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US Army Announces Greatest inventions of 2011
Defence Talk ^ | September 21,2012 | Staff

Posted on 09/23/2012 3:03:25 PM PDT by lbryce

U.S. Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Sept. 19.

A team of combat veteran non-commissioned officers, as well as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command field-grade officers, reviewed and voted for the Army Greatest Inventions of 2011.

Dale Ormond, director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, commended the scientists and engineers for their efforts to empower, unburden and protect Soldiers.

“The contributions made by these teams promise to improve the well-being of Soldiers and the Army’s capability to contribute to quality of life and our national security,” Ormond said. “All of the nominated inventions demonstrate significant contributions to the warfighter.

“The 2011 award winners demonstrated significant impact to Army capabilities, potential benefits outside of the Army, and inventiveness. This program’s unique selection process reflects the voice of the Warfighter and insight into the future of Army equipment. The AGI awards are truly Soldiers’ Choice Awards.”

The awards will be presented during a ceremony in spring 2013.

The winners, in alphabetical order:

120mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative Cartridge

A 120mm Global Positioning System-guided mortar cartridge provides infantry commanders with new precision-strike capability. It replaces the current fuse in the standard M934 HE round with modifications to the fuse well and fin configuration to provide low-cost guidance capability that significantly improves the mortar round accuracy. The GPS coordinates are input from the current mortar lightweight or standard mortar ballistic computers with the addition of a Precision Lightweight Universal Mortar Setter System. The key to its enhanced performance is the GPS acquisition time and ability to maintain tracking throughout the cartridge’s high angle of fire. (Source: U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center)

Caiman Explosively Formed Penetrator Add-on-Armor Kits

An armor package is integrated into a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle with little modification to an existing armor package, protecting the driver and commander sides and mitigating the exposed area from explosively formed penetrators. The team used current panels, allowing for cost savings and quick replacement of damaged armor. The standard welded bosses were replaced with bolted bosses that reduced production time and eliminated warping of the aluminum plate without reducing performance. One hundred kits were requested for shipment to Iraq after successful installation in theater. The kit has had significant impact on survivability against targeted EFP attacks. (Source: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center)

Helmet Sensors

A helmet sensor and data retrieval system measures impact and pressure events continuously. This devise is placed into the helmet, weighing only 2 ounces, to analyze the correlation between experienced head forces and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. This will aid in determining whether a Soldier should seek immediate medical attention and aid in the long-term care of the Soldier. Using low power, the battery can last up to 12 months. The National Football League is interested in an exchange of information that could aid in development of future systems capable of targeting and measuring affects to specific parts of the human body. (Source: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center)

Level 2 Manned-Unmanned Teaming for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

The L2MUM is a real-time system that can receive video and metadata in the common bands, within a long range, and is used by fielded unmanned aerial systems first fielded on the Kiowa Warrior aircraft. The video and metadata can be unencrypted and encrypted. The software provides the user with UAS location on a standard Falcon view moving map display along with the metadata, which provides the user better and quicker situational awareness further from the target and engagement. The L2MUM aircraft allows specific aviation attack assets to see and understand strategic objectives, receives and provides intelligence to and from varied ground elements and tactically brings destruction to specific targets. (Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center)

M2A1 Cal .50 Machine Gun

The M2A1 is an enhancement to the .50-calliber M2, including a modified barrel, barrel extension, barrel support, barrel handle, flash suppressor and a fixed headspace and timing configuration. The M2A1 is an automatic, recoil-operated, link-belt-fed, air-cooled, crew-served weapon; capable of firing single-shot and automatic; and capable of right- and left-hand feed. The enhancements increase durability and Soldier safety moving the headspace and timing adjustment task above the operator level, thereby minimizing malfunctions and injuries in the field. (Source: ARDEC)

