AUSA 2016: Tanks, trucks and more tech
Here are some of the highlights from the 2016 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. Companies showcased their latest and greatest land warfare technologies during the three-day event.
M8 Armored Gun System
At the entrance to AUSA
, BAE Systems featured the M8 Armored Gun System greeting visitors as they arrived (Allison Barrie).
General Dynamics unveiled a new light tank demonstrator, the Griffin, at AUSA (Allison Barrie).
Munitions big and small were widely showcased throughout more than 250,000 square feet of exhibit space. Saab's extremely popular, lightweight, single-shot, disposable AT4 weapons family drew constant crowds. You simply aim, fire and destroy the target. Saab displays here some of their munitions advances that give the dismounted soldier a range of capabilities (Allison Barrie).
Military personnel took advantage of the many advanced simulators available to try out new tech (Allison Barrie).
Robots were heavily featured this year including the highly effective QinetiQ robot-team including MAARs, which has been performing extremely well when integrating with platoon-level (Allison Barrie).
Robotics force integration was a topic much discussed this AUSA. Army personnel paused to watch robotic demos like the one performed by this QinetiQ robot (Allison Barrie).
Textron Systems’ Commando
Many large vehicles were on display including this Commando by Textron Systems (Allison Barrie).
Highly mobile firepower is always in demand with many options brought to this year's AUSA (Allison Barrie).
They may look like enormous beach balls, but they are actually GATR Technologies inflatable portable satellites that drew lots of attention from window shopping Armies. Communication is essential to land warfare and these pack up to fit into small, wheelie-type suitcases (Allison Barrie).
There were lots of helicopter options on offer at AUSA. Navistar Aviation takes commercially available helicopters like this one and ramps them up with modifications tailored to their military clients' needs (Allison Barrie).