The first Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) has been delivered to the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC).

This vehicle is the first of four RCV-Ls that will be delivered by QinetiQ and Pratt Miller Defense.

The RCV-L is a hybrid-electric unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV) that is developed with the integration of technology from both companies.

GVSC Ground Vehicle Robotics Robotic Combat Platforms branch chief Michael Rose said: “The delivery of the first RCV-L is an exciting result of numerous government organisations and industry working together to achieve our first combat-ready robotic vehicle.

“This unit is the first of four vehicles developed in support of the Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Soldier Operational Experiment, planned for 2022, and represents a significant milestone for the programme.”

The vehicle is designed to address the needs of the programme and is based on the Pratt Miller Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV).

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It is integrated with the Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) robotic control systems provided by QinetiQ.

Rose added: “QinetiQ and Pratt Miller have successfully developed and delivered these systems within budget and on-schedule even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The GVSC team now plans to add Autonomous Mobility as well as Government Furnished Software for the Tethered UAS Multi-Mission Payload and CROWS-J Lethality package.”

In January, the US Army selected QinetiQ North America and Textron to build four light and four medium RCVs respectively.