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Gen. Richard Ross Coffman

Textron Rolls Out Ripsaw Robot For RCV-Light … And RCV-Medium

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The Ripsaw design is so flexible, the company claims, it can scale up and down for different missions.

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Army Robots Go Rolling Along – Ahead Of Schedule

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Industry’s prototype Robotic Combat Vehicles are proving more capable than the Army expected, Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman told me: “It is really exciting.”

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Titan Robot Test-Fires Javelin Anti-Tank Missile

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It’s one small test for a robot, one tactical leap for robot-kind.

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Army Picks BAE, GD For MPF Light Tank Prototypes: Upstart SAIC Is Out

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Yes, MPF is much lighter and less heavily armored than the M1 Abrams or even Russian tanks like the T-90. But MPF is going to light infantry units that currently have no armored vehicles at all, just a handful of Humvees, towed M777 howitzers, and whatever weapons the men can carry on their backs.

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General Dynamics Griffin Takes Lead To Replace M2 Bradley: Analysis

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BAE System’s CV90 Mark IV is the latest upgrade of a 25-year-old vehicle widely used in Europe; the Rheinmetall-Raytheon Lynx is an all-new design, although individual components have a good track record; but the General Dynamics Griffin III is in the middle, combining a new gun and new electronics with the time-tested chassis from the European ASCOD family.

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Robot Hover Tanks With Ray Guns? Army Looks To Replace M1

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“It doesn’t have to be a tank, it just has to be decisive and lethal,” Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman answered. “If that is run by a flux capacitor, hovers, and has a ray gun — and we can make it run at a reasonable cost — we’ll look at it.”

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Robot Aircraft For Robot Tanks: GD & AeroVironment Team Up

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AUSA: The Marines want their Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle to carry a scout drone that can look for threats and target them with loitering strike missiles or drones. Now General Dynamics Land Systems and drone maker AeroVironment are teaming up to offer the same built-in drone for future Army vehicles. The two companies announced here today that they’ve… Keep reading →

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LYNX: Rheinmetall & Raytheon Team Up For NGCV, Address Army Weight Concerns

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After the Army’s director armored vehicle modernization raises concerns about weight, the companies respond with new details.

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