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Marine Corps Retires its Last AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopters

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps has officially retired the Bell AH-1W “Super Cobra” from their ranks after 34 years of dependable service, Bell Textron, the helicopter’s builder, said in an Oct. 19 release.    The last detachment of AH-1Ws to…

Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Tests Positive for COVID

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. Gary Thomas, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Marine Corps. Thomas, who tested positive Oct. 7, had been self-quarantining since Oct. 6, when he…

AeroVironment Unveils Improved Version of Switchblade One-Way Attack Drone

ARLINGTON, Va. — Unmanned aircraft maker AeroVironment has developed a bigger, badder version of Switchblade, its man-portable, tube-launched, loitering small aerial missile system. The Switchblade 600 has greater capabilities for engaging larger, hardened targets with multi-purpose anti-armor ammunition at longer distances…

Marine Corps F-35B, KC-130J Collide in Mid-Air

ARLINGTON, Va. — A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II strike fighter collided with a Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport aircraft over Southern California on Sept. 29, resulting in the loss of the F-35B and a crash landing of the…

Marine Corps ‘Monster Machine’ Enters Full-Rate Production

QUANTICO, Va. — A Marine Corps vehicle designed to transport International Standards Organization containers to supply Fleet Marines just reached a key acquisition milestone.  The Rough Terrain Container Handler moves 20-to-40-foot ISO containers and shelters on rough terrain, beaches and other surfaces…

Marine Corps Fields New Service-Wide Pistol

QUANTICO, Va. — For the first time since former President Ronald Reagan’s Administration, the Marine Corps is fielding a new service-wide pistol replacement.  The M18 comprises capabilities previous pistols lacked. For example, the M9 — the most widely issued pistol among…

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