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Ground-traversing vehicles without a human operator span a wide variety of mission capabilities and degrees of autonomy with regard to command and tasking duties, terrain reasoning, combat manoeuvring and mobility design.
This is why the committee classified UGV capabilities into four broad categories based on their applicability to future Army tasks, as well as their degree of autonomy and the difficulty of putting them into practise.
Teleoperation entails having a person control a robotic vehicle from a distance. teleoperation implies a distance so large that it’s impossible for the operator to observe what the vehicle is doing in real time.
Since sensors and display technologies are important to giving the driver a clear picture of the vehicle’s surroundings and how it is moving in that environment, the driver’s knowledge of the vehicle’s surroundings and how it is communicating with that environment are intertwined. Through a control interface, the driver may direct the vehicle’s behaviour.
With this shift to force projection, ground forces have had to adjust to new realities by being more adaptable and mobile than ever before (both in terms of operational deployment to and from a theatre, as well as inside the theatre).
With this shift in focus on mobility rather than greater levels of armoured protection, light armoured vehicles have become increasingly popular among the military forces in the region’s theatres of operation.
Defense forces across the world have been investing in cutting-edge weapons that can take down enemy targets even if they are not in sight of the user. Introduction of sophisticated equipment aims to minimise the risk of exposure for workers.
However, the shift in the fighting environment from a rural to an urbanised confined setting has increased personnel’s vulnerability to new types of death traps like IEDs. The growing use of IEDs against individuals throughout the world has been a significant driver in the UGV market’s defence segment.
Using MGVs for counterinsurgency and war operations is becoming more commonplace. Primary goal is to lessen human suffering during a crisis situation.
In urban combat, MGVs work in combination with UAVs to improve military situational awareness. There is also a rising need for MGVs in civil and commercial applications, such as the oil and gas industry; airports; law enforcement; firefighting; and agricultural, to name a few examples.
Several nations are investing much in the R&D of unmanned ground systems in order to address the problems associated with manned systems. Standardization, system dependability, and the need for smaller, lighter systems.
As a result of the enormous demand for sophisticated military vehicles to undertake expeditionary operations with little or no warning by the US armed forces in 2019, the US gained a significant market share in North America.
The U.S. government is buying squad multipurpose equipment transport (SMET) remote-controlled robotic vehicles for hauling ammunition, water and other heavy battle needs for the armed forces.
A programme of this nature allows for robotic and autonomous systems to be developed more quickly for Army brigade combat teams (BCTs) using hybrid and electric propulsion systems, which in turn helps manufacturers gain market share in the military ground vehicle propulsion system industry.
The latest Abrams tank type can only be recovered as a single vehicle, thus the U.S. Army has given BAE Systems a $318 million contract to convert M88 recovery vehicles to the M88A3 form.
The new M88A3 layout does away with the need for two trucks to hoist and transport the tanks, whose weight has risen recently. The M88, which serves as the U.S. Army’s principal recovery vehicle, is essential to the Armored Brigade Combat Team.
Have worked extensively with industry partners and the Army to design a fix for the single-vehicle recovery gap.
And pleased to continue supporting the Army’s recovery requirements by offering a cutting-edge method for successfully removing damaged tanks from battle.
The powertrain, suspension, and tracks have been improved on the M88A3 variant, which also increases the vehicle’s durability, speed, and survivability.
The M88A3 also has updated hydropneumatic suspension units (HSUs), which allow the track to be locked out for increased control when recovering cars, and a seventh road wheel to lower ground pressure.
The M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) is being upgraded to the M88A3 HERCULES under an Other Transactional Authority (OTA) procurement model.
The Global Military Ground Vehicles Market can be segmented into following categories for further analysis.
Since the dawn of the car era, the internal combustion engine has been a dominating technology. Electric cars have a bright future because of the limited supply of fossil fuels and the associated environmental issues.
Vehicle electrification has increased substantially in the commercial sector, but range and charge remain a concern, particularly in the military vehicle platform. It is necessary to develop battery life, charging facilities, and on-the-go charging facilities.
The JLTV is one of the latest technologies in the military electric vehicles. The JLTV is a heavily armoured 4×4 utility vehicle developed to improve crew safety over the Humvee. The Army intends to purchase three variations of the jeep, including a general-purpose flatbed, a heavy weapons carrier, and a close combat weapon carrier.
The Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 diesel is the basis for the Banks 866T turbo diesel engine in JLTV. However, from a logistical perspective, one of the JLTV’s finest characteristics may actually render it susceptible in the long run. A JLTV with an electric motor would provide several tactical advantages on the battlefield.
Because electric cars are so much quieter than internal combustion vehicles, such as diesels, they’d be harder to see on the battlefield. As a result, the JLTV might serve as an excellent “sneak and peak” reconnaissance vehicle, capable of silently observing enemy front lines without being noticed.
Most of these vehicles are developed, manufactured, and purchased in the USA but distinctive developments are discussed including those for dual purpose civil and military uses that frequently push the limits of what is feasible for civil use first.
Modern military land vehicles’ power and energy needs are growing as the quantity of electronic equipment increases, placing an additional burden on vehicle battery technology.
The performance capabilities of traditional lead-acid batteries in automotive applications have been achieved, leading to the development of new battery technologies. Li-ion batteries have risen to prominence as a backup battery option for a wide range of devices. This is owing to advancements in a variety of areas, such as electrode materials and cell design.
Lenco Corporation has been part of the major development initiative of the armoured vehicles and military ground vehicles. U.S. military forces employ the BEAR and BearCat Armored Tactical Vehicles from Lenco for a variety of duties including perimeter patrol, convoy protection and emergency rescue.
TC3, EOD, and Bomb Detection/IED Protection are available on Lenco’s flagship vehicle, the BearCat. The BearCat may also be used in dangerous environments across the world for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3).
It is also a suitable platform for Quick Reaction Forces’ Remote Weapons Stations (CROWS) and Troop Transport (BearCat G2/3). BearCat’s ruggedized base chassis ensures part compatibility and low total cost of ownership across the whole platform.
The Anti-Riot variant can also be equipped with protective screens for the windows and all lights, 360-degree camera system, non-lethal munitions devices, long range acoustic device (LRAD) and gas filtration devices for the interior crew compartment. The open floor plan and seating can be customized to address gear and weapons storage requirements.
Lockheed Martin Corporation has been involved in deep collaborations with SAAB and DEIHL Defence to have better level of readiness through the ground vehicles. The Falcon weapon system is a state-of-the-art solution designed to address the critical gap in short and medium-range ground-based air Defense.
The highly manoeuvrable Diehl IRIS-T SLM interceptor destroys fixed and rotary wing platforms, UAS and cruise missile threats at a 40 km range and 20 km altitude before ordnance release and far enough away from urban areas to negate effects of chemical and biological weapons.
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