09 Oct 23. Leonardo DRS On Board Vehicle Power System Shines in U.S. Army Evaluation with THAAD System. Leonardo DRS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRS) announced today that it has successfully demonstrated its On Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) technology to provide vehicle-based electrical power in support of vehicle-based weapon systems.
The OBVP demonstration was part of a recent U.S. Army Operational User Assessment focused on vehicle to vehicle, and vehicle to grid power generation and power management. DRS installed its OBVP systems on the THAAD Launch Control Station FMTV, Tactical Operation Station FMTV, and the THAAD Launcher HEMTT for this assessment.
The DRS OBVP system is a vehicle-based generator using a permanent magnet machine integrated within an Allison transmission that provides electrical power to support operations in remote areas. To meet the Army’s power needs, OBVP systems are integrated within the vehicle transmission to generate up to 55kW of usable electrical power while on the move, or up to 125kW of usable electrical power while stationary. The DRS OBVP system has proven it can increase battlefield agility, reduce deployment logistics costs, and improve mission readiness with no impact on vehicle functionality.
“This successful demonstration once again showed how vehicle-based electrical power generation can be employed in remote areas where the concern about contested logistics is a reality,” said Bill Guyan, senior vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business unit. “Our OBVP technology is a mature system and purpose-built to be a force-multiplier by reducing deployment logistics and provide a range of power solutions to the growing power need. It gives users clean electrical power anywhere, and anytime.”
The Operational User Assessment was conducted at McGregor Range in New Mexico. The event was the culminating event of the Secure Tactical Advance Mobile Power (STAMP) Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) sponsored by Army Futures Command. The objective of the STAMP JCTD effort is to rapidly demonstrate and deliver a significant operational capability to the Combatant Commands.
This demonstration was the latest for the DRS OBVP system which has shown its proven capabilities in various technical demonstrations and evaluations to include the Army Expeditionary Warfare Experiment, Network Integration Evaluation, the U.S. Marine Corps Limited User Test, and other THAAD missile support operations vehicle tests. OBVP is a mature system that is ready to address mission power requirements.
Leonardo DRS is a leading provider of next-generation electrical power and propulsion technology for the U.S. military. Investments in the company’s market-leading propulsion and power generation technology for the Navy have created opportunities to use proven electric power generation for Army platforms. DRS solutions are leading the way in providing mission assured power to support the increased power requirements of current and future Navy ships and Army platforms. Watch the full range of our OBVP here.
About Leonardo DRS
Headquartered in Arlington, VA, Leonardo DRS, Inc. is an innovative and agile provider of advanced defense technology to U.S. national security customers and allies around the world. We specialize in the design, development and manufacture of advanced sensing, network computing, force protection, and electric power and propulsion, and other leading mission-critical technologies. Our innovative people are leading the way in developing disruptive technologies for autonomous, dynamic, interconnected, and multi-domain capabilities to defend against new and emerging threats. For more information and to learn more about our full range of capabilities, visit www.LeonardoDRS.com.
10 Oct 23. Quaze Technologies bring wireless power transfer technology to the US defense sector at AUSA 23. Quaze Technologies, a Canada-based innovative technology company and the creator of wide-surface wireless power transfer, is introducing their revolutionary autonomous wireless power transfer capabilities to the US defense sector at AUSA 23. Quaze will have a senior team on the ground at AUSA in Washington DC and can arrange meetings to demonstrate their ground-breaking technology, on request. Quaze are interested in reaching out to the research and development agencies across the US DoD as well as sparking interest in the wider US user community, regarding their unique wireless charging technology.
This US announcement follows on from DSEI in September where the Quaze concept demonstrator remote charging solution, named Drone Swarm Tactical OverWatch (DSTOW™), was featured as part of Rheinmentall’s innovation portfolio. The Quaze DSTOW was displayed on the Mission Master SP autonomous unmanned ground vehicle. It was active and wirelessly recharged 3 Parrot ANAFI USA drones.
The DSTOW addresses a critical need in the world of drone operations, enabling the continuous aerial support of tethered drones with the flexibility and freedom of untethered flights. With just one Quaze DSTOW, drones of any make or model can charge wirelessly and simultaneously, ensuring reliable charging even in the most hostile environments. This reduces the constraints associated with battery levels, connecting charging cables, or swapping batteries. It’s seamless, efficient, and paves the way for autonomous and uninterrupted drone missions. The DSTOW’s versatility extends across platforms and applications. Whether mounted on various vehicles or employed in static operations, such as mobile command centers, the DSTOW remains a dynamic solution. Its adaptable form factor accommodates UAVs of all sizes and seamlessly integrates onto diverse platforms, ensuring the readiness of drones for extended missions or remote swarm operations.
Quaze’s Surface Power Technology revolutionises the way devices are powered, enabling easy and reliable wireless charging for remote or autonomous devices on land, sea or air. Powered by magnetic resonance this technology offers a safe, secure and seamless solution to efficiently charge multiple devices with variable power demands across a wide platform surface area.
Quaze remote charging surfaces are scalable to suit various demands and the potential applications in defense are vast, by freeing technology from the constraints of cables and redefining how electronic systems access power. Quaze have designed and developed their solid state volumetric technology to be compliant with relevant Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standards.
Xavier Bidaut, CEO at Quaze Technologies said. “We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest shown in our technology when we introduced our DSTOW to the European defense sector at DSEi. He added: “Together with Rheinmetall we have already showcased one particular charging application. However, there are many more potential applications being developed and as interest grows across the defense environment, more and more applications are becoming apparent.”
06 Oct 23. SIG SAUER will be exhibiting at the upcoming Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition scheduled for October 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC) in Washington, DC. The SIG SAUER Booth is #7701 located in Hall D of the convention center.
SIG SAUER is displaying a board depth of innovative products to support the mission readiness of the United States Army to include:
- Next Generation Squad Weapons, XM7 and XM250 (NGSW): the SIG SAUER Next Generations Squad Weapons is currently undergoing initial fielding at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The XM7 Rifle, XM250 Automatic Rifle will replace the M4, M4A1 and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. The NGSW system will be displayed at the SIG SAUER AUSA Booth.
- SIG 6.8mm Hybrid Ammunition: the 6.8mm SIG Hybrid ammunition designed and engineered to fill a capability gap requiring increased energy on target at range to defeat near peer threats. The SIG 6.8mm Hybrid Ammunition will be featured at the SIG SAUER AUSA Booth.
- SIG SAUER MG 338: a belt-fed, lightweight, medium machine gun chambered in 338 Norma Mag, 7.62, and 6.8×51 NGSW Hybrid. The SIG MG 338 is a man-portable platoon level battlefield solution with a similar effective-range to the M2.
- Remote Weapons Station (RWS): SIG SAUER recently acquired General Robotics, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of lightweight remote weapon stations and tactical robotics for manned and unmanned platforms and anti-drone applications. The RWS system and system capabilities demonstration will be featured at the SIG SAUER AUSA Booth.
- Modular Handgun System (MHS): SIG SAUER is proud to be the official provider of the handgun of all branches of the U.S. Military with the M17 and M18. Currently there are over half a m MHS handguns fielded. The MHS system will be featured at the SIG SAUER AUSA Booth.
- ROMEO-M17 Optic: a direct pistol mounted red dot sight designed to fit the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System. The fully sealed ROMEO-M17 is the next revolution in red dot optics and answers the call to withstand the rigors of the battlefield. The ROMEO-M17 will be featured at the SIG SAUER AUSA Booth.
