The US. Army recently announced the full list of companies selected for Phase I contracts through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. UAT was awarded a Phase I contract by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) for a proposal focused on Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) Dual-Use Technologies applicable to Army modernization priority areas.
The Phase I award will support additional development to deploy Augmented Reality for advanced aircraft electrical wiring maintenance, VR training, and simulations. This is important because there is an increase in operational efficiency, safety and training over the past few years. The skills used to maintain, repair, and operate electrical wiring are transferable across many industries. While initial adoption of our AR technologies are in rotorcraft, it has seen incredible interest from leaders across the aviation, automotive, naval, and aerospace industries, especially from those looking to reduce margin of human error, save time and lower costs associated with MRO.
The SBIR program is a highly competitive three-phase effort that supports scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical priorities and further commercialization of products and services resulting from either a Phase I or Phase II contract.
The Army’s SBIR program is an important example of how small businesses can partner with the government to accelerate crucial technological development and to support future modernization programs.
We are very proud to have been selected for this SBIR award, and we look forward to working with the Department of Defense. During this Phase I deliveries, BAE Systems and I3 Corps are collaborating with UAT to develop working prototypes, which will be evaluated against key metrics to assess performance and accuracy of the units.