05 Oct 21. IEE Exhibiting Line of Rugged Military Displays at AUSA 2021. IEE, a manufacturer of field-proven enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting at the 2021 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 11th-13th. With a focus on future architectures such as Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) and C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) for airborne and ground applications, IEE is creating the next generation of “forward-looking” rugged displays.
“We are building on our products’ ability to support the latest system architectures using the advances in open standards for high-speed digital video and communication, coupled with the use of proven COTS elements. This allows us to quickly configure an optimum solution for our customers,” comments Steve Motter, VP of Business Development at IEE. “IEE’s product team is continuing the expansion of our existing VICTORY and NATO GVA enabled designs to support the next-gen integrated display functions required in Open System Standards such as SOSA and CMOSS. We look forward to the in-person discussions on this at the AUSA Exposition.”
Display highlights at the show include:
New 12.1 Rugged GVA Smart Display
This rugged ground vehicle smart display features an enhanced 12.1-inch-wide color TFT LCD screen with adjustable brightness that allows operation from night vision to direct sunlight. Bezel keys are night vision compatible backlit, along with white on black legend for sunlight readability. This display was designed using the NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) as a guideline, allowing for operator familiarity with the bezel controls and enhanced system interoperability.
A single board computer provides a platform for operating system and application software as well as internal graphics generation. This smart display accommodates eight (8) individual video hardware connections including one HD-SDI input, one primary VGA input, up to three (3) S-Video, two (2) composite and one FLIR.
New 10.4 Inch Ground Vehicle Display
This 10.4″ XGA (1024×768) ground vehicle display features low latency glass-to-glass video throughput (less than 25msec connector to glass). This is critical for wheeled and tracked vehicle applications such as targeting or driver’s vision enhancements. Features a sealed, all aluminum bezel with 3 backlit push-buttons controlling brightness and day/night mode and an RHBHV video interface.
IEE’s expertise in custom displays is highlighted with a selection of high-resolution flat panel monitors including a 13.3” Full-HD Rugged Video Display. The narrow bezel is optimized for side-by-side mounting that provides a panoramic view. The LED backlight serves both sunlight readability and NVIS compatible modes. This rugged, sealed enclosure is fit for use in both airborne and ground vehicle applications.
IEE is located in booth #1358 at AUSA at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling toll-free 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email . (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Oct 21. AUSA 2021: UVision unveils its HERO Multi-Canister Launcher (MCL), adapted for launching all types of HERO Loitering Munition Systems from a single platform. UVision Air Ltd. – a global leader in aerial loitering munition systems of all sizes for a variety of missions, is for the first time introducing a launch capability for different HERO systems, from a single launcher. Giving field forces operational flexibility, the innovative capability enables them to choose and launch the most suitable system, depending on the nature of the mission and target – from the Hero-30 for smaller ‘surgical’ attacks, through the Hero-120 for medium-sized and armored targets, up to the Hero-400 for long-range and fortified targets. With easy deployment, forces can now launch the advanced HERO series of munition systems from a single MCL, installed on one platform, gaining terrain dominance by combining RSTA with precise attack. For unprecedented attack capability, the new MCL enables combat forces to launch and operate the munition from within the platform, and engage targets at tactical ranges in excess of 75 km. The MCL is designed for modular adaptation to various types and sizes of platform, from armored vehicles to large, medium, and small watercraft, manned or autonomous. The ability to store, transport and launch the HERO loitering munition systems from a pre-loaded, sealed canister further increases battle readiness and provides the forces with available and effective missiles.
“UVision was recently awarded a contract to supply the Hero-120 aerial loitering munition and multi-canister launchers to the United States Marine Corps for its ‘Organic Precision Fire Mounted’ (OPF-M) program,” says Jim Truxel, CEO of UVision USA. “As part of this project, the MCLs will be installed on various platforms. We are proud that this latest development will be used in the field soon.”
About the HERO series family
The HERO series of loitering munitions consists of eight loitering munition systems, designed for different missions at various ranges using various types of payloads. The HERO systems are the fastest sensor-to-shooter loitering munitions, allowing forces in the front-line to independently locate time sensitive targets, and track and attack with pin-point precision. Each munition can handle different missions, ranging from lightweight static or moving targets (such as light-duty vehicles and human targets) to larger fortified or heavily armored targets such as MBT (Main Battle Tank), enemy air defenses and other strategic objectives. The HERO series’ unique design enables the munitions to carry out precision strikes in urban areas or remote locations, with minimal collateral damage. In cases where an attack is aborted, the systems can be recalled and another target selected, or retrieved via an on-board recovery system for a future mission. With extremely low noise and thermal signature, these systems are integrated with highly-advanced, stabilized electro-optic day/night cameras, and are ideal for deployment from air, land and naval platforms.
