Army Market Research on Enhanced Robotic Payloads for EOD, CBRN Operations

Enhanced Robotics Payloads for EOD, CBRNThe U.S. Army Contracting Command is currently conducting multiple market surveys for Enhanced Robotic Payloads (ERP), a suite of modular capabilities designed with open architecture to support Engineer, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) requirements.

These multiple, modular robotic mission payloads will use open architecture to integrate with the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II), Common Robotic System – Heavy (CRS(H)) and other future platforms to form the Army’s next generation platform adaptable robotics systems.

The effort aims to enhance an EOD Team’s ability to detect, identify, locate, evaluate, render safe, exploit, and dispose of all Explosive Ordnance (EO), including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) at sufficient standoff to improve Soldier survivability and increase mission success.

ERP will enable CBRN teams to perform site initial entry via unmanned operation thereby reducing human exposure to unknown hazards.

The effort focuses on five capabilities that will mount on existing and programmed Host Unmanned Ground Vehicles (HUGVs) in EOD units:

  • Increased lift capacity and dexterity
  • Increased ability to detect hidden or camouflaged EO through multi-spectral imaging
  • A render safe capability through selectable and accurate disruption of surface laid or suspended EO
  • Limit Soldier cognitive burden through autonomous Obstacle Avoidance and Digital Modeling (OA&DM)
  • Provides dynamic networking for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operation and 360 degree Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

The following Requests for Information (RFIs) are listed in order of current due dates:

ERP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Solicitation Number: W56HZV18RUAVE

Response Date: Nov 10, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

ERP Dual-Arm Manipulation

Solicitation Number: W56HZV18RDAMA

Response Date: Nov 10, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

ERP Extended Range & Mesh Networking

Solicitation Number: W56HZV18RERMN

Response Date: Nov 10, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

ERP Precision-Aimed Multi-Shot Disruption

Solicitation Number: W56HZV18RPAMS

Response Date: Nov 15, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

ERP Obstacle Avoidance & Digital Modeling

Solicitation Number: W56HZV-18-R-0016.

Response Date Nov 17, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

ERP-Multi Spectral Imaging

Solicitation Number: W56HZV-18-R-0017

Response Date: Nov 17, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern

Each RFI contains a detailed questionnaire. The information gathered by the Army through this questionnaire, along with other market investigation data, is solely intended for use by the U.S. Army and will not be shared amongst competing companies.

Source: FBO.gov