2015 Strike Challenge Mobility Demonstration - Light Tactical/Ultra-Light Combat ATV's & Tactical Unit Support Specialized Systems
Military and Government units, in part, historically acquire UTV (ultra-light tactical vehicle) class platforms for:
- Navigation: UTV’s supplement standard GMV class vehicles which cannot meet unit needs at the lowest tactical level. Standard vehicles are traditionally too cumbersome and heavy to effectively navigate where smaller units need to maneuver due operational environment challenges, to include terrain, vegetation, surface, or infrastructure. The movement of equipment and supplies over austere terrain (such as in Afghanistan) where footpath is the main mode of travel exist is one example. Dense jungle and arctic climes is another.
Application: Military operations can be so austere that the deployment of vehicles such as the venerable M998 HMMWV is simply unfeasible. When standard GMV platforms cannot meet unit needs at the tactical level, the fallback alternative is usually manpower; that is, the soldier packs in the combat mission load. UTV vehicles fill the gap between physically man-packing loads and the use of operationally impractical larger GMV’s.
Multi-Modality: UTV’s, due their inherent simplicity of design, allows for rapid lo-cost design inclusion of critical capabilities to include C2/C4 integration, UAS launch and control in remote locations, unmanned autonomous operations, task specific high consequence configuration changes such as SAR and MEDEVAC.
Strike Challenge was consequently organized to facilitate and demonstrate various UTV/LTV class systems in order to introduce, through demonstration, evolved ultra-light mobility capabilities. Strike Challenge was also designed to include the tactile demonstration of compact, efficient and advanced support systems/equipage developed by the commercial industry to provide a force multiplier to the mobilized light squad element or government agency conducting high consequence critical success tasks.
The primary objective of Strike Challenge is to create and facilitate participant direct interaction with key light mobility platforms and specialized supportive systems. Event organizers carefully capture and consider user feedback of fielded functionality. This information is the onus behind participating industry elements to evolve, develop and eventually propose new and/or emerging warfighter capabilities.
The following are some resultant examples of Strike Challenge:
- Comfort ride seats designed for combat geared occupant profile
- LTATV with UAV launch rail/aircraft
- 4x6 multi configuration 9 passenger UTV squad transporter to eliminate need for trailer
- Multi-modal quick configuration systems for secure payload transport
- Advanced shock mitigation (pre-programmed active and passive suspension)
- Tandem seat all-terrain vehicle (4x4 and 6x6) with 1000cc powerplant
- Mounted weapons integration/swingmount
- Run-flat tire systems to include assessment of advanced airless systems
- Ultra-compact Powerbank jump recovery device (12 and 24VDC)
- Lightweight beadlock wheel with carbon fiber beadring
- Aerial drone and integrated C2 suite
- MEDEVAC critical multi-modal component integration
Strike Challenge Scope/Task:
Minimum Salient Requirements/Characteristics of Strike Challenge Demonstration:
All products to be available under the auspices of Strike Challenge shall fundamentally demonstrate the salient, physical, functional, or other characteristics desired as a future or current capability set forth by experienced end-users. The resultant after action may eventually be relied upon to generate or meet the future essential needs of the mobilized warfighter and/or government agent.
Equipment and Demonstration Schedule:
1. Demonstration Equipment (additional to be updated):
- Strike-C Commander UTV
- Strike-M Tracked Arctic Maverick UTV
- Strike-C-4x6 Squad ULTV Concept UTV
- Strike-M4 Maverick UTV with Platt USA Swingmount/M-249
- Strike-R Unmanned Semi-Autonomous UTV by LSA
- Outlander Max 850 4x4 ATV
- Outlander 4x6 ATV
- Platt USA weapons mount integration
- Prioria Robotics UAV (airborne UAV surveillance drone)
- SAR 215 SeaDoo Watercraft P3 Prototype
- Space Data High Altitude Communications System
- BD Next Gen InfraRed Vehicle Path Illuminator System
- SOF Series Run Flats
- BIODOME Chem/Bio Warfare Shelter
- Portable PowerBank Systems
- Extreme Condition shelters
- AdvanTac ARC CV-22 ATV modular Cargo Trailer System
- Bionic-Power Kinetic Charging system
- More to be listed…
2. Industry Attendees:
- AdvanTac Technologies
- Argo ATV
- Baja Designs
- Bionic Power Inc.
- The Biodome
- BRP North America
- Deployed Logix
- Federal Resources (TLS Prime)
- K38 Rescue
- LSA Autonomy
- Liberty Ammunition
- M-Pak, Inc.
- Platt USA
- Prioria Robotics
- RP Advanced Mobile Systems
- Space Data
- Tactical Tailor
- World of Powersports
Period of Performance:
Period of performance for this dynamic demonstration shall be from October 20-22, 2015. Vendors will be required onsite for setup October 19. Attendee travel dates will be October 19 and 23.
Special Considerations and Amenities:
- First responders and ambulance will be available or onsite during 3-day demonstration
- Limited shuttle transportation will be available for demonstration site-to-site movement
2. Direct Interactive Participant Activity
As a part of Strike Challenge, attendees may choose to operate tactical land vehicles, watercraft, mounted weapons and specialized equipment. Operations will involve traversing difficult terrain and obstacles; temporarily occupy, enter and egress through abandoned MOUT buildings that may be in a variety of physical conditions; handle sensitive electronic devices; enter, exit, ride and use military support vehicles; navigate a semi-autonomous vehicle and other related equipment. Instruction will be provided and specialists will be on-hand to monitor/assist all activity. Attendees that opt to do so must sign the event waiver and freely and voluntarily assume any and all risk of injury that such activities involve.
This is an all-weather demonstration. Exercises may be conducted in inclement weather; however, covered/protected areas are limited. Therefore, plan accordingly and bring a poncho or other appropriate clothing.