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20 Oct 16. US Army evaluates new warfighting capabilities at AWA 17.1. The US Army has started testing new warfighting capabilities during the Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA) 17.1 exercise.
Autonomous weapons and unmanned aerial systems are being tested during the exercise, which will also include soldiers from the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Italy. Participating troops will implement 41 concepts and capabilities that were designed to meet 20 ‘warfighting challenges’ put forward by the army. Feedback on the new capabilities will then be analysed by the US Army’s Brigade Modernization Command.
Brigade Modernization Command commander major general Terry McKenrick said: “We determine some findings and recommendations; we then brief that through a series of governance forms, and then it goes up to the department of the army, where senior leaders … can prioritise and make decisions.”
The event is being conducted to examine how new concepts and capabilities are integrated into battlefield scenarios.
The AWA 17.1 is the first AWA, and is being held this year instead of a Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise.
McKenrick said that the army will host one AWA and one NIE each year, in place of two NIEs a year. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Oct 16. Euronaval 2016: Lockheed Martin continues to develop COMBATSS-21 for USN’s future frigate. Key Points:
• Lockheed Martin is continuing to develop its COMBATSS-21 CMS
• The system’s lineage to the Aegis programme allows it to draw on established Aegis capability as well as any new developments incorporated
US systems and sensors house Lockheed Martin is continuing development of its COMBATSS-21 combat management system (CMS) to support the US Navy’s (USN’s) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Future Frigate programmes, senior company officials said at the Euronaval 2016 exhibition in Paris.
The company has been contracted to provide COMBATSS-21 for the Freedom and Independence variants of the LCS programme for ships purchased in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (from hull 31) onwards, has been selected to fit the system to whichever variant is chosen to meet the Future Frigate requirement, and will be the overall combat systems integrator for the frigate programme. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Oct 16. For DCNS, the future of vessels is digital. DCNS presented its vision of the vessel of the future at the Euronaval Exhibition from 17 to 21 October in Paris-Le Bourget. The central challenges for naval architects: winning the time battle by ensuring maximum protection against cyber-threats. From design to setting to work by the crew and as an integrator and system engineering leader, DCNS delivers a global
response: vessel digitalisation. Vessel design and production digitalisation
For DCNS, the vessel of the future starts from the full industrial site right to the individual work station, in ‘the factory of the future’. It is a flexible and digital environment where production systems
modelling, simulation and optimization solutions and automated manufacturing and control processes are developed. To physically support an operator in her/his duty, DCNS develops the use of “cobotics”, collaborative robotics, making it easier for an operator to carry out notably handling, welding or grinding tasks. DCNS also develops operator cognitive assistance in order to enhance work stations ergonomics. The digital system par excellence, the combat vessel, with a multi-decade life-cycle, is increasingly intelligent, increasingly automated and interconnected in a constantly-evolving environment. Through
the digitalisation of the vessel and its naval solutions, DCNS combines versatility, rapidity and the securing of its products at the service of its client navies.
Greater intuitiveness and automation
With the growing sophistication of combat systems and the ex