M982 Excalibur Increment 1a-2, 155MM Extended Range Precision Guided Projectile

A GPS-guided, inertial measurement unit-aided, fin-stabilized, 155mm projectile flies a ballistic trajectory during its ascending branch, then a guided trajectory during its descending branch to preprogrammed target coordinates. It provides precision guidance and dramatically improves accuracy to less than 10 meters compared with hundreds of meters for conventional artillery ammunition. This increased reliability increases the probability of destroying the target and decreases the number of rounds needed to fire. The range capability increases from 25.3 kilometers to 37.5 kilometers. (Source: ARDEC)

OH-58D Common Missile Warning System

The OH-58D Common Missile Warning System provides missile warning and countermeasures for infrared guided missiles. This increases aircraft and Soldier survivability against guided-missile attacks. The technology detects a fired missile and then dispenses flares as a means to detour the missile away from the aircraft. (Source: AMRDEC)

Pelvic Protection System

The Pelvic Protection System is in response to an increased threat of buried improvised explosive devises, providing protection from serious injuries to the pelvis, femoral arteries and lower abdominal organs in a blast or small fragmentation threat. It aids in protection against sand and debris injected into the wounds sustained from IEDs, which may result in complications and significant chance of infection. The Navy and Air Force have inquired about procuring on future contracts. (Source: NSRDEC)

Precision Lightweight Universal Mortar Setter System

PLUMSS is a highly transportable, all-weather, rapid response, indirect fire control system that is capable of programming the world’s first precision guided 120mm mortar cartridge. It uses GPS for precision that can provide indirect fire support that decreases the ammunition expenditure rate, limits collateral damage and provides accurate first round effects on target. Commonality and interoperability among already fielded platforms eliminates the need for additional resources for training and sustainment while providing valuable lessons learned during development. (Source: ARDEC)

Soldier Plate Carrier System

The Soldier Plate Carrier System is a lightweight hard armor plate carrier system with a modular lightweight load carrying equipment attachment that has a quick release capability, which aids in reducing load, increases mobility and provides direct fire protection. The SPCS consists of an outer carrier with soft armor ballistic inserts and a cummerbund for better system stabilization and increased ballistic area of coverage around the torso. (Source: NSRDEC)

2011 Soldier Greatest Inventions Award Winner

Small Unit Tactical Light SUTL lights up target areas when motion is detected by using a 12-volt DC motion sensor to operate an infrared light. The motion sensor has a day/night sensor and switch to conserve battery life. A thermal imaging sensor is also encased with the motion sensor (motion must be made by something with substantial heat such as a person, large animal or vehicle). An infrared light allows the target or enemy to be known to friendly forces with night vision goggles while not alerting the target. (Source: 10th Mountain Division [Light Infantry])


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011; greatestinventions; invention; military; miltech; usarmy
Let us all hope, pray, these 2011 greatest new military inventions with their newly acquired capabilities will live up to their potential in killing many more enemy combatants as possible with greater efficiency/kill ratio, towards hastening military evacuation, facilitating objectives, secure American interests, the sole purpose for the protection of American lives, minimization of injuries, collateral damage to civilian poulations and ultimate safe return home to their friends and families.

God Bless our intrepid fighting men an women who deserve far better than the current pusillanimous, chicken-sh!t Cockroach-in-Chief presently in command.

1 posted on 09/23/2012 3:03:29 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

The M2A1 description seems to be missing something...what is it? Oh, how about a hat tip to John Browning for his invention of the M2 .50cal machine gun? That would be nice...


2 posted on 09/23/2012 3:36:41 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: lbryce

The GPS guided mortar sounds cool.

But, what’s next? A Bluetooth interface so you can program the coordinates with an Android phone/tablet or iPhone/iPad and Google maps?

