New Russian 57mm Caliber Guns; U.S. Space Force Roll Slowed; Canada request MK 54 Torpedoes

PANAGYURISHTE (BM) – Russia’s military hardware armed with 57mm caliber guns will securely strike modern and future foreign light-and medium-armored vehicles, Editor-in-Chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland journal Viktor Murakhovsky told TASS.

The 57mm munitions also boost the possibilities of fighting enemy air targets and manpower, he added.

Deputy CEO of the Russian engineering firm Tecmash (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Alexander Kochkin told TASS earlier on Tuesday that Russia was considering rearming light-and medium-armored vehicles from their basic 30mm caliber to 57mm guns.

House appropriators want more information before they sign off on a sixth military branch for space, rejecting the Pentagon’s request for $72 million to build a Space Force headquarters, Defense News reports.

Instead, a draft fiscal 2020 spending bill from the defense appropriations subcommittee would allot $15 million to the Defense Department, allowing it to come up with other alternatives to establishing a Space Force.

House Appropriations is the first of the four defense congressional committees to unveil its version of the FY20 budget. And while its spending proposal is far from a death knell for the Space Force, it exposes some lawmakers’ lack of confidence that a new military service for space should be established.

“While the Committee appreciates the intent of the proposal, the plan leaves many unanswered questions and lacks important details and supporting analysis to justify the proposed size, scope, cost, roles, and authorities for the new military service,” the committee wrote in the draft bill.

The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes to Canada, Shephard Media reports.

In a package worth $387 million, Canada has requested 425 MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, recoverable exercise torpedoes with containers, fleet exercise section and fuel tanks, air launch accessories for fixed wing, torpedo spare parts, training, support and programme support.

Canada intends to upgrade its current inventory of MK 46 torpedoes to the MK 54 with the purchase of these kits.

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Source: Defense News, TASS, Shephard Media