Robotic Wingman Check Fires 30mm Cannon

EUROSATORY NEWS: Robotic Wingman Check Fires 30mm Cannon (UPDATED)

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PARIS — A pair of European protection corporations just lately carried out a stay check firing of a robotic wingman fight car, the businesses introduced on the Eurosatory protection commerce present in Paris on June 13.

Estonia’s Milrem Robotics and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace carried out the primary firing of the Sort-X Robotic Fight Car in Slovenia earlier within the week, Gert Hankewitz, director of market and export management at Milrem, mentioned throughout an interview.

Milrem offered the robotic car and Kongsberg the Protector RT40 turret, which features a Bushmaster 30 mm cannon and a linkless ammunition dealing with system, a press release from the businesses mentioned. It’s nonetheless in prototype section, Hankewtiz added.

The live-fire was a step towards the businesses’ joint undertaking of growing the Nordic Robotic Wingman — a robotic combating car that addresses Nordic and Western European nations’ necessities, but in addition present U.S. Military need to area a robotic wingman that may accompany manned combating automobiles on the battlefield, the assertion mentioned.

“You need to ship them to take essentially the most harmful positions as a result of there [are] no males inside it,” Hankewitz mentioned. “If it will get blown up, everyone within the manned automobiles behind it is going to keep secure.”

Not like different robotic automobiles which are tailored from manned variations, Milrem designed the tank-like chassis from the bottom up. That allowed the corporate to make the car lighter and decrease to make it more durable to see and expendable. Clients are asking that the wingman be one-third the price of a manned combating car, he added.

The car is semi-autonomous. It can’t hearth the cannon with out a human pulling the set off, he mentioned. It has waypoint navigation so it will possibly autonomously go to a predesignated place or return to base by itself, he added.

The aim is to assist foremost battle tanks just like the Leopard 2 and infantry combating automobiles just like the CV90. The distant turret can accommodate totally different weapon techniques relying on the client, the assertion mentioned. The prototype featured a laser vary finder and shot detection system, however the kind of sensors that go on high of the turret are additionally customizable, he mentioned.

An alternative choice is a Pearson Engineering impediment blade for route clearance, rollers or plows to arrange paths for the manned automobiles, he added. It will also be fitted with a cannon as much as 50mm, anti-tank missiles and a tethered drone for steady situational consciousness, the assertion mentioned.

Milrem Robotics additionally launched a characteristic referred to as oblique drive that permits remote-controlled operations on larger speeds, it mentioned.

Hankewitz mentioned whereas it’s supposed to reply the necessities of European and Scandinavian nations, the “Nordic” title is a misnomer. The car can function in every kind of climate, not simply the chilly.


Correction: An earlier model of this story misidentified Kongsberg as a German firm fairly than Norwegian. 

Subjects: International Protection Market, Worldwide, Robotics and Autonomous Programs

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