About UVision Air Ltd.
UVision designs and manufactures combat-proven smart loitering munition systems, providing military organizations around the globe with precise and effective operational attack capabilities. Its innovative, cost-effective systems are based on cutting-edge technology and 30 years of extensive field experience by military professionals, engineers, and the company’s own management team.
In early 2019, UVision Air Ltd. established UVision USA Corporation, which will produce the HERO series of loitering munitions in the United States, beginning in mid-2022. The establishment of UVision USA further strengthens UVision’s overall commitment to the US Armed Services and the US economy.
The HERO series of systems provides high-precision strike capabilities, based on unique aerodynamic platform configurations. UVision’s loitering munitions are designed with unique ﬂight qualities for precision-attack munitions, integrating advanced airborne guidance and sophisticated navigation algorithms, integrated with C4I stations – thereby meeting the requirements of today’s modern battlefield challenges for combat in complex and dynamic environments.
The HERO series of loitering munitions are suitable for tactical and strategic targets ‒ whether for short, medium or long range – utilizing a variety of warheads to ensure maximum mission effectiveness. The units are operationally deployed and field proven. ISO certified, UVision is fully committed to providing turnkey solutions to its extensive network of partners and customers around the world, with high-quality service and swift support. For more information on UVision, please visit www.uvisionuav.com or www.uvisionusa.com
07 Oct 21. CACI Showcases Technology to Achieve Decision Dominance for the U.S. Army. CACI’s innovation will be on display at the AUSA Annual Meeting in Hall C, booth 3525 from Oct. 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) will showcase its award-winning technologies, informed by mission expertise, to advance the U.S. Army’s decision dominance in all domains during AUSA’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition from Oct. 11-13, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Hall C Booth 3525. CACI is showcasing its platform integration expertise and its SMART portfolio that increases the mobility and survivability of the next generation command post. The company’s resilient, high-capacity communications suite keeps the commander connected while on the move to conduct continuous JADC2. Two new counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) and a collection of spectrum operations technologies reduce the adversary’s ability to target the command post. Additional innovations on display from CACI’s SMART portfolio offer advanced tools for executing operations in all domains. CACI will also demonstrate how its experts extend enterprise technologies to the tactical edge of operations to provide unified applications and services from the Fort to the Field. A secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) suite enables “work from anywhere” through solutions such as SteelBox®, cloud workspaces, and Zero Trust Architectures. CACI will share its industry-leading “CyberSafe” Type 1 and commercial- solutions-for-classified (CSfC) trusted mobile platforms that offer secure handheld mission flexibility. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Oct 21. InVeris Training Solutions to debut immersive virtual reality product at AUSA 2021. InVeris Training Solutions, the leading provider of integrated virtual and live-fire training systems and services for domestic and international law enforcement customers, will utilize the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA) to debut its fully immersive VR-DT (Virtual Reality – Decisions and Tactics) system for de-escalation training. AUSA’s event, to be held on Oct. 11-13 in Washington, D.C., brings together more than 31,000 senior Army leaders, allied officers and top industry executives, plus 700 suppliers from across the United States and beyond.
“InVeris looks forward to showing the U.S. Army and allied military leadership how our new VR-DT system can revolutionize de-escalation instruction to keep soldiers safe, as well as those they defend in an immersive virtual training environment,” said Andrea Czop, InVeris’ vice president of sales, marketing and programs.
VR-DT uses virtual reality to provide military police, security forces and law enforcement agencies the ability to maximize readiness and correctly educate soldiers for field experiences. The system combines state-of-the-art hardware, scalable software and a content library that is always increasing. Wireless headsets deliver impressive 360-degree fields of view and weapons tracking, enabling soldiers to train in fully immersive environments that put them in a virtual location. VR-DT enhances training for de-escalation, safety tactics, mental health crisis intervention, use of force and protocol. A lightweight, fully customized laptop allows an instructor to direct the scenarios, environments and weapons.
The August 5 acquisition of Dallas-based SURVIVR provides additional VR-based assets and expertise that will enhance InVeris’ industry-leading readiness training solutions portfolio. In turn, this will help the company build on its long-standing commitment to deliver effective, reliable, and innovative products and services for when split-second decisions matter.
InVeris also will highlight its FATS® 100MIL small-arms simulator and related BlueFire® weapons for marksmanship, collective and judgmental training, plus our next-generation platforms. The system is ideal for military forces and law enforcement looking to upgrade or procure new solutions to deliver a more realistic training environment based on Army-certified ballistics.
