'Intelligent-Rail' Software Destined for Next-Gen Squad Weapon.

Author:Mayfield, Mandy

* The Army has approved an upgraded software and hardware system that will be integrated into its next-generation squad weapon.

T-Worx, a technology innovation company based in Sterling, Virginia, is a component supplier and provides the I-Rail to all of the next-generation squad weapon competitors, said Ben Feldman, the company's chief engineer and I-Rail developer. The next-gen squad weapon is intended to replace the service's M4 carbine and M249 squad automatic weapon.

The T-Worx I-Rail is both a software and hardware platform that has been developed in six variations over the past 10 years, he noted.

According to the company, the system provides central power to weapon-mounted accessories. For a 72-hour patrol, a soldier will need to insert a 12-AA battery pack in the weapon's buttstock and carry two spare packs. It can also help transfer data, such as information on ground troop movements, from the rifle to command centers.

The Army recently confirmed that I-Rail meets the requirements for the Army's Picatinny Smart Rail standard, Feldman said.

T-Worx entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the Army to evaluate the I-Rail for compliance with the Picatinny Smart Rail standard, he noted...

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