Night, March 22, 2012.

  • Soldiers at core of Network Integration Evaluation

    Apr 18, 2012

    The flashy systems may attract a lot of attention, but it is the Soldiers who get the final say when it comes to evaluating new network technologies.

  • 'Dagger' Brigade updates vehicle fleet

    Apr 17, 2012

    The Army's newest versions of two vehicles that have kept America's fighting men and women safe for more than a quarter of a century have arrived at Fort Riley, Kan.

  • Anniston Army Depot partners to rebuild Saudi tanks

    Apr 12, 2012

    Anniston Army Depot recently contracted to overhaul 143 M1 Abrams tanks for Saudi Arabia's Royal Saudi Land Forces at Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio.

  • Fort Sill maps past with new technology

    Apr 12, 2012

    Former cartographer Staff Sgt. Aaron Peterson, is using his Army training to map the cemeteries at Fort Sill, Okla.

  • Army leaders open new energy lab for business

    Apr 12, 2012

    More than 300 government, industry and academic leaders converged on the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., for the grand opening of the Army's one-of-a-kind Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory, April 11, 2012.

  • New technology holds promise of greater lethality

    Apr 11, 2012

    The engineers working at the Picatinny Arsenal Advanced Materials Lab are working toward artillery warheads with fragments that flare and burn when the warhead detonates.

  • Army announces "Green Warrior Convoy"

    Apr 11, 2012

    The Army announced plans April 11, 2012, for a "Green Warrior Convoy" to demonstrate and educate the value of science and technology in Army vehicles.

  • New fixed-wing aircraft to replace C-12s

    Apr 11, 2012

    The Army is looking to replace its fleet of 117 C-12 aircraft with something called a "Future Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft."

  • Body armor components get taken to the cleaners

    Apr 10, 2012

    Two members of the Soldier Equipment Support Team at Natick Soldier Systems Center studied the best way to commercially clean rather than replace Improved Outer Tactical Vests.

  • Future vertical lift aircraft to be faster, have smaller logistics footprint

    Apr 10, 2012

    The Army's aircraft of the future will be faster than what the service has now, it will carry more weight, it will require less of a logistical footprint, and officials said it will better do what Army aviation is meant to do: serve the ground commander.

  • Researcher aims to help Soldiers recover faster from wounds

    Apr 9, 2012

    An injury he suffered during a high altitude-low opening parachute jump 15 years ago ended his own career as a Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance combat medic, but Wayne Matheny never stopped caring about others in uniform.

  • GEMS program -- science for fun of it

    Apr 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory once again offered the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program at Fort Rucker, Ala.

  • Picatinny engineer strives to reverse shortage of women in science

    Apr 5, 2012

    As one of only eight U.S. women scientists selected for a science exchange program with Brazil, Picatinny Arsenal engineer Lauren Armstrong is helping to promote greater participation by women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Army acquiring 'brown-out' assistance for helos

    Apr 5, 2012

    The U.S. Army is in the early stages of responding to an Operational Needs Statement asking for high-tech assistance for pilots to better navigate "brown-out" conditions where terrain becomes obscured.

  • Lakota fleet more than 200 strong approaching 100K flight hours

    Apr 5, 2012

    The Army's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission-capable rates among Army aircraft.

  • Apache Block III helicopter performs well in tests

    Apr 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Block III next-generation attack helicopter is finishing up its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation at Fort Irwin, Calif., and should be ready to deploy with Soldiers sometime next year.

  • Army moves toward pure fleet of upgraded Chinooks

    Apr 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army continues to modernize the next-generation F-model CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter while simultaneously working to upgrade its entire fleet to F-model aircraft, service officials explained April 2, 2012, at the Army Aviation Association of America's 2012 Professional Forum and Exposition.

  • Army upgrading Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Apr 4, 2012

    The Army is moving along with a series of upgrades and technological improvements to its Unmanned Aerial System platforms, UAS Program Office officials said April 3, 2012.

  • Air Soldier System to improve upon Air Warrior, weigh less

    Apr 3, 2012

    The Army is working now to replace its current Air Warrior life-support and communications ensemble with the Air Soldier System -- a lighter-weight ensemble with reduced bulk and improved capabilities.

  • Natick study looks at how Soldiers' bodies cool down

    Apr 2, 2012

    Seventeen years after four Soldiers died from hypothermia during the final phase of Ranger School, researchers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center continue to study how the human body cools down, in hopes of one day developing medical techniques to help prevent such tragedies.

  • Army gears up for next Network Integration Evaluation

    Apr 2, 2012

    From training Soldiers to installing radios on vehicles, Army personnel are engaged in intense preparations for this spring's major field exercise for the tactical communications network.