The FATS 100MIL is a major expansion in weapons training capability with advanced game engine 3D marksmanship, enhanced weapons diagnostics with intelligent automatic coaching and collective training. The system provides an impressive array of functionality for both instructor and trainee, delivering solid weapon-handling and shot-placement analytics, coaching tools that automatically highlight trainee results for reinforcement or correction, and enhanced graphic capabilities for an all-encompassing immersive training platform.
To speak with an InVeris representative during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, visit booth #3439 or schedule an appointment at https://www.inveristraining.com/events.
07 Oct 21. Rafael Unveils its Enhanced SAMSON 30mm Integrated RWS for Light Vehicles. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is participating in AUSA 2021, the Association of the US Army’s annual conference, in Washington, DC from October 11-13, 2021. Rafael will showcase its newly enhanced SAMSON 30mm Integrated Remote Weapons Station (RWS) for Light Vehicles for the first time at the conference.
With a combination of the world’s most cutting-edge, reliable, and effective solutions the SAMSON 30mm Integrated RWS is designed to address the threats of the modern battlefield.
The SAMSON is equipped with hostile fire detection capabilities and the ability to rapidly and effectively return fire via a fast, accurate slew-to-cue mechanism. It also includes a unified user interface for all subsystems, an inherent hatch for close situational awareness, and under-armor ammunition loading that increases lethality. These capabilities enable the SAMSON to turn a light vehicle into a lethal powerhouse on par with a main battle tank.
A key element of SAMSON’s lethality suit is its integration of the SPIKE LR 1 & 2 multi-purpose guided missiles, and its full collaboration TROPHY Active Protection System (APS), two of Rafael’s most groundbreaking solutions. These allow the RWS to provide unparalleled maneuverability, lethality, and survivability. With a SAMSON turret, a vehicle is always at the ready, always on the attack, and always able to stop and respond to threats.
The SAMSON is a sibling of Rafael’s MCWS that was a key element of Oshkosh Defense’s winning proposal to up-gun the US Army’s Strykers for today’s threats.
06 Oct 21. Logos Technologies Showcases BlackKite Pod for Day/Night, Wide-Area Surveillance. Logos Technologies LLC, a pioneer in wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) systems, will be showcasing its new infrared BlackKite Pod for defense and border security at the AUSA Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C. This will mark the first time the ultra-light, airborne WAMI system has been displayed in the United States. Weighing less than 38 pounds (17.2 kg), the BlackKite Pod is the externally mounted, platform-flexible version of BlackKite-I, the infrared WAMI sensor system fitted inside the payload bay of the Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a version of which was developed as Cardcounter for U.S. Marine RQ-21A Blackjacks.
“Whether riding inside the Blackjack or carried on other aircraft in a pod, BlackKite is a game-changer for operators in the field,” said Doug Rombough, VP of Business Development for Logos Technologies. “A single unit can monitor in real time an area up to twelve square kilometers in size—day and night.”
Able to fly on a wide range of planes, helicopters, and UAS, the BlackKite Pod images objects on the ground in medium resolution, which is enough to track every vehicle within its vast field of view, as well as detect moving dismounts. Should a user need to make a positive identification, they can cue a collocated high-resolution full-motion video camera to take a closer look.
BlackKite also records and stores all the imagery it collects (up to 12 hours currently), allowing forensic analysts to “go back in time” and uncover hidden connections between people, vehicles, and places.
“With a sensor like this, you can tackle a lot of mission sets that, previously, were beyond the reach of the tactical commander,” Rombough said. “For example, the BlackKite Pod can be used for force protection, route reconnaissance, and persistent surveillance. Beyond that, it can also support firefighting and border security operations.”
Logos Technologies will be displaying the BlackKite pod and other sensor systems at Booth #1143, at the Association of the United States Annual Meeting, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, October 11-13. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Oct 21. Aeronautics highlights its Dominator XP Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAS, with search & rescue (SAR) capability both on land and at sea. The Dominator is capable of all-weather and denied-GPS operations for SAR missions and help saving lives. AUSA Annual Meeting 2021, Washington DC, 11-13 October. Hall E, Stand No. 7427 (RAFAEL).
Aeronautics Group – a leading provider of integrated turnkey solutions based on unmanned systems platforms, payloads and communications for defense and HLS markets – is highlighting its Dominator XP Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAS with search & rescue (SAR) capability both on land and at sea at AUSA 2021.
The Dominator XP is capable of all-weather and denied-GPS operations, which is most essential for SAR missions. Based on the vast ISRAT mission experience and proven record of Aeronautics’ Orbiter family, the Dominator makes a significant contribution to life-saving missions.