O6 Oct 23. Flyer Defense introduced the Flyer 72 Multi-Purpose Mobile Fire Support System, nicknamed “The Beast,” at the 2023 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
The specialized configuration is a finely tuned version of the Flyer 72 Heavy Duty ground mobility vehicle, that integrates a range of advanced systems to enhance Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), radar detection, fire support, and firepower capabilities.
“Its robust design ensures effectiveness in addressing contemporary challenges faced in modern warfare,” said Flyer Defense Founder and CEO, Oded Nechushtan. “This has always been our commitment. To deliver a platform that adapts to the evolving needs of the warfighter.”
Equipped with a remote weapons system, up to 42 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition, four RPS 42 S-band hemispheric air surveillance radar panels, and cutting-edge anti-drone technology, “The Beast” offers its occupants complete 360° coverage. Its operational capabilities extend beyond detection, enabling it to track and engage both direct and elevated threats.
Featured systems on “The Beast” include:
- Scorpion Shoot and Scoot 120mm Mortar Launcher System
- Leonardo DRS Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar
- Kongsberg Remote Weapons System
- D-Fend Solutions EnforceAir Anti-Drone System
06 Oct 23. Kongsberg rapidly developing C-UAS solution for Ukraine. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is now in the test phase for integrating the Cortex Typhon counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) and plans to deliver the first platforms to Ukraine in early 2024, the company told Janes on 4 October.
The company announced in August it would send several systems to Ukraine worth GBP56m (USD68m), funded by the International Fund for Ukraine (IFU). The solution will take a technology developed for the Norwegian Army and integrate it for a C-UAS mission, a representative for Kongsberg told Janes ahead of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2023 annual conference.
Kongsberg provides the remote weapon station (RWS) and Cortex integrated combat solution for the Typhon while Teledyne FLIR Defense supplies surveillance systems for the technology, according to the announcement.
Instead of one RWS, Kongsberg will integrate “two to three” onto the back of the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Dingo 2 all-protected carrier vehicles that Norway is donating, according to a representative from Kongsberg. This should increase the probability of taking out the drone, according to the company.
The concept is to use a 50 calibre machine gun for C-UAS as a cheap, simple alternative to a larger, more complicated short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system, the representative said.
The technology has caught the attention of the US Army, according to the representative. The company is in active discussions with the service but declined to provide details because of their early stage.(Source: Google/Janes)
05 Oct 23. ‘Hard nut to crack’: Why major Gulf and Turkish firms shy away from AUSA. Analysts told Breaking Defense there might be a couple reasons firms that are going big in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America won’t be in Washington next week.
Major defense contractors from the Gulf and in Turkey have, in recent years, made aggressive pushes to expand the export of their military products abroad, making a splash at international arms exhibitions from Abu Dhabi to Paris to São Paulo.
But come next week, when the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosts the largest annual defense exhibition in America with more than 650 exhibitors from around the globe coming to Washington, DC, those firms aren’t expected to show.
The reason, analysts told Breaking Defense, could be two-fold: First, as a seller, it’s difficult to break into the saturated American market, where major US and Western firms — and a horde of smaller ones — have a tight grip on their American customers. Second, as businesses look to partner with local firms, US export laws make it difficult for foreign companies to establish technologically intimate relationships with any would-be US-based counterparts.
That’s why, the analysts said, Gulf and Turkish firms appear to currently focus on other markets, keeping their powder dry for the opportunities, outside America’s borders, where they stand the best chance to make deals.
Kristian Alexander, a senior fellow at the TRENDS think tank in Abu Dhabi, told Breaking Defense, “Gulf defense firms might prefer to participate in regional defense exhibitions that are closer to home, where they can showcase their products and engage with a more geographically relevant audience. These regional events might better serve their marketing and business development needs.”
Business With The Gulf
Breaking Defense has recently reported on several moves by Gulf firms to widen their customer base abroad, including a particular interest in the Brazilian market.
But Jonathan Lord, director of the Middle East security program at the Center for a New American Security, told Breaking Defense that when it comes to US-Gulf arms sales, it’s typically been a one-way street.
“US-Gulf defense cooperation continues. There’s no question that Gulf states are exploring relations with a broader range of suppliers, and also seeking to develop their own defense industrial bases, but Washington remains the go-to, top-shelf supplier for defense articles,” he said.
Beyond directly advertising their wares, defense expos like AUSA also allow companies to interact with one another, as well as with government organizations, and potentially develop joint ventures or other international partnerships.
But Alexander said US export laws can make that a relatively unique, significant challenge.
“One possible reason could be US export restrictions on advanced military technology,” he said. “Gulf countries have sought advanced technology transfer in the past, but there may be limitations on what can be transferred due to concerns about technology protection and regional stability. These restrictions might make it less appealing for Gulf defense firms to participate in an expo where they cannot showcase or discuss certain advanced technologies.
“While they continue to collaborate with the United States on various defense initiatives, they might prioritize engagement with other defense technology providers to maintain flexibility in their procurement strategies,” he said.
Other markets, he said, may appear more lucrative both for sales and partnerships.
“[United Arab Emirate’s] EDGE Group and [Saudi Arabia’s] SAMI may be pursuing a strategy to diversify their global partnerships and customer base,” he said. “Participating in European expos allows them to engage with a wider range of international defense companies and potential customers beyond the US market.”
He added that European defense expos like DSEI and the Paris Air Show offer access to advanced European defense technologies and innovations, which could be appealing to Gulf defense firms looking to enhance their technological capabilities and expand their supplier network beyond the US.
He also noted several Gulf nations have been prioritizing domestic defense production, so seeking out American partners maybe not be a priority to begin with.
“These efforts may lead them to prioritize partnerships and exhibitions that align more closely with their goals of developing indigenous capabilities,” he said.
And while Lord said the US is a key international partner in the Gulf, Alexander suggested some strained ties between Washington and Gulf capitals could also make Gulf firms less enthusiastic about a visit to America’s capital.
From Ankara, With Little Love
One nation for which strained geopolitical relationships is potentially playing a larger role in defense firms’ decision-making is Turkey.
Turkish giants like Aselsan, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Roketsan are skipping the event, with only metal materials supplier Repkon and small arms producer Canik representing Turkish industry on AUSA’s exhibitor list.
“Turkish defense contractors’ interest and participation in defense exhibits in the US has customarily been low, at least in comparison with defense showcases in Europe, Near East and East Asia,” military and security studies analyst and associate professor at Izmir University of Economics in Turkey, Sitki Egeli, told Breaking Defense.
With the exception of parts and components the US buys as part of “offset trade obligations,” Egeli said that US has not been a major customer for Turkish firms historically.
“US and American markets [are] not seen, treated, and targeted as priority export markets by Turkish defense companies,” he said. “Over the decades, US defense market have been a very hard nut to crack for Turkish defense companies.”
Echoing Alexander, Egeli said “absurdly restrictive and obstructive” US defense regulations and policies also hamper further cooperation.
Elsewhere in the world, he said, Turkish defense firms have been flourishing, as they see defense shows in Europe as more promising and rewarding international meeting points to showcase their products and to reach out to their potential customers and industrial partners not only in Europe.
