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High speed robot tank with minigun

Most robotic vehicles move rather slowly and require relatively complex control, lacking effective 360 degrees situational awareness. Consequently, they can be easily outmaneuvered and disabled by an enemy that could get close or out run the robot.

The U.S. Army is evaluating a much larger, powerful, agile and lethal robot developed by the Hawe & Hawe (H&H) company, known as 'RipSaw Military Specification 2', that offers many advantages that minimize such vulnerabilities. The RipSaw-MS2 is being tested as a convoy security and support vehicle.

The RipSaw Military Spec 1 (MS1) unmanned tracked vehicle provided a test platform for advanced off-road capabilities. Its capability to rapidly move off-road has triggered the Army to evaluate it as a convoy support 'guardian angel'.

The vehicle can rapidly move alongside the convoy, without obstructing the convoy movement, rapidly securing suspected IEDs sites or responding to enemy fire from ambushes, suppressing enemy fire sources or towing immobilized vehicles out of the line of fire.

The RipSaw-MS1 has recently demonstrated such capabilities during the 'Robotics Rodeo' at Ft. Hood. Beyond the convoy support mission, RipSaw has other potential missions, including perimeter defense, surveillance, rescue, border patrol, crowd control and explosive ordnance disposal roles.

Weighing 4.5 ton (9,000 lbs) the RipSaw MS2 vehicle is sized like a HMMWV. It can carry about one ton (2,000 lbs) of payload and be controlled remotely or operated by a driver and a crewman.

The vehicle uses a lightweight tubular chassis design, derived from NASCAR race cars, powered by a 6.6 liters duramax diesel engine, developing 600 hp and 1000 ft/lb of torque, providing exceptional power to weight ration for vehicles at this class. Fully weaponized and loaded, the RipSaw MS2 can accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in 5.5 seconds reaching a top speed of about 60 mph. "Ripsaw is very quick and agile, it can easily outmaneuver a human" Michael Hawe told Defense Update, indicating this is not trivial for a UGV.

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By netchicken: posted on 19-12-2009

Neat little tank(okay maybe little isn't the right word), but I can't wait to see it on the battlefield! Wouldn't want to see one of those coming at me on the street.
By mg.mikael: posted on 19-12-2009

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