U.S. Army equipment experts want to know whether defense firms can design a new level of technology for identifying friendly troops on the battlefield that can avoid detection from enemy night vision gear.

Avoiding fratricide is still a challenge for U.S. ground forces in particular, despite advances in technology ranging from small, wearable infrared beacons to sophisticated tactical smartphone-based systems that allow leaders to track the location of friendly units.

But responses from recent soldier surveys show a need for an enhanced Individual Friend or Foe (IFF) capability for dismounted soldiers that can be incorporated into uniforms and individual equipment and identified at extended ranges, according to a recent market survey posted on the beta.sam.gov website by officials from the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC SC) at Natick, Massachusetts.

Interested companies have until June 7 to respond to the solicitation. Read More