Portsmouth, UK, November 2022: as part of the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), ground troops of the British Army conducted a set of rigorous trials with the FOOTPRINT system through varying scenarios. The system proved its ability to allow soldiers to navigate and self-position in situations where they are unable to rely on traditional GPS capabilities.
As part of AWE and under The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and the Future Capability Group, the British soldiers tested RAFAEL’s FOOTPRINT system in scenarios simulating modern mission requirements, including between and inside buildings, down into basements as well as in open areas. As part of the trial, FOOTPRINT was connected to the CIV-TAK (Civilian Team Awareness Kit) system which allows the soldiers to stand in a variety of sites and conduct operational tasks whilst activated. As a result of the successful testing, commanders were able to obtain an accurate picture of the exact location of each and every troop with a detailed understanding of the operational situation.
Shmuel Olansky, Head of Multi-Domain Warfare Directorate at RAFAEL:
“We are proud to see how UK soldiers could use FOOTPRINT to complete their mission and demonstrate precisely how this solution provides a crucial edge in the modern battlespace. FOOTPRINT will allow higher command to better direct its troops and help prevent cases of friendly fire in a complex space. We thank the British Army for hosting our delegation and demonstrating our system’s practical applications.”
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