ST Kinetics unveils new weaponised Probot UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle

At Singapore Airshow 2018, the local Company ST Kinetics, the land systems division of ST Engineering unveils its new weaponised UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) fitted with ADDER remote weapon station armed with a 7.62mm machine gun. The Probot is based on the design of the Israeli Probot UGV developed and manufactured by the Israeli Company Roboteam.

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New weaponised Probot at Singapore AirShow 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

The PROBOT (Professional Robot) is the only tactical logistic platform designed for indoor and outdoor operations. Its unique abilities include carrying heavy payloads while maintaining high speeds, sound maneuverability over various obstacles and terrain, and performing semi-autonomous missions. It is extremely versatile and can carry up to 700 Kg, climb stairs and maneuver directly to a point of interest - even in confined areas - enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of small ground forces. The PROBOT can be teleoperated, follow the leader or use GPS waypoint navigation.

The ST Kinetics weaponised Probot is fitted with an Adder RMG7.62 remote weapon station also developed by ST Kinetics. The RMG7.62 is an electric-driven 7.62 caliber gun mounted on the ADDER Remote Weapon Station. A key advantage of the RMG7.62 is that it is powered by electricity, unlike gas-powered remote weapon station which cease to function and require human intervention to rectify during gun stoppages.

The 7.62mm weapon system mounted on the weaponised Probot is fitted with a barrel change device offering a firing rate of up to 800 rounds per minute and replace electronically hot barrel by a new one. Three barrels are available on the weapon system.

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 Close view of the three barrels 7.62mm machine gun integrated in the ADDER Remote Weapon Station at Singapore AirShow 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

The 7.62mm caliber machine gun is integrated with the ADDER weapon station with advanced fire control system that includes sighting system and video tracker for accurate target engagement.

The Probot is controlled via the ROCU7 (Ruggedized Operator Control Unit – 7” Screen), a generic, hand-held controller that enables a single operator to control several unmanned systems with one device. Windows 7 based, the ROCU-7 provides complete operational and tactical control, overall mission management and enhanced force coordination. The robot can be controlled at maxim distance in LOS (line-of-sight) condition.

The Probot can run at a maximum speed of 8.2 km/h and can be used up to 8 hours thanks to rechargeable battery. It can be used for different types of missions, and can be easily configured for MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) operations with specific carriage, in this case, the robot has a weight of 450 kg, and 215 kg without carriage. The maximum payload of the Probot is 750 kg.