Family of Unmanned Systems
family of miniature robotic platforms developed by AMT and ECA in France
is designed to operate in urban terrain. It is under evaluation under by
the French DGA "Mini-Robot de Choc" (MiniROC) technology demonstration
program for future robotic platforms for FELIN,
BOA and Scorpion future combat programs. The
MiniROC concept relies on the combination of several platforms carrying
a range of modular payloads, to effectively cover the broad requirements
of urban warfare, including observation, localization, surveillance,
load carrying and sentry operations, performed both indoor and outdoor.
The different platforms differ in weight, volume, speed and mobility.
The family is based on a small scout robot, utilizing tracks and
flippers, offering high mobility in indoor and outdoor environments. The
portable scout weighs 26 kg without payload.
MiniROC Scout can operate for 2.5 hours at a maximum speed of 7.2 km/h,
surveying buildings through autonomous or remotely controlled operation.
The scout can negotiate staircases and obstacles, thus surveying
elevated floors or subterranean spaces. Although this platform clearly
resembles the PacBot, defense Update could not yet confirm the use of
the iRobot platform in this program.
indoor sensor is the four wheeled, lightweight mini-robot (2.1 kg
weight) is designed for indoor operations. This robust autonomous sensor
can be tossed into a room, to remotely sense and survey the target.
Operating autonomously for up to 30 minutes, the mini-robot can travel
at a speed of 1.8 km/h and carry an integral video and audio sensor.
larger support robot is used for outdoor operations. This 160kg six
wheeled platform can carry a payload of up to 100 kg for mission
duration of 1 – 5 hours. The support robot can perform reconnaissance
missions near and around buildings and obstacles and can employ weapons
in support of manned operational maneuvers. Both platforms can be
configured with a variety of payloads, including a thermal imager,
multi-spectral EO sensor and illuminator, passive infrared detector, gun
mount, or munition launcher.