Armaments Research Company (ARC) has received a $15 million contract to continue developing a scalable training capability for US Air Force ground personnel.
The award is part of an AFWERX Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) for ARC to provide a human-machine teaming solution to optimize airman training.
The project seeks to fuse data from miniaturized artificial intelligence-enabled computing sensors integrated with other battlefield data sources, such as unmanned autonomous systems.
Insights gathered from this setup will be consolidated and relayed in near real-time to develop customized training approaches.
ARC began working on the four-year project with the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
The resulting solutions will be utilized for US joint military services and other allies.
“We’re thrilled to announce our STRATFI program selection and are eager to take the next step toward transitioning this capability for operational use. We’re confident it will bring tremendous value to AFSOC training,” ARC CEO Michael Canty stated.
“The STRATFI program uniquely empowers motivated non-traditional defense companies and Air Force units seeking disruptive solutions to modernize the force; we couldn’t be prouder to roll up our sleeves alongside our AFSOC partners to drive impact.”
Maintenance System for US Marines
Last year, ARC was awarded a separate contract to expand the conditions-based maintenance platform for the US Marine Corps’ crew-served weapons.
The agreement saw the company integrate its flagship solution with the service’s enterprise maintenance system data to obtain greater insights, enable a seamless user experience, and administer resilient system security.
The contract is part of a larger project to develop turnkey predictive maintenance software that enables marines to anticipate, plan, and select proactive repair scenarios, even before they occur.
“The USMC has consistently expressed its desire for an integrated maintenance solution rather than an application end users must manage separately,” Canty said during the contract announcement.
“This project represents a meaningful step toward building this weapons maintenance capability into end users’ natural sustainment rhythm.”