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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