ABP Guardian ROV
TURNING VISION INTO REALITY
It’s unique combination of size, payload capacity, reach, dexterity, manoeuvrability, operability and ability to negotiate a wide variety of urban and rural terrain combined with its “future proof” modular / open architecture construction, eclipse the capabilities of current competitors.
It will provide a capable, versatile and an upgradable platform to meet the ever more demanding requirements encountered by its users.
- Width: 417mm (tracks), 535mm (wheels), length: 1280mm (extended), 758mm (normal drive configuration), height: (stowed) 504mm (tracks), 524mm (wheels)
- Extending and multi-jointed arm vertical reach: 2.5m, horizontal reach: 2.1m
- Adjustable ‘Elbow’ joint has a reach of 400m
- Auto braking option
- 4 track modules for multi-terrains
- Radio and fibre optic control
- Up to 4 cameras/video channels
- Speed 0-2.7kph/Hr (tracks), 0-4.5kph/Hr (wheels)
REACH & DEXTERITY
The GUARDIAN’S hybrid extending / folding arm has been designed to be strong and robust allowing deployment of significant payloads with the arm extended and up to 30kg with the arm retracted. The arm extension capability avoids deployment difficulties in confined spaces often encountered with unfolding arm systems.
The elbow joint provides “reach over” and “reach in” capability as required when deploying equipment into such areas as aircraft overhead lockers and car boots.
Maximum vertical reach with the vehicle in “tip toe” mode is 2.6m.
The GUARDIAN control station is housed in an attache’ style case and has been developed to offer the operator maximum situational awareness with minimum operator workload and intuitive control. Video images from the four vehicle cameras are displayed on a dedicated 17” (430mm) high brightness TFT display.
Picture in picture capability allows display of multiple camera images in a variety of configurations. Key functions are achieved by dedicated controls whilst sub functions are controlled by a separate 10.5” (265mm) touch screen situated in the base of the case. A powerful and unique feature that provides the operator with crucial information is the 3D vehicle mimic displayed on the touch screen. This image is an accurate representation of the vehicle and its position and takes account of configuration and terrain position. This information allows the operator to automatically see potential instability or situations where actions such as weapon firings may impact on the vehicle. GPS is also included as standard to provide additional positional data. Communication between the vehicle and base station can be by either radio or fibre optic cable.
The fibre optic cable can be deployed from either a passive or active “intelligent” spooler.
The GUARDIAN chassis has been developed to offer a highly stable and manoeuvrable platform. Track modules are able to move continuously through 360 degrees as independent front and rear pairs, ensuring great versatility in positioning, which in turn provides class leading obstacle negotiation capability and extremely stable stair climbing.
The ability to significantly change the vehicles footprint ensures stability, allows extended arm reach when required and aids adjustment to minimum size when accessing confined spaces. Off road wheels are fitted to enhance the cross-country capability, whilst retaining the track modules to assist in obstacle negotiation. Maximum ground clearance has been maintained to prevent “beaching” on obstacles in uneven terrain.
VERSATILITY, ADAPTABILITY & EQUIPMENT INTEGRATION
A key design driver during GUARDIAN development has been to ensure that integration with related equipment and payloads is straightforward. GUARDIAN has a quick – change equipment carrier on the payload head to allow fitting of a variety of equipments including Disruptors, X-Ray systems, Laser range finder, chemical agent or explosive detectors and ECM equipment. A number of power supplies and data ports are positioned at the base of the arm to allow connection of customer specified equipment.