It’s dusk somewhere in eastern Europe, and a U.S. Army sniper team provides overwatch to an assault force tasked with recapturing critical national infrastructure from a highly capable enemy force.
Operating in an extremely contested environment, the sniper team is kitted with interconnected next-generation technologies, providing them the critical tactical advantage over the well-trained and well-equipped opposing force.
As the assault force begins its final approach toward the enemy position, the sniper team employs the equipment to detect, recognize and observe enemy combatants in low- and zero-light conditions. All the while, they share surveillance feeds, targeting data and other points of interest in near-real-time with assault teams on the ground as well as a tactical operations center located Beyond-Line-Of-Sight.
The technology also allows the sniper team to accurately guide assault teams to the target, helping them avoid vulnerable areas and choke points.
Once the compound is cleared and secured by coalition forces, the ensemble enables the sniper team to regroup with the assault force in a GPS-denied environment using Augmented Reality (AR) digital compasses integrated into a heads-up display.
This operational vignette may be fictional, but it demonstrates the “art of the possible” for L3Harris Technologies’ new Hyper Enabled Warfighter (HEW) concept, which is now available to force components across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
Comprising a collection of proprietary solutions designed, developed and integrated together by the company, HEW is designed to enhance the Situation Awareness, survivability, lethality and connectivity of Army, Navy and Air Force warfighters operating at the “tactical edge” against peer and near-peer adversaries.
Answering the DOD's Call
The HEW concept has been made possible through L3 Technologies’ merger with Harris Corporation in June 2019, according to Lynn Bollengier, president of L3Harris Technologies Communication Systems’ Integrated Vision Solutions. This allowed the company to bring together an extensive range of specialist solutions already suited to supporting the warfighter against near-peer and high-capability threats. The development of HEW follows a call-to-action from the DOD to pivot the U.S. Armed Forces toward engagements associated with the “Great Power Competition” in addition to ongoing counter-violent extremist organization operations around the world.
“The HEW will have actionable information at their fingertips, supported through a cycle of interpretation, machine learning, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence, all of which come together to provide actual information to the warfighter in a seamless way,” she said, noting the modular concept can be scaled to support a variety of end-user applications. “Coupled with great hardware, the HEW benefits from increased field of view and surveillance, better image intensification and thermal imagery at night, and laser performance to allow them to complete their job and return home safely.”