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DARPA selects Raytheon to provide crew-augmented technology for GXV-T program

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October 12, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

DARPA selects Raytheon to provide crew-augmented technology for GXV-T program

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials tasked Raytheon BBN Technologies ? a subsidiary of Raytheon Co. ? to develop crew-augmenting technology that will provide situational awareness to troops inside windowless armored vehicles, as part of the agency?s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program.

"Our team is developing a virtual experience that gives the crews of armored military vehicles greater awareness of what's going on outside the vehicle, while also reducing their vulnerability to attack," says David Diller, GXV-T program manager for Raytheon BBN. "We're creating a three-dimensional model of the environment in real time that gives users views of their outside environment that would not normally be possible from inside the vehicle."

The technology uses lidar data to create a 3-D model of the environment, employing high-definition video to render a visual representation of the surroundings. Additional sensors provide the location of incoming hostile fire, while blue-force position locates friendly forces.

GXV-T aims to improve mobility and survivability of armored vehicles without adding more armor and weight. DARPA is funding advanced technology development in four related areas: mobility enhancement, agility for survivability, crew augmentation, and signature management.

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