Primordial Secures 1.7 Million in Army Funding

Primordial announced today that it secured $1.7 million in United States (US) Army funding.  Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance®, has been getting the attention of the US Army.  Primordial received two separate contracts from Movement Tracking System (MTS) and Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) as well as additional funding from the Army’s Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP).  Steve Hersman, Primordial’s vice president of marketing for defense stated, “These wins will enable us to transition Ground Guidance’s on- and off-road route planning capability from the research and development domain to large-scale operational fielding.”

Primordial is a leader in off-road navigation software. Its flagship product, Ground Guidance, is patented software that plan a fast or concealed route through on- or off-road terrain.  The purpose of the CPP is to accelerate the transition of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technologies to Phase III, especially into systems being developed, acquired and maintained for the warfighter.  Primordial’s technology is one of 25 identified by the Army (among the Army’s 500 SBIR phase II projects) as most strongly supporting the CPP mission goals of: 1) addressing high priority Army needs, 2) exhibiting potential for accelerated transition, and 3) offering high commercialization potential.  Primordial will receive assistance in integrating Ground Guidance with the Land Warrior Advanced Mission Data Support Equipment (AMDSE) and Land Warrior Laptop (LWL).  Land Warrior is a soldier system comprised of a wearable computer and head-mounted display currently fielded in Afghanistan.  General Dynamics is the prime for the Land Warrior contract.  Later this year, Primordial will field Ground Guidance with the Land Warrior to the US Special Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). 

Primordial’s CPP statement of work (SOW) has Ground Guidance integrating with the Ground Soldier System (GSS), the program of record (POR) replacing the Land Warrior.  Primordial’s MTS contract will benefit logistical vehicles that use this widely deployed logistics tracking and communication system.  Primordial completed a previous research and development (R&D) contract with Product Manager (PM) MTS to develop routing algorithms for logistical vehicles such as those that prefer main supply routes (MSRs) and alternate supply routes (ASRs).  Primordial’s new procurement contract is to integrate Ground Guidance with MTS and perform an initial fielding.

 “Primordial has an opportunity to move into new territory with its recent contract with CECOM’s unmanned systems group”, stated Randy Milbert, president and founder of Primordial.  Ground Guidance will plan fast and concealed routes for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) using Buckeye light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data from the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC).  Ground Guidance will also assist unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with planning routes that maximize visibility to a friendly or adversary ground vehicle navigating in an urban area.  The software will also plan ground and aerial routes that minimize the risk of audible detection by the target.  Nicholas Lynch from the Army’s Command and Control Directorate (C2D), Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, states, “Ground Guidance’s route planning and intervisibility analysis algorithms will enable pairing of aerial and ground assets in novel ways that will benefit warfighters.  We look forward to working with Primordial.”

 About Primordial

Primordial is a private company located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Incorporated in May 2002, Primordial is the leader in off-road navigation software. The company has successfully executed contracts with the United States Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), United States Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM), United States Army Movement Tracking System (MTS), and United States Marine Corps (USMC).  For more information, visit