REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (August 1, 2019) -- The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system.
This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing aircraft, and rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM).
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 29, 2019) -- In an effort to quickly target and acquire promising new technology, the Army office for rapid prototyping and fielding is holding its first Innovation Day on September 17.
This one-day event, hosted by the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), is modeled after commercial investor "pitch" days and will evaluate novel approaches and new solutions for critical capabilities. The RCCTO is focusing on finding solutions that support the Army modernization priorities and could be in the hands of Soldiers within one-to-three years. The RCCTO plans to execute an Innovation Day each quarter.
Acquisition, Army ALT Magazine (June 7, 2019) -- In the desert of the National Training Center, Soldiers got an opportunity to try something completely new. Along with the challenges of 14 grueling days of force-on-force and live-fire training exercises, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (3/1 CD) tried out a cyber-based prototype that complements electronic warfare systems to combat enemy drones, which are a growing threat to U.S. ground troops.
Using the Army’s enhanced cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) capability, Soldiers with the 3/1 CD were able to detect and counter common small drones during their training. The new prototype alerted Soldiers to the presence of a drone and provided a means to target it, for protection across the brigade.