Pratt & Miller Engineering (PME) has developed a family of three unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) comprising the Light, Heavy, and Extreme Flexible Robotic Platforms.
The company displayed the Light Flexible Robotic Platform for the first time in public at the 2019 Xponential exhibition held in Chicago from 30 April to 2 May.
The system was originally equipped with heavy armour protection for its role as a robotic infantry target used in marksmanship training.
However, the platform’s payload capacity has increased significantly by removing the armour package, enabling it to be reroled for other unmanned robotic applications.
“We designed all of these platforms from the ground up, with the light and heavy versions being initially designed to meet a rigorous set of requirements for live-fire marksmanship training under an SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] programme with the US Army PEO STRI [Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation],” Jim Fontaine, product director of Ground Robotics, told Jane’s.