General Dynamics wins $50.7m Army robotics add-on

General Dynamics wins $50.7m Army robotics add-on

General Dynamics Corp. has received a $50.7 million modification to its Army Future Combat Systems Autonomous Navigation System base contract.

The increase was awarded by FCS contractor Science Applications International Corp., bringing General Dynamics' total FCS contract value to $237 million. SAIC and Boeing Co. are the lead systems integrators for FCS.

General Dynamics Robotic Systems is designing and manufacturing a system capable of autonomously controlling several of the 18 manned and unmanned vehicles that are part of the program. FCS will ultimately link 18 ground and air weapons systems and sensors on a common network.

The contract modification adds risk reduction language and accelerates the insertion of FCS technologies into existing Army forces, according to a release issued by General Dynamics.

"ANS will comprise field sensor and software solutions based on autonomous mobility technology," said Scott Myers, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems. He said the ANS system'the intelligence of FCS robotic vehicles'will advance the Army's vision of a lighter, faster future force.

Earlier this year, the Army announced plans to restructure FCS management and stand up an Army Modular Force Integration Office to move technologies to troop systems as soon as they are available.

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