U.S. Army Announces Small Business-Targeted Contract Awards for Ground Vehicle Technologies
Story by Douglas Halleaux
DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — U.S. Army researchers in early Fiscal Year 2020 selected a handful of proposals for funding through its Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) and Small Business Innovation Fund (SBIR) efforts, targeting technology advancements in vehicle protection, survivability, and maneuverability, vehicle-based fuel cells, and autonomy.
The announcement comes from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), the Army’s Research, Development and Technology Integration hub for its combat and tactical vehicles.
Pratt & Miller (New Hudson, Michigan) was selected through the RIF for advances in Fuel Cell Mission Extension for Trackless Moving Targets-Vehicle (TMT-V).
RIF is a program that is designed to meet an operational or national security needs through accelerating or enhancing military capability and stimulate innovative technologies. RIF, as a program, is designed to reduce acquisition and life cycle costs while improving timeliness and thoroughness of test & evaluation outcomes.
RIF contracts are typically no longer than two years and don’t exceed $3 Million. The terms of this RIF contract are negotiated after initial selection.