Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. -- style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Marine Corps Systems Command will showcase some of the Corps’ most high-tech, interactive equipment at the 52nd annual Sea Air Space Exposition April 3-5 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
During the three-day event, attendees can experience a spectrum of capabilities ranging from water purification systems and earlier brain injury detection capabilities to handheld devices used to share tactical information on the battlefield.
“MCSC’s exhibit this year really demonstrates the range of innovative ways the Corps is meeting the needs of our Marines,” said command spokesperson Barb Hamby. “We are covering everything from new ways to keep Marines healthier in the field, to high-tech answers for information sharing on the battlefield.”
Target Handoff System Version 2
On schedule to begin fielding this spring, THS V.2 uses commercial off-the-shelf smart phones to locate targets, pinpoint global positioning coordinates and call for fire support. An upgrade to the current system, THS V.2 reduces the system’s total weight by half and includes more intuitive software, according to project engineer Matt Bolen.
“With the new commercial products, THS V.2 will be half the price of the previous system, while incorporating the speed of current advancements in handheld technology and encryption,” Bolen said.
Fielded in fiscal 2015, the Infrascanner 2000 is a portable medical device that uses near-infrared technology to screen patients for intra-cranial bleeding. The device helps in early detection of head injuries associated with a fall, vehicle collision, or close proximity to a blast or assault. It also supports identification and immediate referral to a CT scan and neurological intervention.
"The Infrascanner device is one of the ways the Corps is working to improve warfighter readiness with innovative, cutting-edge technology and support," said Mark Urrutic, project officer in MCSC's Combat Support Systems. "This enhanced capability allows for early detection of brain injuries ensuring the best care for every member of our force."
Individual Water Purification System
The IWPS II—an upgrade over the current system fielded more than a dozen years ago is scheduled to be delivered to the fleet during the fall of 2018. One of the key improvements is the use of an internal cartridge to remove viruses.
“The small filter connects directly with the existing Marine Corps Hydration System/Pouch or can be used like a straw directly from the source water,” said Capt. Jeremy Walker, project officer for water systems. “The new water-purification systems could be especially useful for troops assigned to remote locations.”
MAGTF Common Handheld
MCSC’s Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command, Control and Communications will give attendees a sneak peek at the MAGTF Common Handheld program, which enables dismounted Marines to use commercial smart devices for reference and tactical sharing. The program identifies suitable commercial handheld devices, customizes their software and ensures they meet security standards. It provides devices with the necessary tactical applications preinstalled, eliminating the need to have multiple electronics for various capabilities. The first common handheld devices are scheduled to be fielded to infantry squad leaders in fiscal year 2019.
Also at Sea Air Space this year, MCSC’s Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad team will display wearable technologies they are researching that could meet a critical gap in monitoring the physiological parameters and health of Marines in the field.
"These emerging technologies enable Marines to make better decisions with real-time information when they most need it," said Hamby.
As the systems command of the Marine Corps, MCSC equips Marine forces with ground weapon and information technology systems to accomplish their warfighting mission.
Away from the exhibit floor, MCSC Executive Director Bill Williford will participate in the “Interoperability and Distributed Operations” panel April 3, to discuss Marine Corps acquisition challenges, opportunities and priorities.
For more information about Sea Air Space 2017, including a full schedule of events, visit www.seaairspace.org.