According to Boeing, the vehicle will provide military, civil and commercial users with unprecedented reconnaissance and secure, real-time intelligence capabilities.
The SUGV Early will be a smaller, lighter version of the iRobot PackBot, which is used in
The remotely operated SUGV Early will feature a video camera and commercial electro-optics, infrared sensors mounted on an articulated manipulator arm and a track-driven chassis that will allow it to negotiate rough terrain and stairs.
The 30lb unit, which can be carried in a backpack, is designed for use in hazardous situations, such as bomb disposal and disaster relief operations. The system, which utilises commercial off-the-shelf technology and employs the basic design of future networked robotic systems currently under development for the US Army, will be ready for delivery in 2008.