24 Oct 2018

Robotic Research to conduct AUSTC technical demonstrations for US Army

The US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has selected Robotic Research for a three-year $9 million contract on Autonomous Unmanned Systems Teaming & Collaboration (AUSTC) for the Counter-WMD and other Missions in challenging subterranean and other environments.

Under the terms of the contract, Robotic Research will conduct AUSTC technical demonstrations of autonomous unmanned systems sensing technologies and design and develop new and more advanced autonomous unmanned systems technologies, among other tasks.  The AUSTC effort is focused on improving autonomy, 3D/4D mapping, localisation, target ID, tracking, collective 3D visualisation, weapons system integration of Unmanned Autonomous Systems, subterranean communications and more.

The US Department of Defense takes seriously the continued growth in the number and sophistication of foreign underground facilities that may house weapons of mass destruction.  Programs such as AUSTC DOTC, AUSTC IDIQ, and MACS-B significantly advance autonomous unmanned systems teaming and collaboration capabilities in subterranean environments for Army and Special Forces units.

Following the award, Alberto Lacaze, President of Robotic Research, commented: “It is a great honour to expand our work for the US Army, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Special Forces community on the family-of-systems for autonomous collaborative robotic teaming in support of challenging subterranean missions. 

“The Robotic Research team shares the Army leadership’s commitment to rapidly fielding effective autonomous Counter-WMD solutions for our Nation’s warfighters.”

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