Military Embedded Systems

Manned-unmanned teaming capabilities in development with BAE Systems

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November 04, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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ARLINGTON, Va. BAE Systems announced it has won multiple contracts from the U.S. Army to develop technologies for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team). BAE Systems won contracts for three of the program’s four focus areas, designed to advance manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.

According to officials, the U.S. Army developed the A-Team program to create an automated system to offload the cognitive burden of pilots while enabling them to command swarms of unmanned aircraft.

BAE Systems was selected to deliver a highly automated system to provide situational awareness, information processing, resource management, and decision making that is beyond human capabilities. These advancements come on the heels of the Army's moves toward mission teams of unmanned aircraft that will be controlled by pilots in real time.

The contracts total $9 million and include awards for the Human Machine Interface, Platform Resource Capability Management, and Situational Awareness Management elements of the program.

The program will aim to leverage the Future Open Rotorcraft Cockpit Environment Lab to conduct simulation tests and demonstrations with products from different contractors in consideration of transition to the FVL program.