07 Oct 22. Leonardo DRS coalition unveils single Stryker C-UAS. Leonardo DRS, along with seven industry partners, spent the past year designing, integrating, and testing a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) based on a single Stryker Double-V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICVVA1) that it will showcase at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC, from 10 to 12 October.
Ed House, Leonardo DRS’s senior director for land systems, provided Janes with an initiative overview on 4 October ahead of the annual meeting in Washington, DC. This new single-vehicle capability was born, in part, from the company’s work with the army on the Mobile, Low, Slow, Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System (M-LIDS) programme − a two-vehicle C-UAS system based on the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV).
During the AUSA 2021 conference, Leonardo DRS approached the service about working on a fully integrated C-UAS capability based on a single vehicle, House said. (Source: Janes)
07 Oct 22. Ultra to Demo Cohesive C5ISR Solutions for a Connected Battlespace at AUSA. Ultra will display its latest capabilities in support of the U.S. Army as it seeks to counter emerging threats around the globe and connect its communications and data. Ultra experts will emphasize the following capabilities to media, attendees and the broader defense community:
- Delivering the Connected Battlespace to Ensure Information Advantage –- Connected communication and situational awareness systems improve detect-to-deploy capability in the modern battlespace, allowing mission execution in contested, high-risk areas.
o As a key provider to the US Army TRILOS program, Ultra provides tactical communication solutions, based on the ORION radio platform, and backhaul communications for battlespace connectivity
o Ultra delivers advanced C2I solutions that can be deployed on almost any device. The Air Defense Systems Integrator (ADSI®) is deployed on 2,500 systems among the U.S. and allied nations and has supported every coalition conflict for over 30 years.
- Enhanced, intelligent, joint solutions for autonomous missions – Ultra is delivering intelligence solutions to supplement real-time situational awareness solutions in a conjoined air, land and maritime software solution.
o Ultra provides multi-domain, advanced technologies that span the entire operational theatre.
o Ultra is developing unmanned delivery and monitoring systems, as well as increasingly sophisticated sensors with embedded analytics, to protect against the most advanced threats our customers face.
o Project Convergence Demo. Ultra will demonstrate the Multi-Domain Systems Integrator (MDSI) solution, which brings together Ultra command & control, intelligence, cyber and communications solutions to provide a more secure, integrated multi-domain battlespace for the US Joint and Coalition Force operating in the Mission Partner Environment. MDSI will deliver a Relevant Common Operating Picture (RCOP), encrypted full motion video, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and chat functions to the warfighter at the tactical edge for improved situational awareness, and deliver information at the speed of relevance from the tactical edge to commanders and planners over a network powered by Ultra’s flagship ORION tactical radios.
- Advancing Secure Communications – Ultra’s interoperable high-grade cryptography capabilities deliver secure communications from the cloud to the edge and back for mission-critical defense applications.
o Ultra is delivering the single-chip cryptographic engine for the U.S. Army’s Reprogrammable Single Chip Universal Encryption program and is the field key device for NGLD-M.
o Our next-generation key management and remote key distribution solutions adhere to the most stringent security requirements to deliver protection to battlespace communications.
- Autonomous Systems – Autonomous systems improve detect-to-deploy in the connected, contested battlespace and allow execution of missions with fewer resources in high-risk A2AD arenas. Ultra is developing a standard suite of core capabilities to support autonomous operations across air, surface and underwater domains; automated deployment systems, intelligent detection and discrimination and next-generation RF products ensuring information dominance.
o Ultra is demoing cognitive networking capabilities that act intelligently to sense the environment and adapt communications. This includes resilient tactical communication networks that can autonomously self-form and self-heal in contested environments.
o Ultra is also demoing its RAIN, (Rapid Application of Information) system to deliver national security data to the tactical edge. Through the correlation of classified and unclassified networks, RAIN provides increased knowledge of specific threats and targets at the speed of relevance to the warfighter.
- Decision advantage at the tactical edge – Ultra is developing novel human-machine interfaces to reduce cognitive overload, improve performance & accuracy for operators to make faster, smarter decisions.
The following representatives are available for one-on-one interviews upon request:
- Lori Thompson – SVP, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing
- Alain Cohen – President, Ultra Communications
- David Pustai – Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
07 Oct 22. Anduril Industries will be showcasing a number of newly announced products at Booth #4443 in Hall C:
- ALTIUS 600M/700M: Announced yesterday, the newest iteration of Anduril’s ALTIUS technology will be on display at the booth. The new model adds advanced payload capabilities to the already endurance-tested and versatile UAS.
- Sentry towers, Sentry uses artificial intelligence to provide highly accurate, persistent autonomous awareness across land, sea and air. With an AI-enabled edge processing, Sentry can autonomously identify, detect and track objects of interest to bring increased security to borders, military bases, oil and gas pipelines, airports and other critical infrastructure.
- WISP system: WISP delivers AI-enabled, passive, full-motion, 360-degree wide-area high-quality imaging to enable persistent automated threat detection and situational awareness.
Last year, Anduril partnered with Palantir to design the crucial hardware system for the Army’s TITAN prototype & next generation ground station. Palantir will have the TITAN truck prototype on display at their booth. This scalable and expeditionary intelligence ground station will increase the Army’s ability to meet the challenge of Multi Domain Operations against near-peer threats.
07 Oct 22. Cubic Features Mission Critical Solutions at AUSA 2022.
Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) empowers Fight Tonight capabilities to accelerate modernization for the U.S. Army of 2030.
The Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) business of Cubic Corporation will be participating in AUSA 2022, October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, showcasing its SATCOM, baseband, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) training solutions in support of the U.S. Army’s readiness and modernization efforts.
“Cubic provides Soldiers capabilities to achieve their mission in today’s operational environment, as well as our advanced solutions to address the modernization priorities for the U.S. Army of 2030,” said Cubic President & CEO Steve Slijepcevic. “We deliver technologies that ensure readiness and access to actionable data, which is essential to sustaining an advantage during critical missions.”
The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition provides Cubic a forum to gain insight and understanding of the U.S. Army’s priorities, and the opportunity to showcase its solutions to meet their enduring mission. One of those technologies is the acceleration of CMPS’ NextAdvantageTM that provides mission-critical solutions to deliver assured multi-domain data access, converged digital intelligence, and overmatch against pacing threats.
CMPS solutions featured at the AUSA annual meeting include:
Edge Compute and Networking: Cubic’s Edge Compute and Networking portfolio transforms data at the new edge to make it discoverable and understandable. Cubic’s M3X and M3-SE product families enable users to configure modules to optimize capabilities for each mission seamlessly. Cubic’s Cross-Domain appliances enable bidirectional data transfer and streaming. They were purpose-built for demanding operations that require raise-the-bar compliance.
Digital Intelligence: Cubic Digital Intelligence (CDI) delivers the information advantage with a modular open data architecture approach that provides unmatched shared situational awareness for Operational Commanders across all domains at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. These highly agile capabilities deliver a real-time situational overview of the intelligence and operational environment to support decision-making at every echelon.
GATR TRAC: The GATR TRAC is a tactical, sensor agnostic direct downlink terminal that is able to communicate with multi-orbit (GEO, MEO, LEO) constellations and aerial sensors providing assured, timely receipt of ISR data to enable deep sensing from the space and aerial layers. Trac is integral to the Cubic Edge ISR Gateway solution which provides these key capabilities: Expeditionary end-to-end ISR downlink gateway, Tactical edge ISR cloud, ISR as a Service, and SATCOM interoperable capabilities.
