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NEWS | March 26, 2015

Advance EOD Robotic System Team Receives Defense Standardization Award

By NSWC IHEODTD Public Affairs

WASHINGTON - Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's (NSWC IHEODTD) Advance EOD Robotic System (AEODRS) team received a 2014 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Achievement award during a ceremony held at the Pentagon, March 25.


The award recognizes individuals and teams that have made significant improvements in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction and interoperability through standardization. The AEODRS team - the only Navy recipient - earned recognition for developing and defining a Modular Open Systems Architecture for the next generation family of EOD unmanned ground vehicles.


"The five AEODRS team members composed 36 new interface documents and performance specifications for the 18 unique modules that form AEODRS Increment 2 and 3 systems," said Michael Del Signore, EOD robotics branch manager. "In total, the team completed 59 documents defining AEODRS common architecture.  The developed documentation package represents the baseline, fully supports the AEODRS open architecture acquisition strategy and provides critical technical data to support major program milestone decisions."


Successful completion of the documents required extensive systems engineering and analysis to allocate requirements and define interfaces for all modules within the AEODRS family of systems, while ensuring system level requirements were maintained. Through the adoption of this modular, open architecture approach, emergent technologies from potential sources will be able to be readily integrated on fielded AEODRS systems, improving the overall capability of EOD warfighters.


"The men and women of NSWC IHEODTD understand how important our mission is and, across the spectrum, are constant in their efforts to provide warfighters the capabilities they need.  We're extremely proud of this team," said, Capt. Vincent Martinez, NSWC commanding officer.


NSWC IHEODTD - a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Enterprise - is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions.   The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.