BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have added iRobot Corp. to their Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) team in their bid for the U.S. Army’s GCV competition. iRobot will serve as the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) integrator and enhance the capability to detect pedestrians and obstacles of interest, with growth toward autonomous driving capability for the GCV. iRobot also will be responsible for integration of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team modernization program Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) robotic platform so it can be operated from inside the GCV. “The addition of iRobot to our team strengthens and promotes the unmanned components of the GCV program,” said Mark Signorelli, BAE Systems Vice President and General Manager of Ground Combat Vehicle. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the team. The GCV program is a development effort headed by the Army to develop the next-generation Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The first prototype vehicle is expected in 2015, with plans for the first production variant in 2017.