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A Christmas Gift for the US Army: RCV-L Fighting Robots

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The United States military wants to acquire lightweight, low-cost unmanned ground vehicles for use as reconnaissance robots and other targets. And by Christmas, the US military received two RCV-L combat robots ahead of schedule, which are prototypes of such unmanned vehicles. This is a real Christmas present for the US Army, according to the troops themselves.


The American edition of The Drive writes about this.

US-based Pratt Miller and British defense contractor QinetiQ were initially awarded a contract to supply four prototypes for further development and testing. The United States military received the first prototype in November, and the second in December.

We are proud to deliver the first robotic combat vehicle to the US Army. This delivery will provide the military with an unmanned vehicle ready to integrate into ground combat operations.

- said the head of the RCV QinetiQ program Laurent Lannibois.

The joint project of Pratt Miller and QinetiQ is a small tracked platform that weighs about seven tons in its basic configuration. The stated main mission of the RCV-L is to be an unmanned aerial vehicle designed for reconnaissance on the ground before the passage of the main army units.


The standard configuration includes a version of CROWS II that will be controlled by a soldier. It can be equipped with various types weapons, including an M2 machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The CROWS-J subvariant additionally has a Javelin anti-tank missile launcher.


The RCV-L is one of three types of RCVs that the US Army plans to acquire in the coming years. In January, the Ripsaw M5 from Howe and Howe Technologies, a division of Textron, was selected as the winner of the RCV-Medium (RCV-M) competition. This machine has a miniature appearance tank and is equipped with a turret with a 30mm automatic cannon.


The US Army has not yet opted for the RCV-Heavy (RCV-H) design, which should be a light unmanned tank weighing 20-30 tons. It will act against enemy armored vehicles.
Photos used:
https://twitter.com/PrattMiller
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  1. figwam
    figwam 24 December 2020 18: 49
    -10%
    So you can knock it out of the machine.
    1. Volga073
      Volga073 24 December 2020 18: 56
      +4
      Try it)))
      1. figwam
        figwam 24 December 2020 19: 05
        -1
        Quote: Volga073
        Try it)))

        There is no armor)))
        1. Vadim237
          Vadim237 24 December 2020 19: 11
          +3
          Who told you that there is no reservation.
        2. Vadim237
          Vadim237 24 December 2020 19: 16
          +5
          In the future, such complexes will be equipped with robotic turret machine-gun mounts with optical devices of all-round vision with a machine gun, it will be very difficult to approach them, and given that they will work together with drones, including kamikaze, the task of shooting these machines from machine guns will become suicidal.
          1. Intruder
            Intruder 25 December 2020 00: 16
            +1
            robotic turret machine-gun installations with optical devices of all-round visibility with a machine gun will approach them
            so far, only a "plasma blaster" comes to mind for a gloomy military genius, or the old Soviet ones - explosive magnetic generators on fast harmonics, to generate RFEMI in microsecond durations ...
          2. Lied71
            Lied71 25 December 2020 08: 04
            0
            -robotic turret machine-gun mounts with optical devices of all-round view
            The worst thing is that devices with thermal imagers are just the right thing for patrolling territories and clearing various areas, where strong resistance and armored vehicles will not be expected. Especially for ambushes, such a technique is good if the optics and automatic turrets are powered by batteries, and such turrets will stick out in the folds of the terrain, camouflaged for the time being, and try to smoke them without mortars / artillery.
        3. Lied71
          Lied71 25 December 2020 07: 59
          +1
          -There is no armor)))
          And what military equipment is made of cheap tin? I thought it was from military grades of steel with additives to increase durability, and who bothers to equip it with screens made of aluminum armor or ceramics? In addition, these samples are test samples, obviously not in full configuration.
      2. Evil Booth
        Evil Booth 24 December 2020 19: 12
        -8
        tried it. can. with that on any side. Or send you how Abrams was shot with bullets in optics? and if not automatically? and weighs 30 tons
    2. ender
      ender 24 December 2020 20: 47
      0
      So you can knock her out of the machine


