Internet de las cosas (IoT) aplicada a fusiles de asalto

En el marco del programa Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cuyo objetivo principal es el reemplazo del fusil de asalto M4 y la ametralladora liviana M 249 “minimi” en servicio en el US Army, la compañía estadounidense Armaments Research Co, ha sido contratada para desarrollar un sistema que incorpore “Internet de las cosas“ (IoT) en las nuevas plataformas XM 250 en calibre 6.5mm, recientemente seleccionadas y en producción por la empresa Sig Sauer. La incorporación de IoT a las plataformas, consistirá en un sistema integral, que permita el monitoreo individual de las armas en tiempo real, para obtener información del estado funcional y alistamiento de todos los fusiles en servicio en esa fuerza. El programa NGSW avanza con el objetivo de incorporar a la plataforma “arma individual”, de todas las tecnologías y adelantos que sea posible, para dotar de mayores capacidades al combatiente individual pero además, para dinamizar y hacer más eficientes los sistemas de alistamiento y logísticos de la Fuerza.

Armaments Research Co. will provide U.S. soldiers with real-time data on the health and readiness of the rifles that the service has recently selected for its close combat force under the Next Generation Squad Weapons program, the company announced in a news release Wednesday.

The platform built by the small data and technology company will use an Internet of Things system to monitor individual weapons at scale, according to the release.

“The resulting insights will enable units to regularly assess weapons’ health, reduce failure rates, extend the lifetime of a weapon and optimize maintenance plans, enhancing performance and reducing costs,” the company stated in the release.

Armaments Research will work in partnership with firearms company Sig Sauer, which the Army chose in April to manufacture the 6.8mm rifles and automatic rifles that will replace the standard-issue M4 variants in the close combat force. The Army’s general purpose forces will continue to use the M4.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with Sig Sauer to deliver this groundbreaking platform and refresh the Army’s weapons for the first time in several decades,” Armaments Research CEO Michael Canty said in the release. “The Army NGSW program office is pushing the boundaries in seeking a modern, data-driven approach to weapons readiness and we are honored to contribute.”

The company did not provide specifics in the release about the terms of its contract, including the price or the duration. Sig Sauer’s contract is for 10 years, with a $20.4 million initial delivery order.

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Armaments Research offers services to clients in the defense and law enforcement spheres. It claims on its website that its systems reduce tactical response time by 60%.

The Next Generation Squad Weapons program is an effort the Army launched in 2017 to prototype and develop more lethal small arms for the close combat force.