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23 Feb 17. Unmanned demining with the MV-10. Demining is one of the tasks where unmanned systems can provide a real advantage. DOK-ING presented at IDEX the MV- 10, that is designed for demining and other associated tasks. While the vast majority of demining machines in medium and heavy class include both a flail and a tiller, which are interchangeable, the MV-10 is the only robotic system so far with double tool, a front-positioned flail tool following a rear tiller. The MV-10 also has very good cross-country performance. Its robust structure and low silhouette in combination with the 570.5 kW engine enables the MV-10 to operate in steep slopes and overcome various obstacles – up to 2 metres wide and 0.6 metre high – and to pass through 0.8 metre deep water. This remote controlled system is easy to be operated by a single soldier from a safe distance of up to 1,500 metres. The operating speed in clearing mode is 0.1 to 0.8 km/h with a clearance depth of around 40 cm. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
23 Feb 17. Military robots at Endeavor Robotics. With over 6,000 robots delivered worldwide so far Endeavor Robotics is one of the main players in this field. At IDEX the company showed their broad portfolio of robots for military use.
On the left of the photo there is the heavy-payload robot 710 Kobra. This robot was designed to provide strength, power and payload support in an easy to operate robot package. Kobra has a lift capacity of 150 kg and integrates numerous payloads to expand the operational area of the user. Kobra can reach over 3.5 metres, climb stairs and fits through doorways. With a payload of 70 kg the robot can still achieve sustained speeds of 12.9 km/h.
Also of interest was the battle-tested PackBot. This modular, adaptable and expandable robot can perform bomb disposal, surveillance, reconnaissance, CBRNe/HazMat detection and mapping. It is deployable in less than two minutes and can reach speeds of up to 9.3 km/h. More than 4,000 PackBots have been delivered worldwide so far. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
23 Feb 17. MRAP by Navistar Defense. Navistar Defense showed the MaxxPro LWB DXM variant of their MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle family.
The DXM suspension allows off-road mobility along with increased troop capacity at a high protection level. The MaxxPro LWB DXM has the full range of ballistic IED and mine blast protection solutions. Seating is for up to 8 soldiers and a gunner. The vehicle is in service and battle tested.
Due to the modular setup of this vehicle family various body styles and multiple weapon systems are available to meet all the customer needs. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
BATTLESPACE Comment: NAVISTAR told BATTLESPACE that they have a number of MaxPro vehicles in the region and have just won a major order in Pakistan. The company is looking for further sales and to upgrade the existing fleet in the Middle East.
23 Feb 17. Siad Overcomer for challenging terrain. Siad Overcomer was the system shown by the companies Overcomer and Tornado GT on their booth at IDEX. Considering complience with a wide range of tasks, the predecessor of Siad Overcomer – Hunta – has already proven itself as a reliable vehicle for geologists or hunters as well as security agencies and special divisions. Siad Overcomer has very low pressure tires together with the design and tire characteristics this provides high maneuverability and buoyancy. According to the company such tires do not damage topsoil due to low ground pressure (0.15 kg/cm3). Flotation is carried out by the wheels and screw propeller rotation. Maximum speed is 70 km/h. Clearance is 660 mm, wheelbase 3,100 mm. The tank might carry 100 liter. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
23 Feb 17. Panthera at Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles. Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MS