Next Generation Troposcatter: Engineered to be deployed in austere environments, the rugged Troposcatter System provides a high throughput tactical link capable of Line-Of-Sight (LOS) and Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) communications utilizing diffraction and Troposcatter paths.
LVC Training Capabilities
Live Training Systems: Cubic’s Live Training Systems (LTS) accelerate the modernization of the U.S. Army’s Tactical Engagement Simulation Systems (TESS), providing Soldiers the ability to realistically employ their organic combined arms weapons platforms, as well as their multi-domain enablers. The advancements Cubic has made provide significant improvements to our fielded Live Training Systems Programs of Record (POR) by reducing the Size, Weight, and Power of the systems, improvements to the accuracy of weapon systems, and the ability to exercise with coalition and allied partners. Cubic’s Live Training System products provide the U.S. Army a roadmap to address the training gaps of the current operational environment, and the future threats of tomorrow.
Immersive Indirect Fire Training System: Cubic’s Indirect Fire Mission Training Systems closes the gap in realistic replication of indirect fires engagements for individual and collective training. It enables the Army to train sensor-to-shooter linkage in a realistic and immersive environment. Cubic’s Indirect Fire Mission Training System specifically fills the gap between theoretical and live fire drills and provides a higher fidelity live instrumented force on force engagement training at home stations and combat training centers.
Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions will be located in Exhibitor Booth #7733, with top executives on-site. For more information about Cubic products and services, please visit www.cubic.com. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Oct 22. CACI Showcases Technology and Expertise that Deliver Innovation and Empower Decision Dominance for the U.S. Army.
Meet with CACI at AUSA in Halls D-E, booth 7205 from Oct. 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C
CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) will showcase its award-winning and industry-leading technologies that enable innovation and decision dominance for the future of the U.S. Army. Join CACI at AUSA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition from Oct. 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., booth 7205 in Halls D and E.
CACI is showcasing its demonstrated expertise and technology to modernize systems and rapidly deliver capability, information, and data to soldiers, no matter where they are. CACI’s multi-domain SMART portfolio enables mobile, resilient multi-domain technologies that provide tactical decision-makers the data needed to act with intent, whether in the command post or at the tactical edge.
SMART, which stands for Sense, Make Sense, and Act with Resilient Technology, combines decades of mission-focused expertise and leading-edge technology to enable Joint All-Domain Command & Control (JADC2) through Joint Network Modernization, Mission Management Applications and Modular Mission Payloads.
CACI SMART technology on display includes modular counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS); modernized and unified network capabilities and tools; digital transformation; Dark Web exploitation and analysis; rugged, resilient electronic warfare and spectrum dominance equipment; and multi-sensor gyro-stabilized imaging systems.
For CACI’s complete guide to its capabilities and technologies featured at AUSA, visit https://www.caci.com/event/AUSA. To schedule a meeting to learn more about our expertise and technology for national security, contact Kevin Farmer. To schedule media interviews with CACI, contact Lauren Presti. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
10 Oct 22. Chooch to feature Computer Vision in the Public Sector at AUSA 2022 in Washington DC, October 10 to 12
Chooch offers a complete vision AI platform and API for Defense and Intelligence communities
Leading AI Computer Vision Platform provider, Chooch will showcase computer vision for the Public Sector at the annual AUSA 2022 conference in Washington DC, October 10th – 12th. Featuring a complete vision AI platform with end-to-end solutions from autonomous labeling to model training to an API specifically geared towards public sector solutions, Chooch AI will demo computer vision at partner booths with HPE #4317 and L3Harris #6627.
“HPE is excited to showcase Chooch’s Edge AI solution at AUSA October 10-12 running live on HPE’s Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system. This solution enables true computer vision-based inference and analytics at the Edge while operating in DDIL or contested environments. This differentiated solution gives war fighters the machine learning tooling they require – even at the Edge – ensuring mission success and effectiveness,” explained Jeff Winterich, DoD Account Chief Technologist of HPE.
“Chooch’s Edge AI is a great example of how commercially maintained computer vision technologies can be integrated into mission systems, even alongside complementary government capabilities, to increase the breadth and rapid adaptability of aided targeting so that the systems can retain a decision edge on the battlefield,” commented Hugh McFadden, Director, Strategy & Product Development of L3Harris.
“For federal agencies, structured visual data delivers situational awareness, early warning, identity information, operational insight and a host of other valuable inputs. Computer vision cuts through the data clutter,” explained Emrah Gultekin, CEO and co-founder of Chooch.
Fueled by high bandwidth communications and computing, Edge AI opens the door to operate in disconnected environments, delivers real-time results and enables faster decisions. Before Chooch, developers needed to bundle and code different deep learning and inference components to train, test and deploy a single model into production. Now, Chooch offers a complete no-code/low-code platform by combining multiple steps into a scalable solution, sending visual information to a prediction engine and using the output for easy-to-use applications in real time. Chooch offers pre trained ReadyNowTM AI models or custom AI models. Chooch clients include Fortune 500 companies and the US Government, and a wide range of partners including NVIDIA, Lockheed Martin, HPE, Red Hat, L3Harris, among others.
To request a demo, please contact
Chooch is the only AI computer vision (CV) platform that instantly detects specific visuals, objects, and actions in video images, including critical anomalies, immediately comprehending their context, and executing pre-programed responses – all in a fraction of the time a human being could even notice there might be an issue. To test Chooch please go to https://chooch.ai/api/
07 Oct 22. See The Stub Battery. Big things can have small beginnings, and small things can make a big difference – like the Small Tactical Universal Battery (STUB). This new family of standardized batteries for handheld and portable electronic devices is generating a lot of excitement. Come see what it’s all about at AUSA next week!
The Small Tactical Universal Battery (STUB) series features a common mechanical and electricalinterface and the latest USB Power Delivery (USB PD) and Programmable Power Supply (PPS) fast charging technology. Created as a family of 8 different capacities/sizes ranging from 15-80W, the STUB series is designed for dependability in harsh operational environments and provides a scalable power supply that can be shared across platforms and devices.
Currently progressing well through rigorous acceptance testing, the STUB series will help to reduce the Warfighter’s battery burden and improve operational capability and interoperability at the tactical edge.
While you’re at the EXO Charge, you can also learn about other mission-ready power solutions we’re developing for the modern Warfighter as well – such as:
Augmented Power Pack (APP) – a fully ruggedized 300Wh power bank that delivers multi-voltage support (5V-20V) and is specifically designed for operational use in austere environments. With the energy capacity of 2 CWBs, the APP can charge multiple devices simultaneously using USB Power Delivery (USB PD) and Programmable Power Supply (PPS) fast charging technology via its two USB Type C ports. The APP also features a standard Nett Warrior connector for additional, legacy-system compatibility and interoperability. Designed to be tough, reliable, and easy to use in all conditions, the APP also features an NVG-compatible display screen. Rugged Auxiliary Charger (RAC) – a small rugged 300W GaN charger, equipped with SAE and Nett Warrior connectors, as well as 2 USB-C ports. The RAC can charge multiple devices or batteries simultaneously through the Nett Warrior and USB-C connectors, and/or can be used as a power adapter for the UBC bulk charger. The RAC features USB Power Delivery (PD) and Programmable Power Supply (PPS) on the USB-C ports for fast charging the STUB series of batteries and COTS devices.
Building on the company’s 30+ year track record in the commercial mobile technology industry, Xentris Wireless created the EXO Charge division specifically to address the needs of next-generation portable power solutions for military applications.
