During the AUSA Annual Meeting 2017, WB Group, one of the two biggest Polish Defence Groupings, unveiled their new product for dismounted soldiers on the future battlefield.
The system, U-GATE, will utilise augmented reality technology, which superimposes computer generated images into the user’s field of view. Many companies are looking to adapt this technology for military use but WB Group are one of the first leading defence players to develop a working product.
U-GATE is a C4ISR-E (extended) system that enables Special Forces operatives to direct strikes from loitering munitions, such as the Warmate System, and analyse the battlefield. U-GATE includes a headset that uses Augmented Reality (AR) Technology providing Special Forces with the ability to visualise the battlefield and add information or markers that can instantly be viewed in both their and other operative’s field of view.
Furthermore, U-GATE enables full control over nearby Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using a virtual ground control station (GCS) user interface displayed in front of the soldier. Augmented reality will enable quick and efficient access to data for each soldier without the need to look away from the battlefield towards the screen on a handheld device. Also, AG will make it easier for soldiers to interpret commands and battlefield data to the surroundings, particularly when under pressure.
In addition to an Augmented Reality headset, the U-GATE System includes the wideband software defined radio, Perad, to allow for data transmission between different headsets and operators of loitering munitions, and a portable computer to process the acquired data. The headset, which includes sensors, video cameras, and high-resolution displays, has a mass of less than 1.5kg.
The U-GATE system enables the observe, orient, decide, act (OODA) loop to be enacted by small groups of soldiers. The U-GATE system incorporates observation, analysis and strike abilities into one device and allows for full independence of Special Forces Units. Therefore, small combat groups can operate completely autonomously in difficult to access or isolated areas using the U-GATE system.
The U-GATE system allows each soldier to observe the battlefield and simultaneously:
- See the location of their troops on a digital map, including terrain view, using the built-in camera
- Identify opposing forces
- Receive a live-stream video from each of the U-GATE headset’s integrated video cameras
- Send and receive emails with attached photos, archived / saved voice and video recordings
- Receive information from a UAV and operate/control the loitering munition WARMTE
- Receive voice and text commands
- Transfer / forward data about detected targets to higher levels of command
- Easily measure the distance and position of objects in their field of view
For more information, please contact:
WB Group Spokesperson
t: 0048 601 287 595