“From late-1990s onwards, with the Turkish defense companies exploring and gradually opening up to the world defense markets, exhibits in Near East and East Asia also entered in their scope,” he said. “Most recently, widely attended defense shows held in Turkey proper are also proving popular and attractive for established and startup Turkish companies alike.”
What’s certainly not helping: the current state of US-Turkish relations.
“The last five or six years, those relations have truly hit the rock bottom,” he said. “So much so that Turkish-defense relations are possibly at their lowest point since the beginning of the Second World War. Under such circumstances, when Turkish contractors do not see the slightest export prospect toward US markets, and when they are fully aware that their industrial or technological cooperation with America counterparts do not stand the slightest chance of receiving export license or authorization from US [Department of State] and [Department of Defense], why should they spend their money and time with US defense shows?” (Source: Breaking Defense.com)
06 Oct 23. Rheinmetall Showcases Innovative Defense Solutions for the U.S. Army at AUSA 2023: One Partner for All Missions. The AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition takes place in Washington, DC from 9-11 October, with this year’s motto set as “Be All You Can Be”. The American Rheinmetall family of companies along with key partners from Rheinmetall’s global enterprise will be on-site (booth #1603) showcasing some of their 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 “M109-52” Self Propelled Howitzer Prototype Featuring Rheinmetall’s L52 Howitzer Cannon System and Enhanced by Advanced Artillery Technologies Rheinmetall’s world class, combat proven L52 155mm Cannon Armament integrated on the M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer System is the optimal solution for the Army’s requirement to upgrade the M109 fleet. The exceptional L52 armament currently in service in Ukraine and with eight global allied users delivers a significant increase in range, precision and lethality. Rheinmetall will further display its operationally proven suite of propellants and munitions on site at AUSA this year. These products and capabilities are closely aligned with the Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires modernization priorities. The Rheinmetall-BAE team will perform a series of live fire demonstrations of the upgraded M109-52 in 2023 and 2024. Rheinmetall will feature the systems solutions for platform, cannon, projectile and propellant technology across the artillery “eco-system” on its booth. A full-sized M109-52 prototype system will be featured on the BAE Systems booth (#925) for attendees to view throughout the show.
Autonomous Vehicle Capabilities – Unmanned and Unmatched Rheinmetall’s PATH Autonomous Kit (AKit) is a navigation system that enables full autonomous movement of vehicles. It can be rapidly integrated on existing vehicles or the latest next-generation platforms. It is a core element of Rheinmetall’s exceptional Mission Master family of autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGV); combining advanced sensors, technology leading algorithms, and real-time data analysis to allow vehicle platforms to operate autonomously in a wide range of operating environments. Fielded and tested on a variety of platforms, the PATH A-Kit is a mature, proven technology that stands out from the competition. At AUSA, American Rheinmetall will demonstrate the system’s platform agnostic design through display on multiple different platforms.
Rheinmetall’s PATH A-kit can also be seen on display at industry partner booths including Tomahawk Robotics (#4049) and L3Harris Technologies (#1725). Additionally, Rheinmetall and partner blackned will be onsite to discuss the features and benefits of blackned’s TacticalCore solution when coupled with the Mission Master UGV, to augment domain awareness by delivering resilient communications across a disparate network of unmanned and autonomous platforms in a contested communications battlefield. Seamless. Networked. At the Edge.
The Skyranger 30mm c-UAS Turret with Airburst Munition on the M5 Ripsaw RCV Skyranger is a highly mobile, lethal and precise air defense system, capable of engaging modern battlefield threats, particularly highly agile or swarming small unmanned aerial targets. The M5 Ripsaw, with active (3D AESA radar) and passive IR sensors along with the high rate-of-fire 30x173mm Revolver Cannon® KCE-ABM with ground-to-air missiles offers a superior, autonomous firepower solution for Soldier protection in the most austere operating environments. The modular system, shown with Rheinmetall’s Path A-Kit provides bestin-class air defense in line with the Army’s Air and Missile Defense modernization priority.
The HX3 CTT – The Next-Gen Tactical Truck that Delivers Rheinmetall MAN’s new HX3 8×8 tactical truck with pallet load handling system is redesigned from the ground up for improved protection, increased mobility, greater comfort and easy integration of future applications for increased performance due to its open systems architecture. Using a derivative of the HX3, the HX3 CTT, Rheinmetall and its teammate GM Defense are executing an Army rapid prototyping award for the Common Tactical Truck (CTT) Program. Accordingly, Rheinmetall, as a leading global developer and producer of tactical trucks, will remain closely aligned with the Army’s Contested Logistics Cross Functional Team’s priorities. See the truck in person at the GM Defense booth (#661) as well as scale models on the Rheinmetall booth.
American Rheinmetall’s XM30 Offering Appropriately cleared personnel can engage with Rheinmetall’s XM30 Team, led by American Rheinmetall Vehicles, regarding XM30 technologies and program performance. The Team is an elite U.S. defense industry group, including Textron Systems, Raytheon, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission and Anduril Industries, that is participating in the XM30 program. The American Rheinmetall XM30 features a new, lethal, unmanned 50mm turret with 3GEN FLIR, a highly maneuverable and more compact chassis, advanced on-board protection systems integrating active protection and an open systems architecture ensuring overmatch today and tomorrow. An augmented reality technology demonstrator will be available to cleared DoD personnel at the Rheinmetall booth. Altruity – Bringing Vision to Provisioning Unveiled for the first time at this year’s AUSA Exhibition – Altruity is a revolutionary, real-time digital information ecosystem that brings sustainment to the forefront of the acquisition process to influence design utilizing the system’s authoritative source of truth. Building and transferring data at lightning speed, without error and synchronizing digital information between engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, Altruity provides more time to plan and execute successful fielding and lifecycle support. On-site demos are available upon request.
Airburst Lethality – Fight. Survive. Win. 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 c-UAS defense. Rheinmetall is also leveraging its extensive systems expertise to provide high performance programmers that increase first round hit probability for airburst systems. Also on display will be the 40mm Squad Support Weapon (SSW40), the world’s first automatic, magazine-loaded, shoulder-fire grenade launcher. Electronic Mission Systems Including Unmatched EO/IR 360° Vehicle Situational Awareness Technologies Rheinmetall’s U.S. electronics division, American Rheinmetall Systems, will display its broadened product portfolio. 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.
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 Driver’s 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 hybrid active protection solution that combines active and passive protection to achieve optimal performance while minimizing the vehicle’s electronic signature, system weight and power consumption. Rheinmetall welcomes visitors to AUSA booth #1603 to experience the Group’s offerings fitted for the Army’s future fighting force.
05 Oct 23. Axon to Showcase Cutting-Edge Military Solutions at AUSA 2023. Axon, the global public safety technology leader, will be participating at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Monday, October 9-Wednesday, October 11, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Axon will be exhibiting solutions for the base of the future at the event with a booth for displaying and demonstrating their arsenal of tools that will support our nation’s military for years to come. At AUSA, Axon will showcase their latest acquisition, Sky-Hero, which is revolutionizing the military landscape with the latest in indoor uncrewed ground vehicles and drones. Axon will also display the latest TASER and body-worn camera technology as well as their progress in Dedrone and counter-drone solutions. Axon’s participation at AUSA will also include a TASER 10 Firing Range, a TASER Robotics booth, a new Federal Fleet Vehicle, and an LED Screen displaying the Base of the Future – Today.
