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10 Small Business Innovators Named for US Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle Cohort

A new Army cohort aims to identify technologies that will enable Robotic Combat Vehicles to stay operational in the field while reducing the mental and physical workload for Soldiers. Ten small technology firms from across the country will join the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Sustainment Cohort in support of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team (NGCV CFT) and PM Maneuver Combat Systems (MCS). The cohort is run by the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL), the innovation arm of U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC).

The RCV Cohort is part of AAL’s Special Program Awards for Required Technology Needs (SPARTN), which makes…

A New Opportunity Through the U.S. Army SPARTN Program

Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCVs) reduce the risk to Soldiers and deliver advantages during conflict. But the U.S. Army can only retain these advantages if RCVs can stay in the fight.

As part of modernization efforts, the Army wants to implement smart-sensor capabilities to help sustain these platforms. From remote troubleshooting, to predictive maintenance, to the ability to anticipate resupply, these capabilities will be critical to the future ground force.

Capabilities like these are maturing in the commercial market. That’s why AAL is partnering with the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team and PM Maneuver Combat Systems…

AFC Commander GEN Murray to discuss success of model on April 30

Austin startup Apptronik has created a robotic arm resulting from an innovative project model to increase how fast artillery pieces fire and are resupplied. The company will demonstrate the potentially game-changing arm on April 30 at its Stonehollow Drive facility.

Austin-based Army Applications Laboratory (AAL), a subordinate organization of Army Futures Command (AFC), ran the Army’s first-ever cohort program for solution development, from which Apptronik was selected to continue development of its prototype. The cohort brought six tech companies together to solve one of the service’s highest-priority problems…

Six companies have been selected for the U.S. Army’s Power Transfer Cohort, in support of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), in collaboration with the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) and Alion Science and Technology. Sourced from across the country, the selected companies represent a range of technologies and expertise — all aimed at identifying and exploring technologies that will help power the Army’s move to electric vehicles (EVs) and allow the Army to use electric power in remote locations.

The Cohort Program connects qualified companies that may not typically work…

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