Based on the MPP DA42 configuration, this certifiable platform can be equipped with the most advanced systems, such as high-performance EO day/night payloads, SAR and optical radars, mobile location system, satellite communication and more, to ensure mission success.
As a two-engine unmanned system, the Dominator XP is the most reliable solution for SAR missions, safely covering long ranges, and operable in harsh weather conditions, over sea and land.
“Following the recent acquisition of Magal Security Systems earlier this year, Aeronautics has become a one-stop-shop for ISTAR solutions for both defense and HLS applications, offering the comprehensive capabilities required for border protection, intelligence gathering and port protection against different tactical levels of drone, and now for SAR missions as well,” says Moshe Elazar, CEO of Aeronautics Group. “We are proud of the Group’s tremendous growth and consolidation as a world leader in the field of multi-cross action intelligence.”
Aeronautics Group is also strengthening its presence in the U.S. with the establishment of a new plant in Prescott, Arizona, which is operated by U.S. subsidiary, CP Technologies. CP Technologies is primarily engaged in the design and manufacture of rugged equipment for military and civilian applications for the U.S. market. In addition, as part of the group’s mission to support its customer base worldwide, CP Aeronautics serves as the marketing entity for the US, providing Aeronautics’ advanced solutions.
07 Oct 21. Jankel and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborate to bring EV technologies and capabilities to the US Defence market
- Jankel and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) are collaborating to bring EV technologies and capabilities to the US defence market
- The partnership will combine complementary technologies and capabilities to help progress military hybrid and electrification projects
- The partnership will see Jankel and WAE working on joint projects to electrify legacy and new military fleets across the US DoD
Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, are collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE); born out of the UK Formula 1 Williams Racing Team, to provide services and technologies to prime contractors in the US defence market. The partnership will see Jankel and Williams Advanced Engineering working on joint projects to electrify legacy and new military vehicle fleets across the US DoD.
Jankel’s US South Carolina based company Jankel Tactical Systems takes the lead in the USA with extensive experience designing, manufacturing and delivering vehicle related technology and integration solutions in the US defence market. Williams Advanced Engineering are renowned for providing world class technical innovation, engineering and specialist electric vehicle solutions across multiple applications. Proven out in the Formula E and Extreme E arena, WAE is a pioneer in battery systems, battery management and EV drivetrain solutions across a wide range of sectors including motorsport, transport, mining and defence.
The partnership will combine complementary technologies and capabilities to help progress military hybrid and electrification projects no matter what the size, from a light tactical vehicle to a main battle tank. The experience, innovation and engineering expertise of both companies will be combined to leverage the integration, problem solving, and tailored approach required to solve the military problem set, essential to help meet the military engineering challenges of the 21st century – mobility, sustainability and efficiency.
Craig Wilson, CEO, Williams Advanced Engineering said, ”This partnership is well placed to support the integration and delivery of EV solutions and we look forward to working with the team at Jankel, combining our individual areas of expertise to deliver innovative and advanced solutions for the US defence market”
Andrew Jankel Chairman of the Jankel Group said “Jankel is historically known around the world for providing outstanding vehicle survivability conversions and complex systems integrations. However, in line with our new company strategy we are also expanding our expertise to incorporate advanced technologies including remote autonomous systems, cyber security and platform electrification”. He added: “We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering to capitalize on some world leading technologies and bring the very best to the US military by delivering potential EV solutions across its whole range of vehicles both old and new – driving mission success.”
06 Oct 21. General Dynamics at AUSA 2021: Transforming America’s Future Fighting Force. Four business units of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) will participate in the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 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.
Booth 6027: General Dynamics Land Systems
Booth 6227: General Dynamics Mission Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT)
Booth 6041: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
General Dynamics Land Systems (Booth 6027)
Katalyst Next Generation Electronic Architecture (NGEA): Land Systems’ new, modular open architecture features scalable and modular hardware and software for Next Generation Capabilities. It significantly improves warfighter effectiveness via enhanced mobility (obstacle avoidance, path planning); lethality (object detection, object identification/recognition, automated target prioritization); and survivability/reconnaissance (360-degree situational awareness, see-through armor, terrain analysis). Katalyst NGEA also provides core capabilities such as computing, sensor fusion and processing, and power management and distribution. It provides unparalleled performance and size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) to support evolving needs.
Tracked Robot 10-Ton (TRX): Part of the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M) class, TRX features innovative thinking, ranging from its AI-enhanced design to advanced, lightweight materials and a hybrid-electric propulsion system. TRX sets a new best-in-class payload capacity to accommodate any mission equipment package. TRX’s power and size make it an ideal platform for multirole MUM-T on today’s battlefield. TRX is positioned to provide superior performance as an enabling technology in a myriad of critical battlefield roles, including direct and indirect fire, autonomous resupply, complex obstacle breaching, counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), electronic warfare (EW), reconnaissance and other battlefield missions.
Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT): MUTT is a semi-autonomous robotic platform that reduces physical burden on the dismounted Soldier and can be equipped with an array of Modular Mission Payloads. It is the most intuitive, capable and reliable UGV ever produced and the first of its kind to be selected for service alongside dismounted troops. MUTT uses unique methods of control, such as the dismount following tether or the easy-to-use one-handed RC controller, which minimize Soldiers’ physical and cognitive loads during dismounted missions. General Dynamics Land Systems’ MUTT was selected by the U.S. Army in July 2020 for the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) program. Future capabilities will include autonomous resupply, counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS); chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); electronic warfare (EW); direct fire and indirect fire.
Autonomous Vehicle Sustainment (AVS): Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance, Land Systems’ Prognostic & Predictive Maintenance solution optimizes equipment performance and increases operational readiness while reducing the Army’s cost of ownership of vehicle fleets. The on-platform health, usage, monitoring system is integrated with next generation electronic architecture to provide forward-looking, real-time decision actionable logistics information.
Stryker Innovations: Land Systems continues to reimagine the Army’s largest and most reliable combat vehicle fleet. On display at AUSA will be scale models of Stryker variants for maneuver short-range air defense (M-SHORAD), counter-electronics and counter- drone swarm, and a 155mm mobile Howitzer with an ammo resupply vehicle.
General Dynamics Mission Systems and GDIT (Booth 6227)
Live Training Demonstration: Mission Systems will feature a Live Training solution providing a software-based, tailorable, and fully immersive training experience based on the M320 weapon system. Partnering with the best of industry to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technologies, this training platform provides capabilities now and sets the foundation for future live training solutions supporting the Army’s complex, multi-domain fight.
Google Cloud Anthos Demonstration: In collaboration with Google Cloud, Mission Systems will demonstrate how the Google Anthos platform can be adapted to automate application deployment and configuration management in a disconnected, intermittent and limited environment in support of operations at the tactical edge, thus making mission planning easier, faster, and more collaborative. Attendees will be able to observe the seamless traversing of disparate networks to a common, cloud-based, data storage solution that provides continuity of data.
milCloud® 2.0: The contract that provides both on-premise and off-premise cloud offerings, milCloud® 2.0 provides a one-stop shop for defense mission partners. Accelerate warfighter capability through cloud transformation to ensure data from sensors, users and applications operating on and across JADC2 can be trusted and leveraged more universally.
Multi-Domain Operations Weapons System (MDOWS) Vehicle: MDOWS is a modular, scalable, platform independent capability that provides electronic warfare support and attack (ES/EA) capabilities. It is a key enable for multi-domain operations in delayed, disconnected, intermittent, and limited environment enabling long range precision fires. It enables rapid repositioning and dynamic ES/EA for expeditionary operations and features a tethered drone to bridge the ISR gap and to boost speed, precision, and lethality on the battlefield.
Shadowcat™ Radio: The new Shadowcat radio provides a modern, affordable, resilient radio for squad level communications in contested environments. The radio’s advanced RF technology makes it less detectable and susceptible to interference and jamming attempts of the radio’s transmission by adversaries. As additional Shadowcats are added to the network, they work together offering the resilience of distributed cooperative beamforming that increases the effective signal power, increases communication range, and provides directional diversity to overcome physical obstructions, e.g. foliage, buildings, and jamming.
Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS): General Dynamics Mission Systems has teamed with Dedrone, the market leader in airspace security, through a value-added reseller agreement to integrate its mission-critical solutions with Dedrone’s drone detection and defeat technologies. The Dedrone C-UAS technology portfolio combines machine-learning software with best-in-class hardware sensors, electronic attack methods such as smart jamming, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats.
GPS Source Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) and GPS Data Transmission: APNT and GPS signal retransmission solutions such as the Mounted Assured PNT (MAPS GEN-1) solution and the ECHO-II Smart Repeater provide critical timing and position data in GPS denied and degraded environments. MAPS GEN-1, based on the GPS Source SENTRySCOUT™ system, provides valid and APNT data, independent of the availability or integrity of GPS signals. The core of the MAPS GEN-1 system, the ED3 PNT Hub, is widely utilized in a variety of ground vehicle applications and is the lead platform for Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) making the ED3 your path to M-Code. MAPS GEN-1 is currently being fielded by the Army and the next generation of APNT system is currently in development. When GPS indoor transmission is the primary concern, the ECHO-II is a reliable signal repeater ideal for ground vehicles, aircraft, and buildings when time-to-first-fix is critical.
