Tuesday, November 29, 2022

BAE Systems displays an Armed Robotic Demonstrator at AUSA Global

BAE Systems again has unveiled its Armed Robotic Combat Vehicle (ARCV) at the AUSA Global after 11 years of silence. The unmanned ground combat vehicle developed by BAE Systems made its first public appearance in 2006.

The Armed Robotic Combat Vehicle (ARCV), also named Black Knight, was unveiled at AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition. The 2017 AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition take place March 13-15 at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville.

The event features various exhibitors and sponsors, special events and new innovation and technology between military and industry. The symposium has been held in Huntsville for the last several years.


The ARCV is a prototype unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV) designed by BAE Systems. It weighs approximately 12 tons and is deployable from a C-130; thus, the ARCV can be airlifted by military transport aircraft. Similar in appearance to a tank, it is armed with a turret-mounted 30 mm gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.

In 2006, the ARCV made its first public appearance at the Association of the United States Army in Washington D.C. The vehicle is currently being evaluated by the US Army. It is a proof of concept for military unmanned vehicles, specifically as a combat asset.

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