Australia’s Kord Defence, which makes programmable, push-button control systems for the defence and law enforcement markets, announced that its technology has been selected by the US Army to take part in the 2022 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE 2022) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Kord Defence, in conjunction with its sister company, Kord USA, will be providing its centralised, soldier control systems for testing and evaluation by the Army’s full-time tactical experimenters —along with a standard opposition force from a regular Army unit and foreign participants to put the technology through its paces in an operational field environment. The AEWE is an annual campaign of experimentation to place prototype technologies, which show potential for a significant capability benefit, into the hands of soldiers to solve small unit tactical problems. Experimentation is executed through Live Fire, Non-networked and Force on Force phases. It is the Army’s premier prototype technology and concept event focused on modernisation at the squad and small unit level.
It is seen to play an essential role in shaping the future US Army between now and 2025, and is designed to provide capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment for supporting both concept and materiel development.
Managing Director, Dr Peter Moran, said that “the company was pleased to have been selected as it provided a significant opportunity to showcase the operational benefits of its technology to the biggest army in the world.” He went on to say that “as far as we know, we’re the only Australian company to have been selected for this prestigious event.”
Kord’s inclusion in AEWE follows from successful testing undertaken by the US Marine Corps over the last four years. The National Defense Authorisation Act (2021) has identified Kord’s technology as an Item of Special Interest for rapid procurement by the USMC.