Stratom has released details of a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) primarily designed for the logistics support role.
The eXpeditonary Robotic Platform (XR-P) is a dual-tracked vehicle that is initially intended to be deployed from a V-22 Osprey.
“We designed the vehicle around trying to maximise the ability to deploy in and out of a V-22. The platform is capable of autonomously loading and unloading itself out of the aircraft,” Mark Gordon, president and CEO of Stratom, told Jane’s , “You get it into the back of the ramp area and you tell it to load by hitting an icon, then it senses the ramp, it senses the aircraft and drives into the aircraft autonomously.” The vehicle can be positioned roughly 2 to 3 m behind the aircraft and the actions for loading and unloading are carried out without operator input.
The XR-P incorporates a removable top plate that is modular in design and can be swapped in and out with different payload configurations, Gordon explained, “This provides the user with flexibility for different missions, it can be reconfigured for specific cargo requirements, specific holding requirements for aviation ordnance, or if you want to add on capabilities for power generation or water purification that can all be integrated into those mission modules into that top plate.”
The vehicle has been designed for off-road use in challenging terrain with the mobility to traverse unimproved surfaces. It weighs 1,107 kg and can simultaneously carry a payload of up to 1,225 kg and tow 816 kg. The XR-P is 2.87 m in length, 1.52 m wide, and 0.78 m high. The system was designed to be capable of travelling at the speed of dismounted personnel, approximately 4-5 mph (between 6 and 8 km/h).
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