Northrop Grum­man launches next-gen UGV

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion has launched CUT­LASS, its lat­est gen­er­a­tion un­manned ground ve­hi­cle (UGV), ex­pand­ing its range of in­dus­try-lead­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in un­manned sys­tems for the re­mote han­dling and sur­veil­lance of haz­ardous threats.

CUT­LASS in­cludes sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and per­for­mance and a range of fea­tures that pro­vides ca­pa­bil­i­ties for national se­cu­rity and re­silience ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Our CUT­LASS ve­hi­cle is set­ting new stan­dards in the UGV mar­ket and sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanc­ing the abil­ity of users to han­dle haz­ardous threats safely. It is more dex­ter­ous, cost-ef­fec­tive and, as a pack­age, four times faster than any other UGV,” said Greg Roberts, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, De­fence and Se­cu­rity, Northrop Grum­man In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Europe.

“The ve­hi­cle is al­ready in ser­vice across the UK and has proven it­self to be ro­bust and ca­pa­ble in the most de­mand- ing en­vi­ron­ments. We look for­ward to ex­ploit­ing the po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­port­ing this ca­pa­bil­ity into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

Us­ing CUT­LASS, a haz­ardous sit­u­a­tion can be re­stored to nor­mal up to four times more quickly than with any other UGV. The com­bi­na­tion of the speed of the wheeled plat­form, which can reach speeds of up to 12 kmph, and the abil­ity of CUT­LASS to carry mul­ti­ple tools and sen­sors negates the need to re­turn to the in­ci­dent con­trol point, thus sav­ing con­sid­er­able time. The ro­bot is able to creep along at de­lib­er­ately slow speeds for del­i­cate op­er­a­tions and may ac­cel­er­ate to high speeds to en­able rapid travel. The six-wheeled de­sign of­fers mo­bil­ity on all types of hard and soft ter­rain and in all­weather con­di­tions.

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