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ARMY FUTURES ENHANCES SMALL-ARMS WEAPONS THROUGH OPTIMIZED POWER SOURCES

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. Army Futures Command is helping get essential mission-command capabilities to the field faster by using rapid prototyping to design kits that are streamlining and simplifying the installation of these systems into tactical vehicles.

Researchers from AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command, or CCDC, are helping to shape the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon, or NGSW, by giving the program a better understanding of the power needs.

The Army is developing two versions of the NGSW for Infantry and close-combat units. The NGSW Automatic Rifle will replace the M249 squad automatic weapon, and the NGSW Rifle will replace M4 carbine. The NGSW is planned for fielding 2021 or 2022. Versions of the weapon are intended to be equipped with sophisticated technologies such as ballistic calculation, intelligent targeting and tracking capabilities, wireless communication and advanced camera-based capabilities. … Read More

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ARMY FUTURES SOLICITS INDUSTRY FOR R&D ON ADVANCED ROBOTICS, SENSORS

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. Army Futures Command is soliciting industry for information on emerging technologies in robotics and sensors to enhance the targeting capabilities of Army small tactical units.

Researchers are in the initial stages of the Smart Targeting Environment for Lower Level Assets, or STELLA, program that will enable Soldiers to operationalize robotics to rapidly employ, build and share target data in multi-domain operations. The goal is to shorten the amount of time it takes for Soldiers to detect, acquire and identify a target before they engage the enemy.

AFC’s major subordinate command, the Combat Capabilities Development Command, or CCDC, is leading the effort and will issue a request for information, or RFI, in August 2019. The RFI will help the Army to gauge current capabilities, ongoing research and development, and emerging trends. … Read More

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