The Last Mile call is focused on the challenge of autonomous resupply of military personnel on combat operations. QinetiQ’s approach has been to improve the autonomy capability of TITAN, a flexible architecture land platform with high mobility performance, capable of carrying vital supplies to frontline troops, thereby reducing the risk and burden normally associated with resupply operations. TITAN is developed in collaboration with Estonian company Milrem.
As part of its wider investment programme, QinetiQ continues to develop its land autonomy capability, with a focus on developing TITAN in response to both UK and US research programmes. Another result of this development work is that in the US, TITAN is now a contender for the Continuous Assured Autonomous Resupply Challenge.
More widely, the TITAN vehicle has been successfully submitted forward for initial assessments for the US Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) assessments this October. SMET is a major programme and will see the core vehicle evolve to take a wide range of payloads. The forthcoming assessments will see a down selection process followed by a rapid evaluation of four different vehicles.
QinetiQ’s developing autonomy capability is one of the most prominent features on the company’s stand at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). In addition to a new surveillance and reconnaissance variant of TITAN being unveiled, the company is showing the autonomy enabled variant of TALON, developed for hazardous scene work.
Success in the Last Mile call has not just been in the land domain; a second QinetiQ submission addresses resupply from the air. A partnership with Malloy Aerospace fuses QinetiQ’s mission planning and management capability with Malloy's ground breaking quadcopter - the HoverBike. The award of these two research programmes for Last Mile was achieved in the face of stiff competition.
To see TITAN and learn more about QinetiQ’s work in autonomous systems, visit DSEI stand S2-550.