Army releases new digital weapons handbook

By Nickolai Sukharev / November 1, 2023 at 3:04 PM

The Army released a digital weapons handbook cataloguing current and future weapon systems, the service announced Wednesday.

Dubbed the Acquisition Program Portfolio, the document details each of the weapon systems the Army currently uses and intends to procure ranging from small arms to battlefield surveillance systems.

Published by the Army’s Acquisition Support Center, which oversees the service’s acquisition and procurement programs, the portfolio also details the organization of the agencies, such as the numerous program executive offices.

“This portfolio is the successor to the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbooks, which have been periodically issued for more than three decades,” the service announced on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Clickable links allow navigation through the chapters, and the page design lets the user view the document on mobile devices.

The portfolio contains three chapters: the organization of the Army’s procurement offices, science and technology efforts and individual program portfolios. Each chapter is divided into subchapters, that offer details on programs or offices.

For subchapters covering weapons or vehicles currently in service, the portfolio outlines any current or proposed upgrade program, such as the M2A4 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Subchapters that cover the program executive offices outline their scope and purpose.

The Science and Technology subchapter outlines numerous development and experimentation efforts, such as the Next Generation Combat Vehicle and the Future Vertical Lift programs.

Prior versions of the portfolio, called U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbooks, didn't contain clickable links and were issued in PDF or print form.