29 Sep 23. IEE Exhibiting Lineup of Rugged Displays at AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo 2023. Industrial Electronic Engineers, IEE, manufacturer of field-proven military displays will be exhibiting their product line at the 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 9th-11th. IEE is answering the need for high-resolution displays that can serve as a key component in a Counter-UAS security strategy of detection, identification, tracking, and defeat. Advanced sensors, radars and other detection technologies enable the early warning and accurate identification of potential drone threats.
“High-resolution displays in conjunction with AI algorithms can be used to analyze data from sensors, cameras and other sources to accurately differentiate between an actual threat and other flying objects,” commented Steve Motter, V.P. of Business Development for IEE. “This allows the operator to quickly and more accurately detect the presence of an actual threat and act accordingly.”
IEE features a selection of operator console displays with resolutions of Full-HD, Ultra-HD and 4K that match the latest high-resolution sensors and cameras, while still being able to operate in harsh outdoor fielded environments. These include the 13.3-inch FHD, the 10.1-inch MFD and a soon to be released 11.6-inch MFD.
13.3-inch FHD Operator Display Panel
Developed for use in both airborne and military ground vehicle operations, this 13.3-inch monitor features full-HD resolution that is able to directly render the latest camera and sensor data. Its narrow bezel is optimized for side-by-side mounting of multiple displays, creating a panoramic operator workstation. 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
- Serial communication bus
10.1-inch WUXGA Multi-Function Display (MFD)
The 10.1″ MFD utilizes a high performance, heavy-duty, full color, very high-bright WUXGA AMLCD. Designed for fixed and rotary wing airborne applications, this very wide viewing angle display features a selectable dual-mode LED backlight for sunlight readable daytime operation and NVIS-compatible operation for night. A programmable 8-way joystick and encoder knobs complement the bezel keys to provide a full-featured operator interface supporting the control of a wide range of applications.
- 10.1″ WUXGA, (1920×1200) color TFT LCD display
- Brightness: 1,100 cd/m2 typical
- Contrast Ratio: 800:1
- Video Interface: 2 x DVI-D, 2 x HD-SDI (loop-through)
- Communication Interface: RS-422
- 13 programmable bezel push-buttons, with tactile feedback and NVIS filtered backlight
- Replaceable Bezel
- On-screen display (OSD) functions controlled using Bezel Keys
- 3-way rotary switch for OFF/NIGHT/DAY, one brightness encoder, two programmable dual-concentric encoders and one 8-way joystick
IEE is exhibiting in booth #1167 at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 9th-11th. Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email: .
For over 75 years, IEE has been a trusted provider of enhanced displays for military and industrial applications. From rapid prototyping of custom designs to full-scale production runs, IEE’s factory in Van Nuys, CA produces innovative displays with advanced features like low-latency video processing, high-bright and NVIS backlighting, and lightweight, ruggedized enclosures. IEE’s direct control of critical process steps reduces costs, decreases production lead times and improves lifecycle management. IEE display products are distributed worldwide. IEE is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified. For more information: visit ieeinc.com
03 Oct 23. SMARTSHOOTER, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of individual and Crew Served weapons, announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, SMARTSHOOTER Inc. was awarded a follow-on contract to supply additional SMASH 2000L fire control systems to the U.S. Army, including spares. Systems from the first Army award are now deployed for the purpose of defeating drones. The addition of this contract will outfit more troops for the same critical need.
At this year’s AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC, SMARTSHOOTER will showcase a new collaboration with Leonardo DRS and HDT Global. Together, they introduce the “SMASH Hunter WOLF”, an innovative unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to support light infantry. This powerful robotic platform, with best-of-breed power offload, is able to integrate DRS’s tactical radar technologies and SMARTSHOOTER’s SMASH Hopper light remotely controlled weapon station, delivering an end-to-end solution for countering drones and shortening the sensor-to-shooter cycle.
HDT Global’s Hunter WOLF is a highly maneuverable hybrid electric UGV with an internal diesel / JP-8 genset, capable of offloading 15kW of power, is purpose-designed to support over 20 modular mission payloads. Equipped with DRS’s RPS-42 radar for long-range detection and tracking, it empowers the SMASH Hopper LRCWS to engage threats from a safe standoff distance. The SMASH Hopper high hit probability promises precise, swift, safe, and simple hard-kill elimination of the threat. Altogether, it provides the operating force with an end-to-end remotely controlled kill chain against drone threats.
SMARTSHOOTER will also display the SMASH IWOO, the company’s latest system under development with the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD). This Fire Control System has an x8 variable zoom with a built-in LRF reaching distances beyond 600 meters.
Michal Mor, SMARTSHOOTER CEO, stated: “Securing this follow-on contract is a testament to the proven effectiveness of our SMASH fire control systems within the U.S. Army. Fielded and operationally deployed by friendly forces worldwide, these systems continue to redefine small arms capabilities. Our collaboration with DRS RADA and HDT Global further exemplifies our commitment to delivering comprehensive, tailored solutions that address the evolving landscape of defense challenges.”
SMASH is a weapon Fire Control System (FCS) equipped with an onboard computer to perform complex targeting solutions. Once the user identifies the target (independently or using the detection system guidance) and locks on it, SMASH tracks its movements and synchronizes the shot release to ensure a fast and precise hit on the target. The SMASH Family of fire control systems uses Artificial Intelligence, computer vision, and advanced algorithms to ensure precise hit capabilities, enhance forces’ situational awareness and lethality, and reduce collateral damage. It enables the platoon to be smart, precise, and connected.
SMARTSHOOTER is a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms. With a rich record in designing unique solutions for the warfighter, SMARTSHOOTER technology enhances mission effectiveness through the ability to accurately engage and eliminate ground, aerial, static or moving targets during both day and night operations.
Designed to help military and law enforcement professionals swiftly and accurately neutralize their targets, the company’s combat-proven SMASH Family of Fire Control Systems increase assault rifle lethality while keeping friendly forces safe and reducing collateral damage. With a unique technology that makes it possible for every battlefield element to be connected with every other battlefield element, SMASH creates a micro-tactical network that dramatically enhances real-time situational awareness and ensures that the entire platoon shares a common operational picture.
The company’s experienced team of engineers combine electro-optics, computer vision technologies, real-time embedded software, ergonomics, and system engineering to provide cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for modern conflicts.
Fielded and operational, SMARTSHOOTER’s SMASH family of solutions provides end-users with a “One Shot – One Hit” capability across multiple mission areas, creating a significant advantage for the infantry soldier and ultimately revolutionizing the world of small arms and optics.
SMARTSHOOTER’s headquarters are based in Yagur, Israel, and its American subsidiary is based in Maryland. The company also has a European subsidiary in Düsseldorf, Germany, and an Australian subsidiary in Canberra. For further information, please visit www.SMART-SHOOTER.com
04 Oct 23. Sentient’s AI-enabled optical sensors, ViDAR, detected targets at high altitudes across land and sea for next generation ISR operations.
- Successful flight trials done for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) across multi-domains prove utility of AI-enabled, persistent, wide area motion imagery for long range surveillance at greater standoff distance.
- Confirmation of high detection accuracy at 30,000 ft for ISR missions announced at AUSA (Association of the United States Army), Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC, 9-11 Oct.’23.
- Next phase development of deep learning analytic to recognize a wider range of targets for real-time intelligence.
