Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is an opportunity for military equipment and software manufacturers to demonstrate their products to military leaders around the world.
SOFIC is held at the Tampa Convention Center in part by US Special Operations Command and US Central Command based in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base.
This year, many companies are paying attention to what is and is not working on the Ukrainian battlefield.
“From an industry perspective, it’s all about providing a quick response,” said L3Harris President of Intelligence and Surveillance Luke Savoie. “The most effective is to have one. So to be able to efficiently deliver products quickly and consider our current inventory and provide options to decision makers in the US. Empowering Ukrainians is really our responsibility right now. ”
Big companies like General Dynamics have booths on the Tampa Convention Center Floor this week. Small companies like Atlas Devices are also represented.
“We are a small company that started out at MIT,” says Nate Ball with Atlas Devices. “We were a couple of mechanical engineers working in the lab, discovering that there were a lot of challenging tasks involved in lifting, hoisting and rescue.”
His company manufactures equipment that can be used to scale up ships quickly. Ball has proven its use, looking like Batman is rapidly ascending a steel wall inside the convention center.
This is not a Hollywood Movie, however, and Ball and others are looking to learn from Ukraine’s experience to make their products even better.
“It’s an opportunity for us to communicate with people who are doing operations out there and have inside experience with the kinds of things that are happening there and bring their experiences back to us to We can develop capabilities that are actually affected by what’s happening. now,” said Ball.
Most people will not be allowed into the convention, but those wanting a glimpse of the Special Forces teams in action can head to the Tampa Convention Center from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Wednesday to protest. More than 170 special forces operators from 11 countries will participate.
We highly recommend that if you’re near the action, bring ear protection. The rally was very noisy with simulated explosions and gunfire.
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