TORC – Autonomous Vehicle System – Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate

TORC ( ) Products Integrated for Marine Corps Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate Autonomous Vehicles Virginia Tech Students use Robotic Building Blocks Product Line in Development of Unmanned Systems BLACKSBURG, VA (June 22, 2010) — TORC, a leading product provider of modular unmanned systems technology, provided its full line of Robotic Building Blocks for Virginia Tech engineering students to rapidly develop four optionally unmanned, autonomous vehicles. TORC products make up the key components of the autonomous vehicle kits that were installed on existing platforms to create the four Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) systems. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory worked closely with Virginia Tech and TORC to develop the four GUSS vehicles, which will be used by the Marines during the Warfighting Laboratory’s Enhanced Company Operations experimentation that coincides with the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) war games in July. The biennial RIMPAC exercises include the participation of 14 nations and approximately 20000 personnel. The GUSS vehicles can carry up to 1800 pounds and move at the speed of a troop on foot, or about five miles per hour. The multi-purpose systems are designed to operate on off-road terrain, day or night in all weather conditions, and will support dismounted troops with point-to-point resupply, thereby reducing the loads manually carried by Marines and providing a means for immediate casualty evacuation. TORC’s ByWire

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