As autonomy capabilities improve UGVs are becoming strategically critical for several industry sectors. In the defence sector, UGVs fulfil a range of tasks that might otherwise expose soldiers to danger, or where they can significantly improve efficiency or increase tempo. Tasks include efficiently resupplying soldiers on the front line, providing additional surveillance capability ahead of manned vehicles or providing a remote weapon station platform.

VIKING is a technologically superior platform designed to deliver these benefits. By using 4-wheel steering rather than skid steering, VIKING achieves greater control and manoeuvrability over challenging terrain and tarmac.

VIKING’s 6-wheel independent suspension also improves mobility against its fixed-axle competitors. This suspension design provides improved ride for sensitive payloads or during casualty evacuation. It also allows the vehicle to travel at higher off-road speeds and up to 50 km/h on the road.

VIKING is fitted with a diesel parallel hybrid powertrain. This delivers 20 km of silent driving on battery only, and with a total range of approximately 200km before refuelling. The hybrid drive also charges the battery meaning there is no requirement to plug the vehicle in, and the onboard high voltage system can provide mains power for payloads or for off board use.

VIKING can carry up to 750 kg of payload to support a range of missions.