SATCOM-on-the-Move® (SOTM): General Dynamics SOTM antennas provide secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications for troops operating in remote locations. Designed for rugged tactical environments, these antennas can be mounted on fast-moving vehicles, aircraft, and UAVs to provide reliable X, Ku, or Ka Mil and commercial band satellite communications anytime, anywhere.
TACLANE® Family of Encryptors: TACLANE – the most widely deployed family of High Assurance Type 1 certified encryptors in the world – has been protecting critical information and securing national security systems for over 20 years. Building on that legacy, the TACLANE portfolio continues to modernize and advance technology to protect against advanced threats of today and future proofing for tomorrow. Four TACLANE encryptor models will be on display at AUSA.
SD9000 Tactical Displays: General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada’s D9000 tactical displays will make their North American debut at AUSA. Whether installed on a light armored vehicle, infantry fighting vehicle, or main battle tank, these ultra-high-definition units display multiple high-resolution feeds from any sensor or camera with extremely low latency. This enables more efficient decision-making, driving, targeting, and stabilization in real time. The SD9000 series offers crystal clear visibility of surroundings and improved detection of obstacles. These displays can withstand the harshest environments without compromising performance.
Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM): Through integrated, commercial technology, GDIT’s ICAM solution is at the foundation for the DoD Zero Trust Strategy. By providing context-driven security, GDIT is giving new meaning to assured identity.
Trusted Enterprise Data Delivery – enables greater levels of situational awareness and operational cohesion. GDIT’s new concept transports critical data from across the enterprise to where it is needed in support of network operations. This solution ties together multiple capabilities from within the General Dynamics enterprise and leverages existing Army investments – all to accelerate Unified Network Operations.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Booth 6041):
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.
SMArtER155 Cannon-Delivered Area Effects Munition (C-DAEM): The SMArtER155 projectile is designed to meet the U.S. Government’s C-DAEM requirements by providing ground forces with the capability to engage and destroy armored combat vehicles in a GPS denied environment from both the 39 caliber and 58 caliber weapons systems. SMArtER155’s dual-submunition load-out, extended range and increased lethality delivers overmatch against adversaries and provides the warfighter with an advantage on the modern, high-intensity battlefield.
XM1113ER: The XM1113ER combines guidance capability with warhead lethality to form a solution compatible with the Army’s future Extended Range cannon Artillery System. The ability to fire to a range of 42 kilometers from a 39-caliber cannon and more than 70 kilometers from a 58-caliber cannon provides greater stand-off distance for artillery forces from enemy fire, enhancing performance and increasing safety for the artillery warfighter.
Individual Assault Munition (IAM): Nested in the U.S. Army’s Soldier Lethality requirement, the IAM is a force enabler that will allow U.S. forces to dominate complex and urban terrain and to engage targets from protected positions without exposing soldiers to enemy fires and effects. The one-shot disposable, shoulder launched weapon will combine all the best capabilities of the M72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon, M136 Anti-Tank Weapon, M136E1 M136E1 and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition, and replace with a single munition. GD-OTS and Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) have teamed to offer superior shoulder launched technology, leveraging DND’s Recoilless Grenade Weapon family of shoulder launched munitions to satisfy the IAM requirements. (Source: PR Newswire)
08 Oct 21. Rheinmetall at AUSA 2021 – Featuring Next-Generation Technologies that meet the U.S. Army’s Highest Priority Modernization Challenges. This year’s motto is “America’s Army and its People, Transforming for the Future”. Rheinmetall will be on-site (booth #1803) showcasing some of its most recent activities, achievements and innovative solutions aimed at providing the U.S. Army with the critical, next-generation technologies it needs and deserves. Products and personnel from across Rheinmetall’s U.S. and global business, including U.S. parent American Rheinmetall Defense (Reston, VA), will be present to engage customers and partners.
Rheinmetall’s HX3 Tactical Truck
Rheinmetall’s new next-generation HX3 tactical truck stands out due to its improved crew protection, increased mobility, enhanced driving comfort and digital interface architecture. This results in greater operational flexibility, safety, survivability and operator enhancements as well as providing substantial capacity for future performance upgrades.
The HX3 builds upon the highly-prized core strengths and family concept of the Rheinmetall HX2 truck series predecessor. For example, the HX3 delivers an even more advanced mobile platform for carrying complex weapon and radar systems and has the capacity to integrate future developments such as, leader-follower, optionally manned and autonomous driving configuration. Technologies like Rheinmetall’s Automated Load Handling System are standard in the HX3 series of trucks. HX3 variants planned include 8×8 cargo, load handling system, tanker, tractor, wrecker, and system carrier. In a 10×10 configuration the HX3 can deliver even greater carrying capacities to include a platform to support a mobile howitzer. Like the HX2, the HX3 series of vehicles carries a high degree of commonality from 4×4 to 10×10 and commerciality to reduce development, lifecycle, and obsolescence costs.
