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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

    FORT PICKETT, VA, UNITED STATES

    09.15.2012

    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.”

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

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