December 17, 2018: IDE successfully participated to the last phase (Level C) of the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 (AWE18) – Autonomous Warrior (Land) exercise – the largest of its kind ever conducted, between 12th November and 12th December, on Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA), UK. The AWE18 has been an innovative process, with the aim of evaluating disruptive technologies in Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) to achieve operational advantages in the battlefield.
Leading industrial partners were invited by the British Army to put their equipment in the hands of soldiers to be tested in the toughest of simulated combat environments. The culmination of a rigorous one year-long evaluation process, the Autonomous Warrior exercise, deployed the most promising and technically mature products in a variety of operational scenarios through joint British and US forces.
IDE worked closely with the British Army Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU) to integrate its Hybrid GENAIRCON, an intelligent Vehicle Hybrid Power Management System, on a Warrior FV510 TES Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).
During AWE18, the tactical advantages of the Hybrid GENAIRCON in field operations were clearly identified. The system operated successfully as an autonomous vehicle power supply and management system, providing over 20 hours of continuous silent watch with full operational capability in an automated manner.
Moreover, GENAIRCON attracted significant interest due to its contribution in mission sustainability and survivability, featuring its capability to enhance defensive readiness under silence and to operate under the same conditions as a field “Energy Hub”, exporting power to other vehicles and to various portable equipment during operations.
The completion of the Autonomous Warrior exercise was followed by Media and VIP Days (10th – 12th December), providing the opportunity to army, MoD officials and NATO member delegations to view the systems evaluated in the field. During the VIP days, GENAIRCON was demonstrated as a readily available vehicle capability enhancing system that can be integrated in various platforms.