The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UGVs and a GBP2.7 million contract to QinetiQ for two Titan tracked modular UGVs based on the battle-proven THeMIS chassis from Milrem Robotics of Estonia.
The Viking UGVs are expected to be delivered this summer, followed by the Titan UGVs in the autumn. Both UGV types will participate in user trials and experimentation with Dstl in collaboration with the Combat Service Support Training and Development Unit, based in Aldershot, and other British Army units.
This is aimed at increasing understanding of the potential of the autonomous systems and to highlight risks and limitations related to the Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment (JTARR) programme. The use of the UGVs will also provide a deeper knowledge for the British Army’s future employment of more advanced autonomous system capabilities.
Dstl autonomy lead Pete Stockel said, “These contracts are a demonstration of the continued commitment to progressing autonomous systems as innovative approaches for developing future land-force logistic capability.”
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