Archive for the ‘Digitization’ Category

AUSA 21 – T-Worx Intelligent Rail

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

You may have heard of a Picatinny Smart Rail or Powered Rail which is the NATO STANAG 4740/AEP-90.

The T-Worx Intelligent Rail offers centralized weapon enabler power and control. The intelligent rail is Mil Std 1913 compatible but features an embedded, ruggedized printed circuit board (PCB). The battery is located in the butstock and connects to the rail via jumpers which follow contours of the lower receiver. Alternatives include a pistol grip battery or a mount directly to the rail.

Technically, it’s a power AND data rail but most users have concentrated on the ability to centrally power their enablers. The new Gateway Node seen in this photo, attached to the 3 o’clock rail position allows all of the enablers attached to the rail to communicate with other item’s in the Soldier’s network like an End User Device. It is compatible with the U.S. Army’s Intra-Soldier Wireless (ISW) protocol.

Army Assesses IVAS Network Capability at NetModX

Friday, October 1st, 2021


JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The Army is continuing to inform  Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) network integration by evaluating  emerging commercial radio technology that enables data exchange among Soldiers.

A series of experiments this summer at the Army’s annual Network Modernization Experimentation (NetModX) allowed engineers of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center — a component of Army Futures Command (AFC)’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) — to help inform Army program offices of potential capability by providing a technical assessment and analysis on the state of available industry radio communication solutions.

IVAS enables greater situational understanding and decision making through high resolution display of sensor, target, and target engagement data. The system provides Soldiers with a single platform to fight, rehearse and train. These unique characteristics require a tactical radio that can provide Soldier-wearable connectivity for the IVAS platform, according to Dan Ku, a C5ISR Center electronics engineer.

“Events like NetModX enable the Army to assess commercial-off-the-shelf radios’ ability to support the IVAS system in terms of scalability and resiliency,” Ku said. “The data from the field event informs the design of the network to support IVAS.”

The C5ISR Center provides engineering support to Army organizations — Project Manager Tactical Radios (PM TR) and PM IVAS — that are making network design considerations by incorporating NetModX results. The event helps the Army validate and verify which performance metrics and requirements are most important leading to the procurement process.

The radios enable Soldiers to pass IVAS data helping to establish a common operating picture (COP) among the unit during a mission. The real-time COP is displayed on the IVAS heads-up display for improved situational awareness.

Engineers are evaluating the performance of each vendor’s radio system for transmitting differing network traffic loads in benign and contested environments, Ku said. Each type of radio must be able to scale to a specific number of units while transmitting data among a team of Soldiers.

“Experimentation gives the Army a holistic picture on how radios perform initially in a lab setting and then during a large-scale field environment like NetModX,” said James Koh, chief of the Center’s Commercial Technology and Integration Branch. “With these complementary experiments, we’re able to produce a comprehensive set of data and radio system characteristics to support Army acquisition decisions. NetModX also serves as a forum for industry partner collaboration.”

By Dan Lafontaine, DEVCOM C5ISR Center Public Affairs

Additional photos by SGT Robert Whitlow, 49th Public Affairs Detachment

Panasonic TOUGHBOOK N1 Tactical End User Device

Friday, September 24th, 2021

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK N1 Tactical End User Device is a great solution for anyone running one of the various versions of Tactical Awareness Kit.

It offers five programmable buttons capable of launching any local application, and a 4.7” anti-reflective, daylight-readable, 500 NIT display also features rain-sensing and glove touch modes.

In addition to being able to connect to your own comms backbone, the TOUGHBOOK N1 features built-in 4G LTE WWAN with GPS – and cellular voice capabilities with 100db speakers, three noise suppressing microphones, and Dual Nano SIM cards as well as Bluetooth with Low Energy.

The device will also handle the environment, certified to MIL-STD-810G, (7′ drop. IP66 and IP68 dust and water-resistant certification).

Finally, expect about 12-hours (up to 27 hours depending on user profile) continuous data use with a user-replaceable battery that is warm swap capable or power via hub.

Panasonic TOUGHBOOK products are available for unit and agency purchase through ADS, Inc.

DSEi 21 – Molliflex

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Sometimes at a trade show you zig instead of zag? and when I turned left instead of right on my last say at DSEi I ran smack dab into the Intelligent Textiles Limited stand and their Molliflex cables.

The lady in the stand read my badge aloud, “soldier systems” and as she did it I looked at what they were doing and replied?, “you’re right in my wheelhouse.” Turns out, this is the gem I was searching for at DSEi, that one product I didn’t expect to find, but has great potential.

They’ve done such a good job with their Molliflex cable, that you probably didn’t even notice it in the photo at first or maybe even second glance.

The cable is just 2mm thick and can be woven into PALS compatible platforms. Due to how things it is, pouches can be added over Molliflex. Molliflex lays flat even when folded for 90 degree turns. In fact, it can be folded over two million times before the internal connection is broken. Additionally, it is IP68 rated. The connector is a standard Glenair Mighty Mouse which is Nett Warrior compliant.

Attachments to devices include an Ejector QD plug and Hardpoint attachment plate.

It is rated for power at 5amps,<50voltsDC1 and data at USB 2.0, 480 Mbps.

The outer material is DWR coated nylons me available in Multicam, Coyote, Flecktarn, CADPAT, and Black.

ORSM 21 – Juggernaut.Case Forearm Phone Mount

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Juggernaut has updated their ForeArm Phone Mount for their cases with an enclosed Boa construction. The previous version had an exposed line for the Boa tightener which could snag.

ORSM 21 – Grip.Kit

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

This is a great upgrade for your Juggernaut.Case. The Grip.Kit is a self adhesive sticker set to keep your device from sliding around.

ORSM 21 – Juggernaut.Case

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

This is Juggernaut’s first commercial tradeshow, but I’ve got to show you two awesome products that are assembled together and as much military as civilian.

The Inductive Charge PALS Armor Plate Carrier Phone Mount features charging embedded into the mount arm with the cable terminating to a USB-A connector for use with standard external battery packs. It’s PALS compatible for direct mounting.

It’s paired with the PALS Pack Platform which is built by Mystery Ranch specifically for Juggernaut to offer a mounting option for those who don’t have a standard PALS platform like an armor vest. The PALS Pack Platform mounts at the chest area of a pack and takes the place of the sternum strap.

Warrior East 21 – Tomahawk Robotics

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Tomahawk Robotics displayed several technologies at Warrior East but the one that caught my eye is the Grip S20 Controller. It is based around the Samsung Galaxy S20 End User Device and offers controls for unmanned systems. This protective case also incorporates an integral USB hub.

Another item is the Mimic Spatial Controller which is a tactile trigger-style device many in EOD prefer to use. It is Intra Soldier Wireless compatible and provides haptic feedback of payload control.

Additionally, Tomahawk Robotics offers the MXC Family of Micro Datalinks which can be had as a stand-alone battery powered model or a more streamlined version which uses radio battery juice. With this datalink, the user can not only receive ISR feeds but also retransmit them to others in their network.

Units and agencies can procure Tomahawk Robotics products shown during Warrior East by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.