04 Oct 22. General Dynamics business units to participate in AUSA 2022.
Four business units of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) will be among the exhibitors at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, scheduled for October 10 to 12, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The following is a list of General Dynamics products and solutions that will be displayed at the event.
Rendering of General Dynamics Land Systems’ TRX Breacher, StrykerX, AbramsX and Stryker Leonidas.
General Dynamics Land Systems (Booth 801)
AbramsX: A main battle tank for the next generation, the AbramsX technology demonstrator features reduced weight for improved mobility and transportability, delivering the same tactical range as the M1A2 Abrams with 50% less fuel consumption. The AbramsX’s hybrid power pack supports the U.S. Army’s climate and electrification strategies, enhances silent watch capability and even allows for some silent mobility. With a reduced crew size and AI-enabled lethality, survivability, mobility, manned/unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and autonomous capabilities, AbramsX can be a key node in lethal battlefield networks and serve as a bridge from Abrams SEPv3 and SEPv4 to a future tank.
StrykerX: Supporting the Army’s climate and electrification strategies, the StrykerX technology demonstrator brings to the Stryker family of vehicles capabilities such as silent movement, silent watch, exportable electric power and reduced fuel consumption via a hybrid diesel-electric power pack. StrykerX features a side-by-side crew compartment and more space for the infantry squad. Soldiers inside StrykerX are protected by an integrated Active Protection System and advanced electronic architecture with cyber defense. StrykerX’s array of sensors provide its occupants 360-degree situational awareness and see-through armor capability.
Stryker Leonidas: This technology demonstrator adds counter-electronics capabilities to the Stryker family of vehicles via Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave array. Stryker Leonidas’ unlimited magazine depth for counter-electronics missions – counter-UAS among them – adds a key level to layered, mobile short-range air defense (M-SHORAD) for armed forces. Stryker Leonidas features on-board and networked target acquisition and the mobility to accompany all maneuver formations. The system successfully defeated individual targets and swarms of drones during a recent field demonstration.
TRX Breacher: The Tracked Robot 10-ton (TRX) technology demonstrator supports Army objectives for a Robotic Combat Vehicle, executing dull, dirty and dangerous missions so Soldiers don’t have to. TRX’s Breacher payload is designed to perform dangerous obstacle-reduction tasks and is the result of a partnership with Pearson Engineering. TRX’s flatbed design integrates any payload with a class-leading payload-to-chassis ratio of 1:1. TRX is able to maneuver at speed with all formations and is transportable on CH-47 and C-130 aircraft. TRX also generates exportable power to support mission command operations and is hybrid-electric in support of the Army’s climate and electrification strategy.
Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF): GD Land Systems won the Army’s MPF competition in 2022 and has been awarded an initial low-rate-initial-production contract. The MPF vehicle has commonality with the Abrams SEPv3 turret systems and has larger-caliber main gun growth capability to provide firepower to Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs). The MPF features add-on armor panels and under-vehicle IED protection, plus proven ammunition compartmentation for crew safety. Its high power-to-weight ratio and hydro-pneumatic suspension provide outstanding speed and cross-country maneuverability. MPF meets all transport mode specifications and is recoverable with organic IBCT assets.
Autonomous Vehicle Sustainment (AVS): Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance, GD Land Systems’ Prognostic & Predictive Maintenance (PPMx) solution optimizes equipment performance and increases operational readiness while reducing the Army’s cost of ownership of vehicle fleets. The on-platform Health, Usage, Monitoring System (HUMS/S42) is integrated with Next Generation Electronic Architecture to provide forward-looking, real-time Decision Actionable Logistics Information (DAI).
General Dynamics Mission Systems (Booth 1106)
Google Anthos For the Tactical Edge: In collaboration with Google Public Sector, GD Mission Systems will demonstrate how the Google Anthos platform has been adapted to automate application deployment and configuration management in a disconnected, intermittent and limited (DIL) environment, in support of operations at the tactical edge, making mission planning easier, faster and more collaborative. GD Mission Systems will demonstrate the seamless traversing of disparate networks to a common, cloud-based, data storage solution that provides continuity of data. This demo will build on the successful demo held at the AFCEA TechNet show in August.
Live Training Demo: This live training solution provides a software-based, tailorable and fully immersive training experience based on the Mk19 weapon system. Partnering with the best of industry to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technologies and featuring the new Magic Leap 2 immersive augmented reality headset, this solution provides capabilities now and sets the foundation for future live training solutions supporting the Army’s complex, multi-domain fight.
Command & Control (C2) Capabilities Demo: This demo features a live demonstration of GD Mission Systems’ battle management applications that empower tactical leaders to efficiently analyze, plan, rehearse, execute and review strategic operations. Backed by an innovative, resilient network solution and linked to a vehicle in the General Dynamics Land Systems booth, this GeoSuite solution utilizes an intuitive, map-centric interface, including unique multimedia tools, advanced planning capabilities and visualizations specifically focused on the operational environment. With a focus on rapid dissemination and sharing of critical information, GeoSuite delivers real-time, actionable intelligence and situational data in DIL environments.
Integrated Mission Planning and Airspace Control Tools (IMPACT) Demo – The IMPACT demo will provide attendees an understanding of how the IMPACT software suite converges the mission-planning capabilities of the Aviation Mission Planning Systems (AMPS) with the airspace control capabilities of the Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS) into a single, role-based, hardware-agnostic, software-centric solution. IMPACT will span command post, mobile/handheld and mounted computing environments, including the Aviation Mission Command Server (AMCS) on aviation platforms and will provide for greater Army, Joint and partner nation interoperability.
Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5): Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) provides U.S. military customers rapid, affordable access to a wide range of COTS computing and network equipment for tactical operations. GD provides technical assistance and logistics support for a wide range of services, from the rapid repair and replacement of equipment at strategically located Regional Support Centers to the deployment of field service personnel to CHS-5 user locations worldwide. Available to all military services and across the federal government, the CHS-5 contract is a “one-stop shop” for tactical IT hardware solutions that now features a new Basic Purchase Option for greater ease of use.
GPS Source Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT): APNT solutions such as the Mounted Assured PNT (MAPS GEN-1) and the new Horizon Nuller antenna provide critical timing and position data solutions in GPS-denied and GPS-degraded environments. MAPS GEN-1, based on the GPS Source SENTRySCOUT system, provides valid and APNT data, independent of the availability or integrity of GPS signals. The core of the MAPS GEN-1 system, the ED3 PNT Hub, is widely utilized in a variety of ground vehicle applications and is the lead platform for Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE). MAPS GEN-1 is currently being fielded by the Army, and the next generation of APNT system is in development.
Shadowcat Radio: The new Shadowcat radio provides a modern, affordable, resilient radio for squad-level communications in contested environments. Its advanced RF technology makes it less detectable and susceptible to interference and jamming attempts of the radio’s transmission by adversaries. As additional Shadowcats are added to the network, they work together, offering the resilience of distributed, cooperative beamforming that increases the effective signal power, increases communication range and provides directional diversity to overcome physical obstructions, such as foliage, buildings and jamming.
Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS): GD Mission Systems will feature a selection of electronic warfare products that provide users with the capability to quickly detect, locate and identify a wide range of signals in the electromagnetic spectrum to quickly deliver the right information at the right time for situational awareness. The Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS) is a dedicated all-weather, 24-hour, ground tactical electronic support and electronic attack system that provides the commander with options to create multiple dilemmas to a designing enemy by decreasing the sensor to shooter timeline.
