New technology front & center at Space & Missile Defense event

Defense companies showcase new technology in Huntsville
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 at 7:36 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - From a future soldier suit to laser weapons, the coolest gadgets and gear are the scene stealers at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville.

Dozens of companies had exhibits at the Von Braun Center this week to highlight what they're working on.

Archarithms, Inc. is a Huntsville company that works on advanced technology for the government and for the public. They focus on artificial intelligence, command and control and immersive technologies.

They showcased their prototype future soldier with special features in his suit, called Archartron. The uniform looks like something out of a movie or video game.

Archartron features a visor that gives critical information and provides situational awareness to allow soldiers to make better decisions.

"That's our future soldier. In the future, he'll be able to use the products we're building to help fight the war and protect himself," said Randy Riley, Archarithms President and CEO.

They also developed this program that can find potential threats. It alerts when someone with a gun is detected on camera.

" We have an infinite feed system where the video camera is picking up people, identifying people, and if that person is carrying a gun or not," Riley explained. "It's using a Go Pro Camera, monitoring the area. The people in green are unarmed. The guy with the gun, it's picked him up as armed and has him boxed in red. It's just an algorithm that we trained."

The symposium allows the defense companies to highlight all of their latest innovations.

"It gives an opportunity for name recognition and to meet other people and see what the other technology is in the area. We want to be on the bleeding edge of technology," Riley added.

Jim Leary, Director of Global Sales & Marketing for Boeing Weapons, touched on some of the weapons in the Boeing portfolio helping with national security.

"We have our joint direct attack munition. We build about 210 of those a day. The Air Force has been using those pretty predominately in the War against Terror for years," he explained.

Boeing also has a compact laser weapons system to shoot drones.

"DOD bought some. We have some international customers as well. We've shot down hundreds of drones in DOD tests in about a tenth of a second or so," Leary said.

A variety of weapons in the Boeing missiles and weapons systems are deployed today.

"I think everyone is familiar Boeing's GMD program that protects the nation from intercontinental ballistic missile threats," Leary added. "We have the PAC 3 hit to kill seeker that Boeing produced here in Huntsville and the some portions of the SM3 which is a Navy missile."

The Harpoon, from Boeing, was also on display. It is the only cruise missile in the Navy system that's been used in combat. It's a ship killing missile.

Defense companies said the symposium, which attracted thousands of people to the Rocket City, is the ideal place for conducting business face-to-face.

" It gives an opportunity for name recognition and to meet other people and see what the other technology is in the area," Riley said.

" We're moving forward, we're evolving and protecting and creating and that's what the company does. We're looking forward to the next generation to support the war fighters with our new technology," Leary added.

Key features to this year's symposium included presentations from senior level national and international leaders, as well as industry and technology panels.

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