Archive: Army

By 2025, the Army sees ground troops conducting foot patrols in urban terrain with robots—called Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles—that carry rucksacks and other equipment. Unmanned aircraft could serve as spotters, according to the Army’s new strategy for robotic and autonomous systems. They could also deliver cargo, reducing reliance on rotary-wing support and facilitating sustainment. (U.S. Army image)

Two Companies Share $400 Million Army Robot Development Contract

Two companies will share in a nearly half-billion-dollar contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of one the Army’s three future ground robot programs of record. QinetiQ North America and Endeavor Robotics were selected as suppliers for the EMD phase of the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS-I) program under a $429 million hybrid […]

Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony. Intel is providing drone technology at the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Olympics Drone Swarm Heightens Army Concerns Over Air Defense

During the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, a flock of 1,200 commercial drones made by Intel [INTC] formed a giant snowboarder that flew into the stadium then swarmed in formation to form various other shapes, including the Olympic Rings logo.  Such sophisticated swarming technology being used to entertain during […]

A pilot from of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., flies the new AH-64E Apache Longbow
Photo: U.S. Army

Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Future Army Vehicle Missile Shields Defined By Open-Architecture Brain

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Lockheed Martin [LMT] will continue to develop the Army’s future vehicle missile shield open architecture controller, a central brain that will operate a suite of technologies providing layered protection against enemy guided munitions. About 45 companies are working in a consortium to design the Army’s Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) suite of sensors and […]

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

‘Holy Grail’ Next-Gen Combat Vehicle Prototypes To Begin Delivering In 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After years of searching for the Holy Grail of combat vehicles and failing to the right mix of technologies at an affordable price, the Army is within reach of a plan to develop a pair of manned and unmanned fighting vehicles with revolutionary capabilities over legacy fleets, according to Gen. Robert Abrams, […]

U.S. Army Gen. Gus Perna, Army Materiel Command commanding general, gives opening remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 27, 2018. Hundreds of Soldiers, Army civilians, academia and industry partners attended the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

AMC Chief Perna: Army Is In ‘Shameful’ Shape, Must Modernize

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Not only is the Army not in fighting shape for future wars, it is in such dire need of systemic modernization that it is in “shameful” condition, according to the service’s chief logistician. The Army must challenge and change the status quo that has resulted in the Army suffocating under the burden […]

The launch of an Advanced Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) unit. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Army Speeds Up Fielding Artillery Missile By Five Years

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A team of senior Army leaders, acquisition officials and engineers empowered to work directly with industry on a specific need will deliver a long-range precision artillery missile as many as five years sooner than originally planned. The long-range precision fires (LRPF) cross-functional team (CFT) plans on buying prototypes of the Precision Strike […]

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Secretary Describes Nearly Invincible, Fighting-Ready Vision For Army Of 2028

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A decade from now, the Army must be able to fight and win against large, sophisticated militaries at a moment’s notice anywhere in the world while maintaining the proficiency in low-intensity conflict it has perfected over the past 16 years, according to Secretary Mark Esper. In his first address to the Association […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Harris Delivers Version Of Two-Channel SOCOM Radio To Big Army

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Harris Corp. [HRS] has introduced a new advanced two-channel handheld radio, based on one the company already builds for Special Operations Command, that simultaneously delivers voice and data networking to the Army. The AN/PRC-163 radio is lightweight, rugged and features a flexible software-defined architecture – enabling users to quickly add new waveforms […]

Army Scientist: ‘Futures Command’ Must Deliver Weapons, Gear Faster

AUSTIN, Texas — The Army’s new Futures Command, however it shakes out, should focus on getting technology to soldiers as quickly as it emerges, according to a senior service scientist. What’s holding back new weapons, sensors and systems development is not technological hurdles, but the bureaucratic ones, according to Jeffrey Singleton, deputy assistant secretary of […]