Designation:

Ironclad

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Manufacturer: BAE Systems Land Systems Hagglunds AB  
Product type: Auxiliary Vehicles  
Name: Robot, Unmanned Vehicle  

On display at DSEI 2016, Ironclad™ is a new Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) designed to take on some of the most dangerous jobs that soldiers currently face.

Ironclad is small enough to negotiate tight urban environments, but maintains the mobility needed to handle extreme cross-country terrain. It can also be fitted to carry out reconnaissance, combat and casualty evacuation roles.

Ironclad has a unique set of capabilities for a UGV. Using high endurance battery power, it offers near silent running up to a 50km range and will come with a set of mission systems that can be quickly changed in the field. A modular connection system allows two vehicles to be connected together to handle additional loads, such as a specialised stretcher. It is also protected against blast and small arms fire to increase mission survivability.

The next step is for Ironclad to act autonomously as part of a battlegroup, interacting with other vehicles and ground troops to follow mission objectives. This is being tested on existing vehicles as the technology – already at a high state of readiness – is developed.

Each Ironclad is built with a hardware interface that allows the different mission fits to be attached easily. This connection supplies both power and command from the main vehicle chassis, which houses the battery and a two-way remote control unit. The chassis is designed so that hardware needed for autonomous capability can be added at a later stage.

Mission fits currently in development

  • Reconnaissance – imaging and audio streamed directly back to soldiers. Ideal for exploring hazardous environments before putting boots on the ground.

  • Casualty evacuation – stretcher attachment for transporting wounded soldiers away from battlefield. Each UGV frees up two soldiers who would otherwise be needed to carry the casualty.

  • Area denial – remote weapon station combined with imaging and audio sensors allowing soldiers to project force at a distance.

  • Explosive ordnance disposal – similar to existing bomb disposal robots, but with the flexibility to change roles.

Specifications:
Property Value
Weight (kg)
450
Payload (kg)
250
Max. road range (km)
50




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