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20 Oct 14. Russia announces unmanned ground vehicles roadmap tender. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has announced the publication of a tender opportunity to create a roadmap for the development of robot systems and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) by the country’s military industrial base. In a statement on its website Minpromtorg said the aim was to “create a road map for military robotics for the period up to 2030. The winner will examine domestic and foreign experience [and] predict the development of appropriate industrial technology”. The contract is valued at RUB20m (USD488,000). The closing date for tenders is 27 October, with an announcement expected on 29 October. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
Millbrook, based in Bedfordshire, UK, makes a significant contribution to the quality and performance of military vehicles worldwide. Its specialist expertise is focussed in two distinct areas: test programmes to help armed services and their suppliers ensure that their vehicles and systems work as the specification requires; and design and build work to upgrade new or existing vehicles, evaluate vehicle capability and investigate in-service failures. Complementing these is driver and service training and a hospitality business that allows customers to use selected areas of Millbrook’s remarkable facilities for demonstrations and exhibitions.