Sentient Vision Systems’ (Sentient) Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled sensor solution, ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), has successfully completed a demonstration of a range of detections at high operating altitudes of 30,000 ft.
The mission objectives set by the ADF focused on technology to provide effective methods to detect, locate and track small objects in complex environments. According to Sentient, ViDAR’s superior deep learning and computer vision solution provides faster processing and more accurate detections, enabling commanders to detect and see critical elements for immediate situational awareness on the battlefield.
1: Wide area reconnaissance: Sentient scanned 2000km2/hr while detecting objects of interest including people, vehicles and vessels. This is 30 times faster than a HD turret.
- Surveillance overwatch: Observe specific locations in a busy environment and report on activity.
This achievement of a modular, AI-enabled payload with 2 modes of observation that provides accurate detections in multi-domain operations is timely as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia deepen ties through the AUKUS trilateral agreement, with Pillar II focusing on the AI workstream. Collaboration with allies provides data diversity which enhances detection and classification accuracies to help operators make better decisions in an information-overloaded environment.
The flight’s data performance will be a key discussion point with the US Army, OEMs, and system integrators at AUSA for Sentient’s executives including US-based Business Development Directors, Brent Bergen, and Damien Tyrell, as well as Australia-based Mich Mak, Product Strategy Director and Callum McGregor, Chief Technology Officer.
Callum McGregor explained: “The capability sets demonstrated not only met, and in many cases exceeded the mission objectives, but also importantly provided a road map for US and allied forces deployment of advanced, low signature sensor solutions with onboard processing. Clearly the modularity and interoperability of Sentient’s technologies for AUKUS Pillar 2 sets the scene for a raft of integration on crewed and uncrewed airborne platforms.”
The benefits to military operators are manifold and include:
- ViDAR is platform agnostic, is interoperable with any mission systems and also comes with an intuitive GUI requiring minimal logistics and training support.
- Improved versatility with scanning and overwatch sensors provide joint forces with both land and maritime capabilities.
- Provide high accuracy data: detect, locate, classify and track at 30,000 feet for ISR.
Brent Bergen added: “Lessons learnt in Ukraine demonstrate the need for real-time intelligence – and that demands AI-enabled surveillance technologies to flag targets of interest before they become threats.”
Sentient is working with a variety of US partners and platforms including the VXE30 Stalker. With close to 4,500 systems deployed, Sentient’s AI-enabled sensor edge solutions for wide area motion imagery is proven for detection and identification in missions worldwide.
04 Oct 23. 3U OpenVPX™ 100G Ethernet Switch Simplifies System Integration with High-Speed Copper and Rugged Optical Connectivity and Dual-Enclave Security. New Fabric100™ VPX3-6826 supports independent Data Plane and Control Plane switching fabrics and enables dual-domain security environments – complements the recently introduced VPX3-1262 14-core Intel Raptor Lake Hybrid Processor SBC to provide system designers with a powerful SOSA™ aligned 100G 3U processing board-set.
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division today introduced the VPX3-6826, a SOSA aligned 100G Data Plane and Control Plane Ethernet Switch for foundational next-generation rugged processing systems. Designed and optimized to provide the low-latency, high-speed Ethernet backbone required by modern fiber-distributed aerospace and defense sensor processing architectures, the new Ethernet switch maximizes connectivity and simplifies system building with both high-speed copper VPX backplane ports and field proven rugged optical ports. To enable dual-domain security environments, the VPX3-6826 supports independent Data Plane and Control Plane switching fabrics with a rich set of multi-layer L2 switching and L3 routing features. The module also offers a complete suite of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) capabilities ideal for enabling time-sensitive and deterministic traffic on the Control Plane. Available as a conduction-cooled 3U OpenVPX Ethernet switch, the module supports up to thirty-six (36) Data Plane Ethernet ports at speeds of 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, or 100G, and up to twelve (12) Control Plane 1G or 10G Ethernet ports.
“Our Fabric100 family delivers a complete end-to-end solution for architecting 100Gbit SOSA aligned rugged systems,” said Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division. “The 3U VPX3-6826 Ethernet switch module joins the Fabric100 suite to provide the high-speed switching and support for dual-enclave security that today’s advanced sensor architectures demand.”
About the VPX3-6826 Ethernet Switch
The VPX3-6826 complements the simultaneously introduced VPX3-1262 14-core Intel Raptor Lake Hybrid Processor single board computer (SBC). Both modules are the latest additions to Curtiss-Wright’s new Fabric100 family of extremely high-performance SOSA aligned processing modules that brings 100Gbit Ethernet and high-performance PCIe Gen4 interconnect speeds to tomorrow’s new generation of rugged deployable computing architectures. Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 is the only embedded ecosystem that delivers uncompromised, full 100GbE connectivity across a comprehensive range of secure 3U and 6U VPX form factor plug-in cards (PIC) and systems. Designed in alignment with the SOSA Technical Standard, the VPX3-6826 delivers line-rate switching for demanding ISR and mission-critical processing applications. Fully rugged, the VPX3-6826 is validated for deployment in the harshest environments and is available with conduction-cooled L300 ruggedization and is suitable for high-reliability embedded ground, naval, airborne, and commercial/industrial applications.
The versatile, high-performance non-blocking Ethernet Switch provides up to 24 ports of Data Plane and 7 or 8 ports of Control Plane backplane copper connectivity. To simplify external connectivity, the module supports additional optional front-panel optical interfaces for the Data Plane and Control Plane on field-proven rugged optical connectors. The VPX3-6826 is a fully managed multi-layer Ethernet switch that offers an extensive range of network services, including efficient multicast packet processing and flexible quality of service (QoS) prioritization with a powerful range of security features. On-board management software provides a powerful command line interface (CLI), SNMP, and web-based options for configuration, management and monitoring.
TSN Support for Deterministic Ethernet
TSN, an emerging IEEE standard rapidly gaining widespread interest, offers real-time deterministic Ethernet that can coexist with standard Ethernet. Curtiss-Wright has incorporated TSN technology into many of its new 3U Fabric100 products including both the VPX3-6826 Ethernet Switch and VPX3-1262 SBC.
About Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 Suite of 3U and 6U OpenVPX Modules and Systems
Today, system integrators struggle to satisfy their C5ISR applications’ insatiable appetite for sharing ever-increasing volumes of information. The higher-speed interconnects required to support these performance demands pose significant integration challenges for systems integrators. What’s more, the ability to meet the industry’s goal of simplified interoperability, in other words, to quickly and effectively build systems using open standards-based building blocks and make them work well together, becomes increasingly riskier as system designers migrate to faster 16Gbaud and 25Gbaud signaling technology and faster data throughput architectures. To address this daunting problem and reduce the system design risks associated with higher-speed interconnects, Curtiss-Wright has developed Fabric100, a complete end-to-end ecosystem of high-speed rugged OpenVPX modules and system components. It is not enough to simply provide 100G connections between a system’s modules yet fail to support the ability to process all this data within the modules themselves. Recognizing that, Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 board architectures are designed to deliver full 100G performance through the entire processing chain, eliminating data bottlenecks that might otherwise compromise system performance..
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04 Oct 23. New Intel 13th Gen Hybrid CPU Powered 3U OpenVPX Processing Engine is First SOSA Aligned SBC to Support Time-Sensitive Networking for Deterministic Ethernet. New Fabric100™ VPX3-1262 SBC features the 14-core Intel Raptor Lake Hybrid Processor to deliver more cores and higher performance than all previous Intel architecture based SBCs.