  • Army completes last Regional Hub Node

    Apr 2, 2012

    The Army has been working to position Regional Hub Nodes in five separate strategic regions, providing tactical users with secure, reliable connectivity worldwide.

  • Power user conference to highlight operational energy innovation

    Mar 30, 2012

    Supplying tactical electric power to the battlefield in a reliable, energy-efficient way is a key goal of the Department of Defense's Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the focus of an upcoming Users' Conference.

  • Working out the bugs

    Mar 29, 2012

    Research teams from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command have helped to develop the Arthropod Vector Rapid Diagnostic Device, which can identify if an arthropod is infected with a pathogen that may cause severe disease in humans.

  • Witnessing 40 years of change at Natick

    Mar 29, 2012

    Chris Pentheny will never forget Valentine's Day, 1972, when he started a job where he would spend the next 40 years, at what came to be known as the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Watervliet's planners: A world where stubby-pencil errors may cost thousands

    Mar 29, 2012

    Imagine the stress involved in having a job where a simple, stubby-pencil error in a calculation may mean that your business will lose out on a multimillion dollar order.

  • Smartphone application benefits wounded warriors

    Mar 29, 2012

    A new smartphone app has been released for iPhone and Android devices that provides wounded warriors with a comprehensive mobile resource guide.

  • Soldiers train on Company Command Post for NIE 12.2

    Mar 28, 2012

    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, are heavily involved in preparations for their third Network Integration Evaluation 12.2, which culminates in the field phase at the end of April.

  • Vertical-lift aircraft design expected soon

    Mar 28, 2012

    The military services expect to unveil performance specifications this summer for a new joint vertical-lift aircraft, Maj. Gen. William T. Crosby told congressmen, March 27, 2012.

  • Army's upgraded tactical communications network passes cold weather test, moves closer to fielding

    Mar 27, 2012

    Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 successfully completed its Cold Weather Natural Environments Testing in January at Fort Greely, Alaska, receiving positive test results in the execution and in its recently released test report from the Army's Aberdeen Test Center.

  • Army lab developing gas 'plume' detection system to protect Soldiers, first responders

    Mar 27, 2012

    A wind monitoring and modeling system being developed by the Army Research Laboratory' s White Sands Missile Range, N.M., division could one day protect Soldiers and civilians alike from weapons of mass destruction.

  • U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center puts MRAP through its paces

    Mar 27, 2012

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground played an extensive role in the rapid initiative to field the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle by conducting punishing durability testing on virtually all of its variants.

  • Putting materials through the wringer at Natick

    Mar 26, 2012

    Luisa DeMorais and her team will go to any lengths to make certain that the items service members wear and carry are performing to their full potential -- even if it means doing 96 loads of laundry in a single day.

  • Gaming plays important role in Army training

    Mar 26, 2012

    An avatar of Col. Robert "Pat" White, deputy commander of the Combined Arms Center - Training, told Army Games for Training User Conference that gaming will play a critical role in training, March 26, 2012.

  • G-8 debunks Army myths, lists top modernization priorities

    Mar 26, 2012

    The Army G-8 addressed the status of the service's top modernization portfolios, ground combat vehicle, aviation and the network and reiterated the number-one priority would remain Soldier protection.

  • Army launches apps marketplace prototype

    Mar 23, 2012

    Army Software Marketplace prototype now delivers 12 mobile training applications for Soldiers to use on personal phones or tablets.

  • Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured

    Mar 23, 2012

    The Army is marking the manufacture of the 10,000th M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station today.

  • Army labs prepare systems for Network Integration Evaluation

    Mar 21, 2012

    In advance of this spring's major field exercise for the Army's new tactical communications network, engineers are putting systems through their paces to ensure a smooth handoff to the troops conducting the evalutions.

  • Resiliency app nears 20,000 downloads

    Mar 21, 2012

    The CSF Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book has been download almost 20,000 times to either an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

  • Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

    Mar 21, 2012

    Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21, 2012.

  • McHugh glimpses Army energy future

    Mar 19, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh glimpsed the Army's energy future March 16, 2012, while attending the Army Power & Energy Initiatives Breakfast and visiting the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Energy to Tactical Edge: Hybrid power saving lives

    Mar 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force launched an energy-based training, education and capabilities initiative for Soldiers at remote outposts.

  • Army's newest laboratory complex to open April 11

    Mar 15, 2012

    The U.S. Army will open a new lab complex at an April 11, 2012, ceremony at the Detroit Arsenal, Mich.

  • Secretary of the Army sees 'science behind the Soldier'

    Mar 15, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh got a look at what Soldiers wear, eat and carry during a visit to the Natick Soldier Systems Center, March 15, 2012.

