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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340

Date: June 13, 2005
No: 05-29

Display showcases Soldier technology and chow to Senators and staff

NATICK, Mass. – Why are American military forces the best protected, best equipped and best sustained troops in the world today? And how does science play a part in the technology used by our Soldiers, especially during times of war? Congress will get the answer to these questions during Soldier Modernization Day, June 16, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

For this event, representatives from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems, Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Program Executive Office Soldier will join forces to showcase items that science has brought to the forefront for our warfighters.

Senators and their staffers will get an opportunity to view the latest innovations in Soldier technology and sample some of the newest field rations.

The presentation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 16 in Caucus Room SR 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

Media are invited to attend this event.

Some key items scheduled for display include:

Future Force/Future Warrior Systems - These systems will provide increased capabilities to our warfighters using advanced technologies. Future Force Warrior works in conjunction with the Future Combat System program to develop the next generation Soldier. Future Warrior is a visionary concept of how the individual warrior may be equipped in the 2015-2020 timeframe.

Sample the latest Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MRE), Unitized Group Rations, and components of the new First Strike Ration - menu items that are warfighter recommended, warfighter tested and warfighter approved. Menus are changed annually to ensure the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our warfighters are being met. (NOTE: These items will be available for sampling from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. only.)

Improvements to or new items that improve Soldiers’ safety and quality of life – Cargo aerial delivery systems, camouflage net systems, space heaters, field kitchen and food service equipment, shelters, including the Force Provider system, a base camp system that includes climate control, showers, laundries and more.

Shear thickening fluid for personnel protection and lightweight vehicle armor technologies.

Add on armor programs for HMMWVs, including those currently used in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, vehicle suspension improvements, vehicle electronics technology and portable chem/bio sensor systems.

Current items that are improving our Soldiers’ lethality, mobility and quality of life, including: Advanced Combat Helmet, Knee and Elbow Pads, Hydration System, Multi-Band/Intra Team Radio, Body Armor Additions, Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, Enhanced Night Vision Goggles and more.

Emerging and existing photovoltaic technologies that will help increase mobility by decreasing weight and minimizing logistic requirements.

The latest in Soldier-launched small unmanned aerial vehicles, specifically the Raven.

For additional details or to make arrangements, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick). Call Jo-Ann Deluca at 508-233-4391.

For more information about the organizations, please visit the websites listed below:

Natick Soldier Center:

Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems:

Army Research Laboratory:

Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center:

Program Executive Office Soldier:

This page last updated on 23 January 2004.