11 Oct 19. The 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition 14 – 16 Walter E. Washington Conventiona Centra, Washington, DC, USA. October 2019.
! We look forward to seeing you at this important event. This year’s theme, “America’s Army: Ready Now, Investing in the Future,” will be prevalent throughout the Annual Meeting, including in the sessions and on the exhibit hall floor. We are expecting a very busy week and hope that you can take advantage of everything this event has to offer.
10 Oct 19. Excelitas has strong showing at AUSA. Excelitas has used this year’s AUSA to show off a new range of advanced technologies. This large exhibit confirms not only the extensive technology inherent within Excelitas but how the company has expanded into areas outside its traditional camera and EO/IR systems.
“This year at AUSA Excelitas builds on its heritage as a global technology leader delivering innovative, customized solutions for mission-critical defense and aerospace applications. On our booth (300) we are showing the latest long range surveillance systems alongside cutting edge weapon sighting capability for the Dismounted User. Our experts are on hand to advise.” Craig Taylor of Qioptiq told the Editor.
Excelitas supports safer landing of helicopters in extreme conditions
The unique solutions provided by Excelitas are intended to support system designers of Laser Turbulence Systems. The CIPRM – Coherent InGaAs PIN Balanced Receiver Module allows the detection of small changes above the interfering noise floor of incoming optical signals, cancelling out the common optical noise. This module, as well as our hybrid receivers – from the C30659 series, are used to detect obstacles around helicopters operating in brownout situations, as well as detecting turbulence of aerosols which ultimately aids smoother flight trajectories.
Eric Desfonds – Product Leader explains “this enables the design of systems to ease safer landing of helicopters in extreme conditions. Further detection of wind turbulence can ultimately help save fuel and insure smoother flight paths for personnel.”
Beyond the standard catalog parts, Excelitas can provide further custom packaging, screening and qualification to meet the most stringent operating conditions. ITAR-free and BAFA-free solutions are available.
Excelitas expanding Laser Range Finder (LRF) Receivers Capability.
Laser Range Finders will benefit from improved Emitter and Receiver capability over longer distances.
Excelitas is expanding capacity for InGaAs APD designed for Laser Range Finder (LRF) Receivers, as well as introducing a new generation of Pulsed Laser Diodes for LRF Emitters. Receivers have fast response and high optical dynamics for long distance Range Finders. Emitters operate at eye safe wavelengths of 1550nm and offers an improved efficiency.
Eric Desfonds – Product leader explains “The new generation of 1550nm Pulsed Laser Diode have a much better efficiency than previous generations. That allows up to 100W of optical peak power with reduced use of battery power on hand-held devices.”
Laser Range Finders will benefit from improved Emitter and Receiver capability over much longer distances, which will also deliver lower false alarms during operation. Beyond the standard catalog parts, Excelitas can provide further custom packaging, screening and qualification to meet the most stringent operating conditions, providing ITAR-free and BAFA-free solutions.
The latest generation of vehicular power supplies
Excelitas Technologies announces its successful completion of its latest generation of MIL-STD 1275E compliant vehicular power supplies helping our customers ensure mission success.
We congratulate our entire team having successfully completed a CDR with our customer who was looking for an exquisite solution for a mission critical system. “We also appreciate our customers’ support as we continue to add new and innovative products to help our customers achieve mission success. The design, development, and validation of this new power supply was executed flawlessly under a very compressed schedule. We continue to push the boundaries of size, weight and capability for advance power supplies, serving the most critical of applications”, said Excelitas’ Roy Streetz, VP Advanced Electronic Systems.
Excelitas designs and manufactures a wide range of power converters for communications, radar and threat detection and deterrence for a wide range of military systems including vehicles, missiles, and various fixed and rotary winged aircraft. MIL-STD 1275G compliance is a must for critical vehicular systems and compliance with complex military standards and is at the forefront of our design activities helping our customers ensure mission success.
We have the power – saving the smart bombs
Excelitas Technologies introduces better efficiency Pulsed Laser Diodes and fast photodiodes as Emitters and Receivers for Laser Proximity Sensors.
Excelitas is introducing better efficiency 905nm Pulsed Laser Diodes for Laser Proximity Sensors, together with a range of fast photodiodes – offering both the Emitter and the Receiver of Laser Proximity Sensor from the same manufacturer in Canada.
The better efficiency of the Pulsed Laser Diode allows designers of Laser Proximity Sensors to save power on board missiles and smart bombs. Low-cost and Surface-mounted design (SMD) versions are available for low cost sensors such as Height of Burst (HoB) for mortar.
