Oshkosh awarded Army research deal

Jan. 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

OSHKOSH, Wis., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has signed a research agreement with Oshkosh Defense to further develop unmanned ground vehicle technologies.

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh signed the deal with the Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. As part of the three-year Cooperative Research and Development agreement, Oshkosh will support the development of unmanned ground vehicles operating in convoy missions.

Officials say the Army-Oshkosh collaboration is part of an initiative to integrate Oshkosh's unmanned TerraMax vehicle with Convoy Active Safety Technologies, a system designed to enable safe autonomous convoy vehicle operation.

"Oshkosh Defense has a long history of developing military vehicle technology and building trucks that help protect U.S. servicemen and -women," Thom Mathes, TARDEC executive director of product development, said in a statement.

"This commitment and knowledge will help TARDEC increase the overall system effectiveness of the unmanned vehicle program so our soldiers can effectively and safely conduct specified military missions."

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