progress has been made with the Land Warrior (LW) program and
the Future Force Warrior. During the year, 587 kits have been
delivered and tested by the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment,
4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft.
Lewis. LW assemblies, include helmet mounted display and headset,
soldier control unit, wearable computer, voice/data radio providing
tactical internet connectivity, navigation module and GPS antenna
and a rechargeable battery. Other LW elements are installed
on the weapon, including a multifunction laser, daylight video
sight and user controls. One of the new systems introduced at
AUSA 06 was the "Fusion" element, developed by Computer
Science Corp. (CSC). This wearable assembly combines the computer,
navigation, helmet interface and soldier control unit, into
a single ergonomic unit. Fusion 1.0 weighs 1.5 pounds (680 gr.)
compared to 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) aggregate weight of the four
separate systems it replaces. Land Warrior kits are expected
to enter service with current force Stryker Brigade combat teams
in 2007 and 2008.
LW capabilities to the Stryker vehicles, Mounted
Warrior program is providing the Stryker's commander and
driver with direct interfaces to the electronic systems on board,
driver's vision enhancer (DVE) and remote
weapon station (RWS). This integration contributes to their
situational awareness, enabling communications with other mounted
warrior and crewmembers. Future enhancement will introduce micro-climate
cooling system, similar to those used with Air Warrior suits.
A key element in the program is the Mounted Warrior helmet,
comprising color OLED
micro-display, and advanced audio headset.
system uses new cordless communications system, based on Telephonics'
TruLink data relay connecting crew members to the vehicle's
systems through a wearable wireless modem, transferring data
at rates up to 72 Kb/sec. TruLink supports both voice and data,
enabling hands free operation in high noise environments. The
system also utilizes the Theramite Tactical Visual Computer
(TVC) from Quantum 3D. The system establishes intercom functions
with the crew members, and external communications, via push-to-talk
radio. TrueLink provides access to low-frame rate video (10
fps) processed from sensor video, showing targeting and surveillance
images from the driver's vision enhancement systems, remotely
controlled weapon stations, remote sensors or C2 applications
such as FBCB2.