Crusher UGCV

Carnegie Mellon’s 6.5-ton “Crusher” combines strength and mobility to create an extremely robust, unmanned vehicle that can function on its own in challenging off-road terrain.

The project is known as UPI, which stands for Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV) PerceptOR Integration. The Crusher’s hull is made from high-strength aluminum tubes and titanium nodes protected by a steel skid plate that absorbs shocks from impacts with rocks or tree stumps. Its unique suspension enables it to move smoothly over extremely rough terrain and overcome obstacles like large ditches, man-made barriers, or piles of boulders. It can carry more than 3600 kg (8,000 lbs.) of payload and armor. Electric motors embedded in each of the vehicle’s six wheels are powered with a hybrid system that uses a turbo diesel generator to recharge its batteries. Its top speed is currently ~42 km/hr (26 miles/hr). The Crusher is currently undergoing extensive field tests under the purview of the U.S. Army and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) every quarter for the next two years. It is predicted that vehicles like the Crusher will be used initially in convoy or support roles, then in tactical roles.

More information from the Carnegie Mellon Crusher web page.