The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations are all using MBDA’s Viper E—a 44-lb. air-launched guided munition with GPS navigation and a semi-active laser.
Even the U.S.’s premier sea service is pursuing small satellites for communications relay. But Clifton Phillips, assistant program executive officer for engineering at the Navy’s PEO Space Systems, says it is time to go beyond the research and development stage. “We could have had this in 2004 or 2005,” Phillips says. “This technology was conceived in the mid-1990s.” Phillips would like to look to private-sector companies such as PlanetLabs and universities for new ideas about providing narrowband satellite communications for the military.
Leonardo’s newly designated TH-119, which the company would like to become the U.S. Navy’s next training helicopter, integrates Genesys avionics and will maintain its FAA certification based on the commercial, off-the-shelf platform, which is built in Philadelphia.
Boeing’s Next Generation Cruise Missile concept is designed to be survivable, sub-surface, and air-launch capable, providing long-range, time-critical strike.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is pursuing the Low-Cost UAV Swarming UAV Technology (Locust) program. Under the program, ONR will deploy 30 tube-launched small UAVs, which will operate in a swarm.
Here is a sampling of the technologies that were on display at the Navy League's 2016 Sea-Air-Space exposition.