  • Army to field energy-saving systems to deploying BCT

    Mar 13, 2012

    As part of the Army's Net Zero Operational Energy program, Soldiers from Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team learned to operate and maintain multiple hybrid-power management systems.

  • Natick, Tank Armament Command work together to get gear to troops

    Mar 13, 2012

    Logistics, often perceived as an afterthought, is at the forefront of the Army's efforts to equip Soldiers with what they need in the manner that will assist them best.

  • Natick division tests Soldier performance

    Mar 12, 2012

    The Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine is trying to find better ways to measure Soldier performance than the Army Physical Fitness Test.

  • Big Red One Soldiers take center stage during Apache, Gray Eagle tests

    Mar 12, 2012

    Pilots and ground Soldiers from C Company, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, are putting the capabilities of the new Apache Block III helicopter to the test in the skies above the National Training Center as part of the aircraft's Initial Operations Testing and Experimentation.

  • Army converging operations, intelligence tools at next NIE

    Mar 9, 2012

    A web-based system, similar to an "app store," that fuses real-time operations data and accumulated intelligence will be evaluated by Soldiers at the Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 in May.

  • Spartans log more than unmanned aircraft system 5,000 flight hours during deployment

    Mar 8, 2012

    Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Spartan), 10th Mountain Division, have been taking the lead in operations, both on the ground and in the air, in southern Afghanistan for more than 11 months.

  • Army's current, future network capabilities interoperate for stronger force

    Mar 8, 2012

    While Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2, the Army's newest generation of its tactical communications network backbone, undergoes its operational test this spring, an upgraded version of its earlier counterpart, WIN-T Increment 1b, will also participate in the test to ensure seamless connectivity and interoperability.

  • Geotagging poses security risks

    Mar 7, 2012

    "Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?" asked Brittany Brown, social media manager of the Online and Social Media Division at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

  • Army scientist readies Soldiers' masks for chem-bio hazards

    Mar 5, 2012

    Jadey Pareja, an Edgewood Chemical Biological Center chemist, leads five scientists in the Protective Equipment Test Branch who test and analyze the carbon materials that will be integrated into Soldiers' protective mask filters.

  • Army to field more 'double-V hull' Strykers

    Mar 4, 2012

    The Army expects final delivery of additional Stryker double-V hull vehicles by year's end and will then have a total of about 760.

  • Industry ready now for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

    Feb 28, 2012

    Industry bidders will respond March 13, 2012, to the most recent government request for solutions to modernize the light tactical vehicle fleet -- and they don't need any more time than that to do so, because they are prepared now.

  • NIE leadership stresses outreach to industry

    Feb 24, 2012

    The Army is removing barriers to small business participation and speeding up the feedback cycle in order to better facilitate industry participation in the Network Integration Evaluations, senior leaders said during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exhibition here.

  • Shyu outlines state of Army acquisition: saving lives, saving money

    Feb 23, 2012

    The U.S. Army is immersed in a series of ongoing efforts to find fiscal efficiencies while continuing to harness needed innovation, in many cases, to deliver life-saving technologies to Soldiers in Afghanistan, said the Army's top acquisition official.

  • Army leaders outline plans to upgrade tactical communications network

    Feb 23, 2012

    The Army is preparing to field up to eight brigade combat teams with an advanced, integrated tactical communications network beginning early next year, senior leaders said during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exhibition at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • 4 light robots put through paces at Fort Benning

    Feb 22, 2012

    Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., tested four small robots last week to get a better idea how they might help Soldiers in recon missions and the detection of improvised explosive devices.

  • Army to resume Enterprise Email migrations

    Feb 22, 2012

    The Army expects to resume migrations to Department of Defense Enterprise Email by Mar. 17, 2012.

  • 'Kevlar underpants' protect pelvic region

    Feb 22, 2012

    For dismounted Soldiers patrolling Afghanistan roads, improvised explosive devices can be even more devastating than for those in armored vehicles, but a new line of protection may help.

  • Army to buy radios following Network Integration Evaluation

    Feb 21, 2012

    In its first procurement action resulting from the Network Integration Evaluations and Agile Process, the Army is issuing a "sources sought" notice for a single-channel, vehicle-mounted radio.

  • Bringing immediate protection to Soldiers

    Feb 17, 2012

    The Modular Ballistic Protection System, under development at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center was designed to protect Soldiers in temporary camps.

  • Army outreach goes high-tech

    Feb 17, 2012

    The Army has fielded an interactive exhibit to educate students nationwide about hard-to-fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields.

  • 101st Airborne's 'Strike' brigade first Army unit issued M26 shotgun

    Feb 17, 2012

    The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is the first unit in the Army selected to be issued the M26 12-gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System.