The HX3 displayed on the Rheinmetall booth showcases the 10×10 mobile-howitzer system, equipped with a highly protected cab and a fully automatic, remote-controlled artillery turret, featuring an L60 cannon currently under development by Rheinmetall.
The U.S. Army is currently exploring a critical truck modernization program, the Common Tactical Truck (CTT), for which the HX3 series is a natural fit and ready now.
Rheinmetall’s Lynx OMFV Digital Design Concept
In July of this year, Rheinmetall’s U.S. subsidiary, American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) (Sterling Heights, MI), and its “Team Lynx” partners – Raytheon Technologies, L3 Harris Technologies, Textron Systems and Allison Transmission – received a contract award based on their concept solution for the digital design phase of the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Program. At this year’s AUSA annual meeting visitors will get a firsthand view of some of the new design concepts shown on a large-scale model. Visitors will also be able to dive into elements of the design through an interactive digital experience. The Lynx OMFV concept uses as its departure point the next-generation Lynx KF41, in production with a NATO partner and undergoing extensive field testing in Australia as part of the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 program. Team Lynx is offering to the U.S. Army a fully U.S.-specific and next-generation lethal, survivable, and advanced platform from this highly mature baseline. The solution also provides exceptional capacity for growth, recognizing the rapid development and proliferation of new advanced technologies. ARV will have a full team of supply chain staff on site to answer questions, outline current supply chain needs, and discuss opportunities as Team Lynx continues to prepare for full U.S. production of its OMFV solution.
StrikeShield Active Protection System: Modular Protection with Lower Risk of Detection
During AUSA, Rheinmetall will demonstrate its expertise in vehicle survivability with an exhibit of StrikeShield, a next-generation Hardkill Active Protection System that integrates APS components within a modular armor package. StrikeShield’s hybrid design provides optimal performance while minimizing system weight and power consumption. In addition, StrikeShield offers superior protection when engaged by multiple or simultaneous threats, even from very close range. The system emits a very low electronic signature that significantly reduces the risk of detection by adversaries, and its defeat of threats in close proximity to the platform make StrikeShield much safer for dismounts.
Visitors to Rheinmetall’s booth will also learn about the company’s Rapid Obscuring System (ROSY), a 40mm non-lethal grenade launcher that is currently fielded on both vehicle and naval platforms. ROSY produces an instantaneous smokescreen for effective obscuration across the visual and IR spectrum, and the system’s lightweight modular design is suitable for virtually all ground vehicles.
Airburst Lethality: Fight. Survive. Win.
On display at AUSA, visitors will see the improved MK93 heavy weapons mount – designed and produced by American Rheinmetall Systems – that not only reduces recoil and improves accuracy, but also enables the integration of Rheinmetall’s airburst munition and lethality capabilities. For example, Rheinmetall is making critical contributions to the Army’s 40mm XM1176 and XM1166 airburst munitions, to produce lethal effects against personnel in open and defilade positions and defeat unarmored/lightly armored vehicles. As part of the 40mm airburst munition programs, Rheinmetall is leveraging its extensive systems expertise, providing high performance programmers that increase first round hit probability. American Rheinmetall Munitions (Stafford, VA and Camden, AR) coordinates Rheinmetall’s work to ensure these systems deliver optimal interoperability and game-changing combat performance for the U.S. Army.
Rheinmetall Mission Master
On display at this year’s AUSA exhibition will be the Rheinmetall Mission Master SP Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) platform in the cargo variant. The Mission Master SP is a world leading A-UGV showcasing Rheinmetall’s advanced developments in autonomous combat vehicle operating capabilities. The Mission Master SP features all-terrain and amphibious mobility, as well as silent drive mode. It can operate autonomously or semi-autonomously. In addition to a flexible storage system, the Mission Master SP – Cargo can be fitted to suit both high and low profile operations. Its robust design can shoulder over a half-ton payload of supplies, equipment, and materials.
