Northrop Grumman's CUTLASS UGV will be on display at the Counter Terror Expo in London from April 24 to 25

Next-generation unmanned ground vehicle unveiled

Northrop Grumman will display its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at a conference in London.

The firm today official launched CUTLASS, a UGV designed to deal with a range of threats from a distance including the detection and disposal of bombs and IEDs.

The vehicle has been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK and will be on display at Northrop Grumman's exhibit at the Counter Terror Expo, at the National Hall, Olympia, London, from April 24 to 25, where it will demonstrate its capabilities in daily live scenario-based demonstrations.

"Our CUTLASS vehicle is setting new standards in the UGV market and significantly enhancing the ability of users to handle hazardous threats safely. It is more dexterous, cost effective and, as a package, four times faster than any other UGV," said Greg Roberts, managing director, defence and security, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Europe.

The vehicle features a modular design and is capable of accommodating a range of payloads, sensors and tools, which the company says enables it to carry all of the tools and sensors it needs to perform the full range of operations required for explosive ordnance disposal, avoiding the need to deploy two standard UGVs.

The manipulator arm is equipped with a three-fingered, state-of-the-art gripper and has nine degrees of freedom for greater movement and agility inside limited spaces and the firm says its specialised sensing system provides a high level of control and dexterity to minimize damage to property and preserve forensic evidence.

Northrop Grumman claim, using CUTLASS, a hazardous situation can be restored to normal up to four times more quickly than with any other UGV and the fact that it can do the job of UGVs means users will saves up to 50 per cent on the through-life costs as they will only need to operate one vehicle.

The wheeled platform, can reach speeds of up to 12kph, but is also capable of creeping along at deliberately slow speeds for delicate operations and the six-wheeled design offers mobility on all types of hard and soft terrain and in all weather conditions.

"The vehicle is already in service across the UK and has proven itself to be robust and capable in the most demanding environments,” said Roberts.

“We look forward to exploiting the potential opportunities for exporting this capability into international markets."

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