“Laser Range Finders will also benefit from improved Emitter and Receiver for longer distance and low false alarm operation as well as saving power” commented Denis Boireau – Director of Business Development.
Beyond the standard catalog parts, Excelitas can provide further custom packaging, screening and qualification to meet the most stringent operating conditions. ITAR-free and BAFA-free solutions are available.
Excelitas ready to support demand for heated YAG-enhanced quadrant photodiodes.
Excelitas stand ready to support worldwide demand for heated YAG-enhanced quadrant photodiodes for the precision guided munition market, providing safer engagement distances for warfighters.
Intended for, amongst other applications, Munition guidance, Semi-Active Laser (SAL) seeker, Laser Spot Tracking (LST), and Laser seeker header, etc. Our extensive capability means we are ready to support both common cathode (N-type) and the continued support of common anode (P-type) seeker designs. Heating increases performance while smaller active areas enable guidance for smaller weapons, such as smart grenades and mortars.
Eric Desfonds – Product Leader, said “Localized heating of the Silicon photodiode, while slightly increasing the noise of the photodiode, greatly increases the responsivity. Rapid heating allows faster locking-in from a farther distance and safer engagement distances for warfighters.” Beyond the standard catalog parts, Excelitas can provide further custom packaging, screening and qualification to meet the most stringent operating conditions, delivering ITAR-free and BAFA-free solutions.
CheetIR-L: See Further, Detect Sooner
St. Asaph UK. Excelitas Qioptiq have launched an exciting new High Definition (HD) mid-wave infrared zoom camera optimised for long range surveillance, M-Shorad and counter UAS applications. CheetIR-L combines outstanding optics with the latest generation of High Operating Temperature, SXGA 10 mm sensor technology.
The camera delivers market leading resolution and sensitivity in a small, lightweight package. The continuous zoom lens offers fields of view of 1.7⁰ to 24⁰, enabling identification of a standard NATO target beyond at ranges beyond 8km. The high MTBF cooler significantly reduces through life operating costs and maximises operating lifetime. CheetIR-L offers a new paradigm in thermal imaging which delivers affordable, long range performance in a lightweight, rugged and compact form factor that can be widely deployed.
CheetIR-Cub: Compact VGA MWIR Camera for Covert Surveillance & Targeting
Affordable solution for high resolution 24 hour surveillance and targeting applications.
St. Asaph UK. Excelitas Qioptiq have launched an exciting new VGA mid-wave infrared zoom camera optimized for surveillance, targeting and covert applications. CheetIR-Cub combines outstanding optics with the latest generation of High Operating Temperature, VGA 10 mm sensor technology.
The continuous zoom lens offers fields of view of 1.8⁰ to 25⁰, enabling identification of a standard NATO target beyond 4km. The state of the art split-linear cooler provides near silent operation and rapid cool-down time. CheetIR-Cub offers a very affordable solution for high resolution 24 hour surveillance and targeting applications.
MERLIN Proves Mastery Over The Night
New Long Range Image Intensified Weapon Sight delivers mission critical enhancements.
MERLIN-LR is a new Image Intensified Clip-On weapon sight from Excelitas. This state-of-the-art sight is fully military qualified and is designed to be compatible with variable magnification day scopes for medium to longer range surveillance and target engagement. It attaches to Picatinny/NATO rails in front of the day sight via a locking quick release throw lever, and provides 24hr capability without the need to remove or re-zero the day sight.
MERLIN-LR is equipped with a high performance catadioptric objective lens and a bright, sharp, large aperture collimating optics to give a lightweight, compact yet rugged package. It is available with the latest P43 and P45 phosphor Image Intensifier Tubes, from the world’s leading suppliers.
Suitable for a wide variety of weapon systems:
- AR Platforms
- Designated Marksman Rifles
- Single Action Sniper Systems
(Up to and including 12.7mm/0.50 Calibre)
Dragon Sniper turns up the heat
New Uncooled Thermal Imager – In-line Thermal Weapon Sight
DRAGON-S12 is the new In-line Thermal Sight, and is part of the latest development in thermal imaging technology from Excelitas. Providing snipers with 24hr surveillance and target engagement capability, the sight is designed specifically to meet target and surveillance requirements for military customers and law enforcement agencies, providing high performance within a lightweight compact and rugged military qualified design. This delivers a capability to detect, recognize and identify man and vehicle targets 24hours a day, in poor visibility, in total darkness and through battlefield obscurants.
