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LYNX BLOCK 20A RADAR TO BE PRODUCTIONIZED FOR U.S. AIR FORCE MQ-9 BLOCK 5 UAVS
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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The GA-ASI Lynx Block 20A SAR Radar

Source: General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems


The GA-ASI Lynx Block 20A SAR Radar

Source: General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems


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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems of Poway, Calif., a $22.9 million firm-fixed-price modification (#000105) to a previously awarded contract (FA8620-15-G-4040) for MQ-9 Reaper radar productionization. This contract provides for Lynx Block 20A synthetic aperture radar (SAR) configuration to be a form, fit, and functional replacement for the current production configuration Lynx Block 20A SAR for installation in the MQ-9 Block 5 remotely piloted aircraft. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

The contracted work will be performed in Poway, Calif., and is expected to be complete by June 31, 2020.

The Air Force has obligated the full $22.9 million in Fiscal Year 2016 Aircraft Procurement funds at the time of the award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Source Date: June 14, 2018
Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
NATO FORCES DEPLOYED ELBIT SYSTEMS’ SEAGULL USV DURING A JOINT ASW EXERCISE
Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Source: Elbit Systems


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HAIFA, Israel -- Elbit Systems Ltd. confirms that its Seagull™ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) was deployed by NATO forces in a recent joint Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise. The ASW force included the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigate Victoria, the Royal Navy’s Type-45 HMS Duncan as well as the Seagull USV.

Having a far greater endurance than ASW helicopters often used in similar missions, the Seagull USV performed anti-submarine area sanitization as well as the ASW forward picket force, providing longer time on station, yielding persistent detection and contact maintenance capabilities.

In addition to its ASW capabilities, the Seagull features a plug and play, modular mission payload suite and can perform Mine Counter Measures (MCM) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, a mission control system and data links. Seagull provides navies with a true force multiplier, delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing the risk to human lives and dramatically reducing procurement and operating costs.

Source:  Elbit Systems
Associated URL: elbitsystems.com
Source Date: June 17, 2018
Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
U.S. ARMY'S ROBOTICS ALLIANCE RALLIES RESEARCHERS TO DEVELOP ROBOTS FOR FUTURE COMBAT
Friday, June 15, 2018
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Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles

Source: US Army


Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- As part of a strategy to develop and deliver new robotics capabilities to future Soldiers, Army researchers have partnered with world-renowned experts in industry and academia.

The University of Pennsylvania hosted a series of meetings in Philadelphia, June 5-7, for principal investigators and researchers from the Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, or RCTA.

"We are coming together to tell each other what we've done over the last year," said Dr. Stuart Young, a division chief in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Maryland, and the RCTA's collaborative alliance manager.

The group formed in 2009 to bring together government, industrial and academic institutions to address research and development required to enable the deployment of future military unmanned ground vehicle systems ranging in size from man-portables to ground combat vehicles.

Partners include:

-- General Dynamics Land Systems - Robotics

-- Carnegie Mellon University - The Robotics Institute

-- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-- Florida State University

-- University of Central Florida

-- University of Pennsylvania

-- QinetiQ North America

-- Cal Tech/Jet Propulsion Lab

Young said the laboratory is focused on transitioning new capabilities to industry partners so they can continue to mature them.

"Since this is a basic and applied research program, we'll transition it to them so they can get it into an experimental prototype in development," he said. "Certainly the problem that we are working on is very hard. It is difficult to operate robots in the wild, anywhere in the world, but that's the kind of problem the Army has to solve."

The Army's vision is to make unmanned systems an integral part of small unit teams.

"We're trying to go from tools to teammates so you can work side-by-side with them," Young said, continuing with, "In order for robots to be teammates, they must operate in unstructured, complex environments.

"And then in order for the robots to be a useful teammate, they have to communicate naturally like a human does," Young said. "We're doing a lot of work in human-robot relationships, understanding concepts in the same way that humans do, trying to get the robots to understand those concepts in the same way so that the teaming can occur more naturally."

Over the eight years of the alliance, researchers have achieved many milestones in the robotics field.

"New methods for robots to autonomously interact with and perceive the outside world have been developed to improve reasoning, situational awareness, trust and mobility in challenging battlefield environments," said Dr. Jaret Riddick, director of the lab's Vehicle Technology Directorate. "In the past eight years, researchers have teamed with academia and industry supported by the Robotics CTA to establish robotics technology critical to next generation Army objectives for multi-domain operation."

The alliance conducts research in four technical domains:

-- Perception: Perceive and understand dynamic and unknown environments, including creation of a comprehensive model of the surrounding world

-- Intelligence: Autonomously plan and execute military missions; readily adapt to changing environments and scenarios; learn from prior experience; share common understanding with team members

-- Human-Robot Interaction: Manipulate objects with near-human dexterity and maneuver through 3-D environments

-- Dexterous Manipulation and Unique Mobility: Manipulate objects with near-human dexterity and maneuver through 3-D environments

"We've certainly come a long way, and yes, we have a long way to go," Young said. "We've made a lot of progress in understanding and developing new theory and techniques for communicating between the robots and the humans. We must generate more novel techniques to be able to address those types of problems."

Researchers said the meetings in Philadelphia were a valuable experience as they continue to plan for a capstone event at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in 2019, where they will demonstrate the culmination of their research achievements to Army leaders.

Source:  U.S. Army
Associated URL: https://www.army.mil/article/207139/armys_robotics_alliance_rallies_researchers_to_develop_robots_for_future_combat
Source Date: June 15, 2018
Posted: 06/19/2018

 

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