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Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« on: November 16, 2014, 06:05:50 pm »
To make up for the fact that I think I killed BobbyMikes future soldier tech thread :-[ , I'd like to open this modified version.
 This is for future soldier kit from helmets to boots, from NVG to camo....no exoskeletons stuff that has it's own thread now.


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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 06:33:25 pm »
So let's kick off again.

From Italy the Mechlab V-shield armour system.

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In Italy MechLab, a start-up company specialised in military R&D, started developing an innovative concept in 2011 based on a fully-rigid body armour rather than the typical soft-rigid package. A most innovative development, however, was the first-generation torso-rachid exoskeleton that that transfers the shoulder-borne weight to the leg muscles and thereby decreases stress levels and allow for a potential load increase. The MechLab exoskeleton is a system that merely allows optimising load-carrying.

While it does have some electrically powered regulation actuators, its energy consumption is extremely low when compared to the more complex solutions designed to carry a soldier’s load. The system, known as V-Shield (also see cover), is part of the Advanced Individual Protection System (AIPS) programme launched in 2011 by MechLab with Italian MoD financing. It aims at improving thermal regulation, optimising ergonomics and power consumption, reducing rachis stress and increasing protection. Thanks to its exoskeleton configuration the V-Shield plates have minimal contact with the soldier’s body thus easing perspiration and body cooling either naturally or through the use of powered ventilation. It also has a hydration system.

 Still under development, the V-Shield has evolved considerably over time. The MkII version added shoulder plates and additional protection for arms and legs and a manual setting of the structure, while the Mk III saw a restyling of all armour plates together with the adoption of a release system for the spinal structure. In the Mk IV the V-Shield was equipped with a harness for heli-winch operations and easy extraction from armoured vehicles; side plates were separated from the front plate, while a motorised structure setting system was adopted. The Mk IV Plus adopts a spherical joint, a new anatomic back, and features more compact plates. MechLab is currently working on the Mark V, which will see a redesign of armour plates to meet army requirements and the adoption of a biometric sensor. Qualification of the ballistic package and harness will soon start in view of delivery of the V-Shield Mk VI with its optimised and industrialised version of the new body armour by year end to the MoD.

 According to data provided by MechLab, a comparison of the V-Shield with the current Italian Army body armour show that the 34% lighter weight configuration V-Shield provides 29% more protected surface against 7.62×39 mm ball ammunition. As for the heavy configuration, the V-Shield ensures 79% more protection for only a 6% weight increase against the AK-47 ball ammo. MechLab underlines that the key element to take into consideration is reduced soldier effort, around 30%, thanks to reduced back stress, improved thermal regulation and increased mobility, which decreases the weight impression by as much as –35%.
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I know it say "exoskeleton" in there but it's not the sci fi powered suit exo, it's more like an insect exoskeleton  ;)

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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 06:43:40 pm »
You march on what you eat ;D .

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No Water Needed in New Army MRE Heaters   1002640880_3AsJD-M-1 height=394
The U.S. Army is working on an improved version of the Flameless Ration Heater that doesn’t need water to heat Meals, Ready-to-Eat.
“Unlike the current ration heater, the Air Activated heater does not require water, a valuable battlefield commodity. This new approach to heating and advanced technology aims to lower cost, weight, and logistics burden of chemical heating technologies,” according to Army officials at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
The Air Activated Heater contains a peel away layer that, once removed, allows air to penetrate the holes of the outer foil layer. After passing through the felt diffusion layer, the air reacts with the activated carbon, electrolyte, and rate-controlling binder, producing a safe exothermic reaction, Natick officials say.
This new technology will heat the MRE entrée by 100 degrees Fahrenheit in less than ten minutes. Negligible hydrogen off-gassing eliminates operational and transport restrictions associated with the current heater and offers improved safety, according to Natick.
The DoD Combat Feeding Program plans to transition the technical data to Defense Logistics Agency – Troop Support for use with the MRE.
Read more:  http://kitup.military.com/2014/11/water-needed-army-mre-heaters.html#ixzz3JI2FFG5R
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2014, 06:45:56 pm »
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3 Energy Prototypes to Replace Batteries in Combat

Bionic Power Knee height=435

The Army laid out three pieces of equipment the service has been testing to try and cut down the number of batteries soldiers have to carry in combat. Army official predicted the average soldier could soon need to carry up to 14 pounds of batteries for a 72-hour mission unless significant breakthroughs are made.
Here is a rundown of three top development projects:

Knee Harvester (photo above) — As shown in the photo, the knee harvester, built by Bionic Power, collects kinetic energy as the soldier moves his or her legs. Some feedback that soldiers have already sent back to Kit Up! on this one is how annoying it would be on long patrols. One soldier said he’d rather just carry the batteries.


Lightning Pack Rucksack Harvester height=435

Lightning Pack’s Rucksack Harvester —
The pack built by Lightning Pack uses a miniature power generator and collects the kinetic energy drawn by the movement of the backpack on the soldier as he moves on patrol. The pack can generate up to 40 watts when running and up to 22 watts when the soldier is walking.