DRAGON-S12 utilizes a state of the art 640×480 format 12μm, 60Hz uncooled thermal sensor coupled with a near silent shutter, delivering class leading sensitivity and uniformity. The sight attaches to Picatinny and NATO accessory rails in front of the day sight via a quick release throw lever, providing 24hr capability without the need to remove or re-zero the day sight.
TALON Gets Its Claws into the Mission
The latest Image Intensified / Thermal – Fused Weapon Sight from Excelitas.
TALON is the new dual channel Fused Weapon Sight from Excelitas, providing the Dismounted Warfighter with an enhanced, multi waveband Detect, Recognize & Identify capability. This innovative sight combines the latest Image Intensified and uncooled Thermal Imaging capability in a single lightweight, compact yet rugged package and is fitted with a 12μm, 60Hz uncooled thermal sensor coupled with a high FOM Image Intensifier tube, in either Green or White Phosphor, delivering class leading sensitivity, uniformity and system latency.
TALON is a fully qualified military Weapon Sight designed specifically for short to medium range surveillance and target engagement, delivering a low power architecture in an ITAR free package. TALON attaches to Picatinny or NATO accessory rails in front of the day sight via a quick release throw lever, providing 24hr capability without the need to remove or re-zero the day sight.
SAKER – Fused Sight Soaring Above The Competition
SAKER is the new Medium Range Fused Weapon Sight from Excelitas, providing the Dismounted Warfighter with an enhanced, multi waveband Detect, Recognize & Identify capability. The sight is fitted with a 12μm, 60Hz uncooled thermal sensor coupled with a High FOM Image Intensifier Tube, in either Green or White Phosphor, delivering class leading sensitivity, uniformity and system latency.
SAKER provides a low power architecture and is a fully military qualified. Designed specifically for medium range surveillance and target engagement operations, it attaches to Picatinny or NATO accessory rails in front of the day sight via a quick release throw lever, providing 24hr capability without the need to remove or re-zero the day sight.
SAKER is a state-of-the-art system combining the latest Image Intensification and uncooled Thermal Imaging capability in a single lightweight, compact yet rugged package.
PHOENIX Rises to Deliver Enhanced Range Target Location & Engagement
The potential to integrate the MWIR-HOT technology into a robust, reliable and SWaP traded Weapon Sight has become a reality.
PHOENIX, is a suite of Dismounted VAS products that will provide the Warfighter with enhanced Observation, Target Location and Target Engagement capabilities, based upon a common thermal core and operating architecture, enhanced connectivity and capability growth potential.
PHOENIX-S provides long range observation and engagement capability – well aligned to the range capabilities of modern 0.338” and 0.5” Sniper Rifles and Ammunition, whilst still being sufficiently compact and lightweight to be utilized on 7.62 Sharpshooter / Support Weapon platforms.
PHOENIX-H shares the HOT Thermal Core and central processing with PHOENIX-S for commonality, but also features a digital day channel, Laser Range Finder, Laser Pointer, GPS and an advanced AHRS (Attitude and Reference Heading System) which provides accurate own and target location. As with all of Excelitas’s products, PHOENIX systems are ITAR free solutions, whilst utilizing the latest in sensor and display technologies.
About Excelitas Technologies
Excelitas Technologies® Corp. is a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, high performance Optronics and photonic solutions to meet the lighting, detection and optical technology needs of global customers. Serving a vast array of applications across Aerospace, Defence, Biomedical, Scientific, Consumer and Semiconductor sectors, Excelitas technologies stands committed to enabling our customer’s success in their end-markets.
Excelitas is at AUSA, booth #300
(See: Features, Excelitas has strong showing at AUSA By Julian Nettlefold)
10 Oct 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will showcase a full range of solutions for U.S. Army missions at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 14-16, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The Northrop Grumman exhibit (booth #6328) will feature advanced, end-to-end capabilities in avionics, integrated air and missile defense, cyber security, training, multifunction mission systems, precision weapons and ammunition.
“As a trusted, longtime supplier of equipment and services to the U.S. Army, Northrop Grumman is committed to delivering transformational capabilities in support of the service’s modernization plans,” said Bo Dyess, vice president, Army programs, Northrop Grumman. “We’re making the Army stronger with our extensive expertise and understanding of the multi-domain battle. Our solutions affordably and rapidly provide our customers with the decisive advantage needed for mission success.”
The company supports a number of critical programs for the U.S. Army, including the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS); Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) and Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM).
Northrop Grumman will also highlight a mixed reality training simulation, the company’s Bushmaster® family of Chain Guns® to include the XM913 50mm Chain Gun for the Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV), advanced medium and large caliber ammunition types and precision guidance capabilities for artillery system, and digital helicopter cockpit and integrated avionics solutions derived from the UH-60V Black Hawk program.
