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USMC and navy conduct technology experiment

9th May 2017 - 12:05 GMT | by Ben Brook in London

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The US Navy has revealed that it successfully demonstrated augmented reality systems and advanced wireless networks during the amphibious Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (S2ME2 ANTX) 2017 that took place at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California on May 4.

The series of exercises focused on five traditional capabilities of amphibious operations - ship-to-shore manoeuvre, weapons fire support and effects, clearing assault lanes, command and control, and information warfare.

The S2ME2 ANTX brought together industry, academia and the Naval Research and Development Establishment, and was conducted by hundreds of marines, sailors and Department of Defense contractors. During each amphibious exercise, unmanned surface and underwater vehicles conducted reconnaissance missions collecting intelligence about battlespace conditions and providing an accurate picture of what the men would face.

'The large scope of this exercise allows the navy and marine Ccrps to make informed decisions about future generations of technology for use by the warfighter,' said David Walker, director of technology at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). 'This pairing of sailors and marines with scientists and technologists will help move innovation at a faster pace.'

Amongst the ONR and Naval Research Laboratory sponsored systems that were featured were: the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR Lab) virtual/augmented reality technology; the Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability (MIW RAC) quadcopter fitted with sensors and connected to a handheld Android device; and the Coalition Tactical Awareness and Response (CTAR) satellite imagery surveillance system.

Those systems that impressed could be considered for Bold Alligator 2017, a US-led multinational series of amphibious exercises scheduled in autumn, according to the ONR.

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