General Dynamics Land Systems is premiering its enhanced Super Buffalo concept-demonstration vehicle at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C.
The Buffalo is a recognized leader in the global mine-protected route-clearance vehicle class, with approximately 127 Buffalos deployed in theatre today. The Super Buffalo builds on the current variant to deliver enhanced safety and improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness in logistics, maintenance and sustainment.
The Super Buffalo is designed to further protect Soldiers by providing them with tools to execute route-clearance missions without being in direct contact with improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It also is meant to deliver improved efficiencies by introducing multi-functional robots that perform route-clearance missions faster and more efficiently than just using one vehicle at a time. This will result in an improved platform that is cost-effective and saves lives because it accomplishes the mission with fewer vehicles and soldiers.
The new Buffalo concept-demonstrator capabilities will be rolled out in two phases. Phase I shows the Super Buffalo as a multi-functional vehicle that executes detection and interrogation functions while reducing the size of route-clearance tools and technologies. Phase II employs a command-and-control (C2) platform that uses survivable, multi-functional robots to execute tasks that are in direct contact with IEDs. This phase leverages existing vehicle platforms, tools, technologies and communications. It also provides flexibility in any tactical situation by introducing C2 components that can be co-located, dispersed and man-portable.
Source: General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)
Date: Oct 23, 2012