The US Army has awarded a contract to Stratom to provide the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) with a Perimeter Safety for Autonomous Vehicles (P-SAV) system. 

P-SAV is a personnel safety system that will support the RCV-L with 360° sensor coverage. It comes with a computer system that uses machine learning to track and recognise objects close to the combat vehicle.

Apart from the computer system, the standalone appliqué kit will feature Robotic Operating System-based (ROS2) software to communicate necessary information to the RCV’s operator to carry out specific operations. 

Stratom principal roboticist Andrew Lycas said: “This solution illustrates our investment in developing the Summit Off-Road Autonomy Platform is already paying dividends.

“We will leverage Summit and the recently developed eXpeditionary Robotic-Field Artillery Autonomous Resupply (XR-FAAR) vehicle platform as a surrogate for the RCV-L to complete rigorous testing of the P-SAV prototype, before deploying the module onto RCV-L.”

The ROS2 software will support the uncrewed ground combat vehicle in handling challenging tasks including personnel identification and situational awareness.

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The P-SAV is designed to provide reliable results in all weather conditions. The easy-to-use system can also be configured to suit more vehicle platforms. 

Stratom president and CEO Mark Gordon said: “As robotic vehicles are increasingly utilised across applications where it may be inconvenient, dangerous, or impossible to have a human operator present, we are excited for the opportunity to bring our successful past performance to the RCV-L programme and continue supporting the government in its objective to move toward autonomous systems.”

In 2020, QinetiQ and Pratt Miller Defense (recently acquired by Oshkosh Defense) delivered the first of four RCV-Ls to the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center.