Army greatest inventions of 2010 honored.The Army recognized its greatest inventions of 2010 on 11 October 2011. Many of the 2010 winners were developed in the field by Soldiers. The winning technologies are listed below.
40-millimeter infrared illuminant cartridge for M992 field artillery ammunition support vehicle. The cartridge produces infrared light that is only visible through night-vision devices so that Soldiers can see more clearly during nighttime operations.
M855A1 enhanced performance round. This 5.56-millimeter bullet features a larger steel penetrator tip than its predecessor and a copper core. From June to October 2011, Program Executive Office Ammunition fielded 30 million of these new rounds to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Green Eyes (escalation-of-force kit). This system, which has been integrated for use with the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station, emits a wide band of green light that temporarily disrupts a person's vision, making it hard to drive a vehiele or aim a weapon. At close range, the lasers provide an immediate, nonle-thal capability.
Husky Mark III (second generation, 2-seat pro-type). This landmine detection vehicle responds immediately to the warfighter's need to mitigate the risks of task overload on its operators. It also increases the ability of the route clearance package (RCP) to find and neutralize improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and provides direct-fire capability for the lead vehicle of the RCP.
Jackal Explosive Hazard Pre-Detonation System. The Jackal is an IED-defeat system that neutralizes threats to Soldiers during route-clearance and convoy-related missions. The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center developed and fielded the system to Soldiers in 2010.
M.240L 7.62-millimeter lightweight medium ma-chinegun. This replacement for the M240B machine-gun reduces the weight of the weapon without compromising reliability.
Mobile Care Project (mCare). This cellphone-based, bidirectional messaging system was developed by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. It is designed to connect care-team members with warriors in transition throughout their outpatient recovery process by way of the wounded warrior's personal cellphone. It was developed by modifying commercial off-the-shelf technology to meet the needs of the Army Medical Department. The mCare system is secure and complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Mortar Fire Control System-Dismounted. This new system enhances the responsiveness of the M120 A1 Towed Mortar System, enables digital coordination of multiple fire support systems, and reduces the time needed to emplace, fire, and displace the weapon.
RG-31 Robot Deployment System. This technology provides a low-cost, lightweight solution for transporting and deploying route clearance robots in combat. It enables Soldiers to comfortably transport, deploy, and operate road-clearance robots while remaining protected inside their vehicles.
Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System (SWIPES). SWIPES integrates force protection communications and electronics equipment with an advanced battery power source, allowing for extended mission times without having to replace or recharge a power source.
Army leaders also recognized two 2010 Soldier Greatest Inventions. Staff Sergeant Vincent Winkowski and other members of the 1st Battalion, 133d Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, developed the "Ironman" ammunition pack system for small dismounted teams. This high-capacity ammunition carriage system enables a machinegunner to carry and fire 500 rounds of linked ammunition from a rucksack-like carrier.
Corporal Eric DeHart from the 428th Engineer Company also was recognized for designing and building a culvert-denial system to stop the placement of roadside bombs in culverts.