At the Modern Day Marine Military Exposition, held September 23-25 at Lejeune Field, Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., C4 Systems – along with Land Systems, Advanced Information Systems, and Ordnance and Tactical Systems – demonstrated the breadth and depth of General Dynamics’ capabilities to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Modern Day Marine is billed as “the world’s largest military exposition focusing on enhanced capabilities for expeditionary forces.” The annual expo is co-sponsored by Marine Corps Base, Quantico, home to the Combat Development Command, and the Marine Corps Systems Command, which is responsible for setting requirements, developing equipment and systems, and purchasing the equipment and systems that the Marine Corps will rely on in the years to come.
Marine-trained working dog “Boy” maneuvered through a number of simulated missions while a secure wireless communications link transmitted a “dog view” real-time video surveillance and intelligence information feed back to the Land Systems Flyer 60 tactical vehicle.
General Dynamics made its presence known with two large booths inside the main demonstration tent, as well as one outside booth. General Dynamics C4 Systems demonstrated critical network communications products and capabilities to ensure that every Marine is securely connected to their commanders and other Expeditionary Forces.
The latest cyber defense products were showcased, including the TACLANE®-MultiBook (first ever mobile classified computing solution), the Sectéra® vIPer™ Universal Secure phone, and the TACLANE-10G and 1G cyber defense-capable, high speed network encryptors. The AN/PRC-154A tactical handheld radio, AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radio and RT-1952, a two-channel radio for secure network communications aboard aircraft and ground vehicles were also demonstrated.
One of the most popular demonstrations of the show was a joint demonstration between the C4 Systems Fortress™ and LTE group and MissionTEQ. The demonstration took place outside on the parade ground and showcased MissionTEQ’s WolfPAK Tactical Dog Vest equipped with Fortress and LTE secure wireless communications.
MissionTEQ’s K9 operations director and Marine-trained working dog “Boy” maneuvered through a number of simulated missions while a secure wireless communications link transmitted a “dog view” real-time video surveillance and intelligence information feed back to the Land Systems Flyer 60 tactical vehicle. The video feed was also transmitted to a C4 Systems two-channel MUOS-Manpack AN/PRC-155 radio in the C4 Systems booth that then sent a live stream via a MUOS satellite to a monitoring station back in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Advanced Information Systems (AIS)
General Dynamics AIS, the mission systems integrator for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), highlighted how embarked Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTF) can leverage a dedicated Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence (C4I) space to provide a robust command and control capability to support operating forces.
General Dynamics’ open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI) allows JHSV to use adaptive force packages to enhance its capability in support of MAGTF operations and promote interoperability with the Mobile Landing Platform and T-AKE classes of ships. The JHSV is a high-speed, high-volume ship capable of transporting light armored vehicles, Abrams tanks and other equipment on a wide range of missions to include crisis response, humanitarian relief efforts and intra-theater maneuvers.
General Dynamics Land Systems
General Dynamics Land Systems highlighted its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), which incorporates advances in combat-proven technology including amphibious, land mobility, vehicle capacity and survivability solution.
The new Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) robotic follower that lightens the load for Marines by decreasing the amount of equipment they need to carry when dismounted in the toughest terrains was also demonstrated.