DSEI 2013 Unmanned Programme to Feature Oshkosh TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology
UGVs have the potential to reduce troops’ exposure to threats, seamlessly integrate into military operations
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Sept. 9, 2013) — Low-tech, life-threatening threats like improvised explosive devices (IED) have reshaped conflicts and spurred militaries to re-consider how they can protect their land forces. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will be showcasing the role unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology can play in protecting troops while also serving as a force multiplier at DSEI 2013 defence and security exhibition, Sept. 10-13 in London.
Oshkosh Defense will be showcasing its TerraMax™ UGV technology at the Company’s booth throughout DSEI and will present “TerraMax UGV: Enabling Advanced Autonomy for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles” at the DSEI Unmanned Theatre, which will feature the latest capabilities and innovations in the unmanned technologies domain.
“Our TerraMax UGV technology has demonstrated a high level of maturity following multiple evaluations with the U.S. military and thousands of miles of successful operation,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “This technology has the potential to reduce troops’ exposure to threats like IEDs when conducting logistics convoy, route clearance and other missions. Additionally, as militaries seek to improve efficiencies and cope with declining budgets, autonomous vehicles can help optimize the troops needed to carry out missions.”
About the TerraMax UGV Technology
The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is engineered as a scalable appliqué kit that enables vehicles to carry out planned missions in a supervised autonomous mode or by “shadowing” a lead vehicle. The technology can be integrated on new-production vehicles, including those built by other manufacturers, or retrofitted on existing vehicle fleets.
The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology includes:
- A field-ready kit solution
- A robust, multi-modal sensor suite
- Advanced machine-learning
- Operation in GPS-denied environments
“The TerraMax technology is designed to ensure UGVs can be seamlessly integrated into military operations,” said John Beck, chief unmanned systems engineer for Oshkosh Defense. “Our kit design allows vehicles to retain their original payload and performance capabilities. Additionally, TerraMax-equipped vehicles can perform in the same weather conditions and operating environments as manned vehicles.”
The TerraMax UGV operator control unit (OCU) facilitates semi-autonomous commands and remote control or tele-operation. The OCU selectively displays overhead map data and multiple video feeds in a familiar picture-in-picture format. It also can serve as a force multiplier through one-to-many control, allowing a single operator to monitor and supervise coordinated operations of multiple TerraMax-equipped UGVs.
Oshkosh also is transitioning technologies from the TerraMax UGV system to provide active-safety features for the manned operation of vehicle fleets, including electronic stability control, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and electric power-assist steering.
Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the TerraMax UGV technology as well as the company’s vehicles and training capabilities at DSEI at booth #N4-160 in the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre. The TerraMax UGV presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the DSEI Unmanned Theatre, booth #N2-390.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.
To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®,McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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