SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: September 20, 2006
Army to highlight future warrior systems at NextFest
NATICK, Mass. - The public will have a chance to see tomorrow when the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) displays its Future Force Warrior and Future Warrior Concept at the annual Wired NextFest at the Javits Center, New York City, on Sept. 28 - Oct. 1.
The Future Force Warrior (FFW) is the Army's flagship science and technology program to develop and demonstrate revolutionary capabilities for future Soldier systems. FFW will feature a lightweight, overwhelmingly lethal, fully integrated individual combat system, including weapon, head-to-toe individual protection, netted communications, Soldier worn power sources, and enhanced human performance. A Warfighter Physiological Status Monitor will provide physiological information to the Soldier, his squad leader, and his commander, and can also be used for remote triage. The program is aimed at providing unsurpassed individual and squad lethality, survivability, communications, and responsiveness. FFW is also being developed to be fully integrated with the Army's Future Combat System (FCS).
Looking further into the future, the NSC team's vision is captured in a demonstrator dubbed the Future Warrior Concept (FWC). The vision of FWC is to explore new and emerging technologies that can be harnessed into systems that will protect and sustain America's future Warfighters.
One concept demonstrated by FWC is smart textiles that will protect the Soldier from multiple battlefield threats such as ballistic, laser, and chemical. The FWC will also sport a micro-climate conditioning system that will heat or cool the Soldier in any environmental condition; a headgear subsystem that will provide 360 degree situational awareness, data processing, communications, etc.; a power subsystem that will power the various gear; and a weapon subsystem that will fire a variety of projectiles.
For more information on the NSC or the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at: www.ssc.army.mil.