Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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tacticaldefensemedia.com Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 31 SOF Multi-Mission Tactical Air AN/AAQ-24 Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM), the AN/ALQ-211 Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC), and the AN/APQ-186 Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance (TF/TA) Multi-Mode Radar. The DIRCM system provides active protection against infrared homing missiles. SIRFC counters threats through its missile-warning receivers and jammers, and provides real-time threat information to the aircrew through a dedicated display unit in the cockpit. The TF/TA radar provides the aircrew with the ability to mask the aircraft by f lying low and taking advantage of surrounding terrain. To further enhance aircraft and crew survivability, the CV-22 includes a GAU-21 .50 caliber. Mission Systems: Enabling Warfighter Operations The Special Operations Mission Planning Environment (SOMPE) program is a computer-based suite of software products developed in response to USSOCOM user needs for rapid and accurate, time-sensitive planning. SOMPE products enable detailed mission planning, using imagery, digital terrain/nautical/ structural data, two- and three- dimensional mission views, threat positions, weapon system ranges, friendly positions, weapon system performance data and environmental data. Looking forward, SOMPE program objectives are to address USSOCOM air, ground and maritime operator mission planning gaps, enable a three-dimensional planning environment in a network disconnected environment and migrate to a modern software architecture. Director, Emerging Technology and Technology Insertion The PEO is committed to the importance of emerging technolog y and the integration of these new technologies in all of its program efforts. The Emerging Technolog y team develops plans for technolog y advancements and coordinates research and technolog y demonstrations with roadmaps for technolog y insertions/refreshment, and capability enhancements. This team also identifies and evaluates novel technolog y applications to ensure SOF aviation forces maintain their technological edge in a rapidly changing world. The activity seeks enhanced operational effectiveness through enhanced air vehicle, sensor, weapon and communications technologies. This small team is dedicated to ensuring these functions integrate all of our program activities. The team uses Joint Capability Technolog y Demonstrations, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CR ADAs), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Broad Area Announcements, and Foreign Comparative Tests to evaluate new technologies to rapidly transition new capabilities to the field. Currently, PEO- FW is managing six CR ADAs related to improved sensors, weapons, and air vehicle performance. Key Deliveries/Fielding in FY 15 The following is a listing of some of the key capabilities, including manned systems, delivered to the warfighter by the PEO-FW team in 2015: • Two AC-130Js • Four MC-12s • 1 JAVAMAN • Three CV-22s • Nine MC-130Js • 12 MQ-9s • 552 AGM-176A Griffin Missiles • 90 Bomb Units, BLU-133, 129, 126 • 50 GBU-49 Guided Bomb Units • 99 GBU-39B/B Laser Small Diameter Bombs

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