Grip Tab Active Controllers

Arlington, VA

Advanced Technology International has issued a $2.67 million contract to AeroVironment for the production of its Tomahawk Grip Tab Active (Grip TA) controllers, that will be managed by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL). This contract supports the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030 and other Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives of enhancing lethality and mission success across the warfighting functions.

Under the contract, AeroVironment will deliver prototype controllers and supporting test kits, allowing evaluation of the technology’s capabilities for future operations. The company’s RAID System provides a large screen and ensures current and future cyber, safety, and fire control requirements are met. The controllers will be part of the larger Kinesis Ecosystem that already includes 20+ robotic systems, various input devices, and numerous AI-enhanced capabilities. This ecosystem uniquely enables multi-domain, many-to-many UxV operation through a single user interface, all while reducing the physical and cognitive burdens placed on the operator.

“AeroVironment is excited to deliver these systems to the DoD,” said Scott Bowman, Tomahawk Robotics Product Line Manager at AeroVironment. “The tablet-based Grip Tab Active Controller will provide a larger viewing area and dedicated safety functions to operate large vehicles and weapon systems, all while maintaining the low-profile, ruggedized design our customers have come to expect from the Tomahawk product line. This controller will improve operator efficiency and unlock new use cases such as fire control and sensor-to-shooter.”

This contract extends the ongoing work between the Tomahawk Robotics product line and the DoD to provide a common controller for DoD’s tactical robotic systems.

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