Rafael Systems Global Sustainment (RSGS), a subsidiary of Israel Rafael in the US, held a demonstration with the US Army of the Fire Weaver, an advanced system based on multiple sensors combined with powerful software and algorithms for artificial intelligence decision making felling. The demonstration took place as part of Army Expeditionary Warrior 21 (AEWE 21) in Fort Benning, Georgia. A few days ago, we reported that the AEWE 21 environment, where advanced technologies are valued in support of the U.S. Army’s modernization efforts, also tested the Spike SR missile.
In reality, the Fire Weaver can be integrated into existing combat management systems and other tactical computing devices as an open and modular software application. This system enhances ground combat capabilities through increased situational awareness to maximize combat capabilities and improve available firepower in non-GPS environments. For this purpose, sensors and information are interconnected in a network, whereby a common understanding of an extended, fully digital Common Operational Picture (COP) is conveyed on the battlefield using augmented reality information. The result is intuitive situational awareness and a common visual language that provides a unique view of the battlefield for both the chain of command and soldiers and enables the circuits between the sensor and the gunner to be closed in seconds.
Improving lethality is included in this framework of AEWE 2021, which evaluates advanced technologies to aid modernization of the U.S. Army. In these environments, Fire Weaver is a key element in the increased lethality required by U.S. Army infantry formations to conduct multi-domain operations. This demonstration was a joint effort by the US Army and Rafael, for which the Army provided an operational assessment team and platoon of soldiers, including combat veterans and young soldiers from the Army’s EXFOR unit.
In this AEWE context, soldiers operated sensors and weapon operators to capture and attack multiple targets. This achieves the desired effects in seconds where it would traditionally take minutes or longer. Artificial intelligence decision support algorithms provide target and weapon combinations based on a predetermined set of rules controlled by the relay chief, including the constant human presence on the entire circuit. The soldiers received half a day of training beforehand and operated the systems themselves in order to assess their intuition and the differences in real combat. Soldiers also explained and demonstrated the system to senior executives who attended the event. The top chain that participated in the demonstration consisted of Army Futures Command, DEVCOM, TRADOC, HQDA and FORSCOM.
We will remind that the Fire Weaving System was acquired by the Israel Defense Ministry about a year ago in order to improve the capabilities of its armed forces. It was also announced that the Federal Office for Equipment is evaluating it for its program (ErzUntGlas) or crystal battlefield to support military operations. (Antonio Ros Pau)
Photo: Spike LR missile connected to the system to transmit firing information to the system. (Rafael)
Overview of an on-site scenario with the Fire Weave application. (Rafael)
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