Army to host land mine industry day

By Ethan Sterenfeld / April 19, 2021 at 4:42 PM

The Army will host an industry day April 27 for a "terrain shaping munition" capability, according to an April 19 announcement.

"Army modernization and changes in land mine policies have created capability gaps not addressed by the current U.S. land mine inventory," the announcement states. "The U.S. Government is seeking mature prototype munition systems with the capability of meeting the Abbreviated-Capability Development Document (A-CDD) requirements."

It will be expected that a munition "detects, tracks, and engages threat vehicles" without preventing the movement of friendly forces, according to the announcement.

There will be one-on-one sessions for interested companies on April 28 and 29, according to the announcement. Registration for the industry day and one-on-one sessions is due April 22.

Earlier this month, the Army released a sources-sought notice for top attack prototypes. Like land mines, this is a ground-based system that can operate for six months in the ground on standby mode, but it attacks vehicles from above.

The Army might integrate the top attack system's delivery into its existing 155mm artillery, according to the April 12 announcement for the top attack prototypes.

"The top attack system subcomponents should adhere to a form factor that allows for future integration into 155mm artillery delivery to the maximum extent possible," the announcement stated. "The top attack munition subcomponents shall address survivability for 155mm delivery to the extent possible and where not feasible to implement, shall address via analysis to indicate a growth path to achieving the requirement."

A future version of the top attack system, expected in the third quarter of fiscal year 2026, will be able to communicate with Army tactical networks from up to 300 kilometers away.