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    Marines field test safer turret system

    Marines field test safer turret system

    Photo By Sgt. Kyle N. Runnels | Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Griffith, ordnance maintenance chief assigned to Combat...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels 

    26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

    FORT PICKETT, Va. - Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fired a new cupola turret system for their M88A2 heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift and evacuation system at Fort Pickett, Va., Sept. 15, 2012.

    The HERCULES fired at mechanical targets alongside a separate familiarization training exercise CLB-26 was also conducting.

    “That cupola is actually the same cupola they have on the turret of a tank.” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Griffith, CLB-26 ordnance maintenance chief. “They put that on because you had to man handle our old one. This one is under power and it’s got a three, six, and 50-powered thermal sight on it. It is mounted and you fire it from the inside.”

    Safety is always paramount in anything the Marine Corps does, especially in a life-threatening situation like combat.

    “Everything is electronic so you can safely fire from the inside,” he said. “ You have a trigger inside which hits the butterfly sending rounds downrange.”

    Along with safety, the remote controlled turret has other features giving Marines a tactical edge.

    “This system gives us more accuracy,” said Griffith. “It’s on a very firm platform and obviously having those sites allows you to see further downrange and better identify your targets.”



    Date Taken: 09.15.2012
    Date Posted: 09.19.2012 10:23
    Story ID: 94948
    Location: FORT PICKETT, VA, US 

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