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Quad-A 2009 - Industry examines FCS robotic synergies

6th May 2009 - 12:55 GMT | by Scott Gourley


New synergies between unmanned vehicle systems continue to emerge through informal industry examination and experimentation.

One of the latest examples appeared this week at the Army Aviation Association of America (“Quad-A”) annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, where Northrop Grumman highlighted the potential synergies between its MQ-8B Fire Scout, selected as the US Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) Class IV UAS, and the FCS Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) from iRobot.

The systems interface involves a Fire Scout side-carried “logistics pod” that could deliver the SUGV down a rear ramp. 

“What we have is a concept,” explained Joe Emerson, Director, Army

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a former US Army officer and the author of several thousand articles …

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