The theme of the 2016 AUSA annual meeting next week is “America’s Army: Ready Today, Preparing for the Future.” Ready for today means our soldiers are equipped to successfully handle a diversity of threats, an achievable feat because the army has consistently prepared for the future.

 In the 1940s, Military organizations funded and promoted the development of computer technology in the United States. In the 1950s, many of the technological successes of the U.S. semiconductor industry were built on earlier work the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) created for the U.S. Army. Today the army continues to prepare soldiers for evolving dangers in part by equipping them with technology that can anticipate and adapt to new threats.

At #AUSA2016 next week, don’t miss the following DRS Technologies products at booth #825 that contribute to the consistent modernization of our forces and support the Army’s “Big 6+1” Initiative.


1) ENVG III/FWS-I: Linking thermal weapon sights with night vision goggles, ENVG III and FWS-I together allow for rapid target acquisition from covert positions. The technology provides Soldier and Team, Performance and Overmatch.


2) TROPHY™ Active Protection System: By proactively detecting, locating and (if necessary) neutralizing anti-armor threats, TROPHY™ dramatically increases platform survivability, and creates a new paradigm of networked threat awareness for maneuver forces and supports the Army’s “Big 6+1” Initiative for advanced protection.


3) Joint Assault Bridge (JAB): This track-wheeled vehicle is designed to carry and deploy a heavy “scissor” bridge that allows mobility over wet or dry chasms. It supports the Army’s “Big 6+1” initiative of Combat Vehicles.


4) 10kW Vehicle Inverter: Meeting the needs for increased power demands on vehicles, the 10kW DC-AC export power inverter can operate in the harshest environmental conditions, including vibration, shock, high temperature and humidity.  


5)  Vehicle Environmental Control Systems: DRS Technologies prepares for the future by adapting technology to meet evolving mission requirements. The MCS is a proven environmental control system within the M109 Paladin A6 & A7. A new modernization parameter configures the system modularly, enhancing the operational capability in the M109 Paladin A5+ and M113 platforms.


6) Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems: For more than 25 years, DRS Technologies has provided state of the art Electronic Warfare Systems and capabilities with comprehensive training and maintenance, providing complete situational awareness of the enemy and their communications, fires and weapon systems. IEWS supports the “Big 6+1” initiative for electronic warfare.


7) SPG 1000 Soldier Power Generator: An Octane Matching Fuel Conditioner converts low octane logistics fuel such as JP-8 and F-24 to a high octane fuel suitable for operation with spark-ignited gasoline engines. This offers a lightweight, fuel efficient, inexpensive, low-power source (less than 1kw to 3 kw) for military applications and decreases the logistics footprint by deploying a robust, optimized, and fuel efficient solution.


8) S60K Environmental Control System: The Stackable 60K Improved Environmental Control Unit (S60K IECU) is a reduced height version (4" shorter) of the US Army 60K Improved Environmental Control Unit (60K IECU). This unit accommodates customers needing to stack two ECUs for loading into standard tricon shipping containers.


9) SWave SDR family for mounted and dismounted land forces: DRS will feature Leonardo's SWave™ -family Software Defined Radio (SDR), named the Hand Held Evolution (HH-E). Designed to bring commercial smartphone size and weight characteristics to military-qualified battlefield radio equipment, the SWave(tm) HH-E weighs less than 1.2 pounds and measures just 6.1" x 2.8" x 1.6".


10) MFoCS: The Mounted Family of Computer Systems is a modular family of computers and display systems that will form the heart of next-generation network computing technology for the U.S. Army and support the Army Big 6+1 initiative for Expeditionary Mission Command. MFoCS systems are being installed on ground vehicles and weapons platforms to provide modular computing capabilities across all four services giving warfighters the next-generation technology with faster processing speeds as well as multi-function and applications capabilities.