MC10 Solar Helmet height=435

Solar Panel Harvester —
Built onto the top of the helmet and pack, these solar panels are a thin layer of gallium arsenide crystals. The pack can generate up to 10 watts and the helmet can generate 7 watts if under the sun.

Read more:  http://kitup.military.com/2014/11/3-energy-prototypes-replace-batteries.html#ixzz3JI2zmy8N
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2014, 06:05:07 am »
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US Army Develops Pocket-Sized Air Surveillance Device

NATICK, Mass. --- Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing technologies for a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for Soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments. The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile Soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted Soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within an immediate operational environment.
 
 While larger systems have been used to provide over-the-hill ISR capabilities on the battlefield for almost a decade, none deliver it directly to the squad level where Soldiers need the ability to see around the corner or into the next room during combat missions. When Soldiers and small units need to assess the threat in a village, or in thick canopy terrain where traditional ISR assets cannot penetrate, the CP-ISR can be deployed to provide that capability.
 
 NSRDEC engineers investigated existing commercial off-the-shelf technologies to identify a surrogate CP-ISR system. Prox Dynamics' PD-100 Black Hornet, a palm-sized miniature helicopter weighing only 16 grams, has the ability to fly up to 20 minutes while providing real-time video via a digital data link from one of the three embedded cameras and operates remotely with GPS navigation. Tiny, electric propellers and motors make the device virtually undetectable to subjects under surveillance.

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More at the link
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/158902/us-army-develops-pocket_sized-air-surveillance-device.html

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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2014, 08:10:01 pm »
Deep springs technology "flexible body armour". They have received funding from DARPA.
 They presented this as their entry for the SOCOM TALOS suit project.



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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2014, 12:10:18 pm »
SOCOM Broad Agency Announcement For TALOS Suit

On Dec, 18, 2014, U.S. Special Operations Command issued a new broad agency announcement seeking advanced technologies to help special operations forces achieve their missions, with an initial focus on helping to develop an exoskeleton suit for enhanced protection
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 10:17:24 pm »
40MM counter-defilade round

http://ht.ly/GPwTQ
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2015, 12:48:35 am »
40MM counter-defilade round

http://ht.ly/GPwTQ

That's a very interesting like, not just for the round itself but for the whole concept.  Basically, this 40mm round includes some sort of sensor (it doesn't specify what technology is used) to detect cover and explodes when it passes by instead of using a complex laser rangefinder and timed programmable fuse.  It allows the launcher to be just a dumb tube and puts the smarts in the round.

I can see the same type of approach used for all kinds of smart munitions to reduce the load on the soldier and the complexity of the weapons.  How about a 40mm anti-air round, basically a little rocket that looks for an aerial target like a helicopter or light aircraft within it's field of view?  Ditto a guided anti-vehicular round for hitting technicals?
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2015, 02:11:32 pm »
Wearable energy generation for soldiers

http://ht.ly/GS3jL
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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2015, 03:51:54 am »
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NDIA SO/LIC 2015: A Look at USSOCOM’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Programme    Always at the forefront of evolving equipment spirals, the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community is witnessing an interesting dichotomy in the development of future protection systems. The past decade of operations has seen SOF operators utilised for a wide range of tasks ranging from direct action raids in complex urban and rural environments in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, to more cerebral support and influence/surveillance and reconnaissance missions working out of embassies and other governmental/non-governmental organisations.
 It is no surprise that the amount of equipment required for such a diverse range of activities is broad to say the least. However, arguably the most interesting and ongoing development involves a USSOCOM effort, initiated in 2013 by former Commander Adm. Bill McRaven, who became frustrated at hearing of casualties and fatalities taken in the ‘fatal funnel’ stage of a breach of a target building.
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The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Programme Current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) see operators ‘stacking up’ outside an entry point before gaining entry and dominating a hallway, room or corridor. However, such choke points have left assaulting troops almost helplessly exposed to small arms fire from opposing forces, sometimes deeply entrenched in the building or compound.
 
 McRaven’s idea was to provide an all-encompassing protective suit to almost guarantee a SOF operator the ability to gain entry into a building without the risk of injury or even death.
 
 Known as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) programme - SOCOM dislikes any comparison to the Iron Man suit made famous in recent Hollywood films - it aims to provide ballistic protection and C4ISTAR capabilities alongside environmental systems to enable a soldier to operate for long periods of time in a fully-encapsulated suit
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Sources close to USSOCOM revealed to MT that working models of a ‘Gen-1’ TALOS solution had been delivered to the organisation ahead of trials at the US Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC), at Camp Lejeune, NC, where 10 operators will trial the system over an assault course.
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One such solution offered up by Revision is its Vertical Load Offset System (VLOS), which takes the form of a curved bracket which connects the top of a ballistic helmet to the shoulders of a robotic exoskeleton worn by the same operator, meaning ‘zero weight’ of the helmet is carried by the operator. “It also allows full articulation and range of motion but floats on top of the head and you don’t have that mental drain of a 7lb thing on your head anymore,” Dowling added.
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Protection of the Neck and Facial Areas  According to USSOCOM figures and gunshot wound maps obtained by MT, 36% of injuries inflicted upon SOF operators are likely to wound the neck and facial areas. So, another option which is gaining traction in the community is that of maxillofacial protection, whose additional weight could be offset by systems similar to Revision’s VLOS.
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SOF Operator Body Armour Developments There has also been much movement in body armour as worn by SOF operators, again with substantial moves to reduce size and weight in order to increase mobility. Ballistic plates have gradually evolved into thinner and thinner variants with innovative techniques used to disrupt and fragment incoming rounds.
 
