General Dynamics Successfully Completes Future Combat Systems Phase I Robotic Convoy Experiment

WESTMINSTER, Md., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Robotic Systems…

WESTMINSTER, Md., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Robotic Systems successfully completed Phase I of the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Robotic Convoy Experiment (RCX) at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned Stryker vehicle reached speeds up to 55 kilometers per hour (34 mph). General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Michigan), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

As part of the company’s Autonomous Navigation System contract with the U.S. Army, the Phase I experiment is designed to test basic robotic convoy functionality and accuracy with obstacle detection and avoidance technology.

The test vehicles were a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV).

“We received positive results from our team at White Sands,” said Phil Cory, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems. “The current preparations position us for a successful Phase II experiment in July 2008.”

Stryker, LMTV and Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTV) are expected to be used during Phase II testing.

The robotic experiment is being funded under a contract to develop the Autonomous Navigation System for FCS. General Dynamics was awarded the task order because of its technology development on previous robotic convoy experiments and demonstrations.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 83,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at http://www.generaldynamics.com.

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