Endeavor Robotics has teamed with Howe and Howe Technologies as it positions itself to support the US Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) programme, the company announced on 29 October.
The companies will work together to bring a new unmanned version of Howe and Howe’s Ripsaw vehicle to the US Army, with Endeavor to serve as prime contractor. Phase 1 of the RCV programme is currently underway, with the army conducting initial experimentation using M113 armoured personnel carriers.
Endeavor will work with Howe and Howe to pursue Phase 2 of the RCV programme, which is expected to begin in 2019, with Ripsaw. The follow-on production phase is currently projected for the acquisition of up to 7,000 RCV systems.
Sean Bielat, CEO, Endeavor Robotics, said: ‘RCV represents the largest robotic system programme in the history of ground robotics. As the nation’s leading supplier of UGVs for more than 15 years, we are uniquely positioned to compete for – and win – RCV.
‘Combining Endeavor’s robotic systems integration expertise and battle-proven unmanned ground vehicle portfolio with Howe and Howe’s advanced Ripsaw platform, we will be well positioned as teammates to deliver a truly best-value solution to the army.’