11 Oct 19. Strong Showing by General Dynamics at AUSA. General Dynamics at AUSA 2019: Investing Now in the U.S. Army’s Future
Three General Dynamics business units will be at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition to showcase innovation that enables multi-domain operations for the U.S. Army, including the ability to interoperate with key allies around the world.
General Dynamics, a global aerospace and defense company with a broad portfolio of products and services including combat vehicles, weapons systems, munitions and C4ISR solutions, will highlight how it enables the Army’s cross-functional teams by developing new, innovative and affordable solutions that meet their core needs.
General Dynamics Land Systems (Booth 803)
Stryker A1 MCWS: The Stryker A1 Medium Caliber Weapon System is the next generation of the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD), which is currently in theater with the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe. Featuring a lethal 30mm cannon mounted on a combat-proven Double-V Hull chassis, the Stryker A1 Medium Caliber Weapons Systems was successfully live fired in August 2019. It provides a solution for the Army’s operational need for greater lethality in the Stryker fleet. This low-risk, proven solution is ready to meet the Army’s program timelines.
General Dynamics Mission Systems (Booth 1007)
Bridging the Networks – Through internal investments, we have developed a Network Extension Kit to extend mobile network capability to Armored Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs). Tailored to improve and extend the Integrated Tactical Network and building on lessons learned from a similar effort with a Stryker BCT, it facilitates mobile and survivable command posts. We will also feature cloud-like capabilities in a Disconnected, Intermittent, Limited Bandwidth environment.
Multi-Domain Operations Weapons System – Multi-Domain Operations Weapons System – A platform independent capability that is an expeditionary, modular, tailorable, scalable platform providing mission command, armed reconnaissance, and artillery forward observer personnel with integration of SIGINT (signals intelligence), EW (electronic warfare) and cyber effects against anti-access/area denial threats. Features mounted jam-resistant friendly forces tracking capability, Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (MAPS) GEN-1 Technology and a tethered drone to bridge the ISR gap and to boost speed, precision and lethality on the battlefield.
Synthetic Training Environment – A next-generation extended reality live training solution providing a software-based, tailorable and fully immersive training experience. Partnering with the best of industry to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technologies, our solution provides capabilities now and sets the foundation for future solutions supporting the Army’s complex, multi-domain fight.
TACLANE-Nano (KG-175N) Encryptor – Now NSA-certified, is the smallest, lightest and most power efficient HAIPE (High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor) available today. TACLANE-Nano is designed with the latest in crypto modernization technology to provide protection for voice, video and data classified up to Top Secret at over 100 Mb/s aggregate throughput. It is Military Standard-810G ruggedized to withstand the rigors of any mobile environment from backpack to flyaway kit to deployable systems and platforms.
Tactical Cross Domain Solution (TACDS): Effective and accessible communications to and from deployed soldiers is essential during multi-domain operations. TACDS brings safe and secure information sharing to the tactical edge. As a low-cost, small Size, Weight and Power (SWaP), tamper-resistant cross domain solution, TACDS is ideal for almost any vehicle, mobile shelter, ground sensor system, aircraft, UAV or soldier-worn application. TACDS brings security to mission communication between commanders and the battlefield across multiple forces and domains.
Combat Electronics and Tactical Communications and Information Systems (TacCIS): A highly customizable, vehicle based information distribution system, this technology supports real-time, high-bandwidth, secure voice and data communications across the battlefield. Capabilities include best-in-class smart displays, advanced video processing, integrated fire control, smart power distribution, and battle management solutions. These systems enable operators to rapidly assess tactical data, communicate efficiently, and execute orders with confidence in the most unpredictable environments.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Booth 815):
Iron Fist Light Active Protection System (APS): The Iron Fist Light is an active protection system that uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance from the defended combat vehicles. The system provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environments. Its low size and weight, versatile high-performance, ability to minimize residual penetration and ease of integration position Iron Fist Light as an optimal active protection solution for any fighting vehicle.
XM1113 Rocket Assisted Projectile (RAP): The XM1113 RAP is an extended range projectile that uses rocket technology to deliver greater thrust to a round, enabling current U.S. field artillery 155mm systems the ability to fire to a range of 40km, a 30% increase from M549A1 projectiles. This capability enhances performance and increases safety for the artillery warfighter. This round is one of the most critical components of the U.S. Army’s Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) strategy and Extended Range Cannon Artillery program.
Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR PGK): The Long Range Precision Guidance Kit is a course correcting fuze that provides near precision accuracy for current and future 155mm High Explosive projectiles. The LR PGK uses state of the art technologies to develop a next generation guidance kit that operates in GPS contested environments. This system greatly decreases collateral damage and provides a sophisticated approach to defeating threats on the modern battlefield. LR PGK is compatible with the XM1113 Rocket Assisted Projectile and future long-range artillery systems to meet LRPF Indirect Fire program objectives.
11 Oct 19. Rheinmetall at AUSA 2019 – Providing Next Generation Solutions to Meet the US Army’s Highest Priority Modernization Challenges Rheinmetall to Feature Autonomous Combat Vehicle Capabilities, 130mm Main Gun, Suite of Enhanced Lethality Technologies, More At this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, DC, on October 14–16, Rheinmetall will be showcasing a wide array of next-generation lethal technologies that address many of the Army’s top modernization priorities. These include the next-generation combat vehicle, individual soldier lethality, longrange precision fires, and a synthetic training environment for cross-functional teams. Rheinmetall, a global leader in defense systems, has several US subsidiaries, with locations in Virginia, Arkansas, Maine, and Michigan. American Rheinmetall Defense, based in Reston, VA, heads the Rheinmetall Group’s activities in the USA. Rheinmetall to Feature Advance Combat Vehicle Autonomy and Remote Operation Capabilities Robotics, artificial intelligence, and net-centrism are already changing the face of the future battlefield.
Rheinmetall is a recognized global leader in developing solutions for this next generation battlefield, including combat and tactical vehicle solutions with advanced autonomous, robotic and remote operations capabilities.
At AUSA, Rheinmetall will unveil its proposed solution for the US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) program, the Wiesel Wingman concept. This concept combines a fully digitized Rheinmetall Wiesel platform with autonomous operational capabilities of the Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV to develop an advanced, lethal robotic combat vehicle platform. American Rheinmetall Vehicles (Sterling Heights, MI) is leading Rheinmetall’s US-based effort for this critical platform. Next Generation Lethality to Address the Modern Battlefield with 130mm Developmental Tank Main Gun and Full Array of Next Generation Medium and Large Caliber Munitions, Including Airburst Solutions,
On Display Increased lethality, airburst technology, and networkability are all hallmarks of future weapons systems. At AUSA 2019, Rheinmetall will display its prototype for a future main battle tank primary armament, a 130 mm smoothbore gun, which represents leap ahead advances in main gun lethality. Visitors to the Rheinmetall stand can also learn about the Group’s innovative, expansive 40 mm ammunition family of munitions, including the latest airburst and fire control technology. Rheinmetall uniquely possesses the ability to develop fuze, munition and programming solutions in a single integrated system. Rheinmetall will also showcase its large caliber tank and artillery solutions, including solutions it can offer to the Army’s highest modernization priority of long range precision fires. Rheinmetall’s US munitions and armaments efforts are led by American Rheinmetall Munitions with headquarters in Stafford, VA, and production in Camden, AK.
Advanced Protection Technology: Introducing a Hybrid Active Protection Module Capable of Providing Substantial Survivability Enhancements and Particularly Suited to Lightly Armored Vehicles Rheinmetall will demonstrate its depth of expertise with force protection technology during the AUSA exhibition including unveiling to US customers Rheinmetall Active Protection’s new Hybrid Active Protection Module technology that combines the Strike Shield APS and passive armor protections in a uniquely integrated survivability enhancement system well suited for less effectively armored vehicles. At the Rheinmetall both, visitors can learn about this new Rheinmetall Hybrid Protection Module, as well as the Strike Shield active protection system offered with US partner United Business Technologies, and Rheinmetall’s next generation, fast-acting ROSY smoke/obscurant system which underwent initial Army testing this year.
Expanding Soldier Lethality with Enhanced Fire Control Systems, Soldier Systems and Training Solutions In the ongoing campaign to digitize the modern military, Rheinmetall is leveraging its unsurpassed systems expertise, setting particularly high standards for soldier systems, sensors, effectors, networking and C4I systems. For example, Rheinmetall Defence continues to expand its lead in the world of soldier systems, with solutions such as the Gladius 2.0 and the Argus New Generation. At AUSA, Rheinmetall will also highlight the company’s outstanding expertise in the field of simulation technology with the Lynx Turret simulator. Based in Biddeford, ME, American Rheinmetall Systems represents the Group’s electronics business in the USA. They will showcase a series of advanced fire control solutions, the MK93 advanced weapons mount and other next generation Soldier systems on the Rheinmetall stand.
