The US Army has awarded multiple contracts to BAE Systems for the development of technologies for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration (A-Team) programme.
It is the only company that received contracts for three of the four focus areas of the programme.
It is designed to boost the manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities, which are said to be major components of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme of the US Army.
The US Army developed the programme to create an automated system to reduce the pilot’s cognitive burden and to provide the command swarms of unmanned aircraft.
BAE Systems FAST Labs Autonomy, Control, and Estimation group product line director Chris Eisenbies said: “Our mature autonomy technology, which is the basis of our offering for the A-Team programme, will greatly increase the warfighter’s ability to have a complete view of the battlespace and streamline decision making.
“Future conflicts will include manned and unmanned teaming and increased automation in highly contested environments, helping to enable mission success.”
The company will provide an automated system that will deliver situational awareness, information processing, resource management, and decision-making.
This is said to be important as the US Army looks to use unmanned aircraft mission teams, which are controlled in real-time by pilots.
The contracts awarded have a total value of $9m and will include orders for Human Machine Interface, Platform Resource Capability Management, and Situational Awareness Management parts of the programme.
The company’s FAST Labs research and development team and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems business area will use their expertise in autonomous technology.
Programme work will take place in the company’s Burlington, Massachusetts and San Diego facilities.