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Army Issues Next-Gen Targeting Goggles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A week from today, the first combat unit will get new ENVG-B goggles, which combine binocular night vision with computer-assisted cross-hairs linked wirelessly to the rifle. It’s a test case for the Army’s new high-speed approach to modernization.

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Textron Preps For Mass Production Of New Army Rifle

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Textron is not just betting it will win the Next Generation Squad Weapons contract: It’s betting the Army will want to start buying in bulk ASAP. That’s not a bad bet.

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Forget The Terminator: Robotics For Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd

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Don’t think about the Terminator or Iron Man: Think about Sigourney Weaver’s power loader lifting crates in Aliens.

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AI In Your Eye: Army Goggles Will ID Targets Automatically

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Army soldiers are testing goggles with an image-recognition system that can automatically spot threats like tanks and warn the rest of the squad — or transmit the target data to a distant missile battery so they can take it out.

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Army Issues Lighter Armor For Bigger Wars

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After a generation of guerrilla warfare, the Army is issuing new, lighter body armor that can be tailored for a wider range of missions, from plainclothes advisor roles to high-intensity combat. It’s part of a new push to improve infantry equipment, from rifle calibers to targeting optics to augmented reality training, coming from the Secretary… Keep reading →

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Grunts To Get High-Tech Targeting Goggles In 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This kind of effort to get fighter-jock technology to ordinary grunts — who do most of the fighting and dying — has enjoyed some high-profile attention in the last 12 months. The efforts cover everything from developing a new, more powerful longer-range rifle to buying off-the-shelf quadcopters, from adding VR training simulations to eliminating tedious safety lectures.

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Smart Rifles For Foot Soldiers: Army NGSW Prototype Contracts Out In June

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The Army is just weeks away from awarding contracts to begin buying prototypes of new infantry weapons, with live-fire tests next year.

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HUD 3.0: Army To Test Augmented Reality For Infantry In 18 Months

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What should the device show the soldier? “Where am I? Where are my buddies? And where is the enemy?” said Gen. Townsend. “Then other stuff could be optional.”

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Guns, Drones, & Augmented Reality: Army Seeks Infantry Revolution

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The catch, of course, is that the Army’s tried to field all these things before — and failed. Why would things go any better this time around? Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue has an answer for that.

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