Roboteam has developed new capabilities for an enhanced Probot unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), it has been revealed.
Speaking to IHS Jane's, Roboteam's chief executive officer, Shahar Abuhazira, said that the Probot V2 has received new software and improved batteries to extend its operating endurance from 10 hours to 72 hours, and the ability to cover at least 60 miles.
New technologies have led to two new batteries, Shahar explained. "We identified different energy sources and implemented them into the Probot and now it can support this mission. We are really looking forward to seeing the military to start to use it to test this specific capability of a full mission for 72 hours," he said.
"In addition [to the new batteries], a small generator, [fuelled by] gasoline, has been added to create a hybrid system. Therefore you will not have to charge the batteries; you will just be able to use the generator to charge the batteries," Shahar added. The new generator will not impact on the payload due to a low weight of between 9-13 kg. Another option will be to charge the Probot from other military vehicles.
The company describes the Probot as "the only logistics vehicle that can operate indoors and outdoors" due to its small size. The vehicle weighs 215 kg and can carry a maximum load of 750 kg.
Shahar noted the US Army's Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme as a target for the Probot. "The SMET requirement is for 1,000 lbs (454 kg) and the Probot is able to carry 1,650 lbs…. The platform can be lifted by three to four people, which is important if it gets flipped or stuck in the field. Due to its small footprint, the Probot can fit into a standard HUMVEE."
The Probot V2 can be fitted with tracks that are intended to provide increased mobility over uneven and difficult terrain, such as mud and snow.
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