HORIBA MIRA – a world-leader in advanced engineering, research and product testing – will be showcasing its autonomous unmanned JCB Compact Track Loader on stand N8-340 at DSEI, a major Defence exhibition at London’s EXCEL centre from the 12th September.
Designed to conduct engineering tasks that are considered too dangerous for an operator, the autonomous unmanned Track Loader has a number of modes of operation including manual, remote control, teleoperation and fully autonomous operation.
Designed for both civil and defence use, the Autonomous Unmanned Track Loader can complete a number of different engineering tasks, many of which have been identified by the British Army in their Remote and Autonomous Systems (RAS) programme. Specifically the Track Loader is capable of unmanned support to combat engineering and manoeuvre as well as infrastructure build.
Andy Maloney, Chief Engineer for Defence Solutions at HORIBA MIRA, said: “The requirements put on autonomous machines by the construction industry are, in a number of scenarios, very similar to those that military engineers face. This covers both the tasks themselves and the demanding environmental conditions the systems must operate in.
“Combining JCB’s expertise in machine development with HORIBA MIRA’s extensive background in autonomous vehicle technologies has enabled the development of an engineering support vehicle to meet the unique and specific demands of the defence environment.”
HORIBA MIRA’s MACE is also fitted to a number of other platforms including PANAMA, the British Army’s current IED Detect system, a part of the Route Proving and Clearance capability, as well as their new small UGV designed for Hazardous Scene Assessments.
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