U.S. Army looks to nontraditional businesses to tackle challenges of sustainment of robotic combat vehicles

June 7, 2021
Army leaders know that robotic combat vehicles will play an important role in future ground operations to fight alongside manned combat vehicles.

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Army is tapping nontraditional businesses to tackle the challenge of future robotic combat vehicle (RCV) sustainment, say officials of the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) in Austin, Texas. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

7 June 2021 -- The AAL is choosing companies that can develop hardware and software around sensors to gather, fuse, and interpret robotic combat vehicle sustainment requirements to deliver actionable information to decision makers, Army officials say.

The Army has a history of neglecting sustainment when developing programs; experts instead try to solve how to manage systems after they are fielded. Army leaders are helping modernize the service by considering the entire life cycle into account to save cost and time.

The Army Applications Lab works with businesses that may not have much experience in the defense world but have technology with useful military applications like sustainment of robotic combat vehicles.

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