AUSA 2021: InVeris showcases new Virtual Reality – Decisions and Tactics training system

by Daniel Wasserbly

InVeris Training Solutions' VR-DT uses virtual reality to prepare users for de-escalation of force situations. (InVeris Training Solutions)

InVeris Training Solutions (formerly Meggitt Training Systems) revealed its immersive Virtual Reality – Decisions and Tactics (VR-DT ) system for de-escalation training at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual meeting.

VR-DT is “the genesis of what we've been doing from the FATS side of the house,” Eric Perez, InVeris director of military system sales and business development, told Janes ahead of the meeting. FATS trainers – employed by several Department of Defence organisations – use large screens for marksmanship, scenarios that test trainees' judgement, or collective training for small units. VR-DT is meant to be more dynamic and immersive, Perez noted.

“VR-DT enhances training for de-escalation, safety tactics, mental health crisis intervention, use of force, and protocol,” the company said. A customised laptop enables an instructor “to direct the scenarios, environments, and weapons”.

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AUSA 2021: US Army's ‘Scarlet Dragon' project aims to use AI, satellites for targeting

by Daniel Wasserbly

The US Army is running a series of training and experimentation events for using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify targets, in an effort to drastically reduce so-called sensor-to-shooter times.

The ‘Scarlet Dragon' series is designed to provide AI-augmented decision-making in targeting for large-scale combat operations, Colonel Joseph Buccino, XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs director, told reporters at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC.

XVIII Airborne is a rapid reaction force based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is leading the exercises. “We think the immediate response force mission makes us the ideal host” for this sort of experimentation and innovation, Col Buccino said.

The driving technology behind the Scarlet Dragon series is software created under the US Department of Defense's Project Maven, which was originally designed to use AI for selecting targets from aerial video feeds.

Scarlet Dragon, however, aims to use AI for targeting based on data from satellites, such as electro-optic and synthetic aperture radar sensors, Colonel Melissa Solsbury, Project Ridgway director for XVIII Airborne Corps, told reporters at the event.

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Malaysia selects radios from Rohde & Schwarz for Keris class

by Marhalim bin Abas

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is replacing the Chinese-supplied radios on its three Keris-class littoral mission ships (LMS) with those from German electronics manufacturer, Rohde & Schwarz.

Information published on the Malaysian finance ministry's procurement website indicate that the contracts are worth USD115,000 each. However, there are no details about which model was selected for the contracts.

Malaysia issued separate requests for bids in August and September 2021, seeking to modify or repair the ultra high frequency/very high frequency (UHF/VHF) radios on the China-supplied LMSs. However, a further read of these RFBs reveal that the country is replacing the vessels' Chinese-made radios with completely new equipment.

As Janes reported in October 2020, the RMN has compiled a list of deficiencies that were observed on the first-of-class, Keris, and the issues encountered largely revolve around its Chinese-supplied sensors and combat systems.

The four-vessel Keris-class was originally worth approximately MYR1.17 billion (USD290 million) and signed between the Malaysian government and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSSC) in 2017.

Keris was commissioned in January 2020 while the second vessel, Sundang, was commissioned in March 2021. The third vessel, Badik

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AUSA 2021: US Army buys Galvion Squad Power Manager for EOD kit

by Daniel Wasserbly

Galvion's Squad Power Manager. (Galvion)

The US Army has purchased Galvion's Squad Power Manager (SPM) kit to be included in its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tools and Equipment Kit, the company announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference.

The army's Program Manager Close Combat Systems issued a USD5.8 million contract to buy EOD-tailored SPM systems for all active EOD units with deliveries starting in December 2021, Galvion said.

The SPM kit is designed to “take the power you have and give it to what you need”, Chris Bonni, Galvion Active Systems project manager, told Janes ahead of the conference. Once various devices are plugged in, the SPM can prioritise what to power or charge first. For example, most users have it set up to charge mission-critical gear first, and mobile phones last.

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