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From German.The Croatian Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) forge DOK-ING plans to continue the series of successful UGVs that can be used in practice with the Komodo. The vehicle, which was created with financial support from the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESI Fund), like its predecessors, is also designed for use in particularly dangerous environments and has a specialization for missions in a CBRN environment. The manufacturer DOK-ING, founded and based in Zagreb in 1992, is internationally known for its unmanned ground vehicles. The range of possible applications ranges from clearing mines to EOD and fire extinguishing tasks to monitoring rooms. Over a dozen armed forces have already introduced a Croatian-made UGV, including the US Army, where 41 MV-4 mine clearance systems are currently in use. The uranium-6 and uranium-14 UGVs used by the Russian armed forces are also based on the MV-4 and MVF-5 designed by DOK-ING. The Komodo now presented is part of the Permanent Structure Cooperation (PESCO) program and is to be offered as a uniform system for the countries of the European Union (with the exception of Malta and Denmark).
According to the manufacturer, the 7.2 m long and 2.3 m wide UGV, with a system weight of 17 tons, is one of the heaviest vehicles in this class. The drive still allows a cruising speed of up to 30 km / h. According to their own statements, the developers made a conscious decision in favor of a hybrid drive solution in order to be able to carry out missions in an atmosphere with a very low oxygen content. For the primary role of use in a contaminated atmosphere and polluted terrain, the Komodo is equipped with an extensive sensor package for the detection of ABC threats, which can be expanded modularly. In addition, samples of gases, aerosols or solids can be taken for later evaluations in laboratories in the field of application.Thanks to the combination of cameras and a LIDAR system, a comprehensive picture of the situation around the vehicle is available even with severely restricted visibility.
For this purpose, the Komodo has a multifunctional arm mounted on the rear, which, in its role as a crane, can lift loads of up to 900 kg with a range of 4 m. As a further function, the robot arm can carry out the decontamination of objects or vehicles. The integrated extinguishing agent tank can also be used to carry out fire-fighting tasks and also to cool the vehicle, as well as limited self-decontamination. A shower attached to the vehicle allows individual persons to be decontaminated. In addition, a clearing blade with an integrated gripper is installed on the bow. With the shield, the vehicle can move loads and barriers up to a weight of ten tons or lift up to two tons. In addition, soil can be removed to enable surfaces to be decontaminated. DOK-ING specifies the range for reliable radio remote control with an undisturbed line of sight as 1.5 km, which seems quite realistic. In addition, the vehicle has a follow me function to ensure cooperation with its own forces, as well as an AI-based obstacle detection.
According to the manufacturer, the 7.2 m long and 2.3 m wide UGV, with a system weight of 17 tons, is one of the heaviest vehicles in this class.
The Komodo has a multifunctional arm mounted on the rear, which in its role as a crane can lift loads of up to 900 kg with a range of 4 m. (Photo: DOK-ING) The DOK-ING Komodo is an interesting draft for a mission profile in which the use of one's own forces should ideally be reduced as much as possible to machines. With the partial self-decontamination capability, a weak point in automated detection and detoxification systems has also been addressed. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether the Komodo will replace or just supplement the significantly lighter but also less powerful MVF-5 UGV from its own production. After all, on closer inspection, both vehicles show a clear overlap in their capabilities.
Combining robotic mule and hydrogen propulsion is the challenge that two French companies have set for themselves with, in the viewfinder, possible outlets with the armed forces. A concept called "H2RMIONE" and the first links of which will be evaluated this year in the Moroccan sands.
From Bugs BuggHy to H2RMIONE
Pilot of the project, Robotics Industry is no stranger to the defense world. This Mérignac (Gironde) company notably designs the GX8 aerial drone, the Droneo autonomous surface drone and the Serval ground robot, reserved for military and security applications. It has also delivered a dozen firing analysis systems to French special forces and collaborates with Arquus for the robotization component of the Contact Lightening Machine (EAC).
The idea for the H2RMIONE mule has emerged over the past few months. To carry it out, Robotics Industry has joined forces with H2X-Ecosystems, a player in the new French carbon-free hydrogen sector. “ The idea is to come and combine their energy know-how with our mobility and autonomy elements to design an autonomous hydrogen mule ”.
Born in January 2020 from a merger between Eco Solar Breizh, SLS France and Anleg, H2X-Ecosystems “ develops both batteries and hydrogen tanks, more truly the entire ecosystem, ie manufacturing and distribution, ”explains Robotics Industry.
Recently, H2X-Ecoystems has also made progress in the hydrogen vehicle segment. Eco Solar Breizh came looking for him to jointly develop a buggy prototype, the Bugs BuggHy, which will be on display during the next Aïcha des Gazelles rally, from September 17 to October 2, 2021 in Morocco.
H2X-Ecoystems has already succeeded in designing a solution allowing hydrogen cylinders to be changed in less than 15 seconds. The Breton company will also supply its Shyva 350 generator, a containerized hydrogen generator to recharge the batteries and supply the bivouac.
The first laps of the wheels will take place in September. The Moroccan experience will then demonstrate the relevance of the concept, will help to test fuel cells in extreme environments and will fuel the H2RMIONE project. The first milestones could be reached in the next six months, estimates Robotics Industry.
If Robotics Industry masters autonomy and H2X-Ecoystems hydrogen fuel supply, the real challenge will be to “ progress in unknown terrain. We are working with other companies, other start-ups to capture technologies that could be missing ”.
Rather than adopting a civilian chassis, it will be a question of relying on the experience acquired previously on the basis of a small modular terrestrial robot. “ It is clear that we will move forward with the project with a very different modular chassis ,” says Robotics Industry.
" At Robotics Industry, we love to play with Lego bricks, whether they are hardware or software ." The team has been working for a while on a patented solution for integrating the propulsion unit into a mobility module. In other words, each wheel would have its own motor, powered by its own batteries. It is up to the user to connect the modules together to build a vehicle with 4, 6, 8 or even 10 wheels depending on the required use.
The targeted performances would surpass those of the Bugs BuggHy: up to 300 km of autonomy, a maximum speed of 80 km / h and 300 kg of load. All while maintaining a compact profile, the example taken by Robotics Industry as an illustration evoking a platform 3.2 m long, 1.3 m high and 1.85 m wide.
This mule would have a dual use, thereby going beyond the traditional range of missions entrusted to this type of tool, from transport to the surveillance of sensitive sites. Like the smart grid idea promoted by Arquus, the idea would be to make the vehicle an “energy terminal” for the infantryman, to whom he would connect to recharge the batteries of his equipment.
Still, H2RMIONE is only at the stage of reflection. To connect the idea to the needs of the French military, Robotics Industry very recently approached the Battle Lab Terre, the French Army's benchmark for land robotics. " We have started to discuss the subject, to determine with them what the scenarios could be ," notes the company.