Raj Shah, head of the Defense Department‘s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, has said DIUx expects to transition some of the 25 prototype projects to operational use by service branches over the next two months, Defense News reported Tuesday.
“Some of the earlier [projects] are getting closer to validation of the prototypes, and we’ll have a lot more to say about that in the next two months when they transition,” he told reporters Monday.
Aaron Mehta writes DIUx has awarded 25 contracts worth approximately $48.4 million combined as of March, a figure that represents a $12.3 million increase since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.
Some of DIUx’s prototype projects include a Sensofusion-built anti-drone weapon system for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization and U.S. Marine Corps’ warfighting laboratory, Orbital Insight’s analytics development project for DoD and Shield AI’s mapping software for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command’s unmanned system, the report added.