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US Army awards new contracts to BAE Systems

The global defence prime has been tapped to support the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.

The global defence prime has been tapped to support the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.

BAE Systems has secured new contracts to support three of the four focus areas for the United States Army’s Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team) — designed to advance manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program

The prime has been tasked to deliver a highly automated system to provide situational awareness, information processing, resource management, and decision making that is “beyond human capabilities”.

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The contracts have a total value of US$9 million and include awards for the human machine interface, platform resource capability management, and situational awareness management elements of the program.

BAE Systems said it would leverage its FAST Labs research and development team and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems business divisions to deliver the technology.

“Our mature autonomy technology, which is the basis of our offering for the A-Team program, will greatly increase the warfighter’s ability to have a complete view of the battlespace and streamline decision making,” Chris Eisenbies, product line director of the autonomy, control, and estimation group at BAE Systems’ FAST Labs, said.  

“Future conflicts will include manned and unmanned teaming and increased automation in highly contested environments, helping to enable mission success.”

The Future Open Rotorcraft Cockpit Environment Lab is set to conduct simulation tests and demonstrations with products from different contractors to determine the transition to the FVL program.

BAE Systems is expected to conduct its work from its facilities in Burlington, Massachusetts and San Diego, California.

[Related: BAE Systems to support US Air Force’s Skyborg program]

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