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Troops get futuristic gear

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Date: Apr 18, 2007 - 04:26 PM
Popular Mechanics looks at some newfangled gear being deployed to troops in the field. Unfortunately, the troops are less than impressed.

But as Alpha kicks in doors, rounds up terror suspects and peals off automatic fire in deafening six-shot bursts, not one of the soldiers bothers to check his radio or look into the eyepiece to find his buddies on the electronic maps. "It's just a bunch of stuff we don't use, taking the place of useful stuff like guns," says Sgt. James Young, who leads a team of four M-240 machine-gunners perched on a balcony during this training exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash. "It makes you a slower, heavier target."

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