SATCOM-on-the-Move: SATCOM-on-the-Move (SOTM) antennas provide secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications for troops operating in remote locations. Designed for rugged tactical environments, these antennas can be mounted on fast-moving vehicles, aircraft and UAVs to provide reliable X-, Ku- or Ka- Mil and commercial band satellite communications anytime, anywhere.
truMLS: truMLS is an open-platform solution that eliminates the need for multiple networks, applications and endpoints at varying security and access levels. By streamlining multilevel information access into a single access point, customers can increase assured information sharing, improve IT system efficiencies and lower costs using the tools designed for easy application and enhanced management.
MD9016 Tactical Displays: GD Mission Systems-Canada’s MD9016 ultra-high-definition tactical displays will be demonstrated for the first time at AUSA. Whether installed on a light armored vehicle, infantry fighting vehicle or main battle tank, these new widescreen displays enable flexible multirole configurations for enhanced situational awareness and near-panoramic views. As part of the 9000 series of displays, the MD9016 offers crystal-clear visibility of surroundings and improved detection of obstacles with 4K resolution.
Advanced Vetronics Systems: GD Mission Systems-Canada’s suite of advanced vetronics capabilities includes ultra-high-definition displays (4K), embedded computing, low-latency video management, intelligent fire control and stabilization, enabling firing programmable ammunition, networking, power and communication. With real-time situational awareness, high-performance computing and built-in cyber protection, these solutions are tailored for mission success. Using a modular open standards approach and a scalable framework, GD Mission Systems’ advanced technologies come with decades-long lifecycle support so that critical systems stand the test of time.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Booth 827)
Iron Fist Active Protection System (APS): Iron Fist is the trusted active protection system responsible for safeguarding the nation’s most valuable asset, the U.S. Soldier. Iron Fist uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance. The system provides 360-degree next-generation protection coverage for crew and vehicle survivability in open terrain and urban environments. Its low-SWaP, high-modularity design and ease of integration position Iron Fist as an optimal active protection solution for any fighting vehicle. GD Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Elbit Systems have teamed to offer a superior solution to protect soldiers.
XM1210: The XM1210 combines guidance capability with warhead lethality to form a solution compatible with the Army’s future Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) system. The XM1210 is redefining the range of cannon artillery, demonstrating more than 70 kilometers from a 58-caliber cannon. This solution provides the ability to deliver near-precision strike capability and greater standoff distance for artillery forces from enemy fire, ultimately enhancing performance and increasing safety for the artillery warfighter.
Individual Assault Munition (IAM): Nested in the Army’s Soldier Lethality requirement, the IAM is a force enabler that will allow U.S. forces to dominate complex and urban terrain and to engage targets from protected positions without exposing soldiers to enemy fires and effects. The one-shot, disposable, shoulder-launched weapon will combine the best capabilities of the M72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon, M136 Anti-Tank Weapon, M136E1 and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition, and replace them with a single munition. GD Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) have teamed to offer superior shoulder-launched technology, leveraging DND’s Recoilless Grenade Weapon (RGW) family of shoulder-launched munitions to satisfy IAM requirements.
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) (Booth 1106)
Digital Engineering Environment (DEE): GDIT provides a secure “digital framework” to allow cross-functional teams to collaborate and make better decisions as they manage, create and test digital prototypes before investing resources in live solutions. DEE allows its users to create more complete solutions to their problems, at lower risk and with long-term cost savings. DEE can transform applications ranging from weapon system developments to enterprise IT.
Zero Trust: Zero trust is accelerating cybersecurity efforts across the federal government. Using technologies such as AI and automation, GDIT delivers advanced cyber capabilities that drive a federated zero trust capability for enterprise and tactical deployments and protect agencies against current and emerging threats.
Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM): ICAM is the U.S. Defense Department’s premier access management solution and is foundational to zero trust implementation. GDIT has developed a federated ICAM solution that allows organizations to share identity information across an enterprise while maintaining local control and knowledge of who and what is on the network at any time. From the enterprise to the edge, GDIT demonstrates ICAM use cases tailored for disconnected environments.
Common Hardware Systems (CHS-6): Leveraging the power of General Dynamics and 25-plus years of proven delivery to our customer, GDIT combines expertise operating global supply chains with the interoperable commercial technology solutions our warfighters demand. (Source: PR Newswire)
04 Oct 22. Oshkosh Defense LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) enters the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 Conference, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. from Oct.10-12, showcasing its expertise in tactical wheeled vehicles and its successful expansion into the design, manufacturing, and integration of weapon systems.
The Oshkosh Defense JLTV: Oshkosh will display a General Purpose Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) integrated with a Kongsberg Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and side mount Javelin. The JLTV is the only light tactical vehicle that is flexible enough to incorporate a multitude of weapons systems without sacrificing payload, performance, or protection. To date, Oshkosh has built over 18,000 JLTVs for the U.S. military and its allies.
Stryker Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS): Oshkosh Defense will also showcase the Stryker integrated with a 30mm MCWS. Oshkosh delivered the first MCWS to the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in August 2022, where the system will undergo Product Verification Testing (PVT). PVT testing will be completed in June 2023, with fielding to begin in July 2023.
“While unique in their missions and capabilities, every vehicle and system we design, build and deliver represents our ability to listen to the customer, understand their requirements, and deliver purpose-built solutions,” said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation and President of Oshkosh Defense. “With our proven manufacturing capabilities, experienced supply chain, and dedicated workforce made up of military vehicle experts, we understand the complexities of the modern battlefield and are deeply committed to the success of the Warfighter’s mission.”
Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available at the AUSA Conference to discuss the Oshkosh Defense JLTV and the Stryker MCWS as well as the company’s entire portfolio of vehicles, technologies, and integration capabilities. Visit Oshkosh Defense at AUSA 2022 (booth #6027).
05 Oct 22. Persistent Systems to unveil Next-Generation ISR at AUSA trade show. Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology, will demonstrate for the first time its Cloud Relay™-powered Next-Generation ISR concept at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition, held October 10-12, in Washington, D.C.
Leveraging Persistent’s Cloud Relay™ solution, which extends the company’s powerful Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network to beyond line of sight (4G/LTE, SATCOM, or standard Internet), Next-Generation ISR offers warfighters a seamless, persistent, bidirectional air-ground video connectivity that greatly speeds up the tempo of operations.
“Currently, troops on the ground are passive recipients of airborne video,” says Christopher Knapp, Director of Business Development at Persistent Systems. “They rely on cumbersome receiver hardware to get video, and even then, the operator with the gear has to be out in the open to watch the feed. All this slows downs operations.”
But with Next-Generation ISR, Persistent has reimagined air-ground video transmission for the networked battlefield.
Now video can be instantly accessible to warfighters, whether they are operating near an aircraft—or at an operations center half-way around the world. Next-Generation ISR also reduces the cognitive load on the soldier and makes mission-critical information available to the entire team.
“When we click on a video on our smartphones, it immediately starts playing. We don’t think about whether we are on Wi-Fi or 5G. With Next-Generation ISR, soldiers can now realize this same convenience on the battlefield,” said Knapp.
By utilizing the Wave Relay® and Cloud Relay™ networks for video transmission, Next-Generation ISR eliminates the need for special receiver equipment. Now a soldier’s MPU5 networking radio is enough. This change both reduces weight and increases capability. Indeed, dismounted users can also talk directly with the sensor operator and control the camera on the aircraft.
“In building this capability, we’ve collaborated with aircraft camera manufacturers to ensure that the dismounted warfighter can control their cameras,” Knapp said. “We’ve also collaborated with the TAK Product Center to ensure that the feeds and camera control information is auto-discovered in TAK. This is really an industry-wide initiative.”
Persistent Systems will be demonstrating its Next-Generation ISR capability during the upcoming AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, at the company’s exhibitor booth (#4552), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. Visitors will get to see how a user of Persistent’s Wave Relay®-powered MANET with Cloud Relay™ can receive video and control cameras from anywhere in the world. (Source: PR Newswire)
06 Oct 22. Rheinmetall at AUSA 2022 – American Rheinmetall Brings Next-Generation Technologies that meet the U.S. Army’s Highest Priority Modernization Challenges, Now. The AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition takes place in Washington, DC from 10-12 October. This year’s motto is “Building the Army of 2030”. The American Rheinmetall family of companies along with key partners from Rheinmetall’s global enterprise will be on-site (booth #1439) showcasing some of its most recent activities, achievements and innovative solutions aimed at providing the U.S. Army with the critical, next-generation technologies it needs and deserves.
The OMFV Concept Demonstrator
American Rheinmetall Vehicles and the exceptional U.S. defense companies of Team Lynx – Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission, and Anduril Industries, are designing a transformational next-gen infantry fighting vehicle – The Lynx OMFV – for the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Program. Featuring a US-designed new, lethal, unmanned 50mm turret with 3rd GEN FLIR, a highly maneuverable and powerful right-sized chassis, advanced on-board protection systems including active protection, and an open systems architecture, ensuring overmatch today and overmatch tomorrow.
On the Rheinmetall booth, visitors can see American Rheinmetall Vehicles’ OMFV Concept Demonstrator, a life-size display that represents the physical appearance of the Lynx OMFV’s design, complimented with augmented reality highlighting technologies for the OMFV program. Visitors can learn more about the Lynx OMFV’s transformational capabilities at Rheinmetall booth #1439. Additional information on next-gen technologies that are part of the Lynx OMFV delivered by Team Lynx is available on their individual exhibition booths: Textron (#3024), Raytheon (#2304), L3Harris (#6627), Allison (#8409), and Anduril (#4443).
The HX3-CTT – The Next-Gen Tactical Truck that Delivers
The HX3-CTT, offered to the Army for its Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program by American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense features proven commercial technology alongside impressive tactical capabilities. Delivering exceptional commonality across a family of tactical trucks, the HX3-CTT brings the benefits of common parts and high commerciality that enable rapid, efficient incorporation of advanced technology insertions in the future, including those developed by the commercial marketplace with clear benefit to the military vehicle segment. The next-generation tactical truck offers modern capabilities, such as advances in safety (including extensive ADAS features), demand reduction with improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, and leverages commercial content to maximize the benefits of a streamlined, validated global supply chain.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense formed a strategic collaboration to bring together two powerhouse companies that can leverage commercial technologies, robust engineering, and world-class manufacturing to answer the Army’s call for the next-generation CTT program. The HX3-CTT is a derivative of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles’ globally successful and fielded HX family of military off-the-shelf tactical trucks already in service with 8 allied countries. See the HX3-CTT at the GM Defense booth #7901!
Airburst Lethality – Fight. Survive. Win.
On display at AUSA, visitors will see a range of world-class, medium caliber airburst munitions, a field of technology in which Rheinmetall specializes. The airburst munitions produce lethal effects against personnel in open and defilade positions, defeat unarmored/lightly armored vehicles and provide layered counter-UAS defense. The improved MK93 heavy weapon mount – designed and produced by American Rheinmetall Systems – will also be on display. The improved mount reduces recoil and improves accuracy of medium caliber weapon systems, to enable the integration of Rheinmetall’s airburst munition and lethality capabilities that require high precision. Rheinmetall is also leveraging its extensive systems expertise to provide high performance programmers that increase first round hit probability for airburst systems. American Rheinmetall Munitions coordinates Rheinmetall’s work to ensure these systems deliver optimal interoperability and game-changing combat performance for the Army.
The 155mm L52 Howitzer Cannon Barrel and Advanced Artillery Technologies
Rheinmetall‘s expertise as an Artillery Systems House will be on full display, starting with the combat proven, in-service 155mm L52 howitzer cannon barrel – JBMOU compliant and NATO compatible. Also featured is Rheinmetall’s most advanced artillery technologies including Extended Range Charge (ERC) propellant, providing significant range increase across operational temparature profiles, the precision Velocity-enhanced Long-Range Artillery Projectile (V-LAP) 155mm ammunition which have recently set world-records, and SMArt®155, the intelligent and autonomous sensor-fused, fire-and-forget artillery projectile. ERC is protoyping a L58 ERCA charge for the Army and V-LAP recently demonstrated extremely high accuracy with course-correcting fuzes in a live fire in Yuma. The technology combination of 155mm L52 with ERC and either V-LAP or SMArt®155 provide game-changing lethality and range dominance desired for the Army’s tactical fires.
Rheinmetall’s Mission Master CXT Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Rheinmetall is proud to introduce the Mission Master CXT, the latest member of its successful Mission Master family of Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (A-UGV), at this year’s AUSA exhibition. The Mission Master CXT is a new autonomous ground vehicle capable of tackling extreme terrain with a world-class weapon, the M134D, providing rapid suppression of any target and putting friendly military forces in positions of advantage. Stay tuned for more info!
Electronic Mission Systems Including Unmatched EO/IR 360° Vehicle Situational Awareness Technology
Rheinmetall’s U.S. electronics division, American Rheinmetall Systems, will display its broadened product portfolio at this year’s AUSA exhibition. In addition to soldier lethality systems such as laser aiming, pointing and illuminating devices and fire control systems, the company offers world-class vehicle electronic mission systems to the U.S. market. On display at AUSA will be an interactive commander’s and gunner’s display of a TRL 9, fully integrated, modular and scalable combat vehicle system for EO/IR 360° Situational Awareness and Drivers Vision Enhancement.
StrikeShield Active Protection System: Modular Protection with Lower Risk of Detection
Rheinmetall will demonstrate its expertise in vehicle survivability with an exhibit of StrikeShield, a next-generation Hardkill Active Protection System that integrates APS components within a modular armor package. StrikeShield’s hybrid design provides optimal performance while minimizing system weight and power consumption. In addition, StrikeShield offers superior protection when engaged by multiple or simultaneous threats, even from very close range. The system emits a very low electronic signature that significantly reduces the risk of detection by adversaries, and its defeat of threats in close proximity to the platform make StrikeShield much safer for dismounts.
Visitors to Rheinmetall’s booth will also learn about the company’s Rapid Obscuring System (ROSY), a 40mm non-lethal grenade launcher that is currently fielded on both vehicle and naval platforms. ROSY produces an instantaneous smokescreen for effective obscuration across the visual and IR spectrum, and the system’s lightweight modular design is suitable for virtually all ground vehicles.
Rheinmetall welcomes visitors to AUSA booth #1439 to experience the Group’s offerings fitted for the Army’s future fighting force.
04 Oct 22. IEE Showcasing Avionics and Ground Displays at AUSA 2022. Efficiencies Through Modularity and Open Standards. IEE, a manufacturer of field-proven enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting at the 2022 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 10th-12th. In line with the industry focus on Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), IEE is efficiently creating the next generation of “forward-looking” rugged displays for ground and airborne applications. With careful attention to modularity, re-use, and the application of open standards, IEE is supporting the cutting-edge display capabilities within the latest system architectures and applications of C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) and 360-Situation Awareness (360-SA).
