QinetiQ Inc. and Pratt Miller Defense delivered the Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) to USA.
The RCV-L is a purpose-built hybrid-electric unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV) that integrates the technology of both organizations. The first RCV-L was delivered on November 5, 2020. QinetiQ Inc. Supplied by (QinetiQ) and Pratt Miller Defense (Pratt Miller) team, RCV-L is the first of four systems to be delivered. This on-time delivery, the culmination of eight months of hard work, is an important milestone for the RCV program’s industry/government collaboration.
“The delivery of the first RCV-L is an exciting result of numerous government organisations and industry working together to achieve our first combat-ready robotic vehicle.” said Michael Rose, Robotic Combat Platforms Branch Chief, after delivery. “QinetiQ and Pratt Miller have successfully developed and delivered these systems within budget and on-schedule even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “
“We are proud to deliver the first Robotic Combat Vehicle to the U.S. Army,” said Laurent Lannibois, QinetiQ’s RCV Program Manager. “This delivery will provide the Army with an unmanned vehicle ready for integration into ground combat operations. Our team’s ability to deliver this unparalleled and versatile capability on schedule while working through the unexpected challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is commendable.”
The RCV-L prototype project was granted to QinetiQ North America (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Inc.) with the prime subcontractor Pratt Miller through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium in March 2020. The agreement includes the delivery and support of four RCV-L platforms with supply options for up to 16 additional RCV-L systems.