Most soldiers outside the Washington, D.C. area won’t get a chance to attend the Association of the United States Army conference, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on some of the cool toys soldiers on the exhibit halls get a first glimpse of. Here are some soldier favorites:
1. This is my rifle.
Soldiers like their weapons and the Remington booth was a major draw at the convention floor. Soldiers got to handle the range of the Remington’s M-16 type rifles, the R-4s, and the Adaptive Combat Rifle which can change calibers from 5.56 mm to 6.8 mm to .300 AAC Blackout. Also on display the Modular Sniper Rifle, which provides the ability to change barrel lengths and calibers including to 5.56 mm.
2.Vertical lift helicopter.
Dubbed the Bell V-280 Valor, this vertical lift helicopter demonstrator promises to be faster and fly longer than conventional helicopters. Bell Helicopter claims the Valor covers five times the area of current MEDEVAC helicopters. Could this vertical lift helicopter one day replace the Black Hawk? The helicopter is in development, and the first one should be ready to fly by 2017, according to the vendor.
This spiky, ball-shaped unmanned robot carries cameras and sensors inside its spherical body. The spy robot is amphibious and can trave on land, at six miles per hour, or water at four miles per hour. It can be remote controlled or programmed to navigate by GPS. Made by GuardBot, Inc.
4. The counter-IED robot.
Instead of rolling around like the GuardBot this little fellow was roaming the convention floor on its tracks. It can serve as an Explosive Ordnance robot and intel collector. The 16-pound Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) can be used to disable IEDS, plant charges around an IED to blow it up and even detect Hazmat conditions, according to the vendor, Robo Team.
5. Up-armored trucks.
Truck-envy is a thing. As the name implies, the Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) was developed for special ops soldiers by Navistar Defense. It’s a 4X4 crew-cab truck with a main weapon on top of the cab. A .50 cal machine gun, or similar type weapon, can be mounted on the main weapons station, which is controlled by a Playstation-type controller from inside of the truck cab. Other weapons can be mounted out side the passenger doors.