QinetiQ North America has partnered with Persistent Systems to integrate the latter's MPU5 radios into the former's portfolio of unmanned ground robots.

As part of the partnership, Persistent's mobile ad hoc network (MANET) radios into QinetiQ's Talon and Dragon Runner ground robots.

QinetiQ North America president Jeff Yorsz said: "QinetiQ North America has a long history of delivering the most cutting edge systems, sensors, and capabilities on our family of ground robots.

“Persistent's MANET relay radio products can significantly increase the communication range enabling the robot operator to perform dangerous missions at much greater distances. At the end of the day, everything we do is about keeping our soldiers safe.”

The MANET relay radio is capable of connecting the ground robots with a long-range MANET communication system that is self-forming, self-healing, and scalable.

"The Wave Relay MANET also lays the groundwork for autonomous and collaborative behaviours that will dominate the battlefield of the future."

Equipped with Wave Relay, the tactical robots are said to provide an increased operational range and throughput in both urban and subterranean environments, as well as multiple real-time HD video feeds to the operator from all robots within the MANET.

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These radios also provided the ability for a tactical team wearing MPU5 radio systems to receive video and sensor data from the UGV in real-time, thereby increasing situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

Persistent Systems CEO Dr Herbert Rubens said: “The Wave Relay MANET also lays the groundwork for autonomous and collaborative behaviours that will dominate the battlefield of the future.”

QinetiQ has started accepting orders for MPU5-equipped Talon V systems.

Image: QinetiQ North America's Talon tactical robot shown with Persistent System's MANET radio. Photo: courtesy of QinetiQ North America.