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BAE Systems introduces Ironclad UGV at DSEI

Posted 12 September 2017 · Add Comment

BAE Systems has introduced Ironclad - a new Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) - at DSEI this year, designed to take on some of the most dangerous jobs that soldiers currently face.


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Ironclad is small enough to negotiate tight urban environments but maintains the mobility needed to handle extreme cross-country terrain. It can also be fitted to carry out reconnaissance, combat and casualty evacuation roles.

Craig Fennell, Future Programmes Director at BAE Systems Land (UK) explained: “Ironclad has a unique set of capabilities for a UGV. Using high endurance battery power, it offers near silent running up to a 50km range and will come with a set of mission systems that can be quickly changed in the field. A modular connection system allows two vehicles to be connected together to handle additional loads, such as a specialised stretcher. It is also protected against blast and small arms fire to increase mission survivability.”

“The next step is for Ironclad to act autonomously as part of a battlegroup, interacting with other vehicles and ground troops to follow mission objectives. This is being tested on existing vehicles as the technology – already at a high state of readiness – is developed.”

Each Ironclad is built with a hardware interface that allows the different mission fits to be attached easily. This connection supplies both power and command from the main vehicle chassis, which houses the battery and a two-way remote control unit. The chassis is designed so that hardware needed for autonomous capability can be added at a later stage.


© 2017 BAE Systems

 
Mission fits currently in development:

  • Reconnaissance – imaging and audio streamed directly back to soldiers. Ideal for exploring hazardous environments before putting boots on the ground.
  • Casualty evacuation – stretcher attachment for transporting wounded soldiers away from battlefield. Each UGV frees up two soldiers who would otherwise be needed to carry the casualty.
  • Area denial – remote weapon station combined with imaging and audio sensors allowing soldiers to project force at a distance.
  • Explosive ordnance disposal – similar to existing bomb disposal robots, but with the flexibility to change roles.

Craig Fennell summarised what Ironclad offers: “Ironclad – while being a product in its own right – is also a step towards the battlefield of the future where we expect fleets of unmanned air and ground vehicles to work together, sharing situational awareness and pursuing combat objectives. There will always be a human in the loop, but increasing use of autonomy and unmanned vehicles means they can focus on key decisions and have more options to avoid putting people in dangerous situations.”

 

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