result of teamwork between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory
(ARL) and General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS), TAC-C has
been developed to explore new missions for tactical class robotic
vehicles. The vehicle can carry up to 2,000 lbs (907 kg) of
cargo, providing deployed units with various logistical support
services, such as delivery of supplies or casualties evacuation.
TAC-C also provides a platform for the deployment of unmanned
aerial systems (UAS). The vehicle can be employed on autonomous
missions or be driven manually.
The vehicle has a steering column and driver’s
seat that can be stowed away or deployed in a matter of seconds,
TAC-C can also be man-driven and used to transport up to five
troops. The vehicle has a front and rear steering, which also
enable crab steering when required, enabling turning radius
as small as three meters.
The vehicle uses Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to
enable smooth transfer of power to the wheels, maintaining positive
traction even in difficult conditions. Maximum speed when manually
driven is 80 mph., using 2 wheel, 4 wheel or ultra-low gears
for the most rugged terrain. When operated in an autonomous
mode, TAC-C can travel at speeds of 20 mph cross country. Semi-active
suspension is used to reduce signature to a low, ground hugging
mode or raise the chassis for maximum ground clearance. In the
medical evacuation role, the vehicle can be utilized as an autonomous
or soldier driven vehicle. In both configurations it can carry
two litters with wounded soldiers, and a MEDEVAC kit including
an EKG monitor, IV hookup and other medical supplies.