The U.S. Army is seeking sources to provide technologies for unmanned ground vehicles under an official Request for Information (RFI) from the Maneuver, Aviation, and Soldier Division Chief, Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC).
Unmanned systems are highly desired to perform tasks including:
- CBRN Reconnaissance
- Improvised Explosive Device Detection and Defeat
- Signal Intelligence
- Precision Target Designation
- Tunnel Exploration and Mapping
- Mine Detection and Clearing
With the continued employment of increasingly sophisticated forces of unmanned systems, there will be an ever-increasing demand for new, efficient, innovative and effective technologies. A better understanding of technologies currently available and/or under development will allow the Army to develop more comprehensive concepts and meaningful requirements.
Responses should include technology information with regards to:
- Communications (Antennas, Line of Sight, Non-Line of Sight)
- Platforms (Emphasis on Small, Lightweight)
- Attachments (Highly Dexterous Arms, Charge Placement, Sensors, Lights, Cameras)
- Power (Batteries, Rechargeability)
- Countermeasures (Both For Survivability and Offensive Use)
The RFI is for planning purposes only, with information informing the Army’s acquisition strategy for unmanned ground systems. Responses are not limited to domestic US vendors.
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W15QKN-15-X-6644. Responses are due Dec. 19, 2014.