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The SXCT program seeks to make small units of
Army and U.S. Marine Corps infantry warfighters
more effective and deadly using existing weapons and
This award moves the SXCT program to the prototyping phase. Lockheed Martin has been working on the
program since fall 2015, and was involved in the first
and second phases of the project.
Also working on the SXCT program’s first phase
were Helios Remote Sensing Systems in Utica, N.Y.;
Kitware Inc. in Clifton Park, N.Y.; Leidos in Reston,
Va.; the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology
Laboratories in Cherry Hill, N.J.; the Raytheon Co.
Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz.; Scientific
Systems Co. Inc. in Woburn, Mass.; Six3 systems Inc.
in McLean, Va.; Soar Tech in Orlando, Fla.; and SRI
International in Menlo Park, Calif.
U.S. infantry rifle squads today lack 21st century
combat power, DARPA official explain. They do not
have the ability to switch from offensive and defensive
operations to stability operations and back again, which
can produce a high number of casualties.
With these disadvantages, today’s infantry war-fighter faces an adversary that on its own terrain has
ubiquitous communications, hides in the terrain or
culture, and follows different rules of engagement. The
result is that U.S. military squads have less situational
awareness than their adversaries, with sensing limited
by line of sight and narrow fields of view.
To rectify these problems, the DARPA SXCT program seeks to develop capabilities that enhance the
dismounted rifle squad’s situational awareness, as well
as to build the rifle squad’s combat power to adapt to a
broad range of military operations.
The SXCT program has four technology thrusts: precision engagement, non-kinetic engagement, squad sensing, and squad autonomy. Precision engagement seeks
to enable the rifle squad to engage threats precisely out
to 1,000 meters while maintaining compatibility with
infantry weapon systems and human factors limitations.
DARPA wants to develop technologies that help
enable the rifle squad to engage known-but-unseen
threats with new kinds of guided weapons that are compatible with current squad equipment like the M203/
M320 grenade launchers or the Picatinny Rail system.
Researchers particularly are interested in a
micro-missile or advanced 40-millimeter grenade that
can engage unseen targets with precision using the
networked squad, small unmanned vehicles, data-fu-
sion-enabled shared situational awareness.
Non-kinetic engagement seeks to enable the rifle
squad to disrupt enemy command, control, and communications with capabilities like electronic warfare,
Lockheed Martin is designing prototypes to enhance infantry squad
situational awareness, networked communications, and data sharing.