Northrop introduces Titus unmanned ground vehicle

18 October 2012 (Last Updated October 18th, 2012 18:30)

Northrop Grumman's subsidiary Remotec has launched the new Titus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and law enforcement applications.

Titus UGV

Northrop Grumman's subsidiary Remotec has launched the new Titus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and law enforcement applications.

Weighing 135lb, the newly introduced robot has been built based on a combat-proven four-articulator design and represents the lighter, faster, stronger and more intelligent vehicle of the company's Andros UGV line.

Northrop Grumman Remotec director Mike Knopp said the Titus was a robust, highly functional and easy-to-use robot, designed to address a wide range of new and continuously evolving threats, with reduced lifecycle costs.

"Advanced diagnostics for improved maintenance, easily upgradeable features and accessory integration provide great initial value and guarantee that Titus will be a valuable asset to any team well into the future," Knopp added.

Knopp added that feedback provided by the US and international military and first responders had 'overwhelmingly validated that we achieved our objectives'.

"Advanced diagnostics for improved maintenance, easily upgradeable features and accessory integration provide great initial value and guarantee that Titus will be a valuable asset to any team well into the future."

Measuring 27in, the Titus is an advanced multi-mission robot system featuring removable articulators, wheels and tracks to help the operators efficiently navigate 16in-wide passageways to trace a threat at a speed of 7.5mph.

The modular architecture of the robot facilitates adaptability to a multitude of mission scenarios, while a unique operator control unit featuring a hybrid touchscreen and game system-style physical controls enables completion of common tasks with one touch.

When fully extended, Titus's arm is capable of lifting an object weighing 15lb, with a 20lb payload easily picked up when close to the UGV.

An array of industry standard interfaces, including USB and ethernet allows for simple maintenance, upgrade and integration of payloads and sensors in the robot.

The company is planning to start deliveries for Titus to undisclosed customers in December.


Image: Northrop Grumman Remotec sales and customer support director Mark Kauchak unveils the new Titus UGV in Washington, US. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.