AUSA 2021: US Army ‘pauses' IVAS programme, fielding on hold

by Ashley Roque

Earlier this year US soldiers conducted IVAS cold-weather testing at the Army Test and Evaluation Command's Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska. The service has since ‘paused' the programme. (US Army )

US Army officials have halted plans to field a militarised version of Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system to soldiers, placing a contract worth up to USD21.9 billion in jeopardy, Janes has learned.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology's (ASAALT's) office paused the service's Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) and is “essentially doing a reset of that programme, figuring out what is the appropriate timeline and where is the technology”, Brigadier General William Glaser, director of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team, told Janes on 12 October.

Several other army officials confirmed the decision but, as of this writing, ASAALT, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and Army Futures Command offices had not responded to Janes request for additional information about what sparked the decision and what impact it might have.

However, in June Janes

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US Army preps new Command Post Computer Environment increment

by Giles Ebbutt

The US Army command post during Joint Warfare Assessment 2021 at Fort Carson, Colorado, which was the culmination of testing for CPCE Increment 1. (Amy Walker/US Army PEO C3T public affairs)

The US Army, making steady progress in rolling out its Command Post Computer Environment (CPCE), has started planning the next increment.

CPCE is the central computing environment developed to support command posts and combat operations. It aims to reduce stove-piped legacy systems and provide an integrated, interoperable, cyber-secure, and cost-effective computing infrastructure for multiple warfighting functions. It is to provide army programmes with a core infrastructure, including a common operating picture (COP) tool, common data strategy, common applications such as mapping and chat, common hardware configurations, and a common look and feel.

Speaking during the Association of the United States Army annual convention in early October, Colonel Matt Paul, project manager mission command in the programme executive office for command, control, communications-tactical (PEO C3T), told Janes that the CPCE software was being introduced on a two-year cycle across active, National Guard, and Reserve components. Increment 0 had been fielded to about 20% in 2019.

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US Space Force awards production contract for Meadowlands satcom denial EW

by Richard Scott

L3Harris Technologies is to upgrade the Counter Communications Systems (CCS) Block 10.2 ground-based electronic warfare (EW) system used by the US Space Force to deny adversary satellite communications (satcom).

The company was awarded a USD120.8 million contract by the Space Systems Command on 22 October. Known as Meadowlands, the upgrade package transitions the existing CCS Block 10.2 system to a more modular and scalable Block 10.3 architecture, and introduces additional classified functionality.

Achieving Initial Operating Capability in March 2020 and claimed to be the first offensive weapon system to be fielded by the US Space Force, CCS Block 10.2 provides a ground-based, deployable EW capability to reversibly deny satcom, early warning, and propaganda. A total of 16 systems are fielded, operating from Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado, Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, and classified locations outside the continental United States.

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Northrop Grumman to compete for RoKAF's ISTAR requirement

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

In partnership with LIG Nex1 and Huneed, Northrop Grumman announced on 19 October that it is working on a JSTAR-K solution (a concept of which is shown in the image) to meet the RoKAF's ISTAR requirement. ( Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman announced on 19 October that it has signed a series of memoranda of understanding with South Korean companies LIG Nex1 and Huneed to develop a ‘Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System – Korea (JSTARS-K)' solution to meet a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) requirement for an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR)-capable aerial system.

The company said in a statement that the JSTARS-K solution, which will be based on the Gulfstream G550 business jet, will leverage Northrop's experience in the battle management command-and-control (BMC2) domain to deliver a new “low risk airborne BMC2 capability”.

While the US firm is set to act as prime systems integrator, local companies will ensure interoperability with other platforms and systems in service with the RoKAF, it added.

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