Scientists from the Research Center of the U.S. Armored Directorate (TRADOC) have developed a new virtual window that should assist enhance the visual crew situational awareness infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) Bradley on the battlefield.
Commercial 46-inch LED screen installed on the inside of the rear ramp, made them a virtual window, which they have dubbed the Virtual Window 1, provides a full view of the soldiers of the neighborhood, before they leave the car.
BMP Bradley, usually surrounded by a protective armor in contrast, for example, from the machines protected by mines and ambushes (MRAP), which have several transparent armored glass for the crew, which allows to survey the neighborhood.
TRADOC Engineer Kerbat Andrew (Andrew Kerbrat) said that the window receives and displays the image formed by high-definition camera, which is mounted at the rear of Bradley, allowing troops to consider views from outside the vehicle, even when the ramp is closed.
Draft project Virtual Window 1 was created by students, designers and educators Institute Creative Studies in Detroit, with the support of army officers from the military school US Army Ordnance, in preparation innovatorskih solutions for the event, organized by the project team, which is also scheduled for May 2nd Seminar to introduce Virtual Window 2.
It is planned that the Virtual Window 2 will be installed and tested on the armored vehicle Stryker, most likely it will provide an overview of the radial visual environment through electro-optical sensors and thermal imaging panoramic unit commanders to get medium-range situational awareness. Also, it will be able to manage an unmanned ground vehicle.
Other likely enhancements include the ability to receive video from remote cameras Soldiers, remote scheduling of operations using the tablet, which should complement the management team and below the system Force XXI.
Work was carried out with the support of the Research Center of Electronics and Communication (CERDEC), which is responsible for night vision devices and electrical sensors.