Northrop Grumman launches next-gen UGV
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.