Sunday, September 07, 2008

RE: Future Combat Systems $200 Billion + Automated Combat

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From: SafetyJoe [Ron Paul 2008]
Date: 07 Sep 2008, 00:05


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From: juan
Date: 06 Sep 2008, 23:50


Future Combat Systems $200 Billion + Automated Combat

Eddie NWO Censored
Eddie NWO Censored

Hundreds of billions of YOUR tax money spent on these toys - you think this will allow US military to beat Russia and China combined? Or is this some sick joke schemed by Ronald Rumsfeld for future US inner city urban combat during US civil war - you be the judge














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Photos: Future Combat Systems, here and now
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September 5, 2008

This little robotic fellow in the foreground looks like he might have missed the casting call for Wall-E, but he actually has one of the featured roles in the U.S. Army's long-running Future Combat Systems drama.
He's posing here at the end of July during a training exercise in New Mexico, as the Army moves to get some of its mildly futuristic gear combat-ready ahead of the original FCS schedule

We say "mildly futuristic" because the robot, known as a SUGV (small unmanned ground vehicle), isn't really all that different from the iRobot PackBots and other remote-controlled gadgets already in widespread service in Iraq and other dangerous places.
The grander future envisioned for FCS, some five years on already, lies in two areas: first, replacing aging weapons and equipment with 21st-century tech, and second, getting all the many software-intensive FCS pieces--robots, sensors, howitzers--and soldiers themselves linked on a ubiquitous, high-speed wireless network


To drive the XM1216 SUGV (pronounced "sug-vee") on its mission, a soldier uses a video game controller and a camera eyepiece.
The SUGV itself is equipped with multiple cameras, allowing the operator to inspect possible roadside bombs or enemy hiding places from a safe distance

The FCS gear being tested by the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 5th Brigade (Army Evaluation Task Force), 1st Armored Division is part of what's known as Spin Out 1. Where the original plans for Future Combat Systems called for all the pieces--14 integrated weapon systems (down from 18), along with the data network--to be delivered together sometime well into the next decade, the Army is now working to get some of the technologies out to soldiers piece by piece. Partly that's because of the need to support actual combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan now, and not at some war-gaming future date.
Partly, too, the Army faces budget pressures that could undermine key parts of the very expensive project ($35 billion for the current fiscal year; $160 billion when all is said and done)


A soldier carries a SUGV in training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Just this week, iRobot announced that it has won a new five-year contract with the Army to deliver a potential $200 million in robotic gear and services. The company has already sold some 1,700 PackBots to the U.S.
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"The reality" of the Future Combat Systems, Maj. Gen. David Halverson told bloggers in a conference call last week, "is that it's just not future anymore. It's going on now.
" Halverson oversees the Army's force modernization effort


The Spin Out 1 efforts focus on just a few pieces of the overall FCS program, including the SUGV; a micro air vehicle; unattended sensors for field and urban use; the rocket-firing Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS); and the "B kit" radio technology

The B kit has three parts: the radio itself, a computing system, and the interface for the soldier. (The full designation for the radio is JTRS GMR, or Joint Tactical Radio System Ground Mobile Radio.
) The kits are to be installed on existing Humvees (as here), Bradley fighting vehicles, and M-1 Abrams tanks, ahead of the arrival of actual FCS manned and unmanned vehicles

A more widespread fielding of the Spin Out 1 gear to infantry bridge combat teams is expected in 2011 This summer's testing was performed by roughly 1,000 soldiers of the Army Evaluation Task Force


Not all military training takes place in the field. Here, two soldiers at an indoor workstation view FCS computer screens simulating what they might see in a vehicle.
On the left are the driver's screens, and on the right, the screens for the vehicle commander

The network is easily the most ambitious aspect of FCS, and the hardest to achieve.
In a report issued in April, the Government Accountability Office offered this warning: "It is not yet clear if or when the information network that is at the heart of the FCS concept can be developed, built, and demonstrated"

Regarding FCS and other modernization efforts, Maj. Gen.
Halverson said last week, "we are pushing the edge on stuff"


There are a couple of unmanned aerial vehicles in the FCS plans. The UAV that's included in Spin Out 1 is the XM156 Class I device, also referred to as a micro air vehicle, or MAV. Here, the MAV hovers over the hood of a Humvee.
(The rotorcraft in the background is an Apache helicopter) A handful of the devices have already been deployed with troops in action


Here's a closer look at the MAV, which uses a ducted-fan system--in the circular black housing--to perform vertical takeoff and landing maneuvers, in addition to hovering It can fly autonomously, or via remote control, and its camera system allows it to assist in platoon-level operations in reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition


The MAV system is designed to be carried in a pair of custom-designed backpacks Total system weight is 51 pounds, including the air vehicle, the control device, and the ground support equipment


In June, the Army took much of its FCS gear to Washington, D.C., as part of its continuing effort to show off what's been accomplished so far and to keep funding on track. Pictured here is a prototype of one of the FCS manned ground vehicles, the XM1203 Non Line of Sight Cannon, or NLOS-C. The self-propelled 155mm howitzer has a two-man crew, a fully automated armament system, and a hybrid diesel-electric engine system.
The eight manned vehicles in the FCS program share a common design for the chassis, to make production and maintenance simpler and cheaper Eight NLOS-C prototypes are scheduled to be delivered to the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona by 2010


The June excursion to the nation's capital also included this display of unattended ground sensors, part of Spin Out 1.
Seen here are items in the one of two main sensor groups, the AN/GSR-9 (V) 1 Tactical-UGS devices The seismic/acoustic sensors are designed for use in perimeter defense, surveillance, target acquisition, and situational awareness, including detection of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons


The urban sensors--AN/GSR-10 (V) 1 (U-UGS)--are intended for use in buildings and other close-quarters situations They look a lot like the motion detectors found in suburban homes


Somebody stenciled the word "animal" on the side of this six-wheeled unmanned vehicle, and there's also a picture behind that left front tire of what looks to be a gecko. But the proper genus for this beast is MULE, short for Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment.
More specifically, this is the XM1217 MULE-T, where the T stands for "transport" The MULE-T is intended to carry up to 2,400 pounds of gear for infantry soldiers conducting dismounted or air assault operations


The 2.
5-ton MULE-T can haul much more than its body weight--in this case, it's towing a 5-ton truck A variant on the MULE that's intended for countermine operations would pack a bulldozer blade on the front, while a third version


should be considered armed and dangerous. This is the XM1219 Armed Robotic Vehicle (ARV)-Assault-Light (ARV-A-L). Like its cousins, it can be carried in a sling under a helicopter. The peaceable mission last June for this particular ARV was to look good for visitors checking out Future Combat Systems gear in Washington, D.
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Not all weapons look like weapons, at least at first glance.
This seemingly innocent-looking box, a part of Spin Out 1, is the XM501 Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) The container packs up to 15 guided missiles, in addition to self-contained tactical fire control electronics and software for both remote and unmanned operations


A missile leaps into action from a NLOS-LS container on the back of a flat-bed truck


Miniature unmanned aerial vehicles will be rushed into duty in Iraq and Afghanistan after a priority shift at the Pentagon


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