The Warriors Corner at AUSA 2022. (Breaking Defense/Brendon Smith).
AUSA 2022 – The third and final day of the Association of the United States Army conference has come to an end, and now the gathering is gearing up for the home stretch. The Breaking Defense team had full coverage of the day’s news, from Special Operations to Project Convergence, so catch up here.
Over at the Rheinmetall stand was the powerful Lynx OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle). The company, like its peers, is hoping to make a strong impression when the Army searches for OMFV proposals later this fall — the early stages of what is almost certainly a lucrative long-term contract. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
AUSA was also well attended by international officers and civil servants, as well as foreign defense contractors. The Korean booth featured here featured some products hoping to make a splash with the US military. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
From Down Under, the Australian company Defendtex presented some of their modular UAVs. Here, visitors can see the Drone155, which the company says can be outfitted with ISR payloads or explosives. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
Globe Tech’s MVPP stands for Modular Vehicle Protection Platform, a vehicle accessory that can take the brunt of improvised explosive device detonations. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
Computer giant IBM isn’t your traditional arms supplier, but has a booth at AUSA showcasing its flashy but functional quantum computer. The US government as a whole and the Pentagon in particular are investing heavily in the quantum computing race with the likes of China. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
Among the fleet of vehicles parked throughout the AUSA floor for display was the Flyer 72-U, manufactured by General Dynamics. The company says the vehicle takes a “modular approach” so it can be configured for anything from “light assault” to rescue and evacuation. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
The Virginia-based company BlueHalo is the stuff of nightmares against UAS, making swarms of drones that use AI and machine learning to deliver intelligence to soldiers on the battlefield. The Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office awarded the company $14 million to develop the HIVE in February. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).
It’s a .50 caliber Gatling gun that Dillon Aero says can fire 1,500 rounds per minute, or 25 rounds per second. (Break Defense / Brendon Smith).