Technology Development for Army Unmanned Ground Vehicles by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology

Unmanned flooring cars (UGV) are anticipated to play a key function within the Army's goal strength constitution. those UGVs will be used for guns structures, logistics providers, and reconnaissance, surveillance, and objective acquisition between different issues. to ascertain features of the Army's UGV application, examine expertise readiness, and establish key matters in imposing UGV structures, between different questions, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the military for study and expertise requested the nationwide study Council (NRC) to behavior a learn of UGV applied sciences. This record discusses UGV operational specifications, present improvement efforts, and expertise integration and roadmaps to the long run. Key options are offered addressing technical content material, time traces, and milestones for the UGV efforts.

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The impetus for the study came from increasing awareness that shortcomings in robotic research and development have a potential to disrupt the ambitious schedule for design and acquisition of the FCS. The FCS program, now in early conceptual design phase, will play a central role in providing the combat systems that enable a “transformation” of the present-day Army into a future Objective Force. Figure 1-1 illustrates the three-pronged thrust of the transformation campaign and how the Objective Force is dependent upon timely research and development of new system concepts.

This was made possible through advanced combinations of wheeled/tracked technology and direct drive electric technology and such highly efficient electric power generation systems as fuel cells and energy recovery systems. The heretofore missing element of cooperative behavior has been enabled by significant improvement in cognitive systems ranging from simple self diagnosis and repair to planning/adaptation and recognition/understanding of baseline program, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) UGV science and technology objective (STO), and other UGV requirements.

The LSI for FCS is tasked to assist the Training and Doctrine Command in developing the requirements documentation. The LSI should work closely with the TRADOC battle laboratories to develop operational architectures based on the technology readiness of the many technologies included in FCS. Missions currently envisioned to be performed by unmanned ground vehicles include reconnaissance and surveillance, rescue, eavesdropping, and mapping. Unmanned ground vehicles for lethal missions, including both direct and indirect fires, have been discussed, but that prospect clearly gives some military officials cause for concern.

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