WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command announced the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Increment One approval for integration after a contract was awarded Aug. 31.
Increment One is the first of three increments that will be fielded. The program worked with industry to understand the integration technical challenges of a family of open architecture robots. The Navy leads this joint program area to develop explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robotics family of system products for all the services.
"AEODRS Increment One fills a key gap in capability for EOD robotic operations and is the first open architecture system joint EOD robot,"said Capt. Aaron Peters, program manager, NAVSEA Expeditionary Missions Programs. "The capability production document approving requirement for system was signed in March 2014."
The interoperable approach is based on a government-owned common architecture that utilizes common physical, electrical, and logical interfaces. This enables the creation of a family of unmanned ground vehicle systems with a high degree interoperability and inter-changeability to enable rapid integration of new technologies across the three AEODRS EOD robots. The modular open systems architecture also enables industry independent research and development to provide innovative technology to the program.
"The prime systems integrator approach allows for the best of both worlds, leveraging Northrop Grumman's systems integration expertise to bring together multiple small business modules leveraging their innovative ideas," said Rear Adm. Tom Kearney, director, Acquisition and Commonality. "With a family of systems approach, commonality can be instituted across all increments from program start to provide potential cost and schedule savings"
The AEODRS program is managed by PMS408 Expeditionary Missions Program Office as part of the Naval Sea Systems Command's Directorate for Acquisition and Commonality. The directorate brings together personnel dedicated to bridging communication gaps between government and industry, in order to enable cost and variance reductions throughout the acquisition life cycle. The directorate also provides leadership support to expeditionary missions, and the explosive ordnance disposal and special warfare communities.
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