Next Generation Lynx IFV for the US Army OMFV Program (Visit the Raytheon Stand) Visitors to AUSA can also visit a full digital display of the Lynx IFV platform being offered to the US Army in the OMFV program on the Raytheon booth located on the lower level of the AUSA exhibition. Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, a recently established Joint Venture, is offering the next generation Lynx IFV to the US Army. The Lynx IFV recently was one of two IFV’s down selected by the Australian Army in its Land 400 Phase 3 program and represents the only true, next generation IFV currently available to global customers. Rheinmetall welcomes visitors to AUSA booth # 6618 to experience the Group’s offerings fitted for the Army’s future fighting force.
11 Oct 19. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, will display three Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and for the first time ever, a Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle Command and Control (L-ATV C2), at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) National Conference. The vehicles will be on display at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., from October 14 to October 16, 2019.
“The JLTV fleet provides our armed forces a critical combination of protection and extreme off-road mobility to ensure reliable maneuverability within combat formations,” said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The L-ATV C2 provides the same level of protection and extreme off-road mobility as our already fielded JLTV platform. In addition, the L-ATV C2 houses a robust communications suite, giving our armed forces the unique and highly-desirable advantage of staying well-connected while on-the-move.”
Oshkosh Defense partnered with L3Harris Technologies to demonstrate a communications suite capability, representing just one of the ways a mobile command center can be configured on the back of a highly mobile light tactical wheeled vehicle. The L-ATV C2 has ample available power and configuration flexibility to adjust and modify its interior – depending on the needs of the commander and the crew. “The L-ATV C2 allows commanders to quickly maneuver on the battlefield, directing dismounted units using assured communications provided by the integrated C4 equipment,” concluded Mansfield. Further, the modular nature of the interior can accommodate any number of workstations and/or communications equipment rack locations to provide optional layouts that work for personalized missions and the crew carrying them out.
The L-ATV C2 will also feature a Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance System (VRS) made by FLIR. The Black Hornet equips armored or mechanized vehicles with an immediate, organic, and self-contained surveillance and reconnaissance system.
Oshkosh will also display a 2-door Utility JLTV in their booth, outfitted with the Uvision Hero-120 Tactical System. Ideal for anti-tank missions or other strategic objectives, the Hero-120 is the largest of Univision’s short-range systems. It carries a 3.5 kg warhead and can ensure an extended flight time of 60 minutes.
Elbit Systems will display a 2-door Utility JLTV equipped with a SPEAR in their booth. Elbit’s SPEAR is a fully autonomous, vehicle-mounted 120mm soft recoil mortar system for high-mobility platforms.
An additional 4-door General Purpose JLTV will be on display at AUSA in Kongsberg’s booth. This JLTV will be equipped with the Javelin Integration Kit (JIK) and a LW30 Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the Oshkosh JLTVs and the L-ATV C2 on display as well as the company’s entire portfolio of vehicles, technologies, and integration capabilities. Visit us at AUSA 2019 at booth #6631.
11 Oct 19. American Panel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercury Systems, and also known as Mercury Alpharetta, will be exhibiting at AUSA in Booth #7519. Mercury Systems will be exhibiting in Booth #1761. Please join us to discuss your display challenges. At AUSA American Panel is exhibiting our 8.00” x 20.00” Large Area Display (LAD), our 10.00” and 10.60” Armored Combat Vehicle (ACV) displays, and a 12.1” avionics display. We will be able to discuss the recent UK Trial where we aligned the performance of a TECNOBIT / Grupo OESIA Optronics thermal imaging camera providing 10 bit video output to our APC 10.60” ACV Display Head Assembly (DHA), integrated into a Kent Modular Electronics (KME) Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) display unit also on exhibit, and rendering in native (not upscaled) 10 bit video. The Detection, Recognition and Identification (DRI) results were quite striking.
10 Oct 19. Mack Defense Introduces 40T All-Terrain Crane at AUSA 2019. Mack Defense will introduce a Mack® Granite®-based 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane, the ATC-40T, built in partnership with Manitowoc Crane, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. AUSA, the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America, is Oct. 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
“Mack Defense and Manitowoc are proud to introduce the ATC–40T, which was engineered to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Army,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense. “Our partnership brings together best-in-class commercial equipment from both companies, leveraging off-the-shelf solutions to create a better overall value proposition.”
The Mack Defense ATC–40T is a collaboration based upon the commercially available Mack Granite chassis, one of the most popular and proven heavy-duty vocational trucks in the world, and Manitowoc Crane, which has been the standard for truck-mounted hydraulic cranes for more than four decades. The ATC-40T delivers a proven system engineered to exceed the U.S. Army’s performance requirements for a Type 1 medium crane with an all-terrain solution capable of up to 40-ton lifts in severe or hostile conditions.
