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Advance Naval Technology Exercise continues in San Diego

Posted at 10:48 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 13:48:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The future of warfare is in San Diego for the time being.

The 21st Century Combined Arms Advanced Naval Technology Exercise is currently taking place at the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific).

ANTX West 2019 is roughly two weeks long and features the brightest in the military, academia and industry demoing the latest advancements to see if they are ready for the battlefield.

“This isn’t a trade show - this is ‘get people together let’s go do things and see how it goes,’” said Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson, “this is innovation.”

Much of technology of the the last several years has focused on human and machine interactions with virtual reality.

“We can give feedback to the industry and say this is eligible for rapid prototyping or this needs some science and technology
investment,” said Richard Byers, a systems engineer with the Navy.

More than 80 developing products and systems are being tested at NIWC Pacific along with San Clemente island.

“Being able to apply the technology in an operational a realistic environment is critically important,” said Brigadier General Christian Wortman, USMC.

Congress has given the military the power to fast track products that perform well at ANTX for rapid prototyping and their discretion.