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A new robot tank that can be equipped with armor-piercing ammunition and surveillance drones on board is built for the US Army

A new robot tank that can be equipped with armor-piercing ammunition and security drones on board has been built for the US Army.

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The so-called & # 39; Ripsaw M5 & # 39; is intended as a & # 39; wingman & # 39; for manned tanks and other armored vehicles and can be adapted for support, combat and surveillance.

The M5 is the newest remotely controlled successor to the manned Ripsaw MS2 tank of the US Army, with a 600 hp engine and a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.

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A new robot tank that can be equipped with armor-piercing ammunition and surveillance drones on board is built for the US Army

A new robot tank that can be equipped with armor-piercing ammunition and surveillance drones on board is built for the US Army

The M5 can be a so-called & # 39; Skyraider & # 39; quadcopter, center right - with a maximum air speed of 31 miles per hour (50 km / hour), can carry loads of 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and can stay in the air for up to 50 years - and has an optical and infrared camera tower, center left

The M5 can be a so-called & # 39; Skyraider & # 39; quadcopter, center right - with a maximum air speed of 31 miles per hour (50 km / hour), can carry loads of 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and can stay in the air for up to 50 years - and has an optical and infrared camera tower, center left

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The M5 can be a so-called & # 39; Skyraider & # 39; quadcopter, center right – with a maximum air speed of 31 miles per hour (50 km / hour), can carry loads of 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and can stay in the air for up to 50 years – and has an optical and infrared camera tower, center left

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE RIPSAW M5?

The Ripsaw M5 is a heavily armored & # 39; Robotic Combat Vehicle & # 39 ;.

It is intended as a & # 39; wingman & # 39; for manned tanks and other vehicles.

The M5 can be equipped with various guns, including anti-tank rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns.

It carries both a drone in the air and a robot with a manipulator arm.

With a guard tower, the M5 can do explorations both at night and during the day.

Manufacturer Textron Systems unveiled the Ripsaw M5 on October 14 during the 2019 Association of the United States Army exhibition in Washington DC.

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The M5 is the newest in the Ripsaw series of remote-controlled tanks, the first of which was developed from a manned army vehicle by engineering brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, stars of the reality TV show & # 39; Howe & Howe Tech & # 39; from 2010.

The M5 & # 39; Robotic Combat Vehicle & # 39; has been further developed as a heavily armored combat drone that can carry both weapons and surveillance drones into the field.

The M5 naturally has a gun turret with a 30-millimeter Mk. 44 Bushmaster II autocannon, designed to operate against enemy infantry, trucks, and armored opposition vehicles.

& # 39; We are convinced that the Ripsaw M5 (the US Army) is the ideal wingman and that we can quickly send these vehicles into the field where they need them & # 39 ;, said Lisa Atherton, CEO of Textron Systems.

However, the Bushmaster cannon is not suitable for other tanks, but the Ripshaw M5 can be equipped with alternative weapons for different challenges.

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For example, the turret can be switched with a remotely controlled Javelin anti-tank rocket launcher – or even anti-aircraft missiles.

The robot can also be used to clear mines, destroy improvised explosives and break through obstacles, and can be equipped with a plow, ground penetration radar or a launcher for rocket-controlled clearance charges.

"My brother Geoff and I founded Howe & Howe for the sole, clear purpose of protecting the forces of our nation," said Mike.

"This drive has led us to develop the fastest tracked vehicle in the world, and we have applied the same spirit and purity of innovation to the Ripsaw M5."

The Ripsaw M5 is referred to as & # 39; wingman & # 39; for manned tanks and other armored vehicles and can be adapted for support, combat and surveillance

The Ripsaw M5 is referred to as & # 39; wingman & # 39; for manned tanks and other armored vehicles and can be adapted for support, combat and surveillance

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The Ripsaw M5 is referred to as & # 39; wingman & # 39; for manned tanks and other armored vehicles and can be adapted for support, combat and surveillance

The Ripshaw M5 can be equipped with alternative weapons for different challenges. For example, the turret can be switched with a remotely controlled Javelin anti-tank rocket launcher - or even anti-aircraft missiles. Other add-ons are mine plows and ground penetrating radar

The Ripshaw M5 can be equipped with alternative weapons for different challenges. For example, the turret can be switched with a remotely controlled Javelin anti-tank rocket launcher - or even anti-aircraft missiles. Other add-ons are mine plows and ground penetrating radar

The Ripshaw M5 can be equipped with alternative weapons for different challenges. For example, the turret can be switched with a remotely controlled Javelin anti-tank rocket launcher – or even anti-aircraft missiles. Other add-ons are mine plows and ground penetrating radar

Manufacturer Textron Systems unveiled the Ripsaw M5 on October 14 during the 2019 Association of the United States Army exhibition in Washington DC

Manufacturer Textron Systems unveiled the Ripsaw M5 on October 14 during the 2019 Association of the United States Army exhibition in Washington DC

Manufacturer Textron Systems unveiled the Ripsaw M5 on October 14 during the 2019 Association of the United States Army exhibition in Washington DC

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For reconnaissance missions, the M5 is able to perform covert, silent maneuvers and is also equipped with a mounted surveillance revolver with 360 ° optical and night vision lenses.

In addition to this, the robot also serves as a carrier for two different types of drone vehicles.

These include a so-called & # 39; Skyraider & # 39; quadcopter – which has a maximum air speed of 31 miles per hour (50 km / h), can carry a useful load of 4.4 kg (2 kg) and can stay in the air for up to 50 minutes.

In addition, the M5 can transport a smaller robot with a manipulator arm that can both climb stairs – allowing him to examine buildings – and gaze around corners with his retractable guard tower.

& # 39; The integration of our world-class intelligent sensors and unmanned resources on the Ripsaw M5 will provide a progressive technological solution for the military & # 39 ;, said David Ray, from the government and defense business unit of Texton partner FLIR Systems.

"From cameras that offer 360-degree environmental awareness to gimbals, guarded drones and ground robots, we will give our troops a tactical advantage by keeping them on the edge of technology."

The M5 & # 39; Robotic Combat Vehicle & # 39; was developed as a heavily armored combat drone that can carry both weapons and surveillance drones into the field

The M5 & # 39; Robotic Combat Vehicle & # 39; was developed as a heavily armored combat drone that can carry both weapons and surveillance drones into the field

The M5 & # 39; Robotic Combat Vehicle & # 39; was developed as a heavily armored combat drone that can carry both weapons and surveillance drones into the field

The M5 is the latest in the Ripsaw series of autonomous tanks, the first of which was developed from a manned army vehicle by engineering brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, stars of the reality TV program & # 39; Howe & Howe Tech & # 39; from 2010.

The M5 is the latest in the Ripsaw series of autonomous tanks, the first of which was developed from a manned army vehicle by engineering brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, stars of the reality TV program & # 39; Howe & Howe Tech & # 39; from 2010.

The M5 is the newest in the Ripsaw series of remote-controlled tanks, the first of which was developed from a manned army vehicle by engineering brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, stars of the reality TV show & # 39; Howe & Howe Tech & # 39; from 2010

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