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The US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $20 million (€16.8 million) task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) development.

Alion has some of the greatest engineering and technology minds in industry partnering side-by-side with our customers to face challenging issues and create technologies, solutions and advancements in innovation to keep our nation ahead,” commented Eric Wright, Alion’s VP of the Integrated Solutions Operation within the Advanced Technology Group. “We are privileged to be working with the US Air Force Institute of Technology to achieve the goals of the ANT Center.”

The Center is a forward-looking research unit within AFIT, seeking to identify and solve tomorrow’s most challenging autonomy and navigation problems. The ANT Center’s goal is to develop navigation technology that ensures DoD operators can navigate anywhere, anytime, using anything and to improve DoD’s ability to conduct autonomous operations.

Alion will research, assess, analyse and develop the ANT Center’s research in autonomous and cooperative systems, non-Global Positioning System (GPS) precision navigation and robust Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) navigation/navigation warfare (NAVWAR). This effort supports AFIT’s mission to advance air, space and cyberspace power for the US and partners by conducting relevant defence-focused research to enhance technical graduate and continuing education, while supporting the development and evolution of navigation and autonomy technologies impacting weapon systems across DoD.

Further development of ANT will support the AFIT/ANT Center mission of enhancing DoD’s capability to conduct autonomous missions. (Photo: US DoD)

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