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Lockheed to support TARDEC’s ExLF programme

1st August 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has been selected as the integrated systems developer for the US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) Expedient Leader Follower (ExLF) programme, the company announced on 30 July.  

In support of the programme, Lockheed Martin will lead a three-year effort to develop, integrate and test unmanned prototype systems. Soldiers will conduct operational technology demonstrations using the prototypes developed in the ExLF programme to establish operating procedures and shape future programmes of record.

Soldiers conduct resupply convoys within an asymmetric threat environment compounded by long sustainment missions, adverse weather/environment and night operations. These conditions adversely impact operator safety, degrade driver/operator situational awareness and reduce resupply efficiency.   

Gaylia Campbell, VP of Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: ‘The Expedient Leader Follower effort will equip a number of existing military ground vehicles with scalable robotic technology through the integration of modular kits, common interfaces and an open architecture to increase operator safety, improve situational awareness and increase resupply efficiency.’

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