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division today introduced the VPX3-1262 single board computer (SBC), the latest addition to its new Fabric100™ family of extremely high-performance SOSA aligned processing engines. The rugged 3U OpenVPX module, designed to meet the 3U I/O Intensive and Payload SOSA profiles, is powered by Intel’s 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” 14-core hybrid architecture processor. The VPX3-1262 is the industry’s first SOSA aligned plug-in-card (PIC) to support Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) on 1G and 10G Ethernet ports to provide deterministic Ethernet switching for time-critical data communications and complements Curtiss-Wright’s simultaneously introduced VPX3-6826 Ethernet switch, a new Fabric100 3U OpenVPX 100G Data Plane and Control Plane switch that also supports TSN. The VPX3-1262 SBC is ideal for use in general computing, mission processing, virtualized application hosting, High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems, and multi-SBC systems for advanced processing and ISR applications.
“Our Fabric100 family delivers a complete end-to-end solution for architecting 100Gbit SOSA aligned rugged systems,” said Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division. “The new 3U OpenVPX VPX3-1262 single board computer, combined with our VPX3-6826 Ethernet switch, delivers a powerful performance optimized boardset that eliminates system bottlenecks for maximum performance.”
About Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 Suite of 3U and 6U OpenVPX™ Modules and Systems
Fabric100 brings 100Gbit Ethernet and high-performance PCIe Gen4 interconnect speeds to tomorrow’s new generation of rugged deployable computing architectures. Today, system integrators struggle to satisfy their C5ISR applications’ insatiable appetite for sharing ever-increasing volumes of information. The higher-speed interconnects required to support these performance demands pose significant integration challenges for systems integrators. What’s more, the ability to meet the industry’s goal of simplified interoperability, in other words, to quickly and effectively build systems using open standards-based building blocks and make them work well together, becomes increasingly riskier as system designers migrate to faster 16Gbaud and 25Gbaud signaling technology and faster data throughput architectures. To address this daunting problem and reduce the system design risks associated with higher-speed interconnects, Curtiss-Wright has developed Fabric100, a complete end-to-end ecosystem of high-speed rugged OpenVPX modules and system components. It is not enough to simply provide 100G connections between a system’s modules yet fail to support the ability to process all this data within the modules themselves. Recognizing that, Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 board architectures are designed to deliver full 100G performance through the entire processing chain, eliminating data bottlenecks that might otherwise compromise system performance.
About the VPX3-1262 SBC
Providing 25-40% more performance than Intel 9th Gen “Coffee Lake” processors and 75% more processing cores than the preceding 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” architecture, the VPX3-1262’s 14-core Raptor Lake hybrid processor increases processing efficiency by maintaining the same power requirements of the earlier devices. Intel’s first hybrid architecture embedded processor, the Raptor Lake features 14 cores and includes six (6) hyper-threading, high-performance P-cores (Performance) for complex workloads and eight (8) high-efficiency E-cores (Efficiency) offering significant power savings for less time-critical tasks. Both types of cores operate simultaneously and offer full instruction set compatibility. The processor is supported with up to 64 GB of high-speed, dual-channel DDR5 memory with ECC and up to 480 GB of onboard NVME storage for applications with demanding storage, data logging and sensor processing requirements.
System expansion and connectivity are provided by a 100G Ethernet Data Plane with RDMA/RoCEv2, PCI Express® (PCIe) Gen4 Expansion Plane, 10G Ethernet Control & Data Plane with TSN, and an XMC mezzanine site.
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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global integrated business that provides highly engineered products, solutions and services mainly to Aerospace & Defense markets, as well as critical technologies in demanding Commercial Power, Process and Industrial markets. We leverage a workforce of approximately 8,400 highly skilled employees who develop, design and build what we believe are the best engineered solutions to the markets we serve. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright, headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina, has a long tradition of providing innovative solutions through trusted customer relationships. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.
04 Oct 23. The Moog Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform to be Featured in Four Exhibits at AUSA 2023 East Aurora, NY (October 5, 2023) – Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Defense Sector’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP®) will be on exhibit in four locations during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition 2023. RIwP is a proven, modular, and scalable remote turret providing unmatched capacity to host multi-domain payloads for current and future ground-combat platforms. Designed to be weapon, sight, and platform agnostic, RIwP can be configured to meet the full spectrum of remote turret-related missions with a standard base assembly being the centerpiece to build tailorable and reconfigurable “plug-and-play” weapons solutions. “We are excited to have the RIwP turret on display in four different applications at AUSA 2023. Thousands of attendees from the military and industry will be able to see the vast capability of this innovative, reconfigurable turret fit for multiple missions,” said Tony Peck, Turreted Weapon Systems Director, Moog Inc.
The Moog booth (#1951) will feature RIwP with a 30mm gun, both Stinger and Coyote missile launchers, a tethered UAS, and radars on a turret stand. Additionally, an APKWS 70mm rocket launcher and an additional Stinger launcher will be on display to demonstrate other RIwP configuration possibilities. A second RIwP system will be on display in BAE Systems’ booth (#925). This Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) solution will feature a 30mm gun, dual Stinger missile launchers along with radars integrated onto BAE Systems’ tracked Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) platform. The third RIwP turret on display at AUSA 2023 will be in General Dynamics Land Systems’ (GDLS) booth (#6027). This SHORAD RIwP configuration will host a 30mm gun, dual Stinger missile launchers, and a tethered UAS along with radars integrated onto GDLS’ Tracked Robot 10-ton (TRX) platform. Finally, a fourth RIwP exhibit will be in Leonardo DRS’ booth (#1209). The Mobile-Low, Slow, Small UAS Integrated Defeat System (MLIDS) Increment 2.1 Stryker configuration includes a 30mm gun and dual Coyote Block II missile launchers integrated onto a Stryker wheeled vehicle. Leonardo DRS is the lead vehicle integrator for the Army’s mobile C-UAS program, MLIDS.
04 Oct 23. Moog to Feature Multi-Domain Mission-Critical Capabilities at AUSA 2023. Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) will exhibit key multi-domain, mission-critical solutions to an expected audience of over 33,000 attendees at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition 2023. Moog will host visitors in Booth 1951 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC from October 9-11. Exhibit features in the Moog booth include its Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP®), a Hybrid-Electric HE350 Air Vehicle, and the weapon Stores Management System (SMS). Additional highlights include Moog’s Flexible Mission Platform (FMPTM), precision missile steering systems, slip rings designed for transferring power and high speed data, as well as other motion control products. The RIwP turret will feature a 30mm gun, Stinger and Coyote missile launchers, a tethered UAS, and radars on a turret stand. Additionally, an APKWS Fletcher launcher and an additional Stinger launcher will be on display to demonstrate other RIwP configuration possibilities. The weapon- and platform-agnostic RIwP provides industry leading capability to host maximum lethality missile payloads while increasing warfighter survivability with the ability to reload direct fire weapons under the protection of armor. Moog will also feature the HE350 Recluse Autonomous Hybrid Electric Aircraft. The aircraft will be configured with a standard A22 cargo bag.
