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  • AUSA 2017: Harris showcases latest night vision weapon sight

    Harris introduced its latest F7030 Generation (Gen) 3 Clip-on Weapon Sight at the annual Association of the US Army symposium in Washington, DC. The F7030 sight includes a new gallium arsenide photocathode component that provides a much higher sensitivity than a Gen 2 sight, Steve Perez, director

  • MTRS Increment 2 to feature clean-sheet design

    Endeavor Robotics will deliver a new product design under the US Army’s widely anticipated Man Transportable Robotic System Increment 2 (MTRS Inc II) effort, rather than modifying one of its existing platforms. “A lot of design and development effort has already gone into this robot; we

  • Stratom enters UGV market with XR-P

    Stratom has released details of a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) primarily designed for the logistics support role. The eXpeditonary Robotic Platform (XR-P) is a dual-tracked vehicle that is initially intended to be deployed from a V-22 Osprey. “We designed the vehicle around trying to

  • AUSA 2017: Fantom-2 set for desert trials, combat

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport will be sending its new Fantom-2 large multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Middle East in early November for trials and demonstrations, and expects to field the platform in combat conditions in the next 12 months. The Fantom-2 went on public display

  • AUSA 2017: IAI enhances AMMAD system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) showcased the latest update to its Anti-Magnetic Mine Actuating Device (AMMAD) that now includes the ability to neutralize active land-based magnetic mines. After more than a decade of improvements and upgrades to the system, it has been re-designated as the AMMAD

  • Scaled Composites flies new Model 401 prototype

    Scaled Composites flew its Model 401 experimental prototype aircraft for the first time on 11 October, the company announced on the same day. The single-seat single-engined aircraft is one of two that have been built by the Northrop Grumman-subsidiary to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing

  • AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • Safran Helicopter Engines reveals new engine family for rotorcraft

    Safran Helicopter Engines has unveiled a new family of powerplants for military and commercial rotorcraft covering the 2,500 to over 3,000 shp power range. The Aneto high power engine family was launched in early October and is said by the French-based company to feature

  • AUSA 2017: CRS-I, RCIS down-select expected next year

    The US Army now has requests for proposals out for its Common Robotic System – Individual (CRS-I) and Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) unmanned ground vehicles, and expects to down-select vendors early in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), Bryan McVeigh, project

  • AUSA 2017: ARL showcases advanced 3D mapping tool

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a new three-dimensional (3D) visualisation tool aimed at optimising pre-mission route selection for ground forces. By using a 3D television (TV) or 3D projector, a 3D mouse, and 3D glasses similar to what moviegoers use, ARL has been able to

  • AUSA 2017: Leidos readies software enhancements for US Army AFATDS

    Leidos is set to roll out software updates for the US Army’s Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software in 2020, a company spokesperson confirmed to Jane's . These will comprise work to increase the system's usability, and add embedded training and help functions. The first steps,

  • IAI demos Air Hopper unmanned helo

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed its new Air Hopper unmanned logistical supply helicopter, which it recently demonstrated in the casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) role. The aircraft, which was revealed in early October, recently took part in a demonstration for the Israel Defence Forces

  • AUSA 2017: GM unveils modular, optionally manned, hydrogen-powered SURUS vehicle

    General Motors (GM) has unveiled its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) vehicle, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered platform that can accommodate a variety of modules and serve in manned or unmanned roles. The 17 ft long SURUS, named in part after Hannibal’s war elephant, has no

  • AUSA 2017: Revision Military moves into tactical headset market

    Integrated soldier systems specialist Revision Military has unveiled a tactical communications headset at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC as it seeks to further extend capabilities associated with its range of combat helmets. Revision Military’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System has been

  • AUSA 2017: Roboteam launches TIGR UGV

    Roboteam unveiled its Transportable Interoperable Ground Robot (TIGR) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The medium-sized, tracked platform has been designed to detect, identify, and dispose of hazardous objects and has a modular design, Shahar Abuhazria, Roboteam’s CEO told Jane’s ,

  • AUSA 2017: 3M unveils stronger armoured helmet

    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has unveiled its new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110 – designed to protect personnel from blast fragmentations, certain rifle projectiles, handgun bullets, and blunt impacts – and has booked orders from international customers, Cheryl Ingstad, business

  • AUSA 2017: Army returns to camouflage netting as it revisits traditional fieldcraft

    The US Army hopes to regain some of its basic ‘fieldcraft’ – particularly for concealing static formations – and is seeking new camouflage net systems. In July the army kicked off an effort to buy a new generation of camouflage netting, meant to help hide formations from a

  • AUSA 2017: HDT Global reveals details of its SMET offering

    HDT Global displayed publicly for the first time its Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) Phase 2 offer at AUSA 2017. HDT Global’s SMET Phase 2 offering, the Hunter WOLF (Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower), represents a step-change for the company in two areas in that it is wheeled,

  • Sweden’s twin 120 mm mortar system takes shape

    Key Points The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of

  • Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s

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