The SUMIT programme seeks to evaluate the impact of new and recent Autonomy, decision aiding and human-machine interface (HMI) technologies in Army Aviation missions.
Managed by the US Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Aviation Development Directorate, the research programme will inform the acquisition and user communities of emerging capabilities that can meet the demands of the army’s next-generation Future Vertical Lift programme.
DCS chief executive officer Jim Benbow said: “We look forward to leveraging IST’s deep autonomy and human systems expertise to assist the army in improving its synchronisation of manned-unmanned aircraft systems operating in a tactical environment.
“We are also excited for the opportunity to be a part of the ever-growing technology sector in Huntsville and to bring expanded DCS / IST capability to our Dod customers on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and across the army as part the Force Modernization effort.”
The contract requires human systems engineers and simulation developers from IST to integrate advanced manned-unmanned teaming (MUMT) enabling technologies onto the AMRDEC’s future open rotorcraft cockpit environment simulator.
Using the fusion advanced human-machine interface framework and the unmanned air / ground / surface autonomy services (UxAS) automated route planning tool, IST will provide its specialised software suite Tasking and Execution of Collaborative Unmanned and Manned Systems with Autonomy (TECUMSA) for use in the SUMIT evaluations.
IST will be assisted by aviation subject matter experts from Nobletech and researchers from the University of Dayton Research Institute.