Switzerland-based Global Clearance Solutions has unveiled the first of three new unmanned ground vehicles, which are focused on the mine clearance role.
The GCS-100 is the smallest of the systems and is intended for military and security customers, as well as non-governmental organisations. In addition to traditional clearance activities, the system is being pitched as having utility in support of dismounted forces as a route clearance asset.
Philipp von Michaelis, chief executive officer of Global Clearance Solutions, told IHS Jane's that the GCS-100 has passed factory and field tests in Germany and will undergo additional field tests in South America and Southeast Asia in the next few months; certified testing is due in early 2017.
The vehicle is constructed from steel and although it does not feature armour, additional protection can be added to various components if required. According to von Michaelis, an emphasis was low weight and high mobility in the design, rather than protection.
Attachments available for the system include a tiller, flail, manipulator arm, and a gripper.
In its standard configuration the GCS-100 can be remotely operated at a distance of 1 km line-of-sight; however this can be extended if required.
The operator controls the system via a hand-held unit that features an integrated communications system, battery, and a display for the vehicle's on-board cameras. The controller has a built-in datalink monitoring function, and the rechargeable batteries support several hours of autonomy.
Status data on the GCS-100 - such as speed, platform pitch, roll angle, critical temperature, and pressure values, fuel level, power take-off speed, warnings, and errors are displayed to the operator on the display.
An additional video console is used when controlling the system via the video cameras alone, and four video feeds can be displayed at one time. The console is a rugged unit integrated in a shock-proof, IP66 carry case with built-in electronics.
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