“IEE tracks the technology trends in high-speed communication and video transport, adopting and ruggedizing these latest capabilities into field-able designs, capable of operating in the extremes of military and aerospace applications,” comments Steve Motter, V.P. of Business Development for IEE. “Coupling these designs with open standards, allows our team to quickly integrate and field the latest technologies to the warfighters. We look forward to showing our high-resolution, optically enhanced displays to our customer’s system architects, demonstrating how we can achieve their system performance objectives.”
Display highlights at the show include:
13.3-inch FHD Wide Panel
Developed for use in both airborne and military ground vehicle operations, this 13.3-inch monitor features full-HD resolution in a wide-angle format. Its narrow bezel is optimized for side-by-side mounting, providing a panoramic view. Touch screen options available.
- Enhanced, High-Bright 13.3” LCD Display
- Full-HD (1920×1080) LCD bonded with high-strength cover glass including EMI shield, heater and anti-reflective/glare treatments
- LED backlight with high-bright day (sunlight readable) and night (NVIS compatible) modes
- 8 backlit soft key bezel layout
- 2x Composite NTSC/PAL; 1x 3G-SDI
- Inputs/Outputs: UART Serial
10.4-inch Rotorcraft Multi-Function Display (MFD)
This dual-mode, high-bright and NVIS 10.4” LCD display is lightweight, and has a rugged sealed enclosure fit for airborne applications. With its redundant digital video and ARINC-429 Comm’s, along with its extensive built-in test, this display provides the rugged performance necessary for demanding environments. The field replaceable bezel assists the warfighter in maximizing operational availability for improved readiness.
- Enhanced, High Bright XGA 10.4”(1024×768) LCD Display
- Chemically strengthened cover glass with integral heater, EMI Filter and anti-reflective/glare (AR/AG) treatments
- Dual-mode LED backlight with selectable high-bright day (sunlight readable) and night (NVIS compliant) modes
- Sealed NVIS Backlit Bezel with 24 Push-buttons and 4 Rocker Switches
- Video Inputs: 2x DVI-D
- Control Interface: 3x ARINC-429, RS-232/422
IEE is located in booth #2050 at AUSA in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling toll-free 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email .
06 Oct 22. RAFAEL’s IRON BEAM High Energy Laser Weapon System will be Featured for the 1st Time. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is participating in AUSA 2022, the Association of the US Army’s annual conference, in Washington, D.C. from October 10-12, 2022. For the first time, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and its RAFAEL USA subsidiary will be presenting the IRON BEAM High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS).
RAFAEL’s IRON BEAM is a 100kW class High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) is the first laser system of its kind to have been documented intercepting a range of aerial threats. It is on track to become the first operational laser-based defense system that effectively intercepts a wide spectrum of threats – including RAM and UAVs as well as swarms of mini-UAVs – with pinpoint accuracy from a range of a few hundred yards to up to several miles. IRON BEAM is designed to complement the world-renowned IRON DOME air defense system, bolstering RAFAEL’s multi-layered defense portfolio.
This year at AUSA 2022 RAFAEL USA’s display will feature three main pillars of warfare: multi-layered air defense, long range precision fires and ground maneuver supporting capabilities.
05 Oct 22. ONEIL Supports Army of 2030 with Provisioning Expertise at AUSA. ONEIL & Associates (ONEIL), an employee-owned company that makes equipment safer to use, faster to repair and easier to maintain, will discuss their product support capabilities to help build the Army of 2030 in booth 810 at the AUSA Expo. The company’s extensive experience in provisioning Army systems ensures all parts required to keep vital equipment mission ready are identified and available throughout the product life cycle.
ONEIL is helping to build the Army of 2030 through its expertise in provisioning that extends the life of mission-critical equipment. ONEIL provides the latest capabilities in technical publications, provisioning, and training through products such as multimedia publications, interactive schematics, and training technologies including simulation and gamification. This one-stop-shop for mil-spec expertise and top-quality integrated product support documentation keeps equipment in the fight and running effectively, saving time and money.
“The Army of 2030 deserves to work with data, tools and equipment they can depend on to do their jobs efficiently and effectively,” said Chris Mofield, Defense Business Unit Manager for ONEIL. “As technology advances, so do we. And, with a collective 200 years of provisioning experience, our forward-thinking provisioning team adapts to the ever-changing world of supply chain delays and availability issues to ensure the parts the soldiers need are at hand to keep their equipment mission ready at all times.” AUSA Expo Booth 810
06 Oct 22. Spectra Group Announces 4000th SlingShot system milestone in United States at AUSA. Spectra Group, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, is announcing at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition – the largest Land Warfare tradeshow in North America taking place in Washington DC, 10-12 October 2022 – that there are now over 4000 of their SlingShot satellite communication systems in operation with US Special Operations Forces. This announcement follows on from their recent celebration of over 7000 SlingShot systems in operation with both specialist and regular forces world-wide. The Spectra Group team will be available at AUSA to discuss their product capabilities.
Since its launch at the Military Satellite Conference in London in November 2014, there are now over 7000 SlingShot systems either sold or leased, in operation with specialist and regular forces in over 24 countries globally. The small and lightweight SlingShot system has proven to be hugely popular with the United States Special Operations Forces and Intelligence Communities. The system received safety accreditation from the US Army Test and Evaluation Command for US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments and has been recommended by Battle Labs for its continued deployment. Spectra Group are now poised to help the US Military to leverage all the key advantages of SlingShot, designed for specialist forces, to transform regular forces tactical communications capabilities throughout the wider US Military on land, sea and air.
Slingshot is perfect for missions where troops are deployed with minimal logistical support, in remote locations and have limited transport capacity. By integrating the SlingShot system with Inmarsat’s L-TAC satellite service, and attached to an in-service VHF or UHF radio, deployed troops instantly gain strategic communications over 1000s of miles that would otherwise not be available without a significant communications infrastructure. In addition to the robust Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) voice capability, SlingShot also has sufficient bandwidth to carry critical data to support essential applications such as: situational awareness tools; GPS tracking; reporting and other data messaging without the requirement for ground-based line-of-sight re-broadcasting architecture. Finally, the Slingshot omni-directional antennas provide manpack, land, sea and air platforms with real-time Comms on the Move (COTM) rather than having to be static, as experienced with traditional TACSAT systems.
Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “We are very proud of the Slingshot system and how successful it has been in solving the communications challenges faced by both specialist and regular forces when deployed all over the world in austere locations. 7000 units globally and 4000 in the US is a significant milestone. In Europe, SlingShot is now proving to be a battle-winning capability for regular forces and part of its success is the fact it is genuinely “plug and play” converting any in-service tactical radio system into a BLOS and COTM satellite communications system with minimal training. We are now poised to help expand this capability from specialist to regular forces for the US Military.”
06 Oct 22. Galvion introduces new Nerv Centr® SoloPack™ II battery at AUSA. Galvion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of integrated, soldier-worn power and data management solutions, with operationally proven pedigree in NATO countries, has expanded its Nerv Centr® power provision capability with the introduction of its new SoloPack™ II Lithium ion rechargeable battery. The battery, along with Galvion’s full suite of Nerv Centr® power and data provision and management solutions, and next generation Batlskin® head systems, will be on display at AUSA 2022, booth #1732.
