US Army unveils new Robotic Combat Vehicle based on M113 tracked APC platform

On its Facebook account, the U.S. Army GVSC Ground Vehicle Systems Center has released a picture showing Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrator (MET-D) vehicles including the new Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) based on tracked APC M113. The vehicle was unveiled during an event at the GVSC.

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New Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) based on M113 surrogate platform. (Picture source Facebook account Ground Vehicle Systems Center)

The U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center is one of eight science and technology domains within the command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and the nation.

According to U.S. military sources, the US Army is on schedule to begin operational user testing of legacy M113 tracked armored personnel carriers, converted to armed robotic platforms, linked to the Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrator (MET-D) vehicles program, that includes Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) on M113 surrogate platform.

During the event was unveiled the RCV on M113 platform that demonstrates and transitions new technology to future programs and Soldiers can control it remotely, getting closer to using optionally manned vehicles.

To provide autonomy in the unmanned vehicle have emerging sensors, modules artificial intelligence, and cyber technologies with integrated 360 situational awareness, autonomous search and target acquisition (AiTD/R) unburdening the Soldier operator, with a high degree of survivability and lethality in a highly contested environment Where the RCV is experiencing loss of control or is visually lost, the vehicle returns to a last point of communication.