For Immediate Release: Sept. 23, 2011
By ONR Corporate Strategic Communications
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will show off the very latest in technologies aimed at providing specialized capabilities for the Marine Corps when the Modern Day Marine Expo opens Sept. 27 in Quantico, Va.
Co-sponsored by the Marine Corps Systems Command, which acquires and sustains weapon systems and gear for Marines, the annual event serves as the corps’ premier equipment, systems, services and technology exposition.
"ONR's participation at Modern Day Marine is an important two-way stimulator for creative thought, discussions of ideas and situational awareness,” said Dan Simons, who leads the Fires Thrust team, part of ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department.
Modern Day Marine, billed as the world’s largest military trade show directed at increasing capabilities for expeditionary forces, is expected to draw about 500 exhibitors. The exhibit presents thousands of attendees—including senior leaders, scientists and engineers from government and industry—with opportunities to directly interact with U.S. Marines and acquisition personnel responsible for equipping the corps.
The ONR exhibit, located within Booth No. 2628, will feature the following technologies:
Army Advanced Weapons Sight Technology—next-generation weapon sights for enhanced situational awareness, threat detection, range performance and target engagement
Awareness Lightweight Engagements and Remote Targeting 6.2—highly transparent polymer materials used for lightweight, high-resolution military optical components
Azimuth and Inertial Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)—a hand-held, highly accurate alternative to the Digital Magnetic Compass
High-Performance Alloys for Weapons Applications—a super alloy designed to withstand the high-temperature, high-pressure, erosive environments found inside machine gun barrels
Integrated Day-Night Sight Technology
—weapon sights that discern friendly forces from hostile forces and noncombatants in environments ranging from daylight to darkest night and obscurants
Marksmanship and Small Arms Trainer
—an interactive training simulation that documents individual task performance in real time and is suitable for both live-fire and virtual environments
MEMS-Based Fuze for Flight-Controlled Mortar—a newly developed fuze that is much smaller than the conventional M734A1 mortar fuze
MEMS Ignition Safety Device—a compact, low-energy, low-cost igniter that actuates locks and provides a barrier to achieve “safe” and “arm” positions for rockets
Precision Universal Mortar Attack—a semi-active laser and GPS guidance-based system that offers precision, complex terrain insertion capability for mortars
Small-Caliber Caseless Ammunition
—new propellant technology that eliminates the need for a cartridge case
The Modern Day Marine exhibits open at 10 a.m. daily. For more information about Modern Day Marine, visit: http://www.marinemilitaryexpos.com/modern_day_marine/index
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.