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Army Looks to Equip Military Vehicles With 3D Map of the World

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The U.S. Army aims to incorporate a 3D map that contains terrain datasets into its future vehicles to serve as an alternative positioning, navigation and timing source for soldiers who operate in areas where GPS connectivity is limited or jammed, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

The military service is working with Maxar Technologies‘ Vricon subsidiary to develop the One World Terrain for use in training, simulation and multidomain operations under a potential $94.7 million other transaction agreement.

Joe Parsons, a member of the Army’s Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team, said the branch uses the OWT tool in preliminary Robotic Combat Vehicle experiments.

A QinetiQ North America-Pratt Miller alliance developed the RCV Light model and a Textron-Howe&Howe partnership built RCV Medium variant as part of separate OTAs awarded in 2020.

Brig. Gen. William Glaser, director of STE-CFT, told an audience at the Association of the United States Army’s event last week that the service is also examining the potential application of such capability to the Department of Defense’s Joint All Domain Command and Control strategy.

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