$185 million invested in vehicle autonomy

General Dynamics and Science Applications International Corporation have been awarded $185 million to develop an Autonomous Navigation System for ground vehicles as part of the US Army’s Future Combat Systems program.

General Dynamics Robotic Systems and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) have signed a $185 million contract to develop an Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) for ground vehicles as part of the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.

SAIC and Boeing comprise the FCS Lead Systems Integrator team. SAIC will administer the nine-year ANS agreement with General Dynamics Robotic Systems.

Under the FCS ANS 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.

ANS, a major subsystem in the FCS manned combat system, will provide navigational, perception, path-planning and vehicle-following algorithms and the requisite on-board sensor package for autonomous mobility.

‘The ANS system, the ‘brains’ of the FCS robotic vehicles, will enable the Army’s vision of a lighter, faster, highly effective future force,’ said Mark Del Giorno, vice president of engineering at General Dynamics Robotic Systems.