In June 2021, Rheinmetall unveiled a new addition to its family of autonomous unmanned ground vehicles. Able to tackle extreme terrain, the Mission Master XT is a robust platform that carries a 2204 lb. payload and thrives in the most challenging conditions. Its advanced amphibious capabilities allow it to float and swim while maintaining its full payload capacity. Another remarkable feature of the Rheinmetall Mission Master XT is its continuous tire inflation system, which adjusts the tire pressure as needed based on the terrain. Like its predecessors, the XT comes integrated with the Rheinmetall PATH autonomy kit, an industry-leading, AI-powered autonomous driving and navigation package. The PATH autonomy kit can also be integrated on any drive-by-wire platform, so they can operate unmanned in all kinds of weather conditions. While the Mission Master XT will not be onsite this year, Rheinmetall team members will be available for discussions on both the Mission Master SP as well as the XT models.
Electronic Mission Systems: Be Aware. Be Accurate. Be in Control.
Rheinmetall’s U.S. electronics division, American Rheinmetall Systems (Biddeford, ME), is poised to unveil its broadened product portfolio at this year’s AUSA exhibition. In addition to soldier lethality systems such as laser aiming, pointing and illuminating devices and fire control systems, the company now offers world-class vehicle electronic mission systems to the U.S. market. On display at AUSA will be Rheinmetall’s Intelligent 360° Situational Awareness System that enables crews of protected vehicles to surveil their local environment and detect, track and engage potential threats faster.
Rheinmetall welcomes visitors to AUSA booth # 1803 to experience the Group’s offerings fitted for the Army’s future fighting force.
07 Oct 21. Galvion wins $5.8m contract to supply US Army with EOD Tools and Equipment Kit (ETEK). Galvion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of military power and data management solutions is pleased to announce that its Squad Power Manager™ (SPM) kit will be included in the U.S. Army EOD Tools and Equipment Kit (ETEK). A $5.8m contract from Program Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CCS) was awarded to supply an EOD-tailored SPM™ system to all active EOD units starting in December 2021. The Squad Power Manager is a core element of Galvion’s Nerv Centr® Active Systems range, which provides scalable power and data solutions to the dismounted soldier. Galvion will be exhibiting the SPM, along with their full range of active systems and their next generation head systems, in booth 3817 at the AUSA exhibition, taking place in Washington DC, 11-13 October 2021. EOD teams use specialized equipment that requires sustainable and lightweight power when off-grid. The US DoD were seeking to upgrade their entire EOD dismounted kit and needed a single, customizable solution that could recharge the batteries for EOD tools and scavenge power from multiple sources such as solar, vehicle power or AC mains. The SPM ETEK Kit includes multiple cables and accessories that offer operational flexibility, allowing EOD units to harvest, scavenge and provide power to mission-critical equipment. The SPM requires no special configuration or programming, converting and managing power as efficiently as possible depending on power sources and equipment needs. This allows teams to minimize weight and logistical burden by carrying fewer batteries, while increasing operational efficiency through active monitoring and management of power usage.
Kristen Lomastro, President of Active Systems, said: “We are a company that is dedicated to delivering mission success by fully understanding not just the military requirement, but the environment, the conditions and the additional circumstances that the dismounted soldier may encounter. We pride ourselves on providing the very best technical and engineering solutions possible and by reducing the physical, cognitive and logistical burden for the warfighter, we increase their agility, lethality and survivability. Galvion is extremely pleased to announce this new contract for ETEK with US Army EOD units, and to continue in our mission to protect and support those who protect us.”
Galvion’s modular and scalable power management systems are battle-ready, flexible and easily integrated with commonly fielded equipment. The Squad Power Manager is a field-proven system, with customized kits in use across all U.S. DoD branches, including units of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and SOCOM. In addition, Galvion’s power management systems are being used by allied forces in Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Denmark and Sweden, among others.
06 Oct 21. AUSA 2021- WFEL’s Military Bridging Systems provide crucial. Disaster Relief Support. Following participation at the DSEI exhibition in London last month, leading Military Bridging Systems supplier WFEL is attending the AUSA event in Washington next week (11-13 October) to promote the ‘dual use’ versatility of its rapidly deployable modular bridging systems. Disaster Relief operations following severe flooding in Europe recently saw WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridging systems deployed to provide emergency temporary infrastructure during natural disasters in both Germany and Turkey. Both MGB Medium Girder Bridges and DSB Dry Support Bridges were deployed WFEL will be discussing the range of rapidly deployable bridging systems on booth 1815 in Hall A/B, alongside colleagues from parent company, KMW. WFEL’s DSB Dry Support Bridge and the MGB Medium Girder Bridge are already held in inventory by many militaries worldwide. The U.S. Military have been users of WFEL’s bridging systems for many years, with well over 100 Dry Support Bridging systems in their inventory. At 120 Military Load Classification (MLC), the DSB can get traffic and supplies moving over a 46-metre gap in less than 90 minutes using just eight soldiers and a single launch vehicle: crucial in rapidly escalating combat, homeland defence or disaster relief scenarios – when every second counts.