FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Army Awards Contract to Develop Prototype Sensors
For Drones Used in Training Exercises
Agreement Seeks to Operationalize Army’s
LTE Networks in California and Louisiana
(Arlington, VA – July XX, 2018) The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) and the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) today announced the U.S. Army had awarded Inter-Coastal Electronics, Inc. of MESA, AZ, a $365,914 agreement to develop a prototype miniature, network-based, position location device for small, unmanned aircraft system platforms used during live, force-on-force training exercise at the Army’s National Training Centers.
“Currently, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) cannot be tracked and are unable to provide feedback during live training exercises at the Army’s National Training Centers,” said Tim Greeff, chief executive officer of NSTXL. “Under terms of the agreement, the initial prototype effort will be designed to determine how to best use the National Training Centers’ new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network infrastructure capability through the assessment of current commercial industry tracking devices. The goal of this effort is to integrate the devices onto the micro-UAS platforms in use at the Army’s National Training Centers.”
Two of the Army’s National Training Centers (the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana) have or soon will have a LTE-based instrumentation network. The LTE network will allow the integration of commercial items, such as Edge and Global Positioning System devices. Current telemetry devices are too large and heavy of small UAS platforms to carry.
The prototype project will develop a miniature position location device that will communicate across the existing National Training Centers LTE network. The project will also allow these UAS to communicate with the training centers’ instrumentation systems and provide feedback during the After-Action Reviews at the end of training exercises. This solution will help improve the training of our troops”
Inter-Coastal Electronics will deliver the prototype, through the TReX Other Transaction Agreement, to the Army by July, 2019.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military.