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Army awards IAI a follow-on contract to develop an Open-Architecture Agent-Based Intelligent Control Framework for Robotic Counter-IED Operations.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are very effective weapons in asymmetric warfare and represent a major threat in current and future conflicts. Effective IED Defeat (IEDD) tools must be adaptive and flexible to counter IEDs. Unmanned ground robots are effective IEDD tools and have proved their effectiveness in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mobile robots help human operators in diagnosing, rendering safe and disposing off suspected IEDs from a safe distance. However, they are too expensive, lack truly reliable sensors to speedily and reliably identify IEDs, and do not support practical intelligent behaviors to expedite IEDD operations. To address these technological challenges, IAI and its collaborators, Geophex Ltd and Black-I Robotics Inc. have been awarded a follow-on contract entitled “Open-Architecture Agent-Based Intelligent Control Framework for Simulation and Executive of Robotic Counter-IED Operations.” A low-cost robotic IED defeat package called the SNIP (Sensing-and-Neutralizing-IEDs Package) will be developed to help small dismounted units to expedite their operations. The proposed SNIP system includes an Intelligent Behavior Engine with an integrated software framework that supports the development, simulation and control of intelligent behaviors. It has a mid-sized mobile robot platform equipped with various onboard navigation sensors and cameras, together with an OCU designed to provide efficient operator situational awareness. It also incorporates a state-of-the-art IED detection sensor, which will be enhanced during the current effort. Lastly, SNIP has an effective, low cost defeat mechanism and is envisioned to provide a high performance solution for IED detection and neutralization in a cost effective package.

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