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Strengthening Situational Awareness

You don’t take a knife to a gunfight. What you take are maybe one or two much bigger guns, perhaps a grenade launcher, and a couple of missiles if you can carry them.

In other words, you take the Reconfigurable Integrated Weapons Platform (RIwP), developed by DRS Technologies, Inc., and MOOG Space and Defense and featuring electro-optical infrared technology with integrated fire control.

DRS and Moog worked for 3 years on developing the RIwP, which can host a wide variety of direct-fire weapons such as a .50-caliber machine gun, a MK19 40mm grenade launcher, a 30-millimeter medium-caliber weapon and several types of missiles.  All can be fired from the platform, although not simultaneously.

With this increased capability, our Warfighters will have over-match capability with a focus on affordability, sustainability and future growth opportunity, all requisites of the Department of Defense. Although the RIwP can support critical missions for any military branch, it’s been specifically developed for the U.S. Army, which successfully demonstrated it in a live-fire exercise for the first time in late September at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.

Through a DRS EO/IR sensor, the platform also performs target identification, detection and missile guidance. DRS developed the technology from various platforms, including the Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem as the base platform for this effort. DRS also designed the targeting system and the array of situational awareness cameras that give the under-armor operator a 360-degree view of his surroundings.

“The system enables a soldier to see first and shoot first with accuracy,” said Steve Metzger, (Manager, Technology and Business Development).

Technology developed by DRS for the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) also plays an important role on the weapons platform. The MFoCS rugged tablet computer is integral to the server interface inside the vehicle, connecting the sensor operating station and acting as the fire-control platform computer. 

The RIwP is designed for use on many military platforms, including combat vehicles, naval vessels, and ground-mounted pedestals for forward operating base security. The RIwP provides the Warfighter with tomorrow’s technologies ready for today’s battlefields, in every combat environment.

 

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