AUSA Winter Symposium

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of…

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare held its Winter Symposium and Exposition from Feb. 24 through Feb. 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The topic of the symposium was “The Institutional Army: Enterprise Approach to Success.” Included as part of the three day event was a product exposition showcasing some of the newest, most innovative tools for our warfighters developed by the very best American and Allied manufacturers.

MW Defense Systems Textured Application
The military has gone to great expense and time to develop appropriate camouflage for airplanes, tanks and uniforms; disrupting unnatural lines and hide eye-catching off-color equipment. However, individual units are left to decide if and how the warfighter’s primary weapons–M4’s, M16’s, M203’s, M107’s and M110’s–will be camouflaged. The camo jobs often end up being field expedient paint jobs totally dependent on the available materials and skill of the operator. MW Industries now offers MW Grips, a new process that allows an operator to apply their choice of camo on their weapon using a film that will not interfere with the action and will not come off during wear.
MW Grips provides the EXACT pattern needed, does not need Martha Stewart to apply and can be easily removed. Each MW Grips unit contains sufficient material for a rifle, carbine or handgun with extra sheets for accessories, detailed instructions, surface cleaning pads and tools to manipulate the film. Also included is a separate texture material that can be placed around grips, forends or stocks where additional hand traction is wanted. The material has an operating temperature of 267 degrees Fahrenheit without melting and has been found to hold up to sustained, hard use by and large. For more information, the camo styles available and prices visit

SpecterHR Heavy Reflex Binocular Weapon Sight
A weapon that could easily be considered as the “best in the world,” John Browning’s .50 BMG heavy machine gun has been in uninterrupted service all over the globe since its introduction in the 1920’s. The M2’s performance is continually being upgraded, with better ammo and aiming systems designed to optimize the long range accuracy of the near perfect .50 BMG round. ELCAN, already well known for its excellent crew-served optical weapons sights, has introduced the SpecterHR Heavy Reflex Binocular Weapon Sight for mounting on the M2. The SpecterHR has a 1 MOA accurate dual red dot for pop-up target engagement and another for accurate long-range suppressive fire. The Enhanced Combat Optical Sight-Heavy (ECOS-H) sight has a 1.0x fixed magnification and is also equipped with a top MIL-STD 1913 rail for an additional telescopic sight to aid in target identification.
Lightweight at only 5.5 lbs, the SpecterHR uses large high transmission windows and folded optics, allowing the operator to use both eyes to maintain situational awareness while taking on near and far targets. In a time where every bullet fired needs to be effective, the ELCAN SpecterHR will help ensure that our warriors will be successful in not only dominating the enemy but minimizing “spray and pray” suppressive fire. For more information please view or call 877-893-5226.

MBDA “TiGER” Tactical Grenade – Extended Range
Countering indirect fire, such as a mortar behind a hill or a suspected rocket launcher, usually involves blanketing an area with artillery or calling in an air strike that might or might not arrive in a timely manner and might or might not cause collateral damage. Now, on the Battalion level, a squad in the field can prep, launch, direct and attack a target up to two miles away with the new MBDA TiGER Tactical Grenade Extended Range, a candidate for the Army’s Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System program. The TiGER can be used to counter a sniper or the destruction of VBIEDs and IEDs using two on-board 40mm grenade warheads.

The TiGER is guided by a miniature, nose mounted video camera equipped using a laptop or handheld keypad with a visual display. It can be quickly deployed and launched by hand to visually seek out and then “kamikaze” the target by an operator on the ground simply tapping on the target’s location on the video screen and BOOM–one less crew-served mortar, IED, sniper or rocket launcher. Put the computer away and carry on with your day. For additional information please view or call 818-991-0300×132.

Lockheed Martin Anthropomorphic Exoskeleton HULC
Envisioned by Robert Heinlein in “Starship Troopers”, the HULC (pronounced “Hulk”) is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time over diverse terrain. The design allows for full range of motion including deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting.
An on-board microcomputer ensures the exoskeleton moves with the body of the wearer and is designed to cruise at 7 mph with bursts of speed up to 10 mph. The HULC uses titanium legs to support the weight instead of the wearer’s legs and is powered by lithium polymer batteries that will last for 20 km at 4 km per hour. Currently in evaluation, the HULC could one day ensure that Allied soldiers will enjoy powerful mobility without exhaustion or fatigue from an extended tab with heavy gear. For more information please visit or call 407-356-4464.

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