Autonomous Navigation System (ANS)
General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) is responsible for the design, development, manufacture, integration, and testing of the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program. The ANS system is capable of autonomously controlling any of several vehicles designated by the Army, including the Multi-functional Utility Logistics Equipment (MULE) platform, the Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV), as well as Manned Ground Vehicles (MGVs).
ANS, a major subsystem in the BCTM manned combat system, will provide navigational, perception, path-planning and vehicle-following algorithms and the requisite onboard sensor package for autonomous mobility.
ANS field sensor and software solutions are based on autonomous mobility technology that GDRS has been developing for many years. The ANS system, the “brains” of the BCTM vehicles, will enable the Army’s vision of a lighter, faster, highly effective future force.
The $237M program continues to March 2013.
Program Sponsor: Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Lead Systems Integrator Boeing/SAIC