QinetiQ North America has confirmed to Jane's that it will be competing in the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Project Starter programme with its Tison unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).
Project Starter is seeking a new explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) UGV.
Tison was first displayed at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2016 meeting in October 2016. The heavy-lift EOD platform has been designed to provide render safe capabilities against current and emerging threats. The unit can be used for many missions including CBRN/HAZMAT operations. It has been developed to be operated by military, first responders and law enforcement personnel.
Tison is a tracked platform and is fitted with a large manipulator arm that has 9 degrees of freedom that is capable of lifting up to 50 kg at a 2 m horizontal reach.
The vehicle can travel at speeds of up 10 km/h and has an endurance of between 3 and 4 hours.
Two controller options are available - the platform can be operated by a laptop or body-worn controller. The vehicle has a line-of-sight operating range of more than 800 m and incorporates digital mesh radios for expanded reach and to support new concepts of operations.
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