10 Feb 05. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Consortium (NREC) and United Defense Industries, Inc. have been awarded a $26.4mi contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Program Office for Robotic Systems to design, develop and produce tactical unmanned ground vehicles (TUGV) for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Gladiator TUGV will provide the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with a tele-operated unmanned ground vehicle for remote combat tasks, increasing survivability by identifying and neutralizing threats and reducing risk to Marines. Gladiator will provide Marines with remote, unmanned scout, reconnaissance and surveillance while the operator remains concealed at a distance.
18 Feb 05. Brigadier General Charles A. Cartwright, Program Manager, FCS Unit of Action, announced during AUSA that funding had been provided under the 2005 FCS budget for the United Defense Armed Robotic Vehicle. The ARV is designed to be an integral part of the FCS Unit of Action. The ARV provides essential recce, surveillance, target acquisition and lethality. ARV allows the Unit of Action to see first and kill first. A recce version, ARV-R is designed to provide ISTAR targets to the Mounted Combat Systems and Recon Platoons. The C4ISR package offers advanced sensors and an unattended ground sensor launcher. It will provide long-range RSTA capability and ability to communicate with JTRS.. The ARV-A variant provides direct/indirect fire in support of Infantry Combat Vehicle-equipped Infantry Platoons. It is integrated with a common missile launcher and a medium calibre gun.