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New Combat UGV Prototype Unveiled at IDEF 2021

Published: 31 Aug 2021 by

FNSS continues to develop its Shadow Rider Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) concept by showcasing the Shadow Rider Combat UGV prototype at the IDEF 2021 exhibition.

With patrol, follow the leader and return to base autonomous driving modes, the Shadow Rider Combat UGV is equipped with the FNSS autonomy kit and various layers of protection for a secure driving capability. The FNSS autonomy kit is designed in open architecture to enable rapid adaptation of technology enhancements. 


Shadow Rider has a modular design to support armies in a variety of mission profiles, such as direct fire support, reconnaissance, surveillance, communication relay, tactical decoy and logistic support. Equipped with a 25mm remotely controlled turret, fire decision will be given by dismount personnel.

As a reliable and combat proven vehicle, M113 has been selected as a base platform for the Shadow Rider design concept. This approach allowed FNSS to focus on the autonomous technologies of the vehicle.  

With a diesel engine, the Shadow Rider vehicle has a range of 450 km and can reach a speed of 50 km/h on asphalt road. It can climb 60% gradient and 30% side slope, cross 60 cm vertical obstacles and it has trench crossing capability of 160 cm. 

Shadow Rider has a payload capacity of 4500 kg and different mission kits can be easily integrated in to the platform. 

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