IDE successfully participated to the final phase (Level C) of the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 (AWE18) Autonomous Warrior (Land) exercise between 12 November and 12 December on Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA), UK.

The exercise was the largest of its kind ever conducted and aimed to evaluate disruptive technologies in Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) to achieve operational advantages on the battlefield.

Leading industrial partners were invited by the British Army to put their equipment in the hands of soldiers to be tested in the toughest of simulated combat environments. The culmination of a rigorous one year-long evaluation process, the Autonomous Warrior exercise deployed the most promising and technically mature products in a variety of operational scenarios through joint British and US forces.

IDE worked closely with the British Army Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU) to integrate its Hybrid GENAIRCON, an intelligent Vehicle Hybrid Power Management System, on a Warrior FV510 TES Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

The tactical advantages of the Hybrid GENAIRCON in field operations were clearly identified. The system operated successfully as an autonomous vehicle power supply and management system, providing over 20 hours of continuous silent watch with full operational capability in an automated manner.

GENAIRCON also attracted significant interest due to its contribution in mission sustainability and survivability, featuring the capability to enhance defensive readiness under silence and operate under the same conditions as a field “Energy Hub”, exporting power to other vehicles and to various portable equipment during operations.

The completion of the Autonomous Warrior exercise was followed by Media and VIP Days (10-12 December), providing the opportunity for army, MoD officials and NATO member delegations to view the systems evaluated in the field. GENAIRCON was demonstrated as a readily available vehicle capability enhancing system that can be integrated in various platforms.