Land Platforms

Centaur emerges as MTRS Inc II solution

22 February 2018
Centaur will fill a number of roles for the US Army and can accommodate a variety of payloads. Source: Endeavor Robotics

Endeavor Robotics has revealed details of its new Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is the platform chosen to fill the US Army’s MTRS Inc II requirement.

Centaur is a mid-sized, tracked platform that has been designed to carry out a range of missions, including ordnance disposal, surveillance and reconnaissance, and CBRNE/HazMat detection.

Heavier than the company’s well-known PackBot, the vehicle weighs less than 74 kg and can be deployed in under five minutes, according to the company. It has a payload capacity of 68 kg and an operating endurance of up to 8 hours when using standard military batteries.

Noticeably, the vehicle does not feature a set of flippers to aid in climbing over obstacles, according to the company this is because the newly developed chassis design offers a high level of mobility.

“What we have done is taken a number of field-proven technologies and integrated them into the system as a whole,” Sean Bielat, CEO of Endeavor Robotics, told Jane’s .

The company states that a top speed of 6.5 km/h can be achieved with the vehicle able to overcome obstacles of up to 26.7 cm in height. Centaur is modular in design and can support numerous mission-specific payloads and a broad array of sensors that deliver real-time intelligence.

Centaur can self-deploy from a marsupial vehicle-mounted system known as the Robotic Deployment System (RDS), a unit that fits onto the outside of vehicles and that can also recover the UGV. RDS is a US Army-developed system that ensures that an operator can remain in the safety of their vehicle during a mission.

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