It’s like that Avatar movie

Motion-capture suits were worn to create avatars for the M777A2 trainer. No blue cat-people were rendered.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — Like something out of a Hollywood sci-fi production, Soldiers and Marines donned motion-capture suits and underwent face scans to render computer avatars of themselves. But this was no movie set and there would be no red carpet premiere.

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Picatinny engineers get howitzers unstuck and back on TrAK

Soldiers of the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Afghanistan work at dislodging their M-777 155mm howitzer from a three-foot deep hole it dug after firing several projectiles. The huge weapon weighs 9,800 pounds and can launch projectiles more than 30 kilometers. picatinny engineers have developed a solution for Soldiers that makes the howitzer easier to maneuver. (Photo by Sgt. Ken Scar)

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — When Soldiers in Afghanistan move their M777A2 howitzers to adjust their aim, they can literally become “stuck in a rut” when the wheels get trapped in the sand and rocks.

To help alleviate this issue, engineers at Picatinny Arsenal have designed the Traverse Assist Kit (TrAK) to make the howitzer faster and easier to move.

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