Primordial Awarded $462,924 Contract to Integrate Ground Guidance® software with XPlan — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
September 4, 2013

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Primordial’s Ground Guidance® software provides on- and off-road routing for mounted and dismounted soldiers, accounting for terrain, weather, enemy activity, and equipment load

Saint Paul, MN – September 4, 2013 – Primordial today announced that it has secured a $462,924 contract through the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) for integrating its best-in-class Ground Guidance® off-road routing software with XPlan.

XPlan, a successor to PFPS, is a next generation mission planning platform. Currently, there are more than 14,000 fielded laptops running PFPS. Integrating Ground Guidance with XPlan will provide automatic off-road route planning and terrain analysis capabilities to its customers, allowing soldiers to plan fast and concealed on- and off-road routes before and during missions.
“We’re bringing state of the art tools to the tactical level,” says Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Briggman, US Army Product Manager. “Integrating Ground Guidance with platforms like XPlan provides greater autonomy to small units while increasing their ability to adapt to changing battlefield conditions.”

Ground Guidance provides a suite of mission planning and routing capabilities, including fast and concealed routes, multi-modal routing for mounted and dismounted solders, visibility and vulnerability analysis, alternate and randomized routes, chokepoint and ambush location detection, and load analysis. Military small unit leaders face complex tradeoffs when selecting equipment and routes. Ground Guidance provides decision and planning tools to optimize mission efficiency and safety.

“The integration of Ground Guidance into XPlan provides soldiers unprecedented routing capabilities within the latest mission planning tools,” says Randy Milbert, president of Primordial. “Our software provides soldiers with a tactical advantage for operating in both familiar and unfamiliar terrain.”

Primordial began this effort in June 2013 as one of several integration efforts to provide Ground Guidance capabilities to individual soldiers and small military units.

About Primordial

Founded in 2002 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Primordial is a leader in off-route planning and terrain analysis software for the United States military and consumer applications. Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance®, is patented software that determines the best path through off-road terrain by analyzing vegetation, terrain, threats, and man-made features. Primordial’s customers include the United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, DARPA, General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon. For more information, please visit

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