Oshkosh De­fense equips M-ATV for un­manned route-clear­ance mis­sions


Oshkosh De­fense has in­te­grated its Ter­raMax un­manned ground ve­hi­cle (UGV) tech­nol­ogy onto an Oshkosh MRAP all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle (M-ATV) to demon­strate ca­pa­bil­i­ties for route-clear­ance mis­sions. Ter­raMax UGV tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial to re­duce troops’ ex­po­sure to threats, such as im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IED) in route-clear­ance mis­sions, as well as op­ti­mise the num­ber of troops needed for such op­er­a­tions.

“The clear­ance of threats like IEDs, mines and un­ex­ploded mu­ni­tions pose chal­lenges that global mil­i­tary forces have faced since World War II, and are ex­pected to con­tinue long af­ter Afghanistan,” said John Urias, Pres­i­dent of Oshkosh De­fense. “Our Ter­raMax UGV tech­nol­ogy can bring au­ton­o­mous ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ex­ist­ing manned ve­hi­cle plat­forms, like the M-ATV, to re­move troops from tar­geted routes and pro­vide greater stand-off dis­tance from ex­plo­sive threats. It also has force-mul­ti­pli­ca­tion ben­e­fits with one op­er­a­tor con­trol­ling sev­eral ve­hi­cles, so lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tions can be suc­cess­fully com­pleted with fewer troops.”

Equipped on the M-ATV, as well as other heavy and medium tac­ti­cal wheeled ve­hi­cles, Ter­raMax UGV tech­nol­ogy en­ables one or mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles in a route clear­ance con­voy to op­er­ate au­tonomously, re­sult­ing in fewer troops ex­posed to threats.

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