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U.S. Army TARDEC and Lockheed Martin Complete New Tests of Autonomous Mobility Applique System

June 17, 2014

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed new tests validating the ability of driverless military- truck convoys to operate successfully and safely in a variety of environments.

In a media release, the groups said that the second series of demonstrations of the Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS) Capabilities Advancement Demonstration (CAD-2) tests were conducted at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Lockheed Martin said that in the CAD-2 demonstration, AMAS completed a series of fully autonomous convoy tests involving a completely unmanned leader vehicle followed by a convoy of up to six additional follower vehicles (also fully autonomous) operating at speeds as high as 40 mph.

The tests doubled the length and speed of convoys previously demonstrated under the program.

Vehicles used in the CAD-2 demonstration included one Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck, one Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) vehicle, two Palletized Load System trucks, two M915 Line-Haul Tractors and one Heavy Equipment Transport.

"I would describe these tests as a successful demonstration of the maturing capabilities of AMAS technology," said David Simon, AMAS program manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We will conduct further safety testing within the next month, and the program will execute a six-week Operational Demonstration in the July-August timeframe, during which time Soldiers and Marines will assess the system benefits in realistic convoy operations."

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company.

More information and complete details:

www.lockheedmartin.com

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