AUSA Now 2020 featured and highlighted a number of new developments in battlefield communications and strategy as part of the U.S. Army’s push to address the future of multi-domain battles. The Army’s push began three years ago and, according to Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, the efforts are beginning to show tangible results.
Multi-domain operations are a critical necessity of winning the future fight, and the theme of AUSA 2020 reflected all of the successful modernization efforts thus far. “The time is now” hangs triumphantly over the event, calling to attention the work that both the Army and their private sector partners have done and the achievements they have worked towards.
As part of The Modern Battlespace’s commitment to our readers, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting news to come out of AUSA 2020:
Pentagon Has Big Plans for ‘Project Convergence’ in 2021
National Defense highlights the top-level coverage on the ongoing success of Project Convergence and the plans that many senior military officials must leverage advanced computers and sensors to reduce the time and increase the accuracy of military operations.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy offered praise for the program with Esper noting that Project Convergence plays an integral role in Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) efforts. “Project Convergence will truly modernize how we fight and enable the development of a joint warfighting concept and ultimately doctrine for the 21st century,” Esper said to an AUSA audience. Both have noted that plans are currently in development to host another exercise and that the army “intends to incorporate joint partners and even international allies” as part of the air and ground weapons integration.
Collins Rolls Out MAPS Gen II: A-PNT Access with Highest Trust Level
According to an Inside GNSS article, Collins Aerospace was awarded a contract to deliver on the second iteration of its Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing System (MAPS), which is expected to be an assured PNT (A-PNT) solution on all Army ground vehicles.
The MAPS Gen II System raised protection levels against evolving GPS threats to support all multi-domain operations and includes a new navigation system and multi-sensor antennae. Collins Aerospace’s new offerings represent success in the ongoing modernization efforts and offer a look into what warfighters today can expect in the future.
Defiant Test Pilot Talks X2 Technology Speed and Maneuverability
Kelsey Reichmann details the Sikorsky-Boeing AUSA event on Aviation Today and notes the advances in Army’s Future Vertical Lift program. The event featured Bill Fell, a senior experimental test pilot, who described the increased control that the program’s prototype X2 Technology gave to pilots.
The X2 Technology represents a major improvement in previously existing vertical lift technology. “Rigid rotor system, advanced drive system, and fly-by-wire controls give pilots more control response and maneuverability while flying low altitudes at high speeds” with Bell saying the changes made the aircraft “handle more like a tactical jet than a helicopter.
Army Seeks Modular Open Systems Architecture for All Air & Ground Systems
Breaking Defense reported on the U.S. Army’s drive towards a Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) for all air and ground systems. By using common components in the design, this open systems approach allows machine-to-machine communications that can save millions and allow for more agility in multi-domain battles.
U.S. Army Acquisitions Chief Bruce Jette noted his desire to see a system where advanced programs can run themselves and help reduce the load on warfighters. Jette highlighted the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle as an early test case for the new approach. Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg Jr. reported that these innovations are based on the years of defining “common technical standards for specific areas, like FACE for avionics and VICTORY for electronics on ground vehicles.”