Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

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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Our primary goal in lethality is to increase the UAS stowed kill capac- ity in support of ground force commanders through smaller form factor, tailorable, lethal munitions. Currently commanders are fighting a battle of endurance vs. stowed kills and we want to balance that equation. The primary goal with an increase in survivability is to better harden our systems to survive and fight effectively against emerging threats on the current battlefield as well as in the future Multi-Domain Construct where they will face a significant Anti-access and Area Denial (A2AD) threat, GPS denial & intrusion and Electronic Warfare Attack. A&M: In terms of Army partnering in a Joint, Multi-Domain interoperable environment, speak to how TRADOC is focusing on opportunities to advance capabilities fielding. COL Cravey: We are currently developing a future family of UAS that is partially informed by the programs that our Sister services develop. We are taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate for common technology to the maximum extent possible. For example, our future Scalable Control Interface for UAS must have the capability to interface with Joint UAS platforms, integrate Fires and CEMA from Joint Forces, and must operate on a network that supports Join communications. We're seeking to leverage work done by USMC in support of their MUX requirement to shorten the development and fielding timeline for Army UAS systems and may find some Joint solutions as we further develop Army UAS requirements. A&M: From an industry partnering perspective, how is TRADOC working to partner with industry to better facilitate contract efforts for increased concept to field outcomes? COL Cravey: I'm not in the contract arena, that's our partners at the Project Management (PM) level. We focus on requirements and finding the best technology to meet those requirements. We partner with industry for development of future systems. My team spends a great deal of time laying out the capability gaps and researching potential solutions. For example, In addition to continuous industry engagements, last year we held a 'shark tank' style two day session at the AUVSI symposium open to anyone in industry to pitch any UAS related technology they thought might be applicable to our mission set. We then provided open feedback on their ideas and technology. Some of those pitches really caught our attention and garnered follow up. When we have the need to fill a gap and specifics on the parameters we'll work with the PM who will release RFIs and RFPs to industry to attempt to meet those gaps with their particular solutions. Specifically we are currently focused on VTOL capability with endurance for UAS and future weapons that have extended range capability and are tailorable beyond our currently fielded inventory. The Apache helicopter is able to perform semi autonomous engagements in which an Unmanned Aircraft System identifies a target and provides missile guidance for the Apache. The Apache pilot is able to execute limited control of the UAS during these engagements extending the operational reach of his platform to well beyond line of sight resulting in ability to engage targets outside of the threat area. (AVNCOE) Army soldiers observe fire from an Apache helicopter. The Apache is being updated with new weapons, communications systems, and sensors to enable it's lethality in a near peer threat environment. (AVNCOE) ARMY AIR INTEGRATING MISSION DOCTRINECHINOOK www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017 | 21

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