  2. anjey
    anjey 24 December 2020 18: 55
    0
    I rolled a "dose" into the barracks and drive your BM with a joystick at a distant range, or you can drive around some German or Baltic town, like in GTA, shoot, suppress oncoming cars and people, babble, virtual reality and real virtuality in one bottle laughing
  3. Pavel Patrashov
    Pavel Patrashov 24 December 2020 18: 56
    +6
    Fighters of the future war .........
    1. anjey
      anjey 24 December 2020 18: 59
      +7
      The best are the "nerds" of teenage gamers laughing
      1. tank66
        tank66 24 December 2020 19: 21
        +5
        yes I have a classmate in Moscow, a middle-caliber manager. I stop at his house when I'm passing through. I used to take ginseng and alcohol in the evenings. And in recent years I've been looking - you can't pull away from a computer - it's cut into tanks. They're online / as I understood / whole shelves. And my korefan, judging by the rating, pulls the division commander ..
        1. anjey
          anjey 24 December 2020 19: 28
          +3
          We don’t know, but there are presidents of their own, so they will soon take us in tight-knit gloves. laughing
        2. Lord of the Sith
          Lord of the Sith 24 December 2020 21: 10
          +3
          I would have tried to take part in a real war - virtual tanks would have made me sick.
      2. t-12
        t-12 24 December 2020 19: 22
        +5
        Nerds are the last century. Autonomous neural networks will shoot, staying awake 24 hours a day, executing any orders that have an instant reaction and do not require high-speed radio communication with the control center.
        1. anjey
          anjey 24 December 2020 19: 43
          0
          Neural networks in the Kremlin and White Houses, and 24 hours a day, let them decide how to live or not to live, to be or not to be - that is the question for your neural networks laughing
          1. tank66
            tank66 24 December 2020 19: 53
            +2
            While our Rogozin and theirs will be able to wrap up the networks with AI shuttles, with their appetites for / gygy / bitcoins ... I am at this wonderful time ... I will already lean back on the Last Dembel. soldier
      3. Pavel Patrashov
        Pavel Patrashov 25 December 2020 06: 57
        0
        I agree ...., you won't trust Papuan to press buttons
  4. Evil Booth
    Evil Booth 24 December 2020 19: 10
    -4
    light as t64))) laughing
  5. Krasnodar
    Krasnodar 24 December 2020 19: 11
    0
    The next stage is the development of a humanoid drone
    1. anjey
      anjey 24 December 2020 19: 56
      +7
      Why? Why do you, for example, flocks of artificial UAV hummingbird birds with cyanide and better universal purpose and weapons, do not like them, and the divisions will fall under them laughing
      1. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 24 December 2020 20: 12
        +1
        To identify the location and firing points of enemy infantry, for example)).
        1. anjey
          anjey 24 December 2020 20: 17
          +3
          Or a mini-projectile, a multifunctional kamikaze bullet, the prime cost when they are low and the production volumes are large and the management of the above-mentioned neural networks will be real, then yes, we will step into the world or war of the future laughing
          1. Krasnodar
            Krasnodar 24 December 2020 21: 13
            0
            Terminator - 1,2,3,4, Genesis laughing
            1. anjey
              anjey 24 December 2020 21: 18
              +2
              Combat Cyber-Swarm over Earth laughing laughing laughing laughing laughing laughing Horror, but honestly, what's really scary ...
              1. Krasnodar
                Krasnodar 24 December 2020 22: 08
                +1
                Here is the last, oddly enough, much closer to reality
          2. Intruder
            Intruder 25 December 2020 00: 20
            0
            we will step into the peace or war of the future
            the creation of SkyNet, perfectly shown at the beginning of the second part of "Terminator II";)
  6. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 24 December 2020 19: 21
    0
    That’s just at BLM in the states and they will run in, the elections are over! They have chosen who should be!
  7. Balaganov
    Balaganov 24 December 2020 19: 59
    +2
    A good thing. It's just the future. How many of these do you need to pass the Mannerheim Line or do Armenians not give a damn about Turkish drones? If everything, down to the screw, was made on your land and for native Tugriks, then the price of victory is the image of zeroes and ones on the computer screen by the local Nabiullina. 00100010010
    but the logistics ..
  8. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 24 December 2020 21: 08
    -1
    Just dubbed. In the Soviet Union, back in the 80s, there were tracked drones.
  9. SovAr238A
    SovAr238A 24 December 2020 21: 34
    +5
    Ripsav? Super damn super car. 2 brothers-engineers. created several super-high-speed all-terrain vehicles, tracked.
    When she appeared - it was a sensation!
    Who could have imagined. that it will nevertheless become an "ultralight tank", because 15 years ago the military rejected it, not understanding why they needed it.
    And now. after so many years - it finally came to them and it was this private company with production "in the garage" from the forgotten hinterland - won the US Department of Defense tender and will make hundreds of such machines.
    If you are an engineer ....
  10. aleks26
    aleks26 24 December 2020 22: 13
    0
    I wonder what people smoke, what drives such nonsense?
  11. _Ugene_
    _Ugene_ 24 December 2020 22: 29
    0
    Skynet is on its way
    1. Kuzmitsky
      25 December 2020 16: 20
      0
      And machines will rise from the ashes of nuclear fire ...