Textron shows Cottonmouth ARV armed with HERO loitering munitions
WASHINGTON — The Modern-Day Marine 2022 is being held from May 10 to 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, USA. The American company Textron showed visitors it’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle [ARV] Cottonmouth armed with HERO loitering munitions.
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Cottonmouth ARV is a next-generation amphibious purpose-built vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps. Cottonmouth ARV was created with the idea of having a well-armed reconnaissance vehicle. The manufacturer has integrated dozens of sensor systems to improve the functionality and combat capability of the vehicle, including a state-of-the-art electronic warfare system.
Cottonmouth ARV is built on a 6×6 chassis. The length of the reconnaissance amphibious vehicle is nearly 7 meters, is nearly 3 meters wide, and is exactly 3.09 meters high. The total mass of the Cottonmouth ARV is measured at 16.7 tons. Two crew members drove the Cottonmouth ARV, which could reach 105 km / h speed on the road and “swim” at a wave height of 1.21 meters [4 feet]. A total of five Marines can be transported by Cottonmouth ARV [this number does not include a crew of two].
At the Modern Day Marine 2022 event, Cottonmouth ARV was presented with HERO loitering munitions. HERO is a development of the American company UVision, which produces its ammunition in eight versions.
HERO is a sensor-to-shooter. The purpose of such munition is rapid detection, localization, recognition, and air attack on targets on the battlefield. UVision has developed several systems for firing their stray munitions: from the ground, from combat vehicles, and from air platforms. The HERO is controlled remotely by a communication system. The HERO is equipped with an electro-optical camera whose images are received by the command and control station.
Cottonmouth is part of the US Marine Corps ARV program. Apart from Tekstro [in partnership with Elbit Systems], General Dynamics is the second company to provide a prototype to the US Marines. The two vehicles will enter the race through tests in the coming months. In 2023, the US Marine Corps is expected to determine what the next generation of ARVs will be.
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