Autonomous UGV Developed for Critical Missions

By Mike Ball / 15 Sep 2021
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The Aardvark Group has launched RANG-R (Remote Autonomous Next Generation-Rover), a multi-mission autonomous UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) designed to be deployed for critical missions while reducing the burden of human operators. The new vehicle, which was unveiled at the DSEI 2021 exhibition, has been developed through collaboration with experts in the fields of autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, sensor technology, and human-machine interfaces.

The RANG-R was developed following feedback from Aardvark clients that operations were becoming more remote, more complex, harder to supply and in vastly more hazardous environments. A UGV was needed for defense, police, security and search and rescue applications that can provide crucial support to the front line and reduce the logistical burden of resupply, while delivering security and supporting the sustainment of effort towards the mission. RANG-R can be fitted with a range of tools designed to mitigate a wide variety of threats, and can be integrated with other advanced technologies to provide enhanced situational awareness.

Key capabilities of RANG-R include:

  • Deployable on logistics support, C-EO / C-IED, humanitarian and conservation missions
  • Payload capacity of 3850 kg (2 x NATO pallets)
  • Autonomous load and offload capability
  • Maximum speed of 70 kph
  • Range of 100 km
  • 72 hr run time without resupply

David St John-Claire, CEO of the Aardvark Group, commented: “Our clients required a multi-role UGV solution that embodied the Aardvark ethos of reliability, survivability and affordability, and I truly believe that the RANG-R delivers fully against that requirement. I am incredibly proud of the Aardvark family of colleagues and strategic partners who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to deliver RANG-R to market.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact