The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Michigan Chapter today announced the itinerary for the ninth annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS) and the Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (ABPI).
The industry-government-academia event will feature more than 1,000 executives, program managers, engineers, and other decision makers who will discuss and address manned and unmanned systems.
The three-day event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, which runs today through Thursday, will focus on five main categories: autonomous ground systems; modeling and simulation, testing and validation; power and mobility; systems engineering; and vehicle electronics and architecture.
Military leaders who are featured as keynote speakers include General Gustave Perna, Brigadier General David Komar, and Secretary of Defense Principle Director for Research Dale Ormond.
Estonian defense solutions provider Milrem is one company looking to network with developers, seeking a U.S. production deal for their unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), the Titan.
A joint product with QinetiQ North America, the Titan features several industry-first features such as the first fully modular hybrid ground vehicle THeMIS from Milrem, the Tactical Robot Controller, and Robotic Appliqué Kit.
“Milrem has been looking for potential manufacturing partners in the U.S. for some time now,” says Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem. “Since our first-of-its-kind unmanned ground vehicle Titan has been accepted to phase one of the U.S. Army’s testing program SMET the activities have been accelerated.”
While the Titan’s main purpose is to provide support for dismounted troops, the vehicle can be used to carry small and large caliber weapon stations and serve as an explosive ordinance detection and disposal unit.
“The need to support warfighters with smart unmanned systems is increasing,” adds Vaarsi. “Milrem’s UGV may be used on the battlefield in various roles while keeping life cycle management and logistics costs to a minimum.”