The Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) is manufactured by ROBOTEAM. It is a lightweight, tactical vehicle with high manoeuvrability that can be used in all terrains and both indoors and outdoors. It is a handheld system that can be carried by an individual soldier.
The vehicle was first displayed to the public at the Association of United States of Army (AUSA) exhibition held at Washington DC in October 2013.
MTGR design features
The Dragon Runner is a rugged, ultra-compact, lightweight and portable reconnaissance robot developed for urban operations (UO).
The MTGR system was designed and developed for harsh field conditions. It includes a platform with a 4-DOF manipulator, and ruggedised operator control unit 7 (ROCU-7) with touch-screen operator console and gamepad controllers.
A maximum gripper force of 186N can be exerted by the manipulator for a 4.3 inch (11cm) gripper opening. The robotic system has a maximum lift capability of 11lb (5kg) when fully extended, with a reach length of 19.3in (49cm).
The robot’s external dimensions include length of 45.46cm (17.9in), width of 36.83cm (14.5in), and height of 14.47cm (5.7in).
The system is available in different configurations. It can carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), public safety, law enforcement, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) and hazardous material (HAZMAT) missions.
The MTGR EOD system is currently used by special forces, and tactical and urban warfare units. It can carry out reconnaissance missions, identify objects from far distances, locate designated targets and breach a compound or simply observe from a hill top.
A public safety variant of the system is suitable for law enforcement, fire departments, HAZMAT and CBRNE units, as well as other security needs. It can be used in numerous tactical missions involving urban warfare and for the inspection of foreign and hazardous objects.
MTGR performance details
The MTGR is powered by a 14V Mil Std or 24V ROBOTEAM’s battery, which offers a working time of two to four hours. It has a maximum manoeuvrable speed of 2mph (3.5km/h) and can climb steps of 8in (20cm) up to 45°. It has an operating range of 1,600ft (500m) LOS.
The vehicle has an empty weight of 7.3kg (16lb), and 8.6kg (19lb) including wheel kit. It can carry a maximum payload of 22lb (10kg) and can operate in temperatures ranging between -4°F and +140°F (-20°C to +60°C).
Sensors and communication systems aboard MTGR system
An internal GPS is included with the MTGR system, as is mechanical interfaces standard picatinny rails, and a secured IP MESH data link. It also includes a camera offering 360° real-time day-and-night video with zoom, and day-and-night vision for uninterrupted mission control and manoeuvrability in any terrain. It includes a drive camera tilt module with tilting angles of -20° to +90°.
The vehicle’s communication payload includes ethernet RJ45, RS232, and 12-28V power ports. It also features 360° near-infrared illumination (NIR) illumination with front white LED.