Monday, May 27, 2024

ROOK, a multi-payload military 6X6 UGV that operates in rough terrain

Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems and US-based Unmanned Ground Vehicle manufacturer Roboteam have launched ROOK, a multi-payload military 6X6 Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) that features a unique design and built-in autonomy suite. Based on the operational experience accumulated through the fielding of the 4×4 PROBOT UGV systems, the ROOK UGV offers a greater capacity, improved maneuverability, and must-have on-field agility that are key for greater mission effectiveness.

The ROOK is operated either via the TORCH-X Robotic and Autonomous (RAS) application or through an all-weather 7-inch navigation display unit, enabling a single operator to control several unmanned systems. TORCH-X RAS application provides the vehicle with full autonomy and the capability to efficiently navigate rough terrain, during both day and night.

ROOK operating in rough terrain.
ROOK operating in rough terrain. Credit: Elbit Systems

ROOK weights 1200kg, has a low center of gravity, offers 24cm of ground clearance, and can carry up to 1200kg of payloads while maintaining superior maneuverability and transferability. Thanks to the modular hybrid energy configuration of batteries and optional internal generator, the Unmanned Ground Vehicle provides operational endurance of up to 8 drive hours and a speed of 30 km/ (19 mph).

It is designed from scratch as a robotics UGV, a platform in compliance with applicable Military Standards, applying Modular Box structure enabling on-field component replacement with no need for qualified technician or OEM lab maintenance, and efficient upgrades and modification without OEM involvement.

The machine can navigate the desert, snow, or other rough terrains and during sunlight or at night. Its sophisticated sensor can recognize soldiers and follow them in the field, allowing the vehicle to drive off-road without tipping over, and giving it the power to differentiate between grass, rock, and other roads to stay on course and avoid an accident as if driven by a human.

The company expects ROOK to be used to deliver supplies, evacuate casualties, perform intelligence-gathering missions, including the transport and dispatch of drones, and serve as a remote weapons system.