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23 Aug 05. Army Gears Up To Use Northrop Robot. Hoping to reduce human casualties in Iraq, the Army is preparing to use unmanned robotic ground vehicles built by Northrop Grumman for surveillance and border-security missions, the company said. The robot, known as the Tactical Amphibious Ground Support vehicle, weighs 3,400 pounds, can reach a speed of 25 miles per hour and is about the size of a compact car, with a flatbed top and tank-like treads that can be interchanged with tires. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

22 Aug 05. Canadian Military Puts NBC Robot to Work. The Canadian Forces has developed a low-cost robot to detect nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) agents, and which can be used in missions ranging from patrolling high-value installations to determining the extent of contamination in a particular area. Two of the robots are being put through their paces by the military’s Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company. Another two will be delivered in October, bringing to four the number of operational robots the Canadian Forces will have available. A fifth will be delivered to Defence Research and Development Canada’s (DRDC’s) laboratories in Suffield, Alberta, so scientists there can improve the system. DRDC, the military’s science and research agency, designed and developed the robot, dubbed the MultiAgent Tactical Sentry (MATS). (source: defense News/DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA)

22 Aug 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected as the lead system integrator for unmanned ground vehicles under the U.S. Army’s Family of Integrated Rapid Response Equipment (FIRRE) program. FIRRE is intended to provide the warfighter with a variety of modular force protection equipment
including unmanned air, ground and undersea platforms for sensors,
weapons and support or logistics equipment. Utilizing these unmanned platforms to perform tasks currently accomplished by troops, such as perimeter security, helps keep military personnel and supporting civilians out of harm’s way, while also serving as a force multiplier by allowing these same troops to focus
their time and effort on other strategic and tactical tasks. Northrop Grumman’s Remotec, Inc. subsidiary will provide its Tactical Amphibious Ground Support (TAGS) vehicle as the main unmanned ground platform to the FIRRE program. About the size and weight of a compact car, TAGS can be manually controlled, but also uses differential, satellite GPS and waypoint navigation to travel autonomously between set points along a predetermined path. Autonomous guidance requires a local navigation station. The vehicle uses onboard sensors for obstacle detection. Applied Perception, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the autonomous navigation system subcontractor to Northrop Grumman for TAGS. If the TAGS vehicle is unable to find the way around an obstacle, the vehicle requests manual assistance from operators at the navigation station.

22 Aug 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled today its BQM-74F which is the U.S. Navy’s next-generation subsonic aerial target that can fly longer distances at much higher speeds and with increased maneuverability than before.
Aerial targets are the Navy’s most realistic means of training sailors and airmen against airborne threats and testing an array of weapon systems. The BQM-74F is an upgrade over the E version, which has been in production for the Navy since 1966.

23 Aug 05. Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced that Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., was one of three companies awarded a multi-million dollar contract by The Boeing Company, LSI for the U.S. Army’s FCS program, for phase one of the Class III UAV development and demonstration under the FCS program. The value of Teledyne’s phase one contract is $3.7m. Teledyne Brown’s UAV, “Prospector”, will be evaluated on Class III critical performance requirements. Prospector is a proven, reliable and flexible UAV system that currently meets most of the Class III

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