Source: Military Analysis
A new unmanned ground combat vehicle represents the best look yet at the future of unmanned warfare. The Type X robotic combat vehicle (RCV) is a heavily armed, unmanned mini-tank that could act both independently and alongside manned vehicles. Cheap and easy to operate, unmanned combat vehicles like Type X are likely the future of armored warfare as manned vehicles grow increasingly expensive.
Milrem, an Estonian robotics company, introduced the Type X combat vehicle earlier this month. Type X builds upon Milrem’s experience with robotic combat vehicles, including the THeMIS multipurpose vehicle. Unlike THeMIS, which is more of a robotic mule, Type X resembles a scaled-down main battle tank.
Type X is 19.6 feet long, 9.5 feet long, and 7.2 feet high. It weighs just 12 tons, making it light enough to airdrop from transport aircraft like the C-130J Hercules or carry as a slung load under a CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.