Navy Awards Unmanned Vehicle Contract to Train Pilots for Close Combat

The U.S. Navy has awarded Kairos Autonomi a $5.1 million hardware production and contract support contract. The contract has a one-year base and four option years that allow for additional production.

Kairos manufacturers the Pronto4 robotic system, which allows automobiles to drive themselves along a predefined path or lets someone remotely control the car. Navy pilots will fire on pick up trucks using the system during training exercises to engage upon realistic moving targets.

The vehicles will be used nationwide as part of the Navy’s fleet training requirements. With the award, Kairos will become the largest robotic manufacturer by volume of full-size unmanned ground vehicle systems in the world.

“This program provides immense value to the Navy and other service organizations, ” said Troy Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi. “The ability to have threat representative targets in training sharpens our aviation warfighter’s ability to remove threats effectively while minimizing collateral damage.”

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