SAIC to deliver technology demonstrator recce vehicle to U.S. Marine Corps

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) won a contract valued at $20.5 million, if all options are exercised, to deliver an advanced, high-technology Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle technology demonstrator for the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Marine Corps.

SAIC to deliver technology demonstrator recce vehicle to U.S. Marine Corps
Terrex 2, SAIC’s ACV 1.1 vehicle, completes swim test in Charleston, South Carolina. (Picture source: SAIC)

SAIC’s advanced technology demonstrator will be designed to push the envelope in terms of combat capabilities. SAIC’s "at the edge" variant will "fight for information" by balancing competing capability demands to sense, shoot, move and communicate while remaining transportable as part of the Naval expeditionary force. Some of the capabilities will include self-healing, cyber-secure power and information distribution architectures; an integrated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capability; and modular electronics packages to enable plug and play, multi-mission options including integration with robotics and artificial intelligence.

The ARV advanced technology demonstrator will also have robust cross-country and water mobility. It will have both passive and active force protection and a drive-by-wire capability. The SAIC demonstrator will also deliver direct fires, both kinetic and non-kinetic (e.g., electronic and/or cyber) fires. In short, it will show the full spectrum of possible, 5th generation/21st-Century warfighting survivability and capability. The vehicle is to be delivered in October 2020.


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