“Most parts for the current 30-year old U.S. Army crane are no longer manufactured,” Hartzell said. “With the ATC-40T, parts are commercially available, which helps to not only expedite production and delivery, but also helps standardize training, maintenance and logistics.”
The ATC-40T features an ergonomic Mack Granite cab and dash design with joystick crane controls designed to feel familiar to both new and more experienced equipment operators. It also includes operator aids such as a load moment indicator and alarms to lock out if the user exceeds weight, height or boom extension. Together, these features help improve safety, especially for new operators. The ATC-40T also has an optional armored cab that increases operator survivability.
Manitowoc, America’s leading heavy lift provider, has produced cranes for the U.S. military since the 1950s and is committed to providing the most innovative, advanced and comprehensive range of lifting solutions with products that have long set the standard for excellence worldwide.
Mack Defense has a long history of military support that became the story behind the Mack Bulldog. Mack provided more than 6,000 AC model trucks to support U.S. and British efforts during World War I. The Mack AC model earned a reputation for unparalleled reliability and durability on the battlefield, impressing British soldiers who noted the trucks had the tenacity of the Bulldog, at the time a symbol of Britain.
12 Oct 19. Lockheed Martin to disclose hypersonic weapons development during AUSA 2019. Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin will disclose new details of the development of land-based hypersonic strike prototype during upcoming the AUSA Meeting and Exposition that will take place from 14th October to 16th October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., United States.
Hypersonic weapons provide a survivable and affordable capability that will overcome distance in contested environments using high speed, altitude and maneuverability. They amplify many of the enduring attributes of airpower – speed, range, flexibility and precision.
Robust experience in high-speed flight has positioned Lockheed Martin to be an industry leader in hypersonic technology, providing the most mature and cost-effective solutions for addressing increasing threats in the global security arena.
Lockheed Martin has invested in developing and demonstrating hypersonic technology for over 30 years. As a result of this investment, the company is at the forefront of operationalizing hypersonic capabilities, systems and engineering.
“Hypersonic development is advancing around the globe. We’re ahead of the game in advancing this next-gen technology,” Lockheed Martin said on its Twitter account.
Hypersonic systems are a game-changer for national security. Creating hypersonic technology presents several tough, complex engineering challenges. Hypersonic systems will travel at Mach 5 and potentially even faster.
Hypersonic strike weapons are a key aspect of the long-range precision fire modernization effort for the Army and the national security strategy to compete with and outpace potential threats. (Source: News Now/https://defence-blog.com)
11 Oct 19. Cubic Highlights C4ISR and Readiness Solutions for Multi-Domain Environment at AUSA 2019. Cubic to demonstrate integrated C4ISR solutions and advanced training capabilities that address Army modernization priorities.
Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) will showcase Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions as well as realistic soldier/squad training capabilities for Army missions at the AUSA 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition. Hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the annual meeting is the largest land power exposition in North America.
“The success of a mission is dependent on shared battlespace awareness within multiple domains,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “Accelerating the pace and quality of decision-making is essential to exploiting adversarial vulnerabilities. Our set of integrated solutions from protected communications through distribution of critical information, arm warfighters with the capabilities they need to make informed and critical decisions on the battlefield.”
Cubic Mission Solutions will demonstrate a comprehensive set of C4ISR capabilities that seamlessly integrate to address the Army’s multi-domain requirements:
- Expeditionary Communications: Cubic’s GATR terminals provide high-bandwidth solutions with extremely low size, weight and power (SWaP). When compared to similar aperture size antennas, the GATR system packs into 50 to 80 percent savings in volume and weight, enabling the movement of additional combat power or other capability. The added aperture size enables protected waveform operations to support communications in contested and/or congested environments.
- Real-Time ISR Exploitation and Enhancement: proven solutions that improve deep sensing and deliver critical information when and where it is needed most, maximizing the “data-to-decision” process while delivering to the common edge environment. With a distributed cloud architecture and edge-cloud approach, capabilities consistently reduce complexity, improve resiliency and empower mobility.
- Precision Targeting, Situational Awareness and GEOINT Services in Disconnected Operations: an integrated and flexible software-defined C4ISR solution to combat commanders that provides uninterrupted access to real-time and geospatial intelligence sources. This communication agnostic solution is tailored to the needs of combat commanders and can interface with a multitude of current and future TCDL, SATCOM, Tactical Radio, Link 16 and FMV capabilities. It delivers geospatial intelligence product to the tactical edge to enable time sensitive analysis and targeting.
