QinetiQ delivers first scout robots to US army

Source : 112 Ukraine

The robot combines Marine Corps-tested unmanned vehicle with Army weapons and autonomy software
21:27, 16 November 2020

Robotic Combat Vehicle

The US Army has received its first Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) prototype, jointly developed by QinetiQ Inc. and Pratt Miller Defense. It was reported by Breaking Deferense.

This is the first of four vehicles the two companies have been contracted to produce for the US Army as part of its Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program.

The RCV-L is being developed in support of the Manned-Unmanned Teaming Soldier Operational Experiment, planned for 2022, which requires an optimized blend of manned airborne vehicles with expendable unmanned resources within a coordinated mission.

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The vehicle is a hybrid-electric unmanned ground combat vehicle that is built upon the Pratt Miller Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) and integrates QinetiQ’s Modular Open System Architecture robotic control systems.

EMAV is a highly mobile robotic vehicle that weighs 6,800 lbs (3,084 kilograms) and can carry 7,200 lbs (3,266 kilograms) of payload while reaching speeds up to 45 miles (72 kilometer) per hour.

Additionally, its low center of gravity allows the vehicle to climb a 60 percent grade, a 40 percent side slope, and vertical steps up to 24 inches. Plus, a narrow hull ensures it’s easily transportable by US Army transport aircraft.

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“By building upon years of EMAV development, testing, and experimentation with the United States Marine Corps, we were able to provide the Army with a mature low-risk system that exceeds the objective level speed, maneuverability, and payload requirements in a single system configuration,”  Brian Barr, Pratt Miller Product Manager said.

As we reported earlier, several doctors, assisted by a robot, were treating a U.S. citizen infected with a coronavirus in China.

The robot equipped with a stethoscope, helped doctors to take tests of vital organs of a person and communicated with them through a large screen. 

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