The J8 Atlas Xtreme Terrain Robot (XTR) is a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) developed by ARGO’s Space, Robotics and Defence Division, a part of Ontario Drive & Gear (ODG). The unmanned robot is intended for use in defence, disaster relief and rescue missions.
The J8 Atlas XTR was unveiled by ARGO in May. ARGO was awarded a $1m contract by the Defence Research and Development Canada for three J8 Atlas XTR platforms in March.
The US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) also received a number of vehicles, which are currently being evaluated at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Centre (MUTC) in Butlerville.
J8 Atlas XTR design and payloads
The J8 Atlas XTR is an electric, eight-wheeled, amphibious, all-terrain mobile UGV. It is designed to operate in harmful and extreme environments, with an aim to protect the lives of soldiers. The modular design of the XTR allows for the integration of mission-specific payloads.
The large clear payload decks can be installed with high-definition optics, airborne particulate sensors, and forward looking infrared (FLIR) heat-detection and night vision cameras to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The very low-noise operation further makes the platform ideal for reconnaissance missions.
The robot also integrates optical and infrared (IR) vision cameras, acoustic, motion and heat sensors, as well as light weapons or large-bore launchers for border patrol and perimeter security missions. The modular platform can also accommodate detachable rescue basket or stretcher, defibrillator, bandages and other first aid supplies in support of first responder operations.
The vehicle is fitted with a standard 2in towing receiver with a maximum towing capacity of 680kg. It is also delivered with an on-board charger and generator, according to customer-specific requirements.
The UGV has a length of 2.95m, width of 1.55m and ground clearance of 24cm. The base weight and maximum payload capacity of the vehicle are 750kg and 570kg respectively.
Navigation and control
The J8 robot is remotely controlled by a rugged hand-held controller using intuitive and user-friendly controls. The operator can navigate the UGV via remote tele-operation or line-of-sight radio frequency (RF).
The fully autonomous vehicle is also capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles during pre-defined missions in both GPS-enabled and denied environments. The unique ‘follow me’ mode further enables the vehicle to follow the operator for autonomous operation.
The UGV employs laser measurement system or an optional ultra-wide band radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and receiver system with GPS route tracking to safely return home. The vehicle offers low maintenance and can be operated with minimal training.
Engine and mobility of J8 Atlas XTR
The vehicle is equipped with an electric motor-driven propulsion system powered by rapid interchangeable LiFePO4 48V / 100Ah lithium ion battery packs. The power-plant is coupled to an innovative two-speed transmission. The vehicle has a maximum speed exceeding 30km/h and a typical working speed of up to 10km/h.
The UGV features 25in ARGO bead-lock wheels and tyres and can be optionally fitted with an over wheel track system. The fail-safe magnetic brakes in combination with durable running gear offer optimum safety during challenging missions.
The J8 XTR can safely traverse through difficult terrains in extreme weather conditions while carrying payloads of up to 600kg on land and 300kg on water. It has the capability to ascend, descend and negotiate up to 40° inclines. The vehicle can operate in extreme temperatures ranging between -20°C and 40°C.
The fully-amphibious capability of the vehicle allows it to float and swim across the surface of water under its own propulsion. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 5km/h in water.
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