REVIEW OF HIGH MOBILITY WHEELED VEHICLE CONCEPTS

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Authors
  1. Irwin, G.J.
  2. Bogner, S.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
An historical review of light off-road vehicles is presented with the aim of developing novel vehicle configurations capable of wide ranging ground mobility. DRES recently modified its Vehicle Mobility R&D program to include unmanned vehicle platform studies. Unmanned vehicles show promise for application in a number of military roles including: countermine, surveillance, EOD, hazardous material handling, targets and weapon platforms. DRES conducts R&D on several unmanned vehicle technologies including: guidnace and control, navigation and platforms. To date products have included the JINGOSS remote mine detection vehicle, ground targets (BADGER), command and control stations (ANCAEUS) and the EOD robot. All are teleoperated systems, but autonomous behaviour is desirable. High mobility is essential in reducing control and obstacle avoidance problems to acceptable levels. Hence the study of high mobility vehicle platforms. This report is an investigation of factors important to high mobility platforms. Significant environmental factors are identified along with mechanisms of terrain-vehicle interaction and the vehicular features and configurations correspondingly to be recommened. Past and current rationale in vehicle development indicates the particular advantages of a wheeled, articulated, vehicle consisting of individually powered units and footings under automatic control. TRUNCATED.
Keywords
Unmanned vehicles;Wheeled vehicles;Articulated vehicles;Running gear
Report Number
DRES-M-1430 — Memoramdum
Date of publication
01 Sep 1994
Number of Pages
67
DSTKIM No
95-00395
CANDIS No
148984
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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