11 Sep 2018

Robotic Research wins multi-year contract with US Army

The US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has awarded Robotic Research a five-year $50 million contract for Autonomous Unmanned Systems Teaming & Collaboration (AUSTC) for the Counter-WMD Mission in challenging subterranean and other environments.

The AUSTC effort builds on prior and ongoing Robotic Research, LLC Small Business Innovative Research contracts (also with ARDEC) in support of the Mobile Autonomous Counter-WMD System, Increment B (MACS-B).

The MACS-B program provides various subterranean mission objectives such as mapping and reconnaissance; location and characterisation of WMD materials, relay of intelligence and situational awareness to ground forces and commanders to make informed decisions in support of military operations; and autonomous teaming and collaborative operations to include unmanned ground and air vehicles.

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

Alberto Lacaze, President of Robotic Research, said: “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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