Bring up the overhead view, zoom in, drop a pin on the map. Send the pin location to the mortar shell guidance unit, and drop it in the tube.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 3:53:56 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: lbryce
The only experience I've ever had with Army "research" occurred when I was attached to Cutler Army Hospital at Ft Devens,MA...many,many years ago.One day,while returning from lunch I saw a chopper lifting off from the front lawn.I soon came to learn that that chopper had just dropped off a bird Colonel from the nearby Natick Labs,a major Army research facility,who was testing a newly designed parachute that failed to open.They brought him straight to the Pathology Department.

Yikes!

4 posted on 09/23/2012 3:55:24 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive!)
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To: T-Bird45

Ma Deuce will still be in action long after I am dead and dust.
SEMPER FIDELIS


5 posted on 09/23/2012 4:01:33 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

You would think a bird Colonel could fly...


6 posted on 09/23/2012 4:05:26 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1342 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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W00T!!
Christmas list!!


7 posted on 09/23/2012 4:06:26 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: T-Bird45

You might try to go to the original site for information.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 4:12:10 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: justlurking

“The GPS guided mortar sounds cool.”

It does.

For long range choices, here in Afghanistan, the HIMAR rocket gets the nod over the Excalibur. The Excalibur is not that accurate.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 4:22:11 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: lbryce

They need robot tanks. They don’t need much armor since no humans are inside so they can be smaller and faster. Also they need robot machine gunners. 20 machine guns flown to road intersections could pin down a city at the push of a button.


10 posted on 09/23/2012 4:23:58 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: lbryce
Pelvic Protection System

You would think that would have been the first thing invented like, 200 years ago!

11 posted on 09/23/2012 4:26:01 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: lbryce

All these items are good and worthy to protect our troops, but get the heck out of these hell holes and some of it would not be necessary. I do however give a two thumbs up for the smart bombs and bigger fire power. I’m a chick so forgive my lack of technical lingo.


12 posted on 09/23/2012 4:39:34 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


13 posted on 09/23/2012 4:42:56 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


14 posted on 09/23/2012 4:42:56 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


15 posted on 09/23/2012 4:42:56 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


16 posted on 09/23/2012 4:43:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 4:43:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 4:43:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I once ran the cable company in Natick. We got a tour of the facility when they were looking to wire the place. Obviously we could not see most of the place, but what we did see was very impressive. We had no idea of what was going on there.


19 posted on 09/23/2012 4:43:11 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Vermont Lt; moder_ator

Damen iPad. Sorry for the multiple posts.

Admin, can you clear that up?


20 posted on 09/23/2012 4:44:50 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Vermont Lt

I think you are one shy of tying the record.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 4:51:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: Vermont Lt

Good thing you don’t talk about it...


22 posted on 09/23/2012 4:57:32 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1342 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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The Marines just announced the greatest inventions of 1986 (it’s new to them so make it work !)


23 posted on 09/23/2012 5:12:11 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I think I heard that some place... :-)


24 posted on 09/23/2012 5:15:06 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Only once?


25 posted on 09/23/2012 5:16:12 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Vermont Lt

Heard you the first time.


26 posted on 09/23/2012 5:32:27 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: lbryce
Plate Carrier?

Helmet Sensor?


27 posted on 09/23/2012 6:00:02 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: lbryce

I still think we are becoming overly dependent on GPS, and have low confidence that we will be able to keep the satellite system operating in a conflict with a major power with anti-satellite weapons(China).


28 posted on 09/24/2012 3:54:06 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: null and void
You would think a bird Colonel could fly...

Since he was Army, he was a bull colonel. And, as we all know, you can only throw bull but so far...

29 posted on 09/24/2012 4:31:52 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Dude! How big are your thumbs?


30 posted on 09/24/2012 4:57:43 AM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: lbryce
...and a fixed headspace and timing configuration

That alone is worth whatever the price of the upgrade.

31 posted on 09/24/2012 5:03:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: csmusaret

I think it’s the cover I have on it. It did not appear to be working. Obviously it was. I feel like a dope.


32 posted on 09/24/2012 3:35:26 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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