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A lot more at the link.
http://www.miltechmag.com/2015/01/ndia-solic-2015-look-at-ussocoms.html[/q][/q][/q][/q][/q][/q][/q][/q][/q]

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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2015, 03:56:19 am »
 NDIA SO/LIC 2015: USSOCOM Wish List   
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As the world SOF eyes are always on USSOCOM, below is a list of USSOCOM’s wish list of what it is interested in receiving from industry, academia, individuals, and government laboratories capable of providing the design, construction, and testing of SOF related technologies. The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities
More at the link, Power generation, small arms, body armour and guided small weapons ect.

http://www.miltechmag.com/2015/01/ndia-solic-2015-ussocom-wish-list.html


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Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 12:03:13 am »
http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2015/02/09a.aspx

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/02/military-looking-give-troops-super-sensing-abilities/105039/?oref=d-river

Defense one article picture at top has US soldier apparently fighting a robot soldier???


Going by the color of the text next to the robot being the same light blue as the U.S. Soldier I'd say its a friendly.:)
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2015, 03:19:30 pm »



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Canada’s proposed “smart gun” design combines a 5.56mm automatic rifle using case-telescope ammunition and either a 40mm grenade launcher or a 12-gauge shotgun, increasing firepower and improving tactical flexibility. (DRDC photo)
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Canada Develops New Integrated Assault Rifle Concept
More firepower, improved accuracy and smart integrated accessories that connect to command and control networks are the headline features of the new integrated assault rifle concept that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Colt Canada have developed for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
 
 The prototype, in development since 2009 through the Soldier Integrated Precision Effects Systems (SIPES) project, includes a firing mechanism to shoot lightweight cased telescoped ammunition, a secondary effects module for increased firepower and a NATO standard power and data rail to integrate accessories like electro-optical sights and position sensors.
 
 In order to support the multi-role nature of the weapon, the prototype’s secondary effects module features the ability to install either a three round 40 mm grenade launcher, or a 12-gauge shotgun. When optimized, the integrated weapon prototype could weigh less than a C7 equipped with a M203 grenade launcher, reducing the burden on soldiers.
 
 “In the medium term, this weapon concept represents a lethal, flexible general-purpose platform,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Serge Lapointe, from the Soldier Systems group in Director Land Requirements – Soldier Systems (DLR 5) of the Canadian Army. “It will be able to operate in all theatres of operations in the most complex terrain including urban areas, mountains, jungles, deserts and the Arctic.”
 
 The development of the weapon prototype posed a considerable challenge. DRDC scientists analyzed advanced material technologies that could replace the metal used in heavy components. The lightweight case telescoped ammunition was tested extensively with the support of the Munitions Experimental Test Centre in Valcartier, Quebec to assess its long-term aging behaviour.
 
 Scientists also studied how to increase the rifle’s accuracy using technology that can automatically detect targets and assist with engaging them. Questions related to the sensors needed to accurately geo-locate targets for target data sharing were also investigated.
 
 How the soldier interacts with the weapon was also the subject of numerous human factor trials. Ergonomic and weapon prototype handling tests were performed by Human Systems Inc., under the supervision of DRDC scientists, with CAF soldiers from military bases in Petawawa and Edmonton. The testing was crucial to developing optimal design criteria to meet the CAF’s needs for the Small Arms Modernization project.
 
 In addition, lessons learned by both DRDC personnel and the CAF during their deployment in Afghanistan revealed critical elements that informed the prototype weapon development process with respect to its design and functionality.
 
 “The results of the first phase of the project have shown that DRDC expertise can be used to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with solid scientific data so they can make more informed decisions for their major acquisition projects,” said Dr. Guy Vézina, the Director General for S&T Army, DRDC.
 
 The new weapon prototype is a promising development for the soldier of the future. The integration of electronic components will allow soldiers to generate or receive data from the command and control network. In the next phase of development, automated target detection and assisted target engagement will be the subject of an in-depth study in the Future Small Arms Research (FSAR) project.
 
 Finally, the development of the integrated weapon prototype and the continuing analysis of promising technologies should facilitate the acquisition of the next generation of small arms by the CAF. The data collected and the analyses documented so far by DRDC scientists will be used in conjunction with the data and analyses that will be generated in the FSAR project to develop the technical criteria that will form part of the statement of operational requirement documentation for the CAF Small Arms Modernization project.
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