Operations today depend on more charged equipment than ever before, and the complexity of sustaining soldiers on the battlefield expands and shifts with every new technology. Radios, NVGs, GPS, smart phones, laptops, drones, and other surveillance equipment all demand significant power, and the ability to manage that power effectively is mission-critical. Galvion’s new SoloPack II builds on the widely adopted and field-proven functionality of the original SoloPack battery, while offering a number of additional features to further support the modern soldier.
Small, lightweight and energy-dense, the next-generation SoloPack II offers 140Wh of energy, (40% more power storage capacity than SoloPack), while maintaining the familiar, soldier-centric form factor users expect from the Nerv Centr suite of products. SoloPack II fits into a magazine pouch for ease of storage and weighs only 1.65lbs (750 grams). A flexible flying lead connects in any orientation, and the next-generation NettWarrior connector allows faster charging and additional current flow, while remaining backwards compatible with standard US NettWarrior and NATO STANAG 4695 for ease of integration and improved logistic sustainability on the battlefield. The SoloPack II has state-of-charge display for real-time remaining capacity at the press of a button, convenient bottom contact charging and can be recharged while in-flight and connected to Galvion’s Squad Power Manager™ (SPM) which is certified safe-to-fly.
Kristen Lomastro, President of Active Systems, said: “The SoloPack II is a prime example Galvion’s unyielding commitment to enhancing the operational effectiveness of those who are out in the field, protecting us. We listened to our end-users – they wanted more power, but without the additional bulk and weight – and we delivered a solution that offers longer mission capability, while reducing logistics and minimizing weight burden.” She added: “The less soldiers have to think about while out there, the safer the mission, and that is what drives everything that we do here.”
The higher capacity SoloPack II is designed to support operational power needs for missions of up to 24 hours, while the original 98Wh SoloPack battery supports short-duration missions of up to 12 hours. With expected availability in early 2023, Galvion’s 140Wh SoloPack II rechargeable battery offers users an additional scalable power solution to suit any mission needs.
06 Oct 22. Spear unveils the VIPER – the first encapsulated and launchable hovering loitering munition system. The VIPER system provides real-time locating, tracking and attack capabilities against beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets. SpearUAV – developer of an autonomous, AI-based technology for encapsulated UAS – is unveiling the world-first Viper encapsulated and launchable hovering precision attack drone, empowering tactical forces with an immediate, precise and autonomous aerial loitering munition (ALM) capability against BLOS targets.
Enhancing force protection, the hovering capability of the Viper enables aerial observation of targets – including the ability to review buildings floor by floor – in complex urban environments, while also offering mission abort and wave-off capabilities.
The rugged, compact, portable and wearable system can be launched on demand, with mission readiness achieved in less than a second, from both static and on-the-move positions. Intuitive and designed for single-user operation, Viper requires minimum training. Fused day and night payload and Artificial intelligence-based computer vision for real-time target recognition and tracking enable intuitive user interface and ensure minimal collateral damage.
Adapted to all types of ammunition available today, the Viper is equipped with the Ninox GCS (Ground Control System), which is compatible with Android, Microsoft Windows and Linux. Open system architecture integrates seamlessly with existing C2 systems.
“The Viper system is the latest and most advanced development from SpearUAV,” says Colonel (Ret.) Gadi Kuperman, Founder & CEO of SpearUAV. “It combines all the features required for a precise attack – launch within a few seconds, the ability to hover slowly to detect and identify targets, and precise attack with minimal collateral damage. We are proud that this system has already been proven in the field.”
04 Oct 22. Leonardo DRS Highlights Range of Next-Gen Technologies at 2022 AUSA. Leonardo DRS has prioritized the company around the most critical and complex needs of the Department of Defense. With leading force protection and advanced sensor systems, the company is on a path to defining the future of the battlefield.
If you are interested in an interview before or during AUSA with one or more of our SMEs, please contact Mike Mount, VP of Communications at or at 571-393-4740.
Update- Leonardo DRS Going Public
CEO Bill Lynn
As the company moves toward becoming a publicly traded company, CEO Bill Lynn will talk about the need for a strong and flexible mid-tier company, like Leonardo DRS, to support critical national security needs and why going public will help the US military.
Hot Item! Single Vehicle Counter-UAS
Ed House – SME from the Land Systems business unit
Based on a Stryker platform, the updated version of our MLIDS system brings a single-vehicle solution and updated technology to counter a range of UAS threats. Leonardo DRS is a leader if force protection systems with its successful M-SHORAD and MLIDS platforms fielded in today’s most threatening environments.
Small Aerial Munitions – (interviews at show only)
Mike O’Leary – SME from the Land Systems business unit
How is DRS adapting nano-scale aerial munition to meet the emerging requirements of multiple US military customers? Hint: An affordable, simple-to-use, and effective organic aerial munition that can be used against a variety of targets. Find out more at AUSA!
Hot Item! The 3GEN FLIR (EOIR) – New Contract
Brett Breazeale – SME from the Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems business unit
Advanced infrared sensors for the next generation of ground combat vehicle sights. The Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition sights will restore sensor overmatch through significant improvements in range and resolution. The program incorporates high-definition dual band mid-wave infrared and long-wave infrared sensing technology advances.
Family of Weapon Sights – Individual & Crew Served – New Contracts
Doug Ransom – SME from the Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems business unit
The Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical Infrared Systems business will produce advanced Family of Weapons Sights – Individual (FWS-I) systems for its U.S. Army customer. Using DRS’ uncooled thermal imaging technology, FWS-I is a stand-alone, clip-on weapon sight that connects wirelessly to helmet-mounted vision systems including the enhanced night vision goggle binoculars (ENVG-B) and the next-gen integrated visual augmentation system (IVAS) and provides rapid target acquisition capabilities to the soldier. It gives users the ability to acquire targets day or night and in smoke or fog, which provides strategic and tactical advantages to the soldier.
Hot Item! Tethered UAV Surveillance
SME from the Land Systems business unit
Tethered UAS technology like Hoverfly’s LiveSky™ is revolutionizing the government and commercial markets for long-duration, small footprint aerial surveillance and long-range, secure communications. By enabling continuous power and high-bandwidth data through a thin tether link, LiveSky™ can remain on-station in the air almost indefinitely, providing surveillance, targeting, and communications relay functions, while stationary or on-the-move, from vehicles or vessels. Multiple US and allied government programs have recognized Hoverfly’s technology and are now incorporating TUAS capabilities in their requirements.
05 Oct 22. Canada will feature prominently at this year’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition (October 10-12) – the largest defense trade show in North America, featuring more than 31,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors. The Canadian Pavilion will showcase the innovative technologies and defence capabilities of more than 40 participating Canadian companies (see attached directory). Media are invited to stop by the Canadian Pavilion, located at booth #4247, to learn more about Canadian capabilities in the defence sector.
On Monday, October 10 at 11:45 am EST, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Canadian Pavilion, led by the Canadian Defence Attaché, Major-General Michel-Henri St-Louis (bio attached), with participating companies and government departments, including:
- Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
- Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
- Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND)
- Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
- Embassy of Canada to the United States in Washington, D.C.
Canada and the United States are close defence partners with a meaningful defence trade relationship. Canada and the US have the most integrated defence industrial base in the world and our defence relationship spans more than 75 years. Our mutual objectives of continental defence and of global peace and security have led to close cooperation and integration of national security agencies and defence supply chains.
