QinetiQ Group plc announced that its US business, QinetiQ North America (QNA), has been awarded a contract for the U.S. Army Route Clearance and Interrogation Systems (RCIS) Type 1 robotics programme.
The hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-fee, and fixed-price-incentive) contract, worth around $11 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located in Warren, Michigan.
Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) Type I detects, interrogates and neutralizes the full spectrum of Explosive Hazards (EH) while on the move and takes the Soldier out of the EH Kill Zone during Route Clearance Operations.
The RCIS Type I will provide the Army with a capability to optionally man, or operate in an semi-autonomous unmanned mode, the Army-legacy High Mobility Engineering Excavator (HMEE) Type I vehicle. In the unmanned mode, the RCIS Type I will be remotely controlled from an Operator Control Unit (OCU) located inside a Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle (MPCV).
This new capability will enable Soldiers to interrogate, classify and excavate deep-buried explosive hazards, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and caches in a wide range of road surfaces and soil conditions. This capability is designed to remove Soldiers, other route clearance vehicles and equipment from the blast effects of EH.