Textron Systems and its partners have unveiled Ripsaw M5, an unmanned tracked vehicle that will be in the running for the U.S. Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle program .
The vehicle, a combined effort of Textron, its subsidiary Howe and Howe Technologies, and FLiR Systems Inc., has been designed for high speed and superior mobility in rugged terrains and weather. The fifth-generation robotic combat vehicle platform combines scalable armor, suspension and drive options to meet a variety of mission demands.
“My brother Geoff and I founded Howe & Howe with the single, clear objective of safeguarding our nation’s warfighters,” said Senior Vice President Mike Howe. “This drive led us to develop the fastest tracked vehicle in the world, and we’ve applied that same spirit and purity of innovation to the Ripsaw M5.”
“Incorporating our world-class intelligent sensors and unmanned assets on the Ripsaw M5 will provide a leap-ahead technology solution for the Army,” said David Ray, President of FLIR Systems’ Government and Defense business unit. “From cameras delivering 360-degree situational awareness to surveillance gimbals, tethered drones and ground robots, we’ll give our troops a tactical edge by keeping them on technology’s edge.”
“Bringing together Howe & Howe, Textron Systems and FLIR Systems really represents a dream team,” says President & CEO Lisa Atherton of Textron Systems. “We formed this team based on our shared focus to serve this customer with disruptive ideas and proven experience, and we are dedicated to meeting and exceeding their requirements through the RCV program. We are confident that the Ripsaw M5 is their ideal wingman, and that we can get these vehicles out into the field where they need them – quickly.”
As part of the Army’s modernization effort, the service plans to develop and field light, medium and heavy versions of a Robotic Combat Vehicle, giving commanders the option of sending unmanned vehicles into combat against enemy forces.
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