• AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS prepares for aircraft-protection laser testing

    Leonardo DRS is preparing for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for its quantum cascade laser, having reached the requisite high technology readiness level and demonstrated the system’s ability to protect helicopters from missile attacks, Eric Takeuchi, vice president of business

  • US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in

  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months. “We have delivered a number of

  • AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration

    The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2. The event, held in Palmdale in California and Fort Bliss in Texas, in June

  • AUSA 2019: FLIR Systems announces new StormCaster-T camera for SkyRaider UAV

    FLIR Systems is offering a new StormCaster-T thermal camera with FLIR Boson sensor for its R80D and R70 SkyRaider multi-mission unmanned rotorcraft that features a 15–75 mm zoom optic, according to a company official. Mark Holden, FLIR director of product strategy for the US government, told

  • AUSA 2019: General Micro Systems unveils new, tactical-level AI servers

    General Micro Systems is focusing its efforts on pushing artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities down to the tactical level, developing a family of AI-enhanced servers that are configured to withstand the rigors of combat. Known as “edge processing”, the need for AI-capable

  • AUSA 2019: Karem Aircraft unveils AR-40 for US Army’s FARA-CP

    High-speed flight is the hallmark of Karem Aircraft’s newly unveiled AR-40 helicopter, which the company is offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme, according to a company official. Thomas Berger, Karem FARA programme

  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability

    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence at the US Army’s Armor School at Fort

  • AUSA 2019: Mack Defense unveils 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane

    Mack Defense introduced its ATC-40T, a 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane based on the commercial Mack Granite chassis, at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC. The ATC-40T is to be built with Manitowoc Crane, a supplier of truck-mounted hydraulic cranes, and

  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule

    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 October. To make it possible for the early Initial

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin advancing hit-to-kill hypersonic air-defence concepts for MDA

    Lockheed Martin is working to advance two hit-to-kill intercept concepts for the US Missile Defense Agency’s Hypersonic Defense Weapon System project, company officials said at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, in October. The company is

  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence

    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense Cross

  • AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment

    The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels. The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropical environments, “provides soldiers a

  • AUSA 2019: US Army’s IBCS could enable joining offensive and defensive fires

    The US Army is considering joining offensive and defensive fires units (field artillery and air-defence artillery) in the same spot or structure so the air-defence units could have a long-range fires capability to shoot back. However, it is first working to finalise the technology that would enable

  • AUSA 2019: US Special Ops select Persistent Systems' Embedded Module for small UAV

    US Special Operations Command will field Persistent Systems’ Embedded Module, a modified version of the module integrated into the MPU5 handheld mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radio, for its Indago small unmanned aerial (UAV) system. Approximately the size of a credit card, the Embedded

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment unveils Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle

    AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 14 October at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference, touting the aircraft as Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 package. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said on 14 October that the Puma LE

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin weighs options for achieving a 250-300 kW air-defence laser

    Lockheed Martin is working with the US Army to determine an updated design for a forthcoming air-defence laser weapon, seeking to field a 250-300 kW laser. The army in May selected a team of Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, and Rolls-Royce to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its

  • AUSA 2019: Boeing, Saab conduct long-range GLSDB firing

    Boeing Defense, in partnership with Saab Dynamics, on 26 September conducted a long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The Andøya shot marks the third official firing event of GLSDB; earlier shots were

  • AUSA 2019: Booz Allen Hamilton debuts new Digital Soldier platform

    Booz Allen Hamilton is marketing its new Digital Soldier platform as an underlying open-architecture backbone designed to amalgamate and analyse data and then present it to soldiers as actionable or informative information. The architecture is meant to be “a new approach to the

  • AUSA 2019: Industry unveils Robotic Combat Vehicle prototypes

    Several companies have confirmed they are using this year’s annual AUSA meeting to showcase their robotic company vehicle (RCV) prototypes. This comes at a time when the US Army is ramping up efforts to field a mixed fleet of RCVs. The service is currently eyeing three RCV chassis weight

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