• AUSA 2017: US Army to upgrade some M113s as stop-gap measure

    A request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade a limited number of the US Army’s M113 armoured personnel carriers could be released in the next month or so to identify interested parties, according to Colonel Mike Milner, programme manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). The army

  • USN awards LCS block-buy deals worth USD1.2 billion

    While the US Navy (USN) starts building its requests for proposals for its new frigates, the service is still bolstering its fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) with two 6 October contract awards worth a combined total of about USD1.2 billion for the next block-buy deals for the vessels, split

  • 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,

  • AUSA 2017: New Profense guns add punch to fast-craft missions

    Profense has developed an advanced single barrel .50 calibre gun, called the PF 50, and a swivel-mounted six barrel 7.62 mm Gatling gun, called the PF M134, which company officials say could be ideal for maritime fast-craft missions. The PF 50 features an electric chain drive and uses the stalwart

  • AUSA 2017: Stryker A1 configuration enters production

    The US Army’s fourth Stryker Double V-Hull (DVH) brigade, the first to incorporate an updated A1 configuration, is now in production and the initial vehicle rolled off the assembly line in September, Colonel Glenn Dean, programme manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told Jane’s on 10

  • AUSA 2017: US Army wants to penalise ‘unwarranted’ protestors

    Key Points The US Army wants to financially penalise contractors who it deems file frivolous protests A prominent lawyer believes losing contractors are filing protests to benefit their short-term bottom lines The US Army is working with lawmakers to develop legislation that would penalise

  • AUSA 2017: US layered BMD has proven to work, NORTHCOM deputy says

    The United States’ layered ballistic missile defense (BMD) shield has proven it can work in testing, according to Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover, the deputy commander of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM). “We rely on a ballistic missile defence systems,” Lt Gen Hoover said during

  • AUSA 2017: US Navy buys more unmanned Blackwing systems

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded AeroVironment a USD2.5 million contract for additional multiple Blackwing unmanned aircraft, sensor payloads, and refurbishment kits, the company announced on 9 October. The initial set of vehicles is anticipated for delivery by May 2018, and final delivery is

  • US Army marks Lakota milestone

    The US Army has received its 400th Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platform into service, Airbus announced on 9 October. The milestone comes 11 years after the civil variant EC 145 was selected by the army in 2006 to conduct pilot training, while freeing up frontline

  • 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 ,

  • South Korea, US stepping up North Korea-related surveillance, says report

    South Korean and US forces have stepped up North Korea-related reconnaissance operations amid growing speculation that the communist country could test a long-range ballistic missile in the near future, the Yonhap news agency quoted a military source in Seoul as saying on 8 October. US Forces Korea

  • 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: GM, US Army exploring potential for hydrogen fuel cells in ground vehicles

    Hydrogen fuel cell technology to power ground vehicles appears to be proving stable enough for possible military use, as the fuel has been tested as relatively safe during US Army demonstrations with General Motor’s (GM’s) ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric truck. The ZH2 is based

  • 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,

  • AUSA 2017: Polaris boosts international sales as light mobility vehicles garner interest

    Polaris has signed a number of new deals and is now selling its small mobility vehicles to more than 30 countries, the company’s director of international business development, Doug Malikowski, told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. The

  • AUSA 2017: Saab delivers new ‘Breakaway’ camouflage netting system for SOCOM

    In late September US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received nine 'Breakaway' camouflage systems and has already deployed them into operations, Brian Keller, president and general manager of Saab Barracuda, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.