Raytheon working on GXV-T consoles
As part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) programme, Raytheon is developing new technologies to provide situational awareness to troops inside windowless armoured vehicles, the company announced on 10 October.
The programme aims to improve the survivability and mobility of armoured vehicles without adding more armour and weight. Technology development covers four related areas: signature management, crew augmentation, agility for survivability and mobility enhancement.
Raytheon's work falls into the crew augmentation portion. The interface technology uses LIDAR data to form a 3D environmental model, utilising high-definition video for detailed rendering of the environment. Additional sensors provide location tracking of incoming hostile fire and blue-force position updates to local friendly forces. The sensor data is presented in an intuitive interface to improve situational awareness and reduce crew workload.
David Diller, GXV-T program manager for Raytheon BBN, said: ‘Our team is developing a virtual experience that gives the crews of armoured military vehicles greater awareness of what's going on outside the vehicle, while also reducing their vulnerability to attack.
‘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.’
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