C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US Army begins the hunt for a spectrum of new robotic systems

31 March 2017

The US Army is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in April or May for the Common Robotic Systems (CRS) - Individual (I).

"The CRS-I will provide the dismounted warfighter with the capability to conduct lower level reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; remotely perform chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection; conduct explosive obstacle counter measure operations; and conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations from a standoff distance," the US Army's solicitation announced.

The system is designed to be quickly reconfigured for various missions by adding/removing modules and/or payloads.

The army is expecting to make an award in early fiscal year (FY) 2018, with Milestone C planned for 2020 and an initial operational capability in 2022.

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