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General Dynamics Robotic Systems to Develop Autonomous Navigation System

Photonics.com
Dec 2003
WESTMINSTER, Md., Dec. 11 -- General Dynamics Robotic Systems and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) have signed a $185 million contract to develop the autonomous navigation system for ground vehicles for the US Army's future combat systems (FCS) program. SAIC, together with Boeing, comprise the FCS lead systems integrator team. SAIC will administer the multiyear agreement with General Dynamics Robotic Systems.

The future combat systems program uses advanced communications and technologies to link soldiers with manned and unmanned ground and air platforms and sensors to enhance the Army's effectiveness and maneuverability.
Under the FCS autonomous navigation system program, General Dynamics Robotic Systems will be responsible for the design, development, manufacture, integration and testing of a system that is capable of autonomously controlling any of several vehicles designated by the Army, including the multifunctional utility logistics equipment platform, the armed reconnaissance vehicle and manned ground vehicles.

The autonomous navigation system will provide navigational, perception, path-planning and vehicle-following algorithms and the requisite on-board sensor package for autonomous mobility.

For more information, visit: www.generaldynamics.com



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