QinetiQ Inc. and Pratt Miller Defense delivered the second Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) ICA to the US army.
The RCV-L is a purpose-built hybrid-electric unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV) that integrates the technology of both companies. The first RCV-L was delivered on November 5. The RCV-L delivered on December 8 by QinetiQ Inc. (QinetiQ) and Pratt Miller Defense (Pratt Miller) team is the second of four systems to supplied. This second delivery, one of the culmination of the dedicated work, marks a vital milestone for the RCV program’s industry/government cooperation.
Pratt Miller Defense stated that the second RCV-L system was delivered on time to the GVSC integration team at Selfridge Air National Guard Base as planned on December 8. The statements underlined the close cooperation of the project partners. “Thank Pratt Miller and QinetiQ team members for their hard work and dedication to deliver on time!” It was also highlighted stated that the teams were working hard to deliver the 3rd and 4th RCV-L systems in the near future as part of the contract,
First RCV-L Delivery
Michael Rose, Head of Robotic Combat Platforms Branch, shared the following statement after delivery: “The delivery of the first RCV-L is an exciting result of numerous government organizations and industry working together to achieve our first combat-ready robotic vehicle. “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 awarded to QinetiQ North America (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Inc.) with the prime subcontractor being Pratt Miller through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium in March 2020. The agreement includes the delivery and support of four RCV-L platforms with procurement options for up to 16 additional RCV-L systems.