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A new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) built especially for infantry, EOD, and CBRN personnel has been revealed. The lightweight, rugged Scorpion is easy to deploy and features best-in-class mobility and manipulation capabilities. The vehicle navigates harsh environments and all weather conditions. It is protected from drops thanks to an arm that stows between and under the tracks.
Endeavor Robotics has been pushing this model for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) program.
The UGV weighs less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and carried by one individual. The ruggedized, tracked platform is highly mobile and can traverse rough terrain, climb stairs, as well as operate in wet or submerged environments.
The vehicle can be controlled via a universal controller that features uPoint and MOCU-4 software, enabling operators to view and control other UGVs and UAVs simultaneously. The display can also present multiple video streams.
The vehicle supplies a robust situational awareness. Its cameras enable picture-in-picture video streaming that provides multiple camera angles, according to the company website.
“With Scorpion, we’ve incorporated a number of new design elements and technology that will directly benefit explosive ordnance disposal teams and the warfighter in general,” Endeavor CEO Sean Bielat told janes.com. “Scorpion includes more cameras than most other UGVs, located in areas that help operators better control the vehicle and manipulate objects, including an optional patented inline gripper camera that stays stationary while the gripper rotates,” he added.
The vehicle is equipped with seven high-definition day and night cameras for enhanced situational awareness, while its open-architecture design enables the vehicle to be configured quickly. It can be repaired on the field using 3D printed parts.
The UGV incorporates a manipulator arm that can lift loads of up to 6.8 kg. The arm can extend out to a maximum reach of 61 cm and rotate 360 degrees.