CBRNE & EOD Defence

DSEI 2017: X-2 UGV emerges from agricultural role

15 September 2017
The X-2 in CBRNE detection configuration. Source: IHS Markit/Melanie Rovery

Digital Concepts Engineering unveiled its X-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at DSEI 2017 in London.

The X-2 is a medium, tracked UGV that has been developed for CBRNE applications but is also designed for EOD, search and rescue (SAR), perimeter patrol, communications relay, mine detection and clearing, and as light weapons platform.

The system is capable of manual or autonomous operation, Ed Gummow, director of Digital Concepts Engineering told Jane’s , and is based on the IBEX 2 autonomous robotic system that was designed in 2010 for agricultural applications community.

The X-2 has a quad track system - two tracks on each side of the chassis - which reduce ground pressure. The vehicle has as an upgraded control system to allow for advanced communications, video multiplexing, and advanced sensor interfaces, among others. The company describes the platform as being “a military system at an agricultural price”. The unit measures 1.31 m in length and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 5 km/h.

The 300 kg vehicle is capable of traversing slopes in excess of 45° and driving through deep mud.

The X-2 is fitted with ‘Marionetteʼ, a modular, low-latency control system which can be scaled to meet a wide variety of requirements and has already been integrated into a number of platforms, both wheeled and tracked from 20 kg to 4.5 tonnes across military, agricultural, nuclear, and civil applications, including the Wheelbarrow range of vehicles and the Sellafield First Response Vehicle.

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