The Canada Pavilion provides a venue to meet with more than 40 Canadian companies who have come to support AUSA and the United States Army. These companies exemplify Canada’s strengths and innovation in this important sector. From armour-plating and vehicle tracks to cybersecurity and AI, from companies that have existed since the middle of last century to cutting-edge start-ups, Canada’s defence industry will bring its best to AUSA 2022.
05 Oct 22. General Micro Systems (GMS) Introduces Lightweight, Rugged, “X9 Spider Wearable” Mobile Computer with Eight I/O “Legs” and Optional AI GPGPU.
Revolutionary wearable computer optimized for dismounted soldier/Marine use and designed to be worn on the body, merging unprecedented battlefield processing of video, sensors, data and comms with mobile artificial intelligence (AI) embedded at the “tip of the spear.”
General Micro Systems today launched its battery-powered “X9 Spider Wearable” S1502-MP mobile computer intended for dismounted soldiers and Marines who need on-the-move high-performance processing, communications, video, database access and artificial intelligence (AI). Designed from the ground up to offer the most compute power and I/O in the smallest, lightest weight battery-powered package, X9 Spider Wearable can drive up to four on-body displays; connect to wireless LANs and personal area networks (PANs); uplink to mounted assets like vehicles or command posts; store up to 20TB of onboard data, and connect to high-rate body sensors while processing on-board AI algorithms such as image/facial recognition, target tracking or sensor fusion. The S1502-MP is one of several technologies GMS will feature at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 10-12 (booth 8221, Hall DE).
Modern warfare is digital, connecting air, sea, ground and US-based assets to soldiers and Marines as never before. A dismounted warrior needs access to the digital battlefield, but also needs wearable, autonomous compute power. A warrior’s modern equipment includes high-resolution range finder, NVIS HMD, smart weapon, moving maps with Blue Force Tracking, “buddy display” for squad members, and on-the-fly voice and facial recognition. These work best with local, on-the-body compute resources since wireless, RF and SATCOM links can be congested, denied or compromised. The X9 Spider Wearable “cloud computer” is the first product to provide this level of battery compute resources to soldiers and Marines in a manpack (MP) form factor.
Untethered, But Connected Cloud-Like Portable Processing
S1502-MP X9 Spider Wearable is battery powered from common solider-carried batteries and brings never-before capabilities to soldiers and Marines on-the-move. It frees them to receive and process data while on-foot, keeping them connected to the digital battlefield and joint assets without being “tethered” to computers in vehicles or command posts.
With X9 Spider Wearable, the dismounted soldier can receive and process, for example, range-finder data, video scanned via HMD or smart weapon, wireless comms data from over-the-air radio traffic (friendly and enemy), store the data, and process data for display or perform image enhancement for decision making. Captured data can also be run through on-board AI algorithms on the GPGPU to look for targets, assess patterns, perform voice or facial recognition, or crunch AI and vector mathematics all inside the X9 Spider Wearable with no need to transmit information to reach-back or other computers. X9 Spider Wearable gives cloud computing capabilities in a BDU pocket, vest, or backpack and drastically shortens the sensor-to-shooter time loop, increasing lethality and shortening a warrior’s decision-making to instantaneous.
Latest COTS Technology Improved for Rugged Deployment
The wearable computer is based upon Intel’s latest 11th-generation Core i7 Xeon® W eight-core (8C Tiger Lake-H) laptop processor, capable of real-time high-resolution 4K video processing to four simultaneous independent displays, plus quad Thunderbolt™ 4/USB4 40Gbits/s I/O “LightBolt™” ports connectable to body sensors. An optional on-board NVIDIA® RTX5000 GPGPU co-processor is closely-coupled to the processor for AI-intensive tasks. Together, the two embedded processors and eight I/O “legs” in the X9 Spider Wearable represent server-class cloud processing in a battery-powered wearable computer that weighs less than three pounds.
The X9 Spider Wearable can be equipped with maximum I/O, including dual 100Gbit Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 4/USB4/LightBolt ports. These connect to on-body high-resolution/high-rate sensors to feed data to Spider Wearable’s CPU and the optional NVIDIA® GPGPU AI processor.
“Every ounce in X9 Spider Wearable is carefully planned for ultimate wearable processing,” said Ben Sharfi, CEO and chief architect, GMS. “It’s the perfect balance between CPU and GPU, and between I/O like wireless, Thunderbolt 4 or USB4, which allows designers to buy only what they need.”
Innovation That’s Simply Better
To bring X9 Spider Wearable to life, the product is loaded with never-before seen patent-pending technology developed exclusively by GMS. An example of GMS innovation in X9 Spider Wearable is LightBolt, a ruggedized fiber optic version of USB4 and Thunderbolt 4. Two complementary industry standards, both Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 use the Type C USB connector, have 40Gbits/s data transfer with video and data, include PCI Express 4.0, and provide never-before-seen 100W Power Delivery. With LightBolt, these links move data via lightweight and EMI-immune fiber optic cables that neither radiate emissions nor are susceptible to EMI or RFI, adding an element of stealth and security to dismounted soldiers and Marines. And 100W power in LightBolt means that each sensor is connected to and powered directly by X9 Spider Wearable, eliminating the need for batteries or power to each sensor. This simplifies on-body cabling, saves weight and allows faster connect/disconnect when needed.
The inside of X9 Spider Wearable is similarly well thought out, eliminating all cables (except fiber) and relying on patent-pending GMS inter-board connectors that route RF-speed signals—which also reduce weight, minimize EMI, and boost performance. Cooling is provided via GMS’ patented RuggedCool™ and patent-pending Diamond RuggedCool diamond cooling.
The S1502-MP X9 Spider Wearable is designed in America by General Micro Systems and is available for customer use immediately.
05 Oct 22. Mack Defense to Showcase Production M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck at AUSA. Mack Defense announced today that it will feature a production M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct 10–12, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Based on the commercially available Mack® Granite® model, the Mack Defense HDT is part of the previously announced firm-fixed price $296 m contract to be fulfilled over seven years that the Army awarded Mack Defense in 2018. Mack Defense began production of the HDT vehicle in 2021 at the Mack Experience Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
This will be the first time that a production version of the Mack HDT is on display at AUSA and is one of many the U.S. Army is purchasing and fielding to the Army, Army Reserve and the National Guard. Attendees can see the M917A3 HDT in the Mack Defense display in Hall E, Booth 8033.
“We are proud to publicly show a production version of the Mack M917A3 HDT for the first time at AUSA,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense. “The response has been very positive, and we look forward to continuing to build these trucks to meet the U.S. Army’s demanding operational requirements with a modified commercial-based vehicle”.
Mack Defense optimized the M917A3 HDT to meet the current performance needs of the U.S. Army, but included modularity in the design, to more easily adapt to evolving requirements. Mack Defense engineers added heavier-duty rear axles and all-wheel drive, while increasing the suspension travel and ride height to create a heavy dump truck capable of meeting the demanding payload and mobility requirements set forth by the U.S. Army HDT program.
The HDTs are a key component in construction and maintenance missions for infrastructure assets, such as airfields, roadways, landing strips, supply facilities and motor pools.
Built on the Mack Granite, the HDT model is a modern truck equipped with state-of-the-art technology, such as an anti-lock braking system (ABS), back-up camera, blind spot sensors, and inclinometer to ensure safe dump operations. The Granite model is user-friendly, more comfortable and safer to operate than past models used by the Army, which is key to the Army’s investment in the new HDTs. The Granite HDTs and assembly processes were inspected by the government’s quality auditors to ensure expectations were met or exceeded.
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