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By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications
March 29, 2018
CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) participated in the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) – 2018 Urban 5th Generation Marine (U5G) Exploration and Experimentation Exercise from March 22-25 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.
The goal of events like U5G ANTX is to reinvigorate warfighter capability in contested urban environments by detecting and identifying capability shortfalls and then rapidly exploiting those gaps with fire and maneuver.
U5G demonstrations and exercises will accelerate operational and technical feasibility assessment and inform future investments. The five areas of focus were: Situational Awareness, Counter-Reconnaissance, Fires and Effects, Command and Control (C2), and Maneuver.
“Cooperation and collaboration are essential to U5G ANTX success,” said Dr. Brett Seidle, NSWC Crane’s Technical Director. “The insight gained into technologies that may improve or accelerate fielding of operational capabilities for the Navy and Marine Corps is invaluable.”
The U5G ANTX is an innovative approach to concept of operations and capability development that integrates engineers, technologies and operators into a dynamic development team. It is a model for combat development that yields immediate prototype capabilities to solve vexing problems.
"This type of effort is exactly what our engineers and scientists love to be part of,” said Andy Brough, NSWC Crane’s Expeditionary Warfare Lead. “Working alongside Marines and other warfighters to understand their needs and issues, and learning what technologies are best suited to help them, is what Navy labs like NSWC Crane are all about.”
ANTX exercises are led by the Naval Research and Development Establishment where industry, academia, and government research and development organizations are invited to demonstrate emerging technologies and engineering innovations in operationally relevant environments and scenarios.
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.