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St.Type-UG1
2015-08-22 00011
Design
Designer Stalker Inc.
Role Reconnaissance, Infantry Support
Specifications
Weight 9 tonnes
Armor 30 / 30 / 20 mm
Primary Armament 20mm Autocannon
Secondary Armament none
Powerplant 15.0L I4 Diesel
Top Speed 20 km/h

Development Edit

The Type-UG-1 is the first fully autonomous vehicle developed by Stalker Inc.'s research branch. The chassis was developed as a testbed for experimental hardware which allowed the vehicle and its future iterations to function without continuous inputs of a driver or controller. It is also the first unmanned vehicle to be equipped with armament. The vehicle can be tasked with an assignment by a field operative. These tasks include scouting the area for hostile activity, patrol along a set of predetermined waypoints, escort a certain target or even detect and destroy enemy soldiers and armour. It features highly accurate obstacle avoidance programming, as well as a set of manoeuvres to avoid trapping itself in a certain area. The vehicle will provide constant feedback to its controller, such as the targets it is engaging or report on its own situation when the vehicle is stuck, damaged or out of ammo. The drone has been used occasionally in the field, but it is predicted that these autonomous vehicles will become more and more important on the battlefield, and eventually invaluable in any infantry-based operation.

The soft- and hardware package that was developed for this project was later standardized and improved over time. It became known as the 'ghost-kit' and allowed any vehicle --new or old-- to be equipped with this kit and operate autonomously. This was done frequently on tanks developed by Stalker Inc.'s for training purposes.

Characteristics Edit

Advantages Edit

  • Unmanned, giving infantry a tool to scout and clear an area of hostile activity before putting themselves in harm's way.
  • Computer assisted targeting, making the vehicle highly accurate and lethal vs. infantry and soft targets.

Disadvantages Edit

  • Weak armour and low top speed, limiting its uses and survivability significantly.

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