French defence procurement agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has awarded a new contract to Safran Electronics & Defense to support the integration of land robot demonstrators for the French Armed Forces.
The five-year contract is designed for DGA’s Furious science and technology project, which is part of the Scorpion modernisation programme.
The scope of the Furious project involves the development of three robot demonstrators in different sizes and mission profiles.
The demonstrators will be capable of operating under a wide range of environments to explore buildings and carry loads for soldiers.
Deployed by an infantry platoon, the three robots will be tested in different configurations.
Safran Electronics & Defense will build the eRider autonomous vehicle in collaboration with Valeo and PSA. This will be the largest of the three robot demonstrators.
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In order to successfully complete the project, the company will be supported by academics and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Safran Electronics & Defense is collaborating with several SMEs, namely Effidence, Technical Studio, Sominex, Kompai and 4D Virtualiz.
In addition, the company has initiated a partnership with France’s major robotics labs, including the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Pascal Institute, and Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture (IRSTEA).
Mines de Paris engineering school and Laboratoire Lorrain De Recherche En Informatique Et Ses Applications (LORIA) are also involved in the partnership.
The French firm has been collaborating with civil sector partners since 2013 to adapt their technologies to the specific requirements of military operations.