General Dynamics consortium wins army contract

A consortium of eight academic and corporate leaders in robotic technologies led by automated-systems provider General Dynamics Robotics Systems has been awarded a $63m (£44m) five-year research agreement by the US Army Research Laboratory to create the technical foundation supporting development of autonomous unmanned air and ground systems.

This agreement also has a second five-year option worth $67m and a parallel technology-transition contract valued at up to $90m, to facilitate transition of technology to other government programmes.

Taken together, the entire effort has a potential value of $220m.

The robotics consortium members include: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Central Florida, Florida A&M University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech University, Qinetiq North America and Boston Dynamics.