Digital Concepts Engineering (Stand N8-384) is launching the X-2 Unmanned Ground Vehicle fitted with the Marionette control system at DSEI. Exhibited as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection platform, it is also well suited to EOD, search and rescue, perimeter patrol, communications relay, mine detection and clearing, light weapon mount and load-moving tasks, and is capable of manual or autonomous operation.
The platform is based on the successful IBEX autonomous robotic system.
X-2 is fitted with Marionette, a modular, low-latency control system, which can be scaled to meet a wide variety of customer requirements and has already been integrated into a number of platforms, both wheeled and tracked, from 20kg to 4.5 tonnes, across military, agricultural, nuclear and civil applications, including the Wheelbarrow EOD range of vehicles and the Sellafield First Response Vehicle. Marionette can be used alongside or integrated with existing control architecture to add additional features to an older platform, or can be used as a complete control system for new and legacy vehicles.
‘‘The X-2 is built to tackle extreme terrain while carrying or towing heavy loads,’’ explained Ed Gummow, director of Digital Concepts Engineering. ‘‘The chassis is based on our agricultural IBEX robot with an upgraded control system that gives us high-grade communications, video multiplexing, advanced sensor interfaces and more.
It’s a military system at an agricultural price.’’