About The Land-warrior system
|August 25th, 2008||#1|
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The Land-warrior system info
Land Warrior integrates small arms with high-tech equipment enabling ground forces to deploy, fight and win on the battlefields of the 21st century. Land Warrior came about in 1991 when an Army study group recommended the service look at the soldier as a complete weapon system. The first priority in Land Warrior is lethality. The second is survivability and the third, command and control. The program will cost $2 billion when 45,000 sets of the equipment are fielded between 2001-2014. The Marine Corps, Air Force and many foreign countries are interested in the system
Based on recent advances in communications, sensors, and materials, the Land Warrior System integrates commercial, off-the-shelf technologies into a complete soldier system. For the first time, the soldier's equipment is being designed as if he is an individual, complete weapons platform. Each subsystem and component is designed to and for the soldier. The result: the first integrated soldier fighting system for the dismounted infantryman.
Land Warrior has several subsystems: the weapon, integrated helmet assembly, protective clothing and individual equipment, computer/radio, and software.
The Weapon Subsystem is built around the M-16/M-4 modular carbine. The weapon subsystem includes key electrical optical components such as the TWS, video camera, and the laser rangefinder/digital compass (LRF/DC). The LRF/DC provides the soldier with range and direction information. When coupled with his individual location from GPS, the soldier has accurate target location when calling for indirect fire and combat identification. This system will allow infantrymen to operate in all types of weather and at night. In conjunction with other components, a soldier can even shoot around corners without exposing himself to enemy fire.
|August 25th, 2008||#2|
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The prime contractor for the Land Warrior System is Raytheon Systems Company. Subcontractors include Motorola, Honeywell, Omega, GENTEX and Battelle.
The soldiers who will actually use Land Warrior have been consulted every step of the way. Prime contractor Raytheon worked with experts at the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga., in designing the system. They have taken the system to the users to ensure the system is headed in the right direction. The rucksack has quick-release straps so an infantryman can just drop it if the need arises. One problem the Army must overcome before fielding is power. Current batteries last about 150 minutes with all systems running. Other batteries under development by the Army's Communications- Electronics Command may push the time up to 30 hours. Individual portable power packs, possibly with form-fitting batteries that would be less obtrusive when worn as part of the soldier fighting harness, are being considered. Another possibility is development of a "sleep" mode that would automatically put the equipment on standby when not in use to conserve battery energy.
In order to be accepted by the Army, the Land Warrior System must weigh less than 80 pounds (including the TWS). This weight was selected to represent the current load being carried by today's soldier. The current weight of the system in development is 86 pounds.
The Army plans to test the Land Warrior system with a platoon from the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Later, a battalion-sized test is planned. Nearly 5,000 Land Warrior systems will be fielded by the end of 1999. First Unit Equipped (first system in the hands of soldiers) is currently scheduled for between 2000 and 2001. The Army is currently planning on contracting for 34,000 systems plus spares. The total systems cost is estimated to be approximately $70,000 each in FY96 dollars.
LW will be followed by a more elaborate soldier system that's expected to be fielded in the year 2003 as part of the Generation II/21 CLW program. GEN II will be more compact, energy efficient, producible, affordable and survivable, and will be more easily integrated into the digitized battlefield.
thats it cite: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/l...nd-warrior.htm
|August 25th, 2008||#3|
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Looks like a real old article.
I'd rather see an experimental unit use this on several training operations... urban, desert, jungle, etc., put it through just about EVERY bad thing a soldier has to put up with and worse and see how it survives for at least a month and perhaps two without any kind of technical support and even a lack of battery re-supply.
And they'd have to whip the crap out of every other small unit type we have. The ultimate test would be to have a group of reservists with minimal infantry training to undergo a few weeks of familiarization training and them put them up against veteran infantry units.
If it can hack that, then I'll be sold.
|September 6th, 2008||#4|
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Here is my thought and I am not in the Army, we try to make technological gadgets to solve training and tactical problems. We need a gadget to solve each possible problem next thing you know the troops are bogged down with so much crap they can't move.
There is a place in a Platoon for most of that gear just each and every soldier does not need every thing really the ARMY OF ONE was a stupid concept.
Maybe if the gear was spread through a fire team or squad, it would make more sense at least to me. Maybe the army should switch form squad to fire team tactics like the Marines. Just my humble opinion feel free to disagree every one else does.
|September 6th, 2008||#5|
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Personally, I see it as just more crap that a soldier would have to carry around. They have enough stuff as it is, and this wouldnt help that at all. Troops carry as much weight on just a 5 block trip in Iraq as they would for a 5 day patrol in Vietnam. Some of the stuff is great of course, but alot seems to just be excess weight that most likely wouldnt be needed. Also, I stay away from alot of new technology cause it can really mess up and screw you. Some is great of course, but some isnt truely needed. I see this as more that is not needed, as a fire team can carry this stuff and not everyone needs to have it all.
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|September 7th, 2008||#8|
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hell, what they need to do is go back to the basics. Give the men what they need and not so much extra stuff. Humvees can carry the rest of the load in case it is needed. Though we still cant forget the lessons of Mogadishu at the same time and dont want men to be out of something important (nightvision in Mog). But is everything the troops consistantly carry vital?
I know that the Marine Corps is adding to the PFT. There is now part in which combat skills like running and shooting and then a long sprint in full combat gear, including packs. That should at least help prepare the men better, if not actually deal with the problem directly.
|September 7th, 2008||#9|
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What you'll end up with is a bunch of guys processing out after 4 years because their bodies are falling apart at all the joints.
If they seriously want us to carry ALL that and do ALL that crap, we're going to need steroids. Yeah I know you die early if you take that stuff but heck, with the kind of health problems just hauling that crap everywhere brings about, I'd say you'll either die or you'll wish you were dead pretty early anyway.
|September 9th, 2008||#10|
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The Army is trying to turn ground pounders into fighter planes like they did with the Tank, a human being is not a machine in the sense you can upgrade to a larger engine because you bogged the current one down with too much weight.
We americans want a gadget to solve every problem look at Billy Maze always selling some gadget, I would guess the Army has a bunch of Billys beating down the door to sell the latest and greates tactical device.
Training and more training is what we need not more crap to carry around that will just get tossed at the first oppertunity
I find myself agreeing with Mr Redneck that is unsettling to some extent.