Robotic Research has received a $50 million contract for Autonomous Unmanned Systems Teaming & Collaboration (AUSTC) for the counter-WMD mission in challenging environments, the company announced on 6 September.
The five-year year contract has been awarded by the US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
The AUSTC effort builds on ongoing work in support of the Mobile Autonomous Counter-WMD System, Increment B (MACS-B). The MACS-B programme has 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.
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 sensing technologies. 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 and subterranean communications, among others.