Lockheed Martin Wins Contract To Increase Tactical Vehicle Safety With
DALLAS, Oct. 24, 2012
DALLAS, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an
$11 million contract for the development, integration and testing of the
Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS).
Work on the contract, which was awarded by the Department of Defense through
its Other Transaction Agreement with the Robotics Technology Consortium, will
be performed in Littleton, Colo., and Dallas through 2014.
The multiplatform kit integrates low-cost sensors and control systems onto
U.S. Army and Marine Corps tactical vehicles to assist drivers or enable
autonomous operation in convoys. AMAS does not interfere with drivers who
choose to operate their vehicle manually. It adds a sensing and control
function that alerts users so they can rapidly react to safety threats.
"Driving tactical vehicles in a combat zone can be dangerous, but AMAS will
help by giving drivers an automated option to alert, stop and adjust, or take
full control under user supervision," said Scott Greene, vice president of
ground vehicles in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "We
pioneered this technology and have logged more than 16,000 miles with it on
several platforms. AMAS is a concrete step in using autonomous systems to let
soldiers be soldiers instead of being drivers."
Lockheed Martin proved much of the AMAS technology as part of the
award-winning Convoy Active Safety Technology (CAST) program, which applied
advanced leader/follower autonomy to multiple tactical vehicle types that
serve in convoys. From the beginning, the kit was designed to be low-cost and
essentially platform independent. The system has a simple, single-button
activation, and soldiers were using the system with as little as an hour's
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center
(TARDEC) tested the CAST vehicles under a variety of combat conditions and
demonstrated that the system will save lives by improving both safety and
"This technology is extremely versatile, considering our robust perception and
control algorithms and our low-cost sensor suite," said Greene. "We are
confident we can spread its use across the eight vehicle types the program
will use for demonstration. Many of the algorithms on AMAS also control
Lockheed Martin's Squad Mission Support System unmanned ground vehicle, which
was recently used by soldiers in Afghanistan."
The Robotics Technology Consortium is a non-profit industry organization
formed in 2008 to speed the creation and deployment of ground robotics
technology for the Defense Department and other government organizations. The
consortium develops solutions to meet critical needs identified by the Office
of the Secretary of Defense Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise to support
national security objectives.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
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