Mounted Soldier System
Land Warrior (LW) - Mounted Warrior (MW)
An outgrowth of Land Warrior Block II/Stryker Interoperable (LW Block II/SI), Mounted Warrior (MW) was designed to improve the survivability, situational awareness, lethality, mobility, and sustainability of combat vehicle crewmen. It leveraged capabilities developed in other warrior programs such as Land Warrior (LW) and Air Warrior. An integrated group of systems, it combined communications and personal displays with Soldier equipment. MW outfits all crew members, including vehicle commanders, drivers, and gunners, who operate ground platforms. Systems and components include integrated headgear with helmet-mounted display to provide remote viewing of platform-based displays and optical sensors such as thermal sights, as well as enhancements to protective clothing and individual equipment.
MW-equipped crew members could communicate with dismounted LW-equipped Soldiers. The system could interface with other Army communications, command, control, and computer (C4) systems. MW included lightweight, modular, mission-tailorable equipment used by crewmen when conducting tactical operations with their assigned combat vehicles.
MW was designed to provide communication to combat vehicle crewmen and link them to dismounted LW-equipped soldiers. It included communications and displays that would improve situational awareness. Crews equipped with MW would be able to receive voice data and tactical internet connectivity to communicate effectively with troops on the ground, Soldiers in other vehicles and unit leaders.
Mounted Warrior also allowed vehicle crewman including vehicle commanders, drivers and gunners to move with the ground soldiers effortlessly during day and night operations. Sgt. Brian Gardner, vehicle commander, C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, said that with the MW, one had "the ability of the vehicle to move with the people so you don't leave them stranded," adding that "you can move with them even though you're not in visual contact with them." Troops in MW-equipped vehicles were always in contact with Land Warrior-equipped ground Soldiers and always aware of their movements during tests.
MW and LW networks increased the Soldiers' combat effectiveness while minimizing exposure to enemy fire. Precise navigation and real-time, common situational awareness substantially reduced the risk of fratricide.
The Land Warrior and Mounted Warrior Soldier Systems were under operational assessment at Fort Lewis, Washington, by the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The 4th Bn. was equipped with 587 Land Warrior Systems, including 147 Mounted Warrior Systems for the assessment, which continued through September 2006. Supported by Product Manager Land Warrior, MW was deployed with the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) through FY08.
With the cancelation of the Land Warrior program in 2007 and the movement of remaining spirals into the Ground Soldier System, the Mounted Warrior was renamed the Mounted Soldier System.
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