Soldier UGV (SUGV)
The Soldier UGV (SUGV) is a man-packable small robot system, weighing less than 30 lbs, used for Urban Operations environments and subterranean features to remotely investigate the threat obstacles, structures and the structural integrity of facilities and utilities. SUGV systems will be highly mobile for dismounted forces and will be capable of being re-configured for other missions by adding or removing sensors, modules, mission payloads, and/or subsystems.
The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) (Set Aside for Small Business) is a remotely operated, manpackable, robotic vehicle. This is a small man-portable vehicle with modular payloads that will allow the SUGV to perform 1) Reconnaissance, 2) Surveillance, and 3) Assault.
The Soldier UGV (SUGV) is carried by one or more soldiers and typically performs a variety of tasks in support of the dismounted soldier. Example tasks include reconnaissance, surveillance and application of effects, such as door breach, smoke generation, or concussion grenade. The Soldier UGV accepts modular sensor and/or effector payloads to perform these tasks. The Soldier UGV will be part of an organization of vehicles, sensors, C2 hardware and software systems, and communications systems. The Soldier UGV incorporates a lightweight day/night sensor suite on a mast/turret system capable of providing remote surveillance images and sensed information. The Soldier UGV provides mobility sufficient to be tele-operated in an area local to a controlling dismounted soldier, and will be transported to the operational area with dismounted soldiers as stowage. The Soldier UGV will operate in rural and urban terrain, capable of climbing stairs, passing through doorways, operation in subterranean structures, and traversing rubble-type obstacles. Some semi-autonomous Reconnaissance and Surveillance mission equipment operations may be provided.
Combined Operations Battlefield Robotic Asset [COBRA] is coincident with the Soldier UGV (SUGV) component of the FCS and will be an integrated node on FCS network of systems. COBRA is a Soldier UGV (SUGV) system small enough to be carried by one man over long distances and provide significant increase in effectiveness for small unit operations. The COBRA program is coincident with and supports the Army Future Combat System SUGV. Building on both TMR and other UGV/S JPO efforts, COBRA will provide a significant increase in operational effectiveness for many different mission areas. The Urban Robot (URBOT) and the Urban Warrior MATILDA are two examples of these prototypes.
The COBRA is a small man-portable UGV currently under development by the PM, UGV/S, JPO at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The COBRA program will support a variety of missions by utilizing modular payloads specifically designed for those missions.
There is a rapidly growing interest in small, man-portable robotic systems to perform a variety of tasks that are high risk to humans. These include tasks associated with MOUT (e.g., building clearing, tunnel and sewer reconnaissance and under vehicle inspection), and EOD operations. This section describes a MPRS program aimed at MOUT operations.
The urban environment poses many threats to today's soldier. One of those threats comes from the tunnel and sewer infrastructure beneath the city. Before a section of the city can be declared safe, the underground tunnel network must be cleared. The URBOT is designed to remove the soldier from this dangerous environment. By using a remotely operated vehicle with video and audio surveillance capability, the tunnel can be inspected before sending soldiers to perform the final clearing.
A coordinated ORD for an MPRS has been drafted, and the AOA completed, by the Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, GA., the Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN), Fort Leonard Wood, MO., and U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The COBRA program will support a variety of missions by utilizing modular payloads specifically designed for those missions. This ORD requirement is coincident with the SUGV component of the FCS and will be an integrated node on FCS network of systems, it also meets requirements of the Army's Objective Force Warrior.
The COBRA will be carried by one soldier or disassembled and carried by two (8-30 lbs.). It will be designed for modular multi-mission payloads and be able to operate 4-12 hours. The vehicle will have semiautonomous control and navigation. With on-board sensors, it will be able to: (1) detect and neutralize booby traps and AP mines; (2) detect NBC presence, and (3) deploy smoke. A number of commercial prototype systems have been purchased for tests, experiments, and troop appraisals, including the URBOT and MATILDA.
Man Transportable Robotic System [MTRS]
Man Transportable Robotic System [MTRS] consists primarily of an operator control unit (OCU) and a teleoperated vehicle. The system components will be small and light enough to be carried as a single load by a two-person team for 500 meters over semi-rugged terrain. The primary mission is reconnaissance, and the system will be enhanced to perform other EOD tasks.
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