DARPA: Better Situational Awareness Can Increase Survivability Of Armored Vehicles


One of the key goals of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles through crew augmentation.

Crew augmentation involves improved physical and electronically assisted situational awareness for crew and passengers. It also involves semi-autonomous driver assistance and automation of key crew functions similar to capabilities found in modern commercial airplane cockpits to reduce on board crew and training requirements.


DARPA requirements:

  1. A closed cockpit that would use visualization technologies to provide high-definition, wide-angle visibility of external conditions

  2. Path planning that would display optimal routes

  3. Sensors that would use a variety of technologies to visualize surroundings and identify and track allies and adversaries

  4. Terrain classification that would evaluate surroundings for optimal travel surfaces

  5. Autopilot capabilities that would automate routine driving tasks to enable drivers to focus on more strategic activities


Ground-based armored fighting vehicles and their occupants have traditionally relied on armor and maneuverability for protection. The amount of armor needed for today's threat environments, however, is becoming increasingly burdensome and ineffective against ever-improving weaponry.


GXV-T seeks to develop revolutionary technologies to enable a layered approach to protection that would use less armor more strategically and improve vehicles' ability to avoid detection, engagement and hits by adversaries. Such capabilities would enable smaller, faster vehicles in the future to more efficiently and cost-effectively tackle varied and unpredictable combat situations.

Tomorrow's technology, Today
Ex-Sight's FUSION System was designed to meet mission-related requirements without compromising driver's safety. The system is based on Dual Sensor technology providing day and thermal video monitoring in parallel. This ensures that the driver will reach his destination even through the night, or driving with a with a shattered windscreen. The system produces superior images in total darkness, through fog, dust and smoke. Installed on armoured vehicles, The FUSION System enables the driver to see clearly and retain situational awareness without being detected.

THe FUSION System can be easily integrated as part of Off-Road navigation system and advanced observation unit