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).
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.