A joint venture between ATK Integrated Defense and Textron Systems has been awarded a $53.8 million contract to jointly develop a hand-emplaced munitions system that will serve as an alternative to current non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines.
The system will reportedly allow a soldier to remotely monitor and control, fire or deactivate individual munitions within the munition field. It is believed that this capability will minimize injuries to allied troops and non-combatants during and following a conflict.
The work will be performed under the US Army’s Non-Self Destruct Alternative (NSDA) program.
The 50-50 joint venture will work with the US Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Centre (ARDEC) and Project Manager, Close Combat Systems at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey to develop an NSDA system that will include ‘man-in-the-loop’ operation and ‘off-on-off’ munition controls.
‘With man-in-the-loop operation, we will be able to provide a more capable and safer device that meets the needs of the Army’s Objective Force,’ said Hube Hopkins, president, ATK Integrated Defense. ‘The system’s capability to tailor the soldier’s lethality response depending on the soldier’s situational awareness is a significant improvement for the war fighter in today’s environment.’