Monday, July 25, 2011

Cots Journal 201107

The U.S. Army's TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has approved the Conditional Material Release for forty-eight XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Figure 1). The systems were distributed to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and the U.S. Army Infantry School. The Material Release process assures that Army materiel is safe for the Warfighter, suitable to meet operational performance requirements, and supportable within the environment it is intended to operate. The SUGV is a lightweight, portable robotic system designed to aid the dismounted Warfighter or Infantryman in the performance of urban intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and assist with providing situational awareness/understanding. The Soldier or Marine sends commands to the SUGVfrom a handheld controller and receives information through live and still imagery. The SUGV can investigate buildings, vehicles, tunnels, sewers, caves or personnel to seek out potential threats. Weighing 32 pounds, the SUGV is designed to be transported in a standard Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) backpack. The SUGV program is managed by RS JPO, under the direction of the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems.