The Army has released a Request for Project Proposal (RFPP) through the Sensors, Communications, and Electronics Consortium (SCEC) for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Sensors prototype effort.
The Army is developing the NGCV, which provides combat vehicle overmatch in close combat against the pacing threat. In support of NGCV, CERDEC NVESD requires development, automation, integration, testing, and demonstration of various intelligent sensor prototypes to provide improved situational awareness, threat detection, targeting, and target hand-off capabilities. Different sensor types are required to provide these capabilities and must demonstrate interoperability within a surrogate vehicle system for a proof of concept system of systems demonstration.
The Army’s NGCV requires multiple intelligent sensor systems working together, mounted on a surrogate vehicle, that are ruggedized and interoperable using a common architecture for static and on-the-move applications. A teaming arrangement of vendors is expected to design and develop intelligent sensor prototypes that provide enhanced capabilities as part of a combined arms team in the future operating environment. It is anticipated that each intelligent sensor technology prototype capability will be developed independently with compatibility and synchronization performed by an Intelligent Sensor Integrator to insure interoperability. One of the high level objectives of the program is to develop improved sensors, with automated capabilities to reduce workload and improve detection of threats, at an accelerated pace compared to conventional acquisition timelines. CERDEC NVESD requires design and development of prototypes (as identified in Attachment 0001- SOO) that demonstrate advanced sensor suites, algorithms and processing and will be integrated first in a laboratory environment and followed by integration on up to three (3) manned and up to three (3) unmanned vehicles.