Q-Warrior: the military’s Google Glass provides futuristic ‘situational awareness’
By End the Lie
BAE Systems has revealed the Q-Warrior, which is something like a military version of Google Glass that includes a 3D heads-up display providing soldiers with real-time “situational awareness.”
The Q-Warrior is part of BAE Systems’ Q-Sight line, which allows soldiers to have data and a video stream laid over their view.
The device also has “enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to identify hostile and non-hostile forces, track personnel and assets, and coordinate small unit actions,” according to Wired.
The system can provide “more real-time visual data than ever before,” according to a BAE Systems press release.
“Q-Warrior increases the user’s situational awareness by providing the potential to display ‘eyes-out’ information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats,” said Paul Wright, the lead of soldier systems business development at BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems.
Wright said that the biggest demand in the short term will be in situations where technology like Q-Warrior would offer a defined advantage.
Wired notes that this kind of wearable computing could have specialty applications for specific fields ranging from doctors to law enforcement.
“BAE clearly wants to be the Google of the warzone,” Allen McDuffee wrote.
In the future, Q-Warrior could also be deployed as part of a system like the Army’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), which is currently under development.
TALOS, which was announced in May of last year, is an advanced exoskeleton that would “provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection,” according to the Army.
“[The] requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that — a whole bunch of stuff that [Research, Development and Engineering Command] is playing heavily in,” said Lt. Col. Karl Borjes, a science advisor with RDECOM assigned to Special Operations Comand.
Initially, Q-Warrior will likely be deployed with Special Forces at the section commander level.
“This is likely to be within non-traditional military units with reconnaissance roles, such as Forward Air Controllers/Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers (JTACS) or with Special Forces during counter terrorist tasks,” Wright said.
Eventually, BAE Systems said they expect the technology to reach all soldiers.
“The next level of adoption could be light role troops such as airborne forces or marines, where technical systems and aggression help to overcome their lighter equipment,” Wright said.
The Q-Warrior’s capabilities are truly futuristic. BAE says that with Q-Warrior, soldiers will be able to monitor the location of friendly planes including their speed, altitude and payload. They will also be able to designate targets to be attacked, view visual feeds from drones and other platforms and more.
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