Robotic Combat Vehicles
- Magazine Article
A new era of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) is about to begin. The U.S. Army is getting ready to evaluate competing candidates to meet requirements for light and medium versions of a new class of modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Designed to be controlled in the field via remote control, and in the future, autonomously, these new robot tanks have the potential to revolutionize ground warfare. We witnessed the debut of this emerging class of
Textron's booth at a recent AUSA (Association of the United States Army) trade show, just a couple booths away from our own, gave us a good look at their electric-diesel hybrid motor-powered Ripsaw M5 prototype. The Ripsaw embraces a ground-breaking scalable approach that uses common components and common drive systems. This enables the same RCV platform to be configured as needed to satisfy a wide range of mission requirements, with options such as different payloads and suspension packages. This modular approach enables the RCV to address real-time situational awareness, route clearing/breaching and weapon system applications.