- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
- Future Combat Systems
- Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle
The US Army, DARPA and their contractor teams have unveiled the two UGCV
technology demonstration platforms to the public. The two prototypes will now
enter a period of extensive testing to validate the design performance
The US Army and DARPA have sponsored the development of the two prototype UGCV
technology demonstration platform as a part of the jointly funded FCS program.
Team Retarius platform rolled out during a ceremony at Sandia National
Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The prototype weights about 1,500 pounds.
The Team Retarius UGCV will carry a variety of payloads weighing approximately
350 pounds and is close to the size the FCS is considering for its "mule" type
vehicle. FCS envisions the mule vehicle in a variety of roles from direct
support to dismounted troops to light reconnaissance as part of a network of
Sniper rolled out its 7 ton prototype in Pittsburg. Team Sniper prototype is
close to the size of the FCS Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle and will carry a
payload of approximately 4,500 pounds.
Both designs can accommodate severe events like rollovers and continue operation
upside down. Each are configured for air drop and long-range operations
Both vehicles are also highly mobile and can obtain very low profile
configurations to reduce their detectability. Power systems aboard each vehicle
are advanced hybrid electric to provide long silent watch and movement as well
as enable unique payload packaging strategies.
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