- Beacen Secure Computing Platform for Tactical Edge Operations: enables mission application servers and tactical network management tools to be deployed forward on extremely low SWaP equipment. Cubic’s solution provides soldiers access to critical mission information in contested environments with a client security posture that eliminates cyberattack vectors.
- Integrated Tactical Network: enables operations in a highly mobile, dynamic and electromagnetic-contested environment. Cubic’s Rugged Internet of Things (RIoT) solutions are designed to significantly lower SWaP to reduce dismounted soldier burden – higher performing expeditionary servers providing radio interoperability, AISR and cross domain for Secure-But-Unclassified (SBU) environment. Expeditionary protected SATCOM, tactical edge Air/Ground integration leverages advance waveforms in contested environments and the dismounted soldier ability to leverage host nation cellular networks.
“It is imperative for U.S. forces to converge capabilities across multiple domains as today’s warfighters face highly capable near peer adversaries,” said Mike Knowles, president of Cubic Global Defense. “We deliver game-changing training solutions that accelerate training proficiency and keep pace with the Army’s evolving training requirements.”
Cubic Global Defense will demonstrate the following realistic soldier/squad training solutions for multi-domain operations:
- Live Training Systems: leading-edge realism drives Cubic’s live training systems support platoon through brigade weapons capabilities, supporting the Army’s ability to conduct multi-domain training at Home Stations, Combat Training Centers and at the Point of Need. Cubic’s Tactical Engagement Simulation Systems (TESS) provide soldiers realistic representation of direct and indirect weapons. Using hybrid-sensor technologies, Cubic has improved the accuracy of ballistic trajectories, shoot-through concealment and target defilade, while also providing realistic battlefield effects.
- Soldier/Squad Training Systems: a close combat immersive training environment addressing critical individual and squad collective combat skills to the Army. Levering mixed reality, soldier/squad weapons and realistic training scenarios, Cubic provides a scalable solution for squad, weapons skills, joint fires and use of force training tasks.
- Synthetic Training Environment (STE): STE-ready live and virtual training solutions. Soldiers are provided with the means to replicate multi-domain effects in an immersive training environment through the seamless integration of LVCG training domains at the point of need. Cubic is the only company to be awarded both live and virtual STE programs and through each, actively engaged with industry partners to accelerate visual interfaces, the common synthetic environment and the integration of training devices to enhance the readiness of our soldiers.
- Nexus Analytics: data analytics that are leveraged to enhance soldier performance and the After-Action Review (AAR). Cubic provides a true, data-backed understanding of the training event, including but not limited to biometrics, soldier/unit readiness, current and future trends and future predictive analytics. Nexus takes advantage of all the instrumentation and network technology and allows the Army to derive deep insights into training proficiency, training readiness and human/machine performance. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
11 Oct 19. Elma Electronic Inc. will be showcasing a functional demo at the upcoming AUSA 2019 that supports the DoD’s MOSA (Modular Open Standards Approach) initiative for better collaboration between government, integrators and industry suppliers. Based on a successful design that participated in SOSA’s inaugural “PlugTest” in September, the system being showcased at AUSA is focused on applications designed for signal intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare (EW). The primary goal of the “PlugTest” was to test alignment to the current version of the in-process SOSA standard.
Working with several other members of the SOSA (Sensor Open Standards Architecture) consortium, Elma created an application development environment capable of integrating multiple boards from different companies into one functional platform.
Ken Grob, director of embedded computing systems for Elma noted, “As we move deeper into the DoD’s mandate, as expressed in the January tri-service memo, for increased interoperability across computing platforms, developing successful integrations between different partners will be the momentum that keeps this initiative moving forward. This functional demo at AUSA includes products from four SOSA consortium members, but we have also tested cards and power supplies from several other vendors with the same positive results.”
The base of the showcased development environment is a 3U, 11-slot, OpenVPX E-Frame from Elma with six payload slots. A dual-channel SDR (software-defined radio) transceiver card from Spectranetix captures the digitized signals and a 3U VPX A-PNT (assured position, navigation and timing) card from Curtiss Wright that provides accurate clocking, sampling and triggering. The digitized data is sent over Ethernet via an Interface Concept high-speed switch, which delivers the data to a laptop for spectrum analysis view.
Various software implemented on the system includes MORA signal port manager and reference library as well as multiple bus support (ML2B, VDB, etc.) and tactical MDM spectrum viewer.
To see the functional demo in action, stop by AUSA 2019 Booth #2163. For more information about OpenVPX and SOSA, please visit http://bit.ly/SOSA-DP, contact sales at , or call (510) 656-3400.