By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsMarch 9, 2017
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center technologies will be on exhibit at the 2017 Association of United States Army Institute of Land Warfare, Global Force Symposium and Exposition March 13-15 in Huntsville, Ala.
The three day event, held at the Von Braun Center, will include more than 6,000 attendees and exhibitors, 200 exhibits and 75 speakers and presenters from various government agencies and industry.
The symposium will explore the capabilities outlined in the Army Operating Concept and how the force transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation for Force 2025 and beyond. This year's theme is "Delivering Capabilities for Multi-Domain Battle".
AMRDEC technologies on exhibit include the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, AMRDEC's Metrology Team, Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation and the Containerized Weapon System Trainer.
• Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator
The purpose of JMR-TD is to demonstrate transformational vertical lift capabilities to prepare the DOD for decisions regarding the replacement of the current vertical lift fleet. Advanced rotary-wing configurations and enabling technologies are needed to achieve the combination of performance survivability, reliability, and affordability for emerging Future Vertical Lift requirements and missions. Increasingly complex missions systems require advanced tools and techniques to develop and analyze requirements to minimize life-cycle costs.
• AMRDEC's Metrology Team
Optical 3D scanning provides millions of data points across surfaces of varying complexity in mere seconds. AMRDEC's Metrology Team can enhance and improve machining operations by implementing quality control during the machining process - adaptive manufacturing. Metrology can solve problems with Army efficiencies such as paying for design tolerances that are not being met or not even needed. 3D Metrology also helps avoid spending large amounts of money on unnecessary requirements for both modern and traditional machining and fabrication.
• Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation
Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation is a disruptive capability improvement that will allow U.S. Army Aviation assets to maintain an asymmetric advantage on the battlefield, much like the adoption of night vision technology in the past. DVE is "reduced visibility of potentially varying degree, wherein situational awareness and aircraft control cannot be maintained as comprehensively as they are in normal visual meteorological conditions and can potentially be lost". Mitigating DVE means providing the aircrew with the means to precisely control aircraft attitude and accurately negotiate terrain and obstacles throughout the operational flight profile.
• Containerized Weapon System Trainer
The CWS Trainer consists of a ruggedized computer instructor station, a ruggedized computer student station, a specialized Common Remote Operated Weapons System, or CROWS, Display Control Panel, a Control Grip, and a Situational Awareness computer. The operator uses this specialized hardware to train in a virtual environment by running pre-defined exercises that can be modified on-the-fly to suit the current situation or training objective. The tactical and training systems were developed and prototyped by AMRDEC, as part of the Army Game Studio.
An agenda and more information can be found at http://ausameetings.org/globalforce2017/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/03/2017-Global-Force-Current-Agenda-5.pdf.
Videos of the live stream presentations and speakers can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/HQAMC/videos.
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Material Command.