ARA Highlights Modular Mission Payload Integration at NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) introduced an exciting advancement for autonomous solutions, previewing their autonomously equipped ground system during the National Defense Industrial Association’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference this week. The tracked platform, shown with payloads for mobility and countermobility operations, is designed with a common deck system to offer modular mission payloads.

ARA’s platform is built upon a ruggedized, flat deck, rubber-tracked platform. The power plant is a diesel/electric hybrid to meet the Army’s needs for operating in theaters with contested logistics, offering sustainability, decreased noise level, and power offload. The platform also meets the Army’s requirements for the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) Increment (Inc) II.

ARA’s Otonos will serve as the autonomy and robotic architecture. Since the 1990s, ARA has been making some of the world’s most dangerous jobs safer through advances in tele-operation and automation. Otonos is ARA’s fourth generation robotics and autonomy architecture for offroad vehicles and equipment. 

“We are clear on the Army’s vision and understand the importance of delivering a dynamic platform for an ever-changing world,” said ARA Business Development Director Col. John Hall, USA (Ret.). “We know now, more than ever, warfighters need systems that offer modularity and sustainability in contested environments. Thanks to modular open systems architecture for payloads, soldiers will be able to leverage the platform for a wide range of mission sets.”

About ARA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and innovative solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 2,000 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.