The U.S. Navy has awarded potential three-year contracts to business units of Cubic and Lockheed Martin to develop quantitative methods to assess and explore combined arms concepts for urban military operations.
Cubic’s defense applications business and Lockheed’s rotary and mission systems unit are two of the five selected contractors for a project that will revolve around human capacities, systems, plans, software architectures and novel game mechanics, the Defense Department said Friday.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific received nine offers for the cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts through a broad agency announcement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The potential value of Cubic’s contract would increase from a $7.7 million initial base value to $12.8 million if the Navy exercises all options.
Lockheed’s contract starts at $7.1 million and could reach $14.8 million if all options are exercised.
The Navy will obligate $600,000 to each contractor at the time of award from the service branch’s fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds.
DARPA unveiled the Prototype Resilient Operations Testbed for Expeditionary Urban Scenarios program last year with the goal to produce a software platform that will facilitate dynamic composition of battlefield elements within an urban environment.