The money will be spent on updating an existing 6.5-ton unmanned ground vehicle, nicknamed Crusher, that uses a six-wheel drive and advanced processing to navigate difficult terrain.
"We are delighted that NREC will play a key role in showing how advanced autonomous vehicles work in future combat systems settings," said NREC director John Bares.
"Our goal will be to develop, integrate and test a high-performance unmanned ground vehicle with the most up-to-date mobility and autonomy technologies."
The NREC team will also further improve the vehicle's software to include manoeuvring capabilities in combat and integrate the vehicle into existing military organisations.
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