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Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle

Posted: October 22, 2019
Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle

Sorry to all the Veruca Salts out there, but you can't have a Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle or an Oompa Loompa. Willy Wonka and the US Military say no.

Debuting at the 2019 AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C., the Ripsaw M5 is a machine piloted by machines. The M5 is the 5th in the Ripsaw series, and this newest model of RCV isn't just quick, agile, and silent in operation, it's all those things without a human driver sitting at its wheel. The Textron Systems tank operates under robotic control and interfaces, controlled from a remote location. It is the product of subsidiary Howe & Howe's purpose-built vehicular components and FLIR Systems' intelligent sensors and unmanned assets.

The former consist of scalable / configurable armor, suspension, and final drives, and all-terrain capabilities at speeds of up to 40 MPH.

The latter include: cameras that send 360-degree situational awareness to surveillance gimbals; tethered drones the Ripsaw M5 can deploy for further surveillance and, mapping, and to find its own route; and additional deployable ground robots.

The Ripsaw M6 RCV is also modular to suit various types of missions, with options for adding a medium caliber cannon, CROWS-Javelin missile configuration, mine-clearing line charge, and mine plow.

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