UGCVUnmanned Ground Combat Vehicle
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According to UQM, the generators will be integrated with a small diesel engine to generate the power required by the two additional UGCVs, which are propelled by high-torque, wheel-mounted UQM propulsion motors.
According to a study published last year by the National Research Council, the UGCV program is unrestrained by conventional design parameters associated with accommodating an onboard crew, such as shock and vibration, survivability and risk factors.
The Retarius UGCV is close to the size the FCS is considering for its Mule-type vehicle.
The UGCV will operate with imperfect knowledge of the environment and it may occasionally crash and roll over.
According to the company, the UGCVs will be powered by UQM propulsion motors that use energy produced by a UQM generator located on the engine.
The primary metrics for the UGCV are endurance (14 days and 450 km off-road), obstacle negotiation and payload fraction.
In July, DARPA awarded $5.5 million contracts to Carnegie Mellon University and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to build UGCV prototypes.