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BAE Wins Unmanned Ground Vehicle Deal (Oct. 17)



JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. --- BAE Systems Controls has been selected by Lockheed Martin to develop the Power Management System for the Lockheed Martin Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle, or UGCV.

Development of the compact, highly versatile vehicle could become an integral part of the Army's Future Combat System program. The UGCV program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The Power Management System, which incorporates a hybrid-electric drive subsystem, will consist of 10 modular Integrated Motor Controllers to manage the vehicle's several motor drives, a Modular Battery Management System to provide fault-tolerant energy storage, a redundant permanent-magnet generator driven by a modified COTS diesel engine, and a low-voltage bus power system for vehicle accessory and mission systems.

"As the leading provider of power management systems to the medium- and heavy-vehicle markets, we are very pleased to be a member of the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control team," said James Scanlon, president of BAE Systems Controls.

The company's HybriDrive propulsion system, used on city transit buses and demonstrated on military vehicles, offers significant improvements in fuel economy and provides on-board power generation to operate systems such as mission computers, audio sensors, infrared sensors, and TV cameras.

Measuring approximately 6 feet long, 30 inches wide, and 18 inches tall, the UCGV will ride on six motor-driven wheels, each mounted on a 360-degree articulating arm to handle rugged terrain in a variety of reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting missions. The diesel-driven generator will provide electric power to the wheel and arm motors and will charge the energy storage system.

"It is BAE Systems unique power management approach that allows the Lockheed Martin UGCV team to offer a vehicle with maximum capability in such a small package," Scanlon said.

BAE Systems is the leading provider of hybrid electric drive systems to the urban transit industry. Its HybriDrive propulsion system currently is in daily service on demonstration bus fleets in five U.S. cities and has been selected for use on 325 buses on order for MTA New York City Transit.

This technology, also demonstrated on a pair of Army tactical trucks, will provide the UGCV prototype with these benefits:

--Increased operating range compared to conventional diesel power, enabling the vehicle to operate 14-day missions on a single tank of fuel.

--Abundant on-board power to conduct surveillance and other military missions, including enough energy storage for 24-hour "silent watch" capability.

--The capability to be operated in a "silent drive" mode for limited periods solely under electric power, with the engine off, to reduce the vehicle's noise and heat signature.

BAE Systems Controls also has received a study contract from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control under a U.S. Office of Naval Research program for the proposed Marine Corps Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle. TUGV will provide an unmanned, tele-operated ground vehicle for remote combat tasks.

BAE Systems' effort will involve design and manufacture of TUGV's hybrid propulsion and power management systems.

BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including joint ventures, and has annual sales of around $18 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land, and space, with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in 29 states and Washington, D.C. The company is dedicated to solving its customers' needs with highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

BAE Systems Controls, an operating unit of BAE Systems North America, is a leading supplier and integrator of electronic flight and engine controls for defense and commercial aircraft and launch vehicle applications.

It also provides integrated avionics for aircraft applications and complete unmanned aerial vehicle systems and is a leader in electronic controls for the locomotive industry and the emerging heavy-duty hybrid-electric vehicle market. Controls operates facilities in Johnson City, New York; Santa Monica and Ontario, California; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Redmond, Washington.

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BAE To Provide Power Management Systems For UGCV