The transformational capability of the Recluse addresses contested logistics with agile, predictive, and precise resupply. A Hughes’ Model 369/OH-6C aircraft demonstrator will host Moog’s weapon SMS including: the Moog Dual Rail Hellfire Launcher, Trident LGR-3 launcher, a M134 Mini Gun, and a M260 7-shot rocket pod. This proven, lightweight rugged system is an affordable solution to add weapon stores management on air, land, and sea platforms. Product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Finally, the Moog exhibit will also include: • The FMP, a payload, mission, and platform agnostic weapon system which allows users to seamlessly integrate the weapon, sensor, or other mission package of their choice on any type of vehicle or container platform • A missile model demonstrating how Moog’s precision missile steering and seeker motors integrate to an All Up Round (AUR) • High-performance slip rings that provide power and high-speed data transfer for rugged applications, and various motion control solutions. A dynamic gimbal assembly demonstrates how these products are integrated for optimal operation. The gimbal supports various payloads, including electro-optical/infrared systems
05 Oct 23. Galvion demonstrates ‘Charge on the Move’ vehicle mounted soldier power solution at AUSA ’23. Galvion, a world leader in power and data management solutions and innovative head protection systems, will be demonstrating their “Charge on the Move” vehicle mounted soldier power solution, in response to emerging requirements to provide power and battery charging to dismounted troops while they are being transported in vehicles. This announcement coincides with AUSA, taking place in Washington DC, 9-11 October 2023, where Galvion is exhibiting this system alongside their wider product offering on booth #618.
The foundation of Galvion’s Charge on the Move solution is the field-proven and widely adopted Squad Power Manager™ (SPM) in a vehicle mounted configuration in order to streamline the connection between the onboard vehicle power systems and Galvion’s personal-worn power and data systems. The SPM converts vehicle power for direct operator use and provides smart charging when needed— no need for a large generator or extra batteries. Input power can be done through NATO tactical connections, via DC “cigarette” plug adapter, or direct from the vehicle battery, on-board AC or solar. The system is compatible with most tactical vehicles currently in use. Working in conjunction with Galvion’s power and data ecosystem, dismounted soldiers connect into the system using Galvion’s Personal Worn Scavenger™ (PWS) via low-profile, sealed magnetic connection, which provides quick connect-disconnect capability day or night and while wearing gloves, and gives a more secure and robust link. Operators can keep radios and other mission-critical equipment running while simultaneously trickle-charging personal-worn batteries and equipment. Additionally, Galvion’s proprietary Nerv Centr® Application, an integrated capability with the 2-Port Power & Data Hub™ (PDH-2), allows operators to monitor power supply versus demand, enabling quick analysis of power requirements. Up to four soldiers can connect to the SPM simultaneously, allowing dismounted soldiers to step off the vehicle fully charged and ready-to-go.
Kristen Lomastro, President of Active Systems at Galvion, said: “This Charge on the Move solution further optimizes the functionality and efficiency of our power management and wearable power & data ecosystems, taking up minimal real estate but providing maximum value. System interoperability builds flexibility and agility for the warfighter and increases their ability to respond and adapt to changes in operational demands. Lessening the burden on the individual operator and unit, whether physical, cognitive, or logistic, drives everything we do at Galvion, and this solution ticks all the boxes to enhance performance and support mission success.”
04 Oct 23. Canada will again feature prominently at this year’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition (October 9-11) – the largest defence trade show in North America, featuring more than 31,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors. The Canada Pavilion will showcase the innovative technologies and defence capabilities of more than 40 participating Canadian companies (link to directory). Media are invited to stop by the Canada Pavilion, located at Booth #3503, to learn more about Canadian capabilities in the defence sector.
On Monday, October 9 at 11:30 am EST, there will be a ribbon-cutting opening ceremony at the Canada Pavilion, led by Arun Alexander, Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States of America (bio link), Lieutenant-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army (bio link), and Bobby Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (bio link). Joining them will be participating companies and government departments, including:
- Embassy of Canada to the United States in Washington, D.C.
- Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
- Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND)
- Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
- Canadian Association of Defence and Securities Industries (CADSI)
Canada and the United States share an exceptional and historic defence industrial base partnership that spans more than 75 years. We continue to have the most integrated defence industrial base in the world and our defence relationship is deep and meaningful. We are each other’s closest friends, partners and allies. Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine has further strengthened our alliance and defending democracy is at the heart of our commitment to stand with Ukraine. 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 Artificial Intelligence (AI) to holographics, engineering to advanced manufacturing, Canada’s defence industry is pushing technology forward. We’ve brought some of our brightest and most exciting and innovative companies to AUSA 2023. The Canada Pavilion is excited to showcase what they bring to NATO, the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB), and continental defence partners.
03 Oct 23. Asio Technologies, a renowned developer and manufacturer of geospatial position systems and tactical defense solutions, will present its GNSS-denied vision-based navigation solution for UAVs at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC. The company announces that it has recently completed the delivery of 100 systems to a strategic defense customer. This is a follow-on order emphasizing the distinctive benefits of Asio Technologies’ unique navigation solution for defense clients and drone manufacturers.
The company’s vision-based navigation system is a cutting-edge, jam-proof navigation solution that ensures uninterrupted operations from takeoff to landing for drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). By leveraging state-of-the-art machine vision technology, artificial intelligence (AI), advanced optics, and sensor fusion capabilities, it enables accurate and autonomous GNSS-free navigation, even in environments where the GNSS signal is compromised, jammed, or simply unavailable. It is a lightweight vision-based navigation system for tactical platforms where size, weight, and power are defining parameters.
At AUSA, the company will also showcase its ORION system: a rugged and secured mobile system for dismounted forces, enabling mission planning and real-time navigation. Using Android platform, ORION (or OLAR/AMUD – as called by the IDF) enables mission planning, positioning, and enhanced situational awareness using the GIS database and Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities. ORION serves the individual soldier or commander up to the battalion level, allowing them to get real-time updates from each other regarding friendly and hostile forces, as well as additional mission-critical information. It can communicate and interface with other ASIO Technologies tactical solutions, such as the LYNX tactical handheld day/night augmented reality situation awareness system, to provide a fully integrated tactical combat suit for ground forces.
David Harel, CEO of Asio Technologies: “We are honored to present our solutions at the AUSA exhibition and seal another substantial delivery of our vision-based navigation solution to a key customer. Asio Technologies’ innovative navigation solutions provide complete autonomy for drone operations as well as ensure that infantry soldiers will have the most accurate real-time information in the palm of their hands.”
About Asio Technologies
Asio Technologies serves the defense and paramilitary markets, specializing in geospatial position systems encompassing navigation, positioning, mission planning, and mission management. Asio Technologies prides itself in holding several innovative registered patents in positioning and north finding.
With a core focus on target acquisition, augmented orientation, mission planning, and a common language for the tactical command level, Asio’s solutions are based on actual operational experience ranging from surveillance and reconnaissance to targeting and weapons guidance. Over the years, Asio has built a track record of manufacturing and supplying dozens of combat-proven innovative solutions, according to Mil-specs and ISO standards. For more information, please visit www.navigationguard.com www.Asiotech.com
06 Oct 23. Rekord Structures Base Life Support Systems Offer Turn-Key Solutions for the U.S. Military, FEMA, and Border Patrol. Rekord creates customized, rapid-deployment structures that exceed military standards. In the wake of a global pandemic, increasing climate migration and extreme weather events that cost over $1bn, high-quality shelters with rapid-deployment capabilities have become increasingly necessary for multiple United States organizations. Rekord Structures’ Base Life Support Systems are turn-key, rapid-deployment packages that provide FEMA, U.S. military bases, and border patrol with durable structures that are made in America and exceed the United States’ military’s rigid guidelines.
Rekord Structures’ Base Life Support (BLS) structures are fully-operational base camps that can accommodate teams ranging from 100 to 20,000 people. Instead of needing to call multiple organizations to set up base camp amenities, Rekord can single-handedly customize, deliver, and install a reliable and comfortable base camp, complete with kitchen, laundry, bathroom, electric, and HVAC services, as well as a full-time maintenance team set up, within 72 hours to one week (depending on the size of the BLS). Officials can also select optional features such as blackout capabilities, camouflage patterns, climate control systems, and secure entry points. Rekord’s Base Life Support Systems are comprehensive solutions for establishing secure and functional base camps in remote or austere locations. These systems include interconnected tents, logistics support structures, power distribution, water supply, sanitation facilities, and other essential components. Rekord operations provides on-site logistics and operations management required for the military and government, which includes delivery, setup, operation, maintenance, breakdown, and the removal of logistical support areas.
BLS tents have been operational at West Point in the United States, where they serve as training bases to demonstrate what life will be like once troops deploy. Rekord’s Base Life Support turn-key packages take the stress out of setting up base camp, offering a fully-operational, durable, weather-resistant base camp, set up in as little as 72 hours.
“Our Base Life Support Systems can be used for various applications, from a special forces command center to a base camp system for training exercises and from tactical shelters for disaster response to medical units,” said the Business Development Manager of Rekord Structures, Yuliia Nevmerzhytska.
Base Life Support is just one model of Rekord’s military structures. These structures all offer exceptional durability through aluminum and steel framing with modular joints, weather protection through tensile strength and abrasion resistance, and a lasting, PVC-layered, water-resistant material that protects against UV rays and offers respite from the rigors of military life.
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Rekord Structures is an innovative architectural design, engineering consultancy, and semi-permanent structural manufacturing company that works with high-quality tensioned fabric membranes. Rekord combines its 20 years of construction experience with a focus on the rigorous needs of the U.S. military. Rekord offers organizations in various industries a turn-key partner to develop customized structures that meet national and international standards. Visit rekordstructures.us for more.
09 Oct 23. Auterion, the company building the software-defined future for mobile robotics and powering the world’s leading drone manufacturers, has released an update to its popular all-in-one autonomy solution for drones, Skynode X. Auterion’s technology for autonomous computing empowers a diverse range of robots to perform high-risk and mundane tasks, deliver goods, and aid in life-saving missions.
Skynode X not only preserves all the foundational capabilities of the original product, it also grants access to the most advanced technology available, guaranteeing superior performance, unwavering reliability, and impeccable precision. Highlights include:
- A powerful yet lightweight design that is 30 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. All core components are combined into one single hardware, allowing easy integration into small or space-constrained vehicles without sacrificing performance capabilities.
- Incorporates the latest Flight Management Unit (FMU), FMUv6x, which brings upgraded performance, stability and reliability. With 2x the compute power and 2x RAM, it provides more headroom for the operation of larger vehicles requiring features like large CAN networks.
- Enhanced computer vision support. The new vision software development kit can be used to develop custom applications for Skynode X or install third-party applications that add new functionality like GPS-denied navigation, vision-guided landing on moving landing pads and obstacle detection.
“Skynode and AuterionOS drive the adoption of software-defined robotic fleets by offering the highest levels of integration.” said Lorenz Meier, CEO and Founder of Auterion. “The Skynode X updates ensure we are meeting the autonomy, reliability and flexibility that our customers need, so large retailers can utilize and scale drone delivery programs and governments can perform their missions more efficiently and safely.”
Since its first release in 2020, Skynode has enabled dozens of manufacturers to successfully develop a range of robotics systems powered by the Auterion operating system. These drones carry out a variety of tasks, including repetitive, precise or even dangerous tasks in any commercial or government setting. Current uses include search and rescue missions, cargo delivery, mapping dangerous terrain and surveillance missions.
Skynode X can be used on any size vehicle – multicopters, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, ground rovers and boats. Other features:
- Provides an all-in-one solution at relatively low cost to integrate the Auterion software platform into different types of robots – reducing the time and costs of hardware and software integration.
- Combines all core components into single hardware, making it easier to integrate than having to assemble many individual components.
- Supports large organizations to build on top of open-source foundations.
- Enables vehicle manufacturers to gain value in the open-source hardware/software ecosystem.
Auterion is a cutting-edge operating system for autonomous computing that empowers a diverse range of autonomous robots to perform high-risk to mundane tasks, deliver goods, and aid in life-saving missions. Our industry-leading software drives the adoption of robotic fleets for a variety of commercial and public sector industries. Join the Auterion movement and experience the power of next-generation computing.
Learn more about Auterion at https://auterion.com/.
05 Oct 23. BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of innovative defense technology and solutions, showcases its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) family of solutions, including the SPREOS Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system, at next week’s AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC. This year’s presence is BIRD’s biggest yet as it joins forces with esteemed American partner, SNC in Hall A.
Building on BIRD’s extensive experience in the Airborne Self-Protection (ASE) sector and SNC’s formidable presence in both domestic and international defense markets, the team aims to maximize opportunities to safeguard the warfighter across a broad spectrum of military and civil aircraft. Additionally, SNC will take on the responsibility of manufacturing AMPS in the United States, reinforcing BIRD’s commitment to localizing production and ensuring that these critical defense solutions are readily available to a diverse range of customers, both domestically and internationally.
BIRD’s AMPS provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), including man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS). The system is designed to automatically detect, verify and foil SAM attacks through the use of countermeasure decoys (flares and chaff) and DIRCM that jam missiles’ IR seekers and protect the aircraft. BIRD’s SPREOS, the most advanced and lightweight DIRCM solution available today, is a patented system for missile approach verification, tracking and laser jamming. With almost no false alarms, SPREOS precisely assesses the nature of the threat, tracking it and cueing an advanced dual-band Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) to defeat the threat.
BIRD AMPS have been delivered to the U.S. Army for diverse programs worldwide over the last 15 years. The AMPS is fully compliant with the U.S. Army’s Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) and can easily integrate with other controls and systems.
Ronen Factor, Co-CEO and founder at BIRD Aerosystems: “The close alignment between BIRD and SNC is evident in their shared commitment to excellence and in their corporate DNA and spirit. This partnership extends beyond the immediate horizon, with SNC poised to create local derivatives of BIRD’s systems, ensuring they are manufactured and maintained to meet specific domestic requirements. Together, BIRD and SNC have already embarked on exploring joint business opportunities, with promising prospects on the horizon. Simultaneously, they are diligently formulating comprehensive, long-term strategic objectives that promise substantial mutual benefits and advancements in defense technology.”
About BIRD Aerosystems
BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of innovative defense technology and solutions, protects fleets and ground assets of governments and related agencies. BIRD secures these assets via its industry-leading missile protection, and border task force, solutions. It provides turn-key programs, including design and certification services, as well as installation in its Maintenance and Repair Organization (MRO). The company integrates world-class engineering with its patented technology to deliver end-to-end airborne and land protection solutions to customers like the US government, UN Air Operations, NATO forces and leading defense organizations.
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