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DRS, ASI to develop route clearance bots

30th May 2016 - 15:29 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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DRS Technologies and Autonomous Solutions (ASI) have signed a strategic teaming agreement to develop automated route clearance vehicle solutions for the US military, DRS announced on 27 May.

The two companies will start working on the US Army's Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) Type I programme that involves automating the High Mobility Engineering Excavator (HMEE) platform.

The RCIS programme aims to provide an option to the army to remotely operate the legacy HMEE Type I as an unmanned ground vehicle. In the unmanned mode, an operator in a separate control vehicle will wireless control the RCIS Type I.

Joseph Matteoni, vice president and general manager, DRS Sustainment Systems, said: 'We are very excited to work with ASI to offer our customer automated solutions that increase safety by eliminating the need for soldiers to man systems on the battlefield in route-clearance missions.

'Leveraging ASI's proven technology will allow DRS to provide rapid, reliable, and cost-effective solutions to the warfighter while continuing our legacy of meeting the challenging needs of our customers.'

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