The US Army/Research Development and Engineering Command Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate has awarded a contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to design a vigilant pursuit (VP) system.
Awarded in support of the US Army’s multi-functional teams (MfT), the $37m single-award firm-fixed price (FFP) contract has a performance period of one-year.
Under the contract, the company will also provide services for the system that include production, testing, delivery, spares, training, and field service representative services.
SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager John Thomas said: "We look forward to providing the US Army a vigilant pursuit system that leverages a flexible, extensible and modular architecture, enabling multi-functional teams to execute their mission-essential tasks and support manoeuvre-element missions."
As part of the contract, the company will work design a VP to allow MfT to provide tactical commanders with access to several theatre and national intelligence capabilities by making use of precise, real-time data provided by on-board sensors.
SAIC will also enable the team to pursue and exploit, perform precision manoeuvre and immediate triage/site exploitation during the transmission of data on the mission.
The platform agnostic VP system is a crew-served weapon of the MfT, which provides human intelligence and signals intelligence capabilities to enable soldiers to make successful decisions using cross-cueing and tipping in the battlefield.
Designed to improve field intelligence, the quick reaction capability system is also employed by MfT to reduce the time taken to accurately generate time-sensitive detection, tracking